TV must-sees for the week

Orange is the New Black.

Orange is the New Black.

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:04 PM ET

1. Orange is the New Black

Second-season debut: So clearly all the characters in this show should be in solitary confinement, like, forever. But maybe that would be too costly for the taxpayers. Taylor Schilling returns as Piper.

When: Friday on Netflix

2. Silicon Valley

First-season finale: Wow, that's it already? Eight episodes don't last long. Anyway, with fledgling company Pied Piper under the gun, Richard (Thomas Middleditch) must make last-minute changes.

When: Sunday on HBO Canada

3. Halt and Catch Fire

Debut: Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy and Mackenzie Davis star in this fictional tale of an unlikely trio trying to take on and beat IBM at its own game during the initial PC explosion of the early 1980s.

When: Sunday on AMC

4. Mistresses

Second-season debut: Having cheated death, Savi (Alyssa Milano) makes the most of her second chance. Soleil Moon Frye – that's right, Punky Brewster! - guest-stars as herself.

When: Monday on ABC, CTV

5. Game of Thrones

Perhaps the best thing I've seen on TV this year came a couple of weeks ago when Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) finally told everyone what he really thinks of them. His fate is determined this week.

When: Sunday on HBO Canada

6. Power

Debut: Executive produced by Curtis (50 Cent) Jackson, who also has a recurring role, this is a crime drama set in two different worlds. Omari Hardwick plays lead character James “Ghost” St. Patrick.

When: Saturday on Super Channel

7. Famous in 12

Debut: An oddball social experiment tracking one determined family that moves to Los Angeles and has 12 weeks to get famous. But if the show is a hit, that's a self-fulfilling prophecy, right?

When: Tuesday on CW

8. Longmire

Third-season debut: Walt (Robert Taylor) wants to find whoever shot Branch (Bailey Chase). But Branch isn't helping by insisting the shooter was someone previously thought to be dead.

When: Monday on A&E

9. Veep

Fired campaign manager Dan (Reid Scott) returns from his hospitalization in England with a rosier outlook. I still laugh every time I think of Jonah (Timothy Simons) reading Dan's medical chart.

When: Sunday on HBO Canada

10. Shipping Wars

Sixth-season debut with back-to-back episodes: Shippers Marc Springer, Jennifer Brennan and Jarrett Joyce return to tackle new loads. In the premiere, Jarrett transports a 40-foot colon. Uh, say what?

When: Tuesday on A&E

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