There’s little doubt that series star Jensen Ackles is going through a lot of complicated feelings as he shoots the 15th and final season of one of The CW’s flagship shows. He takes on the role of director as well for the new episode “Atomic Monsters,” which finds Dean Winchester (Ackles) and his brother, Sam (Jared Padalecki), investigating the mysterious death of one girl and the baffling disappearance of another. This will be his sixth turn behind the camera on this show.
Will (Eric McCormack) finally concocts a plan to get back at Jack (Sean Hayes) after years of constantly enduring the latter’s wisecracks about Will’s thinning hairline in the new episode “With Enemies Like These.” Meanwhile, Karen (Megan Mullally) gets an invitation to join Stan’s old poker game, where she faces off against her late spouse’s brother, Danley (guest star Patton Oswalt). Elsewhere, Grace (Debra Messing) is determined to prove she’ll be a capable single mom.
For the 11th time in four years, Conan O’Brien takes his show to a foreign destination in the new special episode “Conan Without Borders: Ghana.” Joining O’Brien on this adventure, which was filmed last June, is former “Veep” cast member Sam Richardson, who will act as an informal cultural attaché for his host. That’s only appropriate, given that Richardson’s family hails from this African nation.
Magician and practical jokester Michael Carbonaro returns for his sixth season of playing pranks on unsuspecting civilians, captured via hidden cameras. In tonight’s season premiere, Michael dazzles directors holding auditions when he demonstrates his flair for costume changes, but cracks when he sings. In another segment, Michael’s co-worker is left slack-jawed when a shape-shifting tenant returns while they clean house. Also: Michael demonstrates flying Post-Its.