Wed, April 1
Erica's (Hayley Orrantia) decision to postpone college and pursue professional singing worries Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) in the new episode "The Adam Bomb." Beverly then asks Murray (Jeff Garlin) to have a related talk with Erica, but it doesn't turn out as anticipated. In an appropriately timed subplot, Adam and Barry (Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile) pull a series of April Fools' Day jokes on each other. Ana Gasteyer reprises her guest role.
How similar are other planets to Earth? The aptly titled episode "Alien Planets" tackles the question from the standpoint of discoveries made via NASA's Kepler Telescope, the specific purpose of which is to find such other locations in the solar system. Whether earthlings could sustain life on any of them is another matter addressed during the hour, with related observations by astrologists and astrophysicists enhanced by animation.
The stages of this season's competition are getting ever more critical, as the episode title "Top 8 Perform" confirms. By the end of the two hours, it'll be down to the top seven, since someone will be sent home. Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban are sure to be careful in their judging, knowing what it means to the hopefuls ... and also knowing how it could impact the voting by viewers. Ryan Seacrest is (of course) the host.