What to watch this month: ‘Person of Interest,’ ‘Preacher,’ ‘Bloodline’ & more

We’ve nearly reached the official “end” of the network TV season, seeing as we’ve entered the month of May. But, as we know from recent years past, that no longer means there’s nothing to watch until September. CBS sat on Person of Interest for far too long, and now we’re finally privy to the final season. AMC aims to impress with its adaptation of the cult comic book franchise Preacher. Netflix’s captivating family drama Bloodline is back and ready to peel more layers off the Rayburns. What else? Fox hopes to strike gold again by resuming its mystery thriller Wayward Pines, and Chelsea Handler debuts Netflix’s first talk show. Find posters and trailers and premiere dates after the break!

Fans have been waiting patiently for this day to come. One year after airing its fourth season finale, Person of Interest‘s fifth and final season is finally seeing the light of day this month. Crippled by the nefarious artificial intelligence Samaritan and its hell-bent leader John Greer, The Machine survives inside a briefcase and it’s up to Team Machine (namely Finch, Reese, Root, and yes, Shaw) to rebuild it and take down the rival AI. It’s truly devastating to see this show bow out before it’s time, but producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman promise a satisfying conclusion to this brilliant, thrilling series.

Person of Interest premieres Tuesday, May 5 at 10pm on CBS. Note: The network will air two new episodes a week, on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10pm starting May 9. The series wraps Tuesday, June 21.

Chelsea Handler is back! Hot off her wonderfully candid four-part Netflix documentary series Chelsea Does, the former E! late night show host returns to her roots to topline a talk show. The new show, simply titled Chelsea, will air three times a week (Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays) in commercial-free half-hour installments. While the show will tape live in front of a studio audience in Los Angeles, it will also take viewers all around the world in taped segments across the U.S. and beyond.

Chelsea debuts Wednesday, May 11 on Netflix. Once an episode airs, you can also go back and play it anytime since it will live on the streaming service “until the end of time.” See Handler’s hand-written announcement for more details. Here’s the trailer.

I strongly believe that AMC has another mega-hit on its hands. Following in the steps of The Walking DeadPreacher is based on a cult comic book franchise–by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon–and it goes a little something like this:

Preacher is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy come together, and when they do, they are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.

Sounds like a wild ride. Looks like one, too; here’s a tastePreacher also has a great cast in front of and behind the camera. Dominic Cooper (Marvel’s Howard Stark) stars in the lead role, and he’s supported by Ruth Negga (another Marvel recruit, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Joseph Gilgun, Lucy Griffiths, Derek Wilson, W. Earl Brown, Anatol Yusef, Tom Brooke, and Ian Colletti plays Eugene Root whose affectionately nicknamed “Arseface” (click at your discretion). Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg–the comedic duo behind Knocked UpSuper Bad, and Pineapple Express–executive produce the series with showrunner Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad).

Preacher premieres Sunday, May 22 at 10pm on AMC. The pilot will encore the following Sunday, and then new episodes will resume in its regular Sundays-at-9 timeslot on June 5.

Wayward Pines was last summer’s sleeper hit, a thriller from filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth SenseSigns) based on a series of novels by Blake Crouch. In case you haven’t tuned into the first season, I’ll hold back major spoilers for now. What I will say, though, is that there’s an outstanding twist halfway through the show’s initial run that made by jaw drop in ways it hadn’t since the days of Lost. In this first-look at season 2, you’ll be introduced to fresh characters (including new lead Jason Patric who replaces Matt Dillon’s protagonist from last season) and you’ll also recognize lots of old faces, too, including Carla Gugino (who plays Kate Hewson), Hope Davis (Megan Fisher), Shannyn Sossamon (Theresa Burke), and Charlie Tahan (Ben Burke). The mystery surrounding and invading the Twilight Zone-esque town of Wayward Pines is about to get deeper.

Wayward Pines returns Wednesday, May 25 at 9pm on Fox.

You can’t escape the past. The Rayburns struggle to conceal an unthinkable crime and begin to unravel in the midst of mounting lies, betrayal, and paranoia.

That’s right, Bloodline is back. The emotionally gripping and addictingly compelling Netflix drama about a family spearheaded by a man who spins lines like, “We’re not bad people, but we did a bad thing” is primed to weave a new chapter following the fallout of lawman John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler) [spoiler alert!] murdering his black sheep brother Danny (played to perfection by Ben Mendelsohn). Mendelsohn, thankfully, is signed on for season 2, so you can expect even more character-developing flashbacks in the future. Here’s the trailer.

Bloodline resumes Friday, May 27 when all 10 new episodes drop on Netflix.

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