Thursday, April 16 (FXX)
Few watched Fox’s failed attempt to take both Adult Swim and “Saturday Night Live” with the late-night Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD — get it?) in 2013; fewer still are aware that the cartoon block moved to FXX in January of this year. Only the puttin’-the-“high”-in-High-Def “Lucas Bros. Moving Co.” and some lazy scribbling called “Stone Quackers” have been offering new episodes — until now! “Axe Cop,” about a cop with an axe and a great catchphrase (“I’ll chop your head off!”), finally returns for second season of epic ridiculousness from the mind of a 5-year-old, voiced by Nick Offerman (“Parks & Recreation”). But wait! There’s more …
Thursday, April 16 (FXX)
Major Lazer the musical entity is DJ/producer Diplo and a series of collaborators specializing in electro-house dancehall, reggae, moombahton, soca and other possibly-fictitious genres. “Major Lazer” the cartoon is a “rasta commando” with an ’80s “G.I. Joe” bent based on album covers and concert posters. It may look like an aesthetic clone of Adult Swim’s “Mike Tyson Mysteries” at first, but Major Lazer kicks the retro style up to frenetic levels to match the pounding beats. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Lost”) voices the titular lead, but the guest-actor list is where it really goes rando: Andy Samberg, Aziz Ansari, singer Charli XCX, rapper Riff Raff, Oscar winner J.K. Simmons(!), and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig as a “vegan vampire”(!!).
Friday, April 17 (Syfy)
On the downside, Season 5 will be the last for Canadian import “Lost Girl.” On the upside, the sexy supernatural soap’s final ride will consist of 16 episodes, bringing the total number of “Lost Girl” episodes to 69, a figure that succubus Bo (Anna Silk) and her quippy sidekick Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) would find hilarious. If Kenzi hadn’t sacrificed herself to the Underworld at the end of last season, anyway. Bo’s final mission is to bring her BFF back from the “dead,” which could prove difficult, as actress Solo is currently trapped somewhere at least as bad as Hell: AMC’s soggy period drama “Turn: America’s Spies.”
Saturday, April 18 (BBC America)
Ksenia Solo is also guesting on the new season of cult phenomenon “Orphan Black” — Tatiana Maslany can’t play every role … can she? In Season 3, the militaristic male Castor clones are targeting Sarah (Maslany) and her myriad clone sisters with—probably safe to assume — malicious intent, Helena’s (Maslany) pregnant and imprisoned in a compound, Cosima’s (Maslany) somewhat on the mend, and season-opener episode “The Weight of This Combination” will be hard to miss, as it’ll be premiering simultaneously on BBC America, AMC, IFC, Sundance and We. “Sister” networks … oh, how cheeky. CV
Bill Frost writes about television for Salt Lake City Weekly, talks about it on TV Tan Podcast (iTunes and Stitcher), and tweets about it at @Bill_Frost.