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Saturday, April 1
NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Final Four
CBS, beginning at 6pm Live
March Madness creeps into April as the Final Four has Florida Atlantic vs. San Diego State and UConn vs. Miami at NRG Stadium in Houston. The championship game is Monday night on CBS.
Warner Bros. 100th Anniversary Celebration
TCM, beginning at 6am
On April 4, 1923, brothers Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack Warner founded Warner Bros., one of Hollywood’s most iconic studios, which has produced countless classic films over the past century even as it also expanded into television and other media outlets. Turner Classic Movies is celebrating the studio’s centennial, and tracing its history, all April long, with famous films (every title on this month’s schedule is a WB production), several documentaries and special nights devoted to legendary Warner Bros. stars like Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis. Today’s lineup features productions from the studio’s early years, spanning the end of the silent era and the rise of “talkies.” In fact, the famous Warner production that was the first feature-length sound film and sent the message that talking pictures were here to stay, The Jazz Singer (1927), is part of the schedule, airing in late-night. Also of note, earlier in primetime, are The Brothers Warner, a 2007 documentary presenting the inside story of Warner Bros. made by Cass Warner, Harry’s granddaughter, and the TCM premiere of the 2023 documentary Cinema Finds Its Voice.
Elvira’s Movie Macabre
For April Fools’ Day, the Mistress of the Dark offers films both hilariously bad and scary. Enjoy the furry-faced antics of Dean Stockwell in 1973’s somewhat intentionally comic horror flick The Werewolf of Washington. The following year saw genre mainstays Christopher Lee (as the title character) and Peter Cushing (as Van Helsing) costar opposite Joanna Lumley in The Satanic Rites of Dracula. And no less a star than Joseph Cotten plays the reanimating Baron in 1971’s Lady Frankenstein.
The Ten Commandments
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Nearly every year since 1973, with a few exceptions, ABC has re-aired this gigantic 1956 Best Picture Oscar-nominated religious epic on or around Easter — even though it relates more to the Passover holiday, given that its story comes from the Old Testament book of Exodus about Moses’ (Charlton Heston) deliverance of the Israelites from slavery at the hands of Egyptian pharaoh Rameses II (Yul Brynner). That tradition continues this year, as the network airs director Cecil B. DeMille’s thrilling achievement tonight, eight days before Easter. Already a very lengthy film in its original format, the TV broadcast somehow seems to keep getting longer each year thanks to commercials, so if you’re recording the movie, be aware that your DVR will get quite a workout — ABC has it scheduled in a four-hour-and-44-minute time slot! But with a moviegoing experience this grand, the time flies by. It’s easy to say “they don’t make ’em like that anymore” regarding such films, but in the case of The Ten Commandments, that is literally true — with its massive live crowd shots (of both people and animals) and spectacular set designs, the cost of creating a film like this in the manner in which it was produced would certainly be viewed as prohibitive by any studio today. From an era in which biblical epics were fairly common in Hollywood, DeMille’s work is one of the few that remains so highly watched and beloved to this day. Along with Heston in his iconic role as Moses (and as the voice of God via the burning bush) and Brynner, the film is also star-studded with the likes of Anne Baxter, an oddly cast Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Vincent Price, John Carradine and more. DeMille is at the height of his directorial powers here as he wrangles so much into a captivating, if melodramatic, presentation. Among the film’s other technical achievements are its Oscar-winning special effects, and it also boasts a grand musical score by Elmer Bernstein.
Love in the Maldives
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Rae Parker (Jocelyn Hudon), a travel writer with a monthly singles column called “Reservation for One,” is sent by her editor to one of the world’s most romantic destinations to stay on a floating hotel in the ocean. Rae, who is afraid of the ocean, seeks out guidance from the hotel’s guest experience expert, Jared (Jake Manley), who steps in to make it his personal mission to give Rae the adventure she’s looking for.
Cold Justice: “Digging for Justice”
In Hubbard, Ohio, prosecutor Kelly Siegler and detective Tonya Rider may unearth answers in the case of a mom who disappeared after the Fourth of July 1977.
Sunday, April 2
Mystery Science Theater 3000
MST3K FAST Channel
The classic series that rips on cheesy movies returns for Season 13 on Shout Factory TV’s MST3K FAST Channel (which is found on a variety of platforms, including Pluto TV and Roku; visit mst3k.com/where-to-watch for more details). This season, the Mads — Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day), loyal henchman Max (Patton Oswalt) and Pearl Forrester (Mary Jo Pehl) — introduce their biggest and maddest experiment yet. For the first time, three humans will be forced to watch the world’s worst movies, as returning test subject Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) shares hosting duties with the newest kidnapped Gizmonic technician, Emily Connor (Emily Marsh), as well as original host Joel Robinson (show creator Joel Hodgson). With their wisecracking robot pals, they will have to survive 13 new movies, 12 new shorts and the unveiling of Kinga’s newest scheme for world domination: the Gizmoplex, the first cineplex on the moon.
The 2022 Norwegian World War II drama War Sailor, one of the country’s biggest theatrical hits of the year, is expanded into this three-episode miniseries by writer/director Gunnar Vikene, who also wrote and directed the movie. “War Sailor was originally written both as a feature film and as a miniseries,” Vikene explains, “and I couldn’t really let go of the initial idea of telling the story in both formats.” The miniseries features new scenes that weren’t able to be incorporated into the film, and, like the feature, is based on true stories of Norwegian merchant sailors and their families during and after the war.
NTT IndyCar Series: PPG 375
NBC, 12pm Live
Marcus Ericsson, Scott Dixon, Pato O’Ward and other NTT IndyCar Series drivers do 250 laps around the oval at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth for the PPG 375.
NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament: Championship
ABC, 3:30pm Live
The women’s college basketball national championship is on the line today at American Airlines Center in Dallas, where the tournament’s two remaining teams square off for a place in hoops history.
NASCAR Cup Series: Toyota Owners 400
FS1, 3:30pm Live
Top NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, William Byron, Kyle Larson and others race for 400 laps around Richmond Raceway’s 0.75-mile, D-shaped oval.
Dust magnets or memorabilia? Don’t even whisper that first label to the avid collectors showing off their finds to host Lisa Whelchel (The Facts of Life). Tonight, meet a man who owns a raptor from Jurassic Park!
MLB Baseball: Philadelphia at Texas
ESPN, 7pm Live
Sunday Night Baseball puts the finishing touch on Major League Baseball’s opening weekend with the NL champion Philadelphia Phillies at the Texas Rangers.
The Top Ten Revealed
AXS TV, 8pm
The countdown series moves to a new night for its sixth season. In the season premiere, experts like Alice Cooper, Dorothy, Matt Pinfield and others create a list of the best rock trios.
2023 CMT Music Awards
CBS, 8pm Live; also streams live and on demand on Paramount+
Multiplatform entertainer Kane Brown returns to cohost, with Kelsea Ballerini, country music’s only fan-voted awards show. Brown, who has three nominations this year, will also perform, teaming up with his wife, Katelyn Brown, for the television world premiere of their hit single “Thank God.” Also taking the stage will be Carrie Underwood, who looks to extend her Video of the Year win streak. Breakout star Lainey Wilson leads this year’s field with four nominations, while Cody Johnson and Jelly Roll join Kane Brown with three nods apiece.
Naked and Afraid: “Taste of Their Own Medicine”
Discovery Channel, 8pm
We can’t say the shoe’s on the other foot because, you know, naked, but it’s quite a reversal when two crew members take the 21-day apparel-free survival challenge. Now who’s hungry and tormented by insects?
The Hand That Robs The Cradle
In this premiere film, a nanny discovers the little boy she’s caring for was kidnapped and the couple who claim to be his parents are actually his captors. Stars Emily Miceli, Lesa Wilson and Sallie Glaner.
Call the Midwife: “Episode 3”
As she sets out to help a mother whose newborn is suffering from a clotting disorder, Nancy (Megan Cusack) is harboring a secret of her own. Meanwhile, Sister Veronica (Rebecca Gethings) meets a newlywed on her rounds, and the case shocks the women of Nonnatus House.
Combat Ships: “Explosion!”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
Learn the stories behind history’s most enormous maritime explosions, from battleships to Bikini Atoll. Experience the devastation through rare footage and expert accounts.
The Public Enemy
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Airing as part of Turner Classic Movies’ continuing, monthlong salute to the centennial of the iconic Warner Bros. studio, this pre-Code WB classic is itself celebrating its 92nd anniversary this month (it was released April 23, 1931). Along with Little Caesar from the same year, The Public Enemy helped set the template for what audiences going forward would expect from a gangster film, as well as etch various gangster-movie archetypes into the public’s imagination. And, just as Little Caesar established Edward G. Robinson as a star and forever linked him with his title character, this production did the same for James Cagney thanks to his explosive breakthrough performance here. Film lovers can credit director William A. Wellman for that. Cagney originally had a secondary role as shooting began, but Wellman noticed the actor’s charisma and domination of the scenes he was in, and instead gave him the starring role of streetwise tough guy Tom Powers, who tries to rise in the ranks of organized crime. Set near the beginning of Prohibition — and produced while it was still in effect — the film is a virtual time capsule of that era, bristling with 1920s style, dialogue and desperation thanks to the Oscar-nominated screenplay by John Bright and Kubec Glasmon, and Wellman’s masterful direction. Jean Harlow, Edward Woods and Joan Blondell costar in a film that is always taut, gritty and hard-hitting — even at breakfast when grapefruit is infamously served. Leading into this title, starting this morning, you can also enjoy several other of Warner Bros.’ gangster classics from the 1930s and ’40s, including Little Caesar, Key Largo (1948) and more.
AXS TV, 8:30pm
This series follows along with some of the biggest names in music as they visit the landmark record shop Grimey’s New and Pre-Loved Music in Nashville to discuss their celebrated careers and biggest influences, while picking out the five albums that have impacted them the most on vinyl. Tonight’s series premiere features Styx and Damn Yankees legend Tommy Shaw, and original Headbanger’s Ball MC Riki Rachtman.
Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico: “Yucatan”
Yucatan was home to the ancient Maya, and host Eva Longoria, who herself has Mayan ancestry, is keen to explore that culture’s still-present influence in Yucatan cuisine. But there is also a strong sense of the new here as innovative cuisines delight locals and visitors alike.
Ride: “Rodeo and Juliet”
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Cash’s (Beau Mirchoff) ride at Boulder Rocky Mountain Rodeo puts the McMurrays back in business.
Magnum P.I.: “Dark Skies”
Magnum (Jay Hernandez) and Rick (Zachary Knighton) make a shocking discovery in the Capt. Greene (James Remar) case; Higgins (Perdita Weeks) and TC (Stephen Hill) head to Maui to help an eccentric billionaire find the owner of a pesky drone that has been harassing him; and Shammy (Christopher Thornton) helps Kumu (Amy Hill) after an incident occurs at La Mariana.
Sanditon: “Episode 3”
The day of Georgiana’s (Crystal Clarke) trial arrives, and she gets a surprise visit from an old friend. Meanwhile, Colbourne’s (Ben Lloyd-Hughes) shooting party goes ahead, and as he gets closer to Lydia (Alice Orr-Ewing), Charlotte (Rose Williams) must confront all that she’s lost.
Ten Steps to Disaster: “Texas Blackout”
Smithsonian Channel, 9pm
Discover 10 critical errors that helped turn an arctic freeze into one of the worst blackouts in U.S. history. See how a decision made in 1935, combined with a series of recent errors, contributed to the 2021 Texas blackout.
HouseBroken: “Who’s a Scaredy Cat?”
Oh, phobias … Honey the poodle (voiced by Lisa Kudrow) helps terrier Diablo (Tony Hale) tackle his fear of basement monsters, and it’s Saint Bernard Chief (Nat Faxon) versus thunder, which he thinks is a loud barking dog in the sky. Plus: Yellowjackets star Melanie Lynskey provides a guest voice!
The Blacklist: “Dr. Laken Perillos, Pt. 2”
When Dr. Laken Perillos (Laverne Cox) resurfaces to join Wujing’s (Chin Han) crusade against Red (James Spader), a member of the task force is put in danger.
Bar Rescue: “Loveless in Loveland”
Paramount Network, 10pm
Jon Taffer attempts a turnaround for a Loveland, Colorado, bar owner who may lose his livelihood and his marriage.
Marie Antoinette: “Pick a Princess”
The royal family goes on holiday at Fontainebleau to escape stifling Versailles. Marie (Emilia Schüle) discovers du Barry’s (Gaia Weiss) plan to find a bride for Provence (Jack Archer), and the escalating hostilities threaten her relationship with the king.
TV One, 10pm
The biographical series returns for Season 6 with a look at singer-songwriter Tevin Campbell, who was only 12 when he signed his first record deal. Working with star producers like Quincy Jones and Babyface, Campbell released hits like “Can We Talk” and “I’m Ready.” In this episode, he talks about growing up in the spotlight as a child star.
Monday, April 3
Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields
Following its very well-received premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, this two-part documentary from ABC News Studios begins streaming on Hulu. It offers a galvanizing look at iconic actor and model Brooke Shields and follows her transformation from a sexualized young girl into a woman who ultimately discovered her power. Holding a mirror up to a society that objectifies women and girls, her story shows the perils and triumphs of gaining agency in a hostile world.
The long-running soap opera’s celebration of its 60th anniversary (it premiered April 1, 1963) continues as, after a three-year hiatus, the fan-favorite Nurses Ball makes its return in this week’s episodes.
Opening Day MOVIES!
MOVIES!, beginning at 2:15pm
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The 2023 Major League Baseball season is now underway after officially starting last Thursday, and MOVIES! is getting into the swing of it with a hard-hitting lineup of five classic baseball movies airing this afternoon and evening. Leading off is the Oscar-nominated biographical drama The Pride of St. Louis (1952), about the life of Hall of Fame pitcher Jerome Herman “Dizzy” Dean (portrayed by Dan Dailey). Joanne Dru and Richard Crenna, in one of his earlier film roles, costar. Next is the comedy It Happened in Flatbush (1942), whose story is inspired by the 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers’ first pennant win in 21 years. Lloyd Nolan plays a washed-up ballplayer who returns to Brooklyn to manage his old team, but ends up clashing with — and falling for — the new owner (Carole Landis). Then, in the comedy It Happens Every Spring (1949), Ray Milland plays a chemistry professor who accidentally discovers a fluid that repels wood. Realizing the possibilities from applying this to a baseball, he takes a leave of absence to join the big leagues, where he becomes an unhittable pitching sensation. Jean Peters and Paul Douglas costar. Batting cleanup is The Kid From Left Field (1953), which re-teams star Dailey with his Pride of St. Louis director Harmon Jones. In the comedy, a struggling baseball team goes through a phenomenal transformation when a washed-up former player (Dailey) secretly passes winning tips to the team through his son, who is the team’s batboy (Billy Chapin). But can the turnaround last when the team owner promotes the kid to manager? The film costars Anne Bancroft in one of her earlier film appearances. Today’s final film is Angels in the Outfield (1951), the original comedy led by Douglas, Janet Leigh and Keenan Wynn.
The Voice: “The Battles, Part 3”
The battle rounds continue as the coaches prepare their artists to go head-to-head in hopes of advancing to the Knockouts or advancing straight to playoffs with the coveted Playoff Pass. Each coach has one steal and one Playoff Pass.
Antiques Roadshow: “Idaho Botanical Garden, Hour 1”
Gem State treasures sparkle at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise, including circa 1941 Rolls-Royce Wraith center caps and certificate, 1934 All-American basketball team autographs and a Maynard Dixon oil painting (ca. 1913). One is appraised at between $50,000 and $80,000.
NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Championship
CBS, 9pm Live
Cue up “One Shining Moment” for the national champions of college hoops crowned tonight at NRG Stadium in Houston.
La Frontera With Pati Jinich
In Season 2, savor more of the sights, sounds and flavors of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands alongside acclaimed chef and James Beard Award-winning host Pati Jinich, as she experiences the region’s rich culture, people and cuisine. Pati travels to Southern California, Baja, Arizona, Sonora, New Mexico and Chihuahua, sharing meals with self-described “fronterizos” or “borderlanders” from all walks of life and reflecting on the melding of cultures.
The Good Doctor: “A Blip”
A patient comes in with persistent and lingering COVID symptoms.
In “Judgment Day,” the first season finale, Ben’s (Raymond Lee) latest leap takes him closer to home than he ever expected. Meanwhile, the team faces the ultimate showdown with Leaper X as they battle for the future of the Quantum Leap project and their lives.
Race to Survive Alaska
USA Network, 11pm
This high-stakes adventure competition series is a pure adrenaline rush. Set along the wild and dangerous Alaskan coastline, adventure racers and survival experts must endure more than 100 miles of inhospitable terrain with nothing but what they can carry to claim a life-changing $500,000 prize. Contestants must use a combination of endurance racing, primitive survival skills and bushcraft as they navigate the mostly uncharted wilderness with sprawling mountain ranges, ancient glaciers, threatening wildlife and suffocating rainforests.
Tuesday, April 4
Mo’Nique: My Name Is Mo’Nique
Actor/comedian Mo’Nique returns to the stage with her unique brand of candor, fearlessness and humor in this stand-up special that offers laugh-till-you-cry stories as well as soul-baring emotion.
Warner Bros. 100th Anniversary: Studio Contract Players (Actresses)
TCM, beginning at 6:30am
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A century ago today, on April 4, 1923, brothers Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack Warner founded the iconic Warner Bros. studio. Turner Classic Movies continues its monthlong celebration of all things Warner today with a day devoted to films from some of the stars whose names are most associated with WB as contract players during the early Hollywood era when studios had all the power and basically maintained “stables” of big-screen celebrities exclusively for their own productions (though they would sometimes “loan” an actor or actress to another studio). Salutes to Warner’s great female studio contract players will air on TCM Tuesdays this month, while on Wednesdays, the daylong lineups will focus on the studio’s male stars. Up first in today’s spotlight on legendary Warner Bros. actresses are two features starring Myrna Loy: The Great Divide (1929) and The Truth About Youth (1930). Then it’s Bebe Daniels in My Past (1931) and The Maltese Falcon (1931); Dolores Del Rio in Madame du Barry (1934) and In Caliente (1935); Ann Dvorak in Love Is a Racket (1932) and Murder in the Clouds (1934); Glenda Farrell in Smart Blonde (1937) and Little Big Shot (1935); Ginger Rogers in 42nd Street (1933) — which is preceded by one of Warner Bros.’ classic Merrie Melodies animated shorts, Stage Door Cartoon (1944), starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd — and Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), which is preceded by the 1935 short An All-Colored Vaudeville Show, featuring great vaudeville acts of the era like Adelaide Hall, the Nicholas Brothers and Eunice Wilson; Joan Blondell in Footlight Parade (1933) and Three on a Match (1932); and Kay Francis in Mary Stevens, M.D. (1933) and I Found Stella Parish (1935).
“FBI” Global Crossover Event
CBS, beginning at 8pm
The teams from producer Dick Wolf’s FBI, FBI: Most Wanted and FBI: International join forces for a three-hour crossover event tonight. Special Agents Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym), Scott Forrester (Luke Kleintank) and Remy Scott (Dylan McDermott) work together to tackle a case spanning two continents.
Superman & Lois: “Too Close to Home”
The CW, 8pm
Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) interrupts an intense conversation between Clark (Tyler Hoechlin) and John Henry (Wolé Parks).
9-1-1: Lone Star: “Double Trouble”
The 126 race to rescue a woman with an arrow shot into her head in the new episode “Double Trouble.”
Night Court: “Da Club”
When Abby (Melissa Rauch) lands a meeting with the New York City district attorney (Kurt Fuller) to talk about her ideas for reform, Dan (John Larroquette) invites himself along to share his expertise in the art of “backroom dealing.” Meanwhile, Gurgs (Lacretta) teaches Neil (Kapil Talwalkar) a lesson in confidence.
Finding Your Roots
As this investigative genealogy series wraps up Season 9, actors Tamera Mowry-Housley (Sister, Sister; The Real) and Billy Crudup (The Morning Show, Hello Tomorrow!) each receive their “book of life” from host Henry Louis Gates Jr. and discover surprising ancestors they don’t know about. Crudup’s family tree includes a slave owner and a North Carolina state legislator. Mowry-Housley’s roots are traced to a Bahamian slave revolt, the Mayflower voyage and the first Thanksgiving!
American Auto: “Funeral”
When Wesley’s (Jon Barinholtz) grandfather passes away, Katherine (Ana Gasteyer) and the others learn that all the heirs plan to sell their company shares, which would tank the stock price. They attempt damage control at the funeral to try to stop it.
Gotham Knights: “Of Butchers and Betrayals”
The CW, 9pm
Turner (Oscar Morgan) and Harper (Fallon Smythe) investigate a connection between Bruce Wayne’s death and the death of a lawyer.
Accused: “Jiro’s Story”
Jiro (Ian Anthony Dale) suspects that his paralyzed brother (Takashi Yamaguchi) is being abused in his new group home in the new episode “Jiro’s Story.”
The Voice: “The Battles, Part 4”
The battle rounds conclude as the coaches prepare their artists to go head-to-head in hopes of advancing to the Knockouts or advancing straight to playoffs with the coveted Playoff Pass. Each coach has one steal and one Playoff Pass.
American Experience: “The Sun Queen”
Learn about chemical engineer and inventor Mária Telkes, who spent nearly 50 years exploring how to harness the sun’s power. Battling sexism at MIT, she persevered to design the first successfully solar-heated house in 1948, had held more than 20 patents upon her passing in 1995 and is now recognized as a visionary pioneer in the field of sustainable energy.
Blood & Money: “High Society Schemers”
Dick Wolf’s nonfiction “law and order” series of infamous real-life kill-for-cash cases continues with twisted Sante and Kenneth Kimes, a mom and son cuffed for two grisly murders and a long list of other crimes.
Restaurants at the End of the World: “Maine Island Barn Supper”
Nat Geo, 10pm
Host Kristen Kish travels to Maine’s remote North Haven Island to help Turner Farm’s new chef put her Southern twist on their classic barn supper menu.
That’s My Jam: “Keke Palmer & Saweetie vs. Joel McHale & will.i.am”
Keke Palmer, Joel McHale, will.i.am and Saweetie join host Jimmy Fallon for a night of musical performances and games, including Turn the Beat Around, Get Outta My Face, Perfect Mashup and more for a chance to be champions.
Frontline: “America and the Taliban, Part 1”
This three-part investigation, continuing on April 11 and 25, explores how America’s 20-year investment in Afghanistan culminated in a disastrous Taliban victory. Drawing on decades of on-the-ground reporting and interviews with U.S. and Taliban officials, correspondent Martin Smith looks at the missteps and consequences that led to where we are, and the threats that remain today.
Wednesday, April 5
Season 2 of the musical comedy is set in a reimagined world of 1960s and ’70s musicals, with Josh (Keegan-Michael Key) and Melissa (Cecily Strong), after having found true love in Schmigadoon, now in Schmicago. The season will include new original musical numbers from cocreator and executive producer Cinco Paul. Returning along with Strong and Key are Ariana DeBose, Martin Short, Dove Cameron, Jaime Camil, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Ann Harada, Jane Krakowski and Aaron Tveit, with Tituss Burgess and Patrick Page joining the cast. The first two episodes are available today; new episodes drop Wednesdays.
Based on Kwame Alexander’s critically acclaimed and bestselling children’s novel of the same name, which was told entirely through verse, this series introduces teen brothers Josh (Jalyn Hall) and Jordan (Amir O’Neil) Bell, who are widely considered basketball phenoms. Through his lyrical poetry, an adult version of Josh, aka Filthy McNasty (Daveed Diggs), narrates the story of he and his brother’s coming of age on and off the court as their former professional basketball player father (Derek Luke) adjusts to life after basketball, and their mother (Sabrina Revelle) finally pursues lifelong dreams of her own. All episodes are available today.
Warner Bros. 100th Anniversary: Studio Contract Players (Actors)
TCM, beginning at 6am
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Turner Classic Movies’ monthlong celebration of the legendary Warner Bros. studio’s centennial continues today with the first Wednesday lineup of films featuring great male stars who were contract players with WB back in the era of near-complete studio control over actors. Leading the day off are two films headlined by the legendary John Barrymore: the silent film When a Man Loves (1927) and Svengali (1931). After that, see Joe E. Brown in You Said a Mouthful (1932) and Elmer, the Great (1933), with the latter film preceded by one of Warner Bros.’ classic Looney Tunes shorts starring Porky Pig: Porky’s Baseball Broadcast (1940); Pat O’Brien in Oil for the Lamps of China (1935) and The Great O’Malley (1937); Dick Powell in Flirtation Walk (1934) and Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935); Edward G. Robinson in The Sea Wolf (1941) and Brother Orchid (1940), with the first film preceded by Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam in the 1948 Looney Tunes short Buccaneer Bunny; Paul Muni in The Life of Emile Zola (1937) and The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936); and George Brent in So Big! (1932) and From Headquarters (1933).
ESPN, beginning at 7:30pm Live
ESPN’s primetime NBA doubleheader has the Chicago Bulls at the Milwaukee Bucks and the L.A. Lakers at the L.A. Clippers.
TNT, beginning at 7:30pm Live
The Tampa Bay Lightning visit the N.Y. Rangers and the Edmonton Oilers are at the Anaheim Ducks for TNT’s Wednesday night NHL doubleheader.
The Conners: “Text Thread and the Marital Bed”
Louise (Katey Sagal) gets into a feud after accidentally sending a rude message in the family text thread.
The Flash: “Partners in Time”
The CW, 8pm
A seemingly simple mold inspection at S.T.A.R. Labs leads to unexpected time anomalies.
The Masked Singer: “WB Movie Night”
The Masked Singer celebrates 100 years of Warner Bros. movies as the costumed celebrities sing all-time musical favorites from the studio’s films in the new episode “WB Movie Night.”
Chicago Med: “I Could See the Writing on the Wall”
Dr. Grace Song (T.V. Carpio) launches her pilot program, giving the E.D. a technological facelift; as his health worsens, Archer (Steven Weber) clashes with Charles (Oliver Platt) on a patient faking paralysis; and Hannah (Jessy Schram) helps a pregnant mother with a heart condition.
The Goldbergs: “Love Shack”
Adam (Sean Giambrone) finds an item from the past and realizes he has more in common with Pop-Pop than he thought.
Abbott Elementary: “Educator of the Year”
Gregory (Tyler James Williams) is named Educator of the Year, and Janine (Quinta Brunson) deals with a difficult student.
Riverdale: “Chapter One Hundred Nineteen: Skip, Hop and Thump!”
The CW, 9pm
Betty (Lili Reinhart) is confused when Kevin (Casey Cott) appears uninterested in taking things to the next level with her.
Farmer Wants a Wife: “Tears, Tantrums and Tailgates”
In the new episode “Tears, Tantrums and Tailgates,” the farmers and their dates head to South Carolina to attend a demolition derby and to catch up at the derby tailgate, where one of the women reveals she kissed her farmer before any of the others.
Chicago Fire: “Danger Is All Around”
A familiar face returns to Firehouse 51 to serve with Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) on a special task force; with Tony (Anthony Ferraris) days away from breaking the CFD’s perfect attendance record, Mouch (Christian Stolte) and Capp (Randy Flagler) work to keep him safe; and old memories and grudges resurface when Gallo (Alberto Rosende) reunites with a family member. Note: With Taylor Kinney on personal leave, Jesse Spencer is stepping in temporarily, returning as Matt Casey starting tonight.
Dr. Pimple Popper
She’s back for some more prodding and poking! Renowned dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Sandra Lee has exposed TV viewers to the most extreme and unusual skin issues for the past few years; this season, however, includes some firsts. Dr. Lee must make a special house call to see a woman with stasis dermatitis so severe she’s at risk of losing both legs. In another case, she treats a man whose back and face are covered in hundreds of lipoma tumors.
Not Dead Yet: “Not Friends Yet”
Rich kid Lexi Rhodes (Lauren Ash), who was recently appointed editor of her dad’s newspaper, the SoCal Independent, goes to a wine bar trivia night, where a rare similarity between actress and character is showcased: competitiveness. “I’m not that extreme, but she’s one of those people you can’t play games with,” Ash notes. “You are either a winner … or you’re everyone else.”
A Million Little Things: “Father’s Day”
Gary (James Roday Rodriguez) feels the weight of his first Father’s Day as a new dad and his first without his own father.
Rapper and comedian Dave Burd returns for Season 3 of this comedy series. Dave (Burd) is headlining his first tour and learns that fame has its pitfalls.
Chicago P.D.: “You Only Die Twice”
A tragic crime leads the team closer to the Beck family and their deadly ideology. Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) makes progress infiltrating the Becks, earning Samantha (Caitlin Mehner) and Richard’s (Lee Tergesen) trust with a bold move.
This British sitcom is set in the English city of Hull and follows three middle-aged women — self-described actress and frazzled mother Toni (Leah Brotherhead), her down-to-earth older sister Paula (Sinead Matthews), and single policewoman Rana (Taj Atwal) — as they navigate the often unglamorous realities of working-class adulthood.
Thursday, April 6
This dark comedy/drama follows the aftermath of a road rage incident between two strangers, as Danny Cho (Steven Yeun), a failing contractor with a chip on his shoulder, goes head-to-head with Amy Lau (Ali Wong), a self-made entrepreneur with a picturesque life. The increasing stakes of their feud unravel their lives and relationships.
Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies
This 10-episode musical romantic comedy series takes place four years before the original Grease. In 1954, before rock ’n’ roll ruled, before the T-Birds were the coolest in the school, four fed-up outcasts (played by Marisa Davila, Cheyenne Isabel Wells, Ari Notartomaso and Tricia Fukuhara) dare to have fun on their own terms, sparking a moral panic that will change Rydell High forever and becoming the founding mothers of the famed clique known as the Pink Ladies. Episodes are available Thursdays.
Shudder; also streams on AMC+
This new Slasher entry takes the horror franchise back to the late 19th century and stars Eric McCormack as Basil Garvey, a charismatic tycoon whose success is only rivaled by his ruthlessness as he oversees a city on the cusp of a new century, and a social upheaval that will see its streets run red with blood. There’s a killer stalking the mean streets, but instead of targeting the poor and downtrodden like Jack the Ripper, the Widow is meting out justice against the rich and powerful. The only person standing in the way of this killer is a newly promoted detective whose ironclad belief in justice may wind up being yet another victim of the Widow.
Golf: The Masters: First Round
ESPN, 3pm Live
Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and other top players compete at hallowed Augusta National Golf Club for golf’s first major of the year. ESPN and CBS combine to televise all four rounds through Sunday.
Next Level Chef: “Happy Hour”
In the new episode “Happy Hour,” the chefs are challenged to create one perfect appetizer dish and pair it with a beautiful craft cocktail.
Law & Order: “Collateral Damage”
When a young woman dies a slow and painful death from an untreated infection, Cosgrove (Jeffrey Donovan) and Shaw (Mehcad Brooks) suspect she was under the influence of a powerful cult. Price (Hugh Dancy) and Maroun (Odelya Halevi) put pressure on its members to find the cult’s true mastermind.
Warner Bros. 100th Anniversary: Great Directors at Warner Bros.
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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As part of its monthlong celebration of the legendary Warner Bros. studio’s centennial, Turner Classic Movies is devoting each Monday and Thursday evening to films from legendary directors who helmed films for Warner. Tonight’s first Thursday lineup begins with a focus on Michael Curtiz, starting with his Best Picture Oscar-nominated The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), led by Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland in one of their many onscreen pairings. The film is preceded by Rabbit Hood, Chuck Jones’ 1949 Merrie Melodies animated short starring Bugs Bunny. The Adventures of Robin Hood is followed by Curtiz’s Oscar-winning 1939 short Sons of Liberty, which tells the story of Haym Salomon (Claude Rains), a Jewish businessman who helped finance the Americans during the Revolutionary War, and Life With Father (1947), the comedy starring Best Actor Oscar nominee William Powell. Next are films directed by William Wyler: Jezebel (1938), starring Best Actress winner Bette Davis and Supporting Actress winner Fay Bainter, and The Letter (1940), a crime drama also led by Davis, which earned Wyler a Best Director nomination. Finally, two films from Archie Mayo: Bordertown (1935), starring Davis and Paul Muni, and The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933), led by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Loretta Young.
Top Chef: World All-Stars
The remaining chef-testants will need a drink after tonight’s Quickfire challenge, which has them crafting dishes featuring mead for U.K. chef and Michelin-starred restaurateur Adam Handling.
Celebrity Game Face
The Kevin Hart-hosted competition returns as celebrities compete in extreme at-home games to earn money for charity. Among this season’s famous duos? Ice-T and Coco Austin, Natasha Lyonne and Nick Thune, and Tiffany Haddish and Bresha Webb.
Animal Control: “Hellhounds and Sturgeons”
Never a dull moment for Seattle’s animal control crew! The freshman comedy’s Victoria (Grace Palmer) and Patel (Ravi Patel) take on Fish and Game officers, while the rest of the group deals with a report of an attack dog on the loose.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Bubble Wrap”
A construction tycoon interferes with an SVU investigation into her family. Meanwhile, Carisi (Peter Scanavino) struggles to get an indictment when the complainant backs down.
Travel Channel, 9pm
The paranormal investigation series returns with “Dead Man Walking.” The TAPS team visits downtown Hanford, California, to investigate an imposing, abandoned former Wild West jail known as “The Bastille” that is more than 125 years old. For decades, residents and proprietors of businesses inside the building have reported encountering apparitions and other strange activity there. Joining TAPS on this investigation is actor Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead), and investigators Satori Hawes and Cody DesBiens.
Call Me Kat: “Call Me Consciously Uncoupled”
Kat and Max (Mayim Bialik and Cheyenne Jackson) have some news to share, but they want to wait to reveal it until after Sheila’s (Swoosie Kurtz) big birthday bash in the new episode “Call Me Consciously Uncoupled.”
Good Trouble: “Under Pressure”
Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) has a big decision to make and turns to her visiting moms for support.
Wild West Chronicles
The historical docudrama featuring true tales of America’s Old West returns for its third season. In the season premiere, former lawman Bat Masterson, now without a badge, finds himself powerless to help an old friend whose brother has been falsely imprisoned. An overreaching sheriff is intent on seeing the brother hang, so Bat hatches a plan to bust him out of jail.
Law & Order: Organized Crime
When a drug bust goes sideways, the task force uncovers a sinister robbery scheme targeting gay men. Bell (Danielle Moné Truitt) vows to help a fellow officer when he falls victim to the scheme.
Friday, April 7
Tiny Beautiful Things
Based on the bestselling collection by Cheryl Strayed, this limited series introduces Clare (Kathryn Hahn), whose marriage to husband Danny (Quentin Plair) is on its last leg, whose daughter, Rae (Tanzyn Crawford), will barely talk to her, and whose once-promising writing career is nonexistent. So when an old writing friend suggests she take over as the advice columnist Dear Sugar, Clare thinks she’s the last person for the job. But after reluctantly agreeing, she realizes that she might just be completely qualified. As the letter writers force Clare to revisit her most pivotal moments — the death of her mother, the fallout with her brother, even some awful sex in the back office of a funeral home — she excavates the beauty, struggle and humor in her own life to show people that we are not beyond rescue, and that it’s our stories that can ultimately save us. All eight episodes are available today.
While visiting his family in Mexico, 13-year-old Alex (Evan Whitten) gains an unlikely companion when he discovers a young chupacabra hiding in his grandpa’s shed. In order to save the not-so-mythical creature, Alex and his cousins must embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Christian Slater, Demián Bichir and Ashley Ciarra costar.
Set in 1940-41 and shot entirely on location in Marseille, France, this seven-episode limited series is inspired by The Flight Portfolio, Julie Orringer’s novel about the Emergency Rescue Committee, and by the true story of Varian Fry (played by Cory Michael Smith), Mary Jayne Gold (Gillian Jacobs) and Albert Hirschman (Lucas Englander), who were among those who risked their lives to help more than 2,000 refugees escape occupied France, including many writers and artists on the Nazis’ most-wanted list.
On a Wing and a Prayer
Feature Film Exclusive!
This extraordinary true story of faith and survival follows passenger Doug White’s (Dennis Quaid) harrowing journey to safely land a plane and save his entire family from insurmountable danger after their pilot unexpectedly dies mid-flight. Heather Graham and Jesse Metcalfe costar.
The Very, VERY Best of the 80s
AXS TV, 8pm
AXS TV launches its new Friday Retro Night programming block devoted to pop culture of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s this evening with the Season 2 premiere of this countdown series. In this episode, a panel including Mindy Cohn (The Facts of Life), Anson Williams (Happy Days), Susan Olsen (The Brady Bunch) and more rank the best teen flicks of the 1980s.
Friday Night Frights!: Bette Davis Cult Classics
MOVIES!, beginning at 8pm
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Bette Davis leads two somewhat campy but terrific thrillers made in her later career this evening, and she costars with fellow legends in both. First is What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). Directed by Robert Aldrich, this darkly humorous and horrific cult classic is deliciously gothic and campy fun as it follows an aging former child star (Davis, in a Best Actress Oscar-nominated performance) who torments her paraplegic sister (Joan Crawford), a former movie star, in an old Hollywood mansion. The success of the film opened up doors for these and other actresses to star in subsequent similar types of psychological thrillers led by older women, and one of those, also starring Davis, is next on tonight’s lineup: Hush … Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964). Also helmed by Aldrich, this psychological thriller stars Davis as an aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret who descends into madness following the arrival of a lost relative (played by Olivia de Havilland). Costarring alongside the iconic actresses are other stars who were in the latter stages of their careers: Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead and Mary Astor in her final film role.
Ex–pizza man Richard Davis shot himself 192 times to prove the worth of his bulletproof vests. But then a police officer died while wearing one. This 2022 doc exposes Davis’ reckless side.
AXS TV, 8:30pm
The classic, Emmy-winning 1966-68 music sitcom starring the titular band members — Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork — as fictionalized versions of themselves trying to make it in the music business joins AXS TV as part of its new Friday Retro Night programming block debuting this evening.
Grand Crew: “Wine & Roasts”
Wyatt (Justin Cunningham) doesn’t know how to roast, so Sherm (Carl Tart) agrees to help him; Noah (Echo Kellum) tries to make things right with a disgruntled customer; and Nicky (Nicole Byer) dates a sleep talker.
Nothing but Trailers Flashback
AXS TV, 9pm
Rounding out this evening’s launch of AXS TV’s new Friday Retro Night programming block is this show that presents original theatrical previews of unforgettable films from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Tonight’s series premiere looks at the best ’80s teen movie trailers, from Sixteen Candles to Weird Science and more.
Fire Country: “Off the Rails”
Fresh off his cohosting gig on last Sunday’s CMT Music Awards, multiplatform entertainer Kane Brown adds another platform to his resumé as he makes his acting debut with a guest-starring role in tonight’s episode. Brown plays Robin, an enigmatic, modern-day train hopper who helps injured patients on the scene of a crash; a Robin Hood of sorts, Brown’s character is an outlaw on the run with a heart of gold.
Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail
Discovery Channel, 9pm
After the mine he opened in Alaska last season was a complete washout, Parker Schnabel now seeks redemption as he travels to South America, and the most extreme jungle and mountain gold mines on the planet, in an attempt to recover $100 million in gold hidden in the ground. Can he finally turn the tide and expand his golden empire?
My Lottery Dream Home: “Lake Cumberland Dreaming”
Thanks to a $5 million scratcher win, a couple is ready to move from city life in Cincinnati, Ohio, to lake life in Lake Cumberland, Kentucky. They’re looking to move back where he spent his summers as a kid, and now David Bromstad helps find the lake house of their dreams.
Great Performances: Now Hear This: “Piazzolla’s History With Tango”
Visit Buenos Aires, Argentina, with host Scott Yoo and flutist Alice Dade to explore the evolution of composer Astor Piazzolla’s work and the music genre of tango itself as it became fused with jazz across time and numerous instruments.
Blue Bloods: “Smoke & Mirrors”
There’s lots for the family to take on as Frank (Tom Selleck) handles a “dream team” problem while Erin (Bridget Moynahan) searches for the online attacker of DA Crawford (Roslyn Ruff). Meanwhile, Jamie (Will Estes) and Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) investigate a carjacking ring.
The New York Times Presents: “The Legacy of J Dilla”
The latest entry in this documentary series looks at prolific musician, producer and visionary J Dilla, who emerged in the Detroit hip-hop scene of the 1990s, and how his influence in the recording industry became more recognized following his untimely death in 2006.
Saturday, April 8
ABC, beginning at 1pm Live
A trio of late-season NHL games has the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Detroit Red Wings, the Vegas Golden Knights at the Dallas Stars and the New Jersey Devils at the Boston Bruins.
The Professional Bridesmaid
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Maggie (Hunter King), a “professional bridesmaid” who guides brides-to-be through the tricky emotional and social dynamics of their big day, is hired to help the daughter of a mayor who is up for reelection. Henry (Chandler Massey), a local reporter assigned to attend the wedding, is hoping to get the scoop on the pending development of local park land. Since no one can know Maggie is a hired bridesmaid, she must pretend to be the bride’s old friend, help coordinate three unhelpful actual bridesmaids and keep Henry focused on the wedding, all while hiding her identity and her own growing feelings for him.
Pride: A Seven Deadly Sins Story
Following the immensely popular Seven Deadly Sins movies — Lust, Envy, Wrath and Greed — Lifetime continues the anthology with a new sin and new movie starring Grammy Award winner Stephanie Mills. Inspired by actual events, the movie centers on the story of a famous bakery owner and reality TV star, Birdie Moore (Mills), whose past secrets threaten the enormous success she has achieved. The film also stars Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles as Birdie’s son, Keeya King and Grammy Award winner Erica Campbell.
The Portable Door
“Harry Potter meets The Office” is how exec producer Lisa Henson describes this family-friendly fantasy-adventure movie based on Tom Holt’s popular comic novel. New interns Paul (Patrick Gibson) and Sophie (Sophie Wilde) have no idea what their mysterious firm J.W. Wells & Co. does until CEO — and wizard! — Humphrey Wells and his righthand goblin Dennis Tanner (Christoph Waltz and Sam Neill) ask Paul to locate the Portable Door that can take the opener anywhere they want. Paul and Sophie quickly learn “that the company is a purveyor of [manipulative] magic,” Henson says, and that they have their own latent magical powers. They embark on a quest not only to locate the door, but to hide it from the devious Wells and save humanity from his evil plan.
Warner Bros. 100th Anniversary: Warner at War
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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This evening, Turner Classic Movies’ monthlong celebration of Warner Bros.’ centennial turns to the films the studio produced during World War II, many of which were used to boost morale on the homefront. The lineup begins with the iconic Casablanca (1942). Still one of Warner’s most famous productions, this enduringly quotable Best Picture Oscar-winning romantic drama is led by Best Actor nominee Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid and Supporting Actor nominee Claude Rains. Following that is the Oscar-nominated submarine thriller Destination Tokyo (1943), led by Cary Grant and John Garfield; director Raoul Walsh’s Oscar-nominated Objective, Burma! (1945), starring Errol Flynn and based on the real-life actions of Merrill’s Marauders in Burma; and director Michael Curtiz’s Oscar-winning musical comedy This Is the Army (1943), based on Irving Berlin’s Broadway musical and starring George Murphy, Joan Leslie and Ronald Reagan. The lineup concludes with Across the Pacific (1942), a spy film set in the days ahead of America’s entry into the war. The movie reunites The Maltese Falcon costars Bogart, Mary Astor and Sydney Greenstreet, and was originally helmed by Falcon director John Huston. Vincent Sherman took over in the director’s chair after Huston joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps, where he made films about the war as a uniformed captain.
Totally Weird and Funny
The CW, 9pm
A panel of hosts submit hilarious online videos to be chosen as the funniest or weirdest clip of the week in this new series. Panelists include comedians Mikalah Gordon and Brian Cooper as well as actor Noah Matthews.
Critter Fixers: Country Vets
Nat Geo Wild, 9pm
The series returns for Season 5, again following longtime friends and veterinarians Drs. Hodges and Ferguson, who operate Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospital 100 miles south of Atlanta. Between emergency office visits and farm calls throughout rural Georgia, they are bombarded with unique cases only found in the country. In the premiere, the docs see a squirrel with dental issues, perform a C-section on a hognose snake and attempt to remove a tumor from a moray eel … on a house call.
The Renovator: “Healing a Home”
Marcus Lemonis helps a family whose home near the beach is causing them to experience health issues. He’s challenged to help the couple with underlying communication barriers in their marriage and to bring harmony to all aspects of the family’s home.
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Nat Geo Wild, 10pm
Season 11 kicks off with “Cat Got Your Tongue.” The Oakleys must travel by snow machine over dangerously thin ice to reach a dog with a lump in his ear; when a cat’s tongue becomes tangled in string, the team worries it may be wreaking havoc through his digestive system; Dr. Oakley makes a difficult decision after examining a pregnant reindeer with cancer; and diagnosing a drooling porcupine entails both medical and behavioral evaluation.
Saturday Night Live: “Molly Shannon/Jonas Brothers”
NBC, 11:30pm Live; also livestreams on Peacock
Former SNL cast member Molly Shannon (HBO Max’s The Other Two, which is back with a new season May 4) returns for her second guest-hosting stint. Joining her are the Jonas Brothers, making their third appearance as musical guests and whose new album, The Album, drops May 12.