This Is the End (R): During a giant party at James Franco’s house, Emma Watson, Seth Rogen, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna and Jonah Hill (all playing themselves) find out the apocalypse is coming and the world is about to end.
M an of Steel (PG-13): Now that the Batman franchise has been put in mothballs for a while, Warner Bros. turns to its other iconic superhero — Superman — in director Zack Snyder’s reboot. Henry Cavill wears the cape. Russell Crowe is his father Jor-El, Amy Adams is Lois Lane and Michael Shannon is the villainous General Zod, more evil than ever. Story, page 1M.
Falling Skies (9 p.m. Sunday, TNT) Three seasons later, those brave but outgunned Earthlings — what’s left of them, anyway — are still trying to fight off an invasion by giant space bugs who want to enslave their children. Kinda makes you wanna be nicer to just regular old cockroaches, doesn’t it?
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (9 p.m. Monday, HBO) A documentary about the feminist punk band that so annoyed Russian President Vladimir Putin that he shipped the members off to Siberia, just like in the good old days.
Necessary Roughness (10 p.m. Wednesday, USA Network) Callie Thorne returns to this underrated comedy-drama for a third season as Dr. Dani Santino, a sports psychologist who’s at least as buggy as her patients.
Magic City (9 p.m. Friday, Starz) Like a love letter from a homicidal maniac, Magic City — set in a Fontainebleau-like hotel on Miami Beach in 1959 — whispers tales of Mafia murders, Cuban revolution and CIA spookery in your ear, and you can’t help but tingle all over. The second season is just as sexy, violent and engrossing as the first. Story, page 1M.
Vice (11 p.m. Friday, HBO) Television’s most weirdly provocative news magazine goes to North Korea for a week with the NBA’s most weirdly provocative ex-player, Dennis Rodman. Somehow or other, war did not break out.