TODAY'S TOP TV PICKS
Best TV Picks Mon, April 27Tue, April 28Wed, April 29Thu, April 30Fri, May 1Sat, May 2Sun, May 3
Mon, April 27
Dick Cavett's Vietnam
This program examines the Vietnam War and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted by the iconic host of "The Dick Cavett Show." The program combines interviews from Cavett’s shows with archival footage, network news broadcasts and audiovisual material from the National Archives to provide insight and perspective on this controversial chapter of American history.
Opening Bell With Maria Bartiromo
FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo will anchor "Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo" live from the Milken Institute Global Conference on Monday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 28 in Los Angeles. The 18th annual conference brings together the world’s top executives and policymakers to find solutions in business, health, government and education. Bartiromo will hold interviews with the top leaders in their field, including former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Liberty Media Corporation President and CEO Greg Maffei, BlackBerry CEO John Chen, Blackstone Chairman and CEO Steve Schwarzman, CME Group Executive Chairman Terry Duffy, among others.
Your name doesn't have to be Tommy: Anyone who's ever played "a mean pinball" is sure to enjoy "Hour Two" of the program's new visit to Santa Clara, Calif., where host Mark L. Walberg meets appraiser James Supp at the Pacific Pinball Museum -- and you just know lots of classic machines will be on display. Appraised items include a collection of writings by celebrated fantasy writer Ray Bradbury, now owned by the English teacher he had in high school.
The end of the competition's season gets ever nearer with the new episode "Live Top 8 Performances," with those still in the running to be the next "Voice" singing their hearts out. Mentors and judges Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams weigh in with their assessments -- which will figure into Tuesday's telecast, the week's elimination show. Carson Daly is the host.
2 Broke Girls
It can pay to look good -- or so Max and Caroline (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) hope, as they become Nash's (guest star Austin Falk) managers in trying to launch his modeling career in the new episode "And the Look of the Irish." They expect that if he's successful, they'll profit, too. Sophie and Oleg (Jennifer Coolidge, Jonathan Kite) try to keep their hands off each other for the month before their wedding. Sandra Bernhard returns in her guest role.
Dahlia (guest star Claudia Black) tries to win Klaus (Joseph Morgan) over to her side in the new episode "City Beneath the Sea," dangling information about baby Hope in front of him. Several people are trying to determine their own ways of dealing with Dahlia -- Elijah, Freya and Rebekah (Daniel Gillies, guest star Riley Voelkel, guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers) among them. Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) has to make a tough decision regarding Hope.
Barbara (Erin Richards) falls prey to the Ogre (guest star Milo Ventimiglia), making Gordon (Ben McKenzie) all the more desperate to find the villain, in the new episode "The Anvil or the Hammer." The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) launches an all-out assault that leads to ever-mounting carnage. Bruce (David Mazouz) is shocked by what he learns about his family's company. Morena Baccarin and David Zayas guest star. Donal Logue also stars.
Mike & Molly
Guest star Margo Martindale ("The Millers," "Justified") returns as Peggy's (Rondi Reed) sister Rosemary in the new episode "Mother From Another Mudlick." Mike (Billy Gardell) has never met her, and when he does, he's astonished how unlike Peggy she is -- in a positive sense. Some family friction results, though, over the immediate bond he forms with her. Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson and Swoosie Kurtz also star.
Shahs of Sunset
Returning to her roots, Asa plans a performance art piece in Hollywood involving veiled members of a flash mob in the new episode "Can't Fake the Funk." GG gets some surprising results when she takes a second polygraph test. Mike tries to make peace over dinner with MJ, Reza and Asa, but his good intentions are sidetracked when his drunken fiancee, Jessica, unleashes a tirade against the crew.
Just because the ever-resourceful Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) is slated for execution doesn't necessarily mean he'll meet his doom, as the new episode "Evermore" indicates. When hostages are taken at the prison where the procedure is slated to occur, Ryan (Kevin Bacon) only can count on himself as he enters the facility. Megalyn Echikunwoke ("The 4400") guest stars. Shawn Ashmore, Jessica Stroup and Michael Ealy also star.
In a new episode with the grim title "The Pit," Romero (Nestor Carbonell) confronts Norma (Vera Farmiga) about some information that recently came to light, and an increasingly fragile Norman (Freddie Highmore) is devastated by a new discovery. Elsewhere, Caleb and Dylan (Kenny Johnson, Max Thieriot) take on a risky job, while Emma (Olivia Cooke) comes to a difficult decision about her future with Norman. Nicola Peltz guest stars.
Buying the Bayou
Self-styled "Tiki King" Leo and his fiancee, Stephanie, are beating the bushes around Perdido Bay along the Alabama and Florida shorelines in search of a waterfront castle that can become the million-dollar home of their dreams in a new episode called "Tiki Hut Millionaires."
Walter (Elyes Gabel) and the rest of Team Scorpion go on a cruise ship together, but it's not for the sake of pleasure: They're trying to locate and disable some deadly rockets that have been stolen. As Valentine's Day approaches, Ralph (Riley B. Smith) turns to Happy and Toby (Jadyn Wong, Eddie Kaye Thomas) for advice on how to handle his first crush in "Love Boat." Katharine McPhee also stars.
After a two-month hiatus, the suspense series resumes where it left off with the new episode "The Woods," which finds Beth (Maggie Q) in the clutches of her stalker (guest star Eion Bailey). He holds her at a secluded cabin, giving Jack and Janice (Dylan McDermott, Mariana Klaveno) considerable challenges in locating the site and then trying to rescue their colleague. Oscar winner Mira Sorvino returns in her guest role as the acting chief of the unit.
Jane the Virgin
A revelation about the baby sets Jane (Gina Rodriguez) on an independent course of action, based on what she feels is best for the child, in the new "Chapter Twenty." Xo's (Andrea Navedo) efforts to patch things up with Rogelio (Jaime Camil) meet with resistance, and his focus is on career matters anyway. Jane seeks Michael's (Brett Dier) assistance in exposing the deceptive Petra (Yael Grobglas). Debbie Allen ("Fame") directed the story.
Tales of the Grim Sleeper
Award-winning filmmaker Nick Broomfield ("Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer") investigates the case of the Grim Sleeper, a serial killer terrorizing poor black women in South Central Los Angeles for 25 years. In 2010, Lonnie Franklin was arrested and charged with 10 of the deaths, the accidental result of a computer DNA match that linked Franklin to a possible 20 victims. He remains in jail awaiting trial. Broomfield's film includes an interview with Franklin's son, Chris.
The process of selecting Americans for military duty is considered by this new special, which notes controversies that the draft has generated -- encompassing President Franklin Roosevelt's creation of a peacetime draft. Those chosen to serve often have had long tours of duty in foreign lands, with protests on home turf being among the results, certainly during the Vietnam War. Interviews also trace reforms that have been applied to the draft over the years.
NCIS: Los Angeles
Quite possibly, "American Sniper" was the inspiration for the new episode "Field of Fire," though the story here goes its own way. An ex-Marine and skilled shooter is the quarry of the team after he leaves a hospital -- especially since he might have ties to extremists. Kensi (Daniela Ruah), a proficient sniper herself, has a hard time with some of the memories the case brings back for her. Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J and Linda Hunt also star.
TURN: Washington's Spies
Andrew McCarthy directed this new episode called "Men of Blood," which finds Abe (Jamie Bell) continuing his efforts to infiltrate New York by trying to recruit a new agent there. Elsewhere, Caleb (David Henshall) races Rogers (Angus Macfadyen) to hunt down intelligence reports from London, while Andre's (JJ Feild) history is exposed.
Claire's (Tandi Wright) secret is revealed and Lena (Sophie Lowe) returns home in a new episode called "Claire." Elsewhere, the police obtain a full confession from the suspected killer, while Victor (Dylan Kingwell) takes some extreme steps to protect Julie (Sandrine Holt) at any cost. Camille (India Ennenga) discovers the appalling result of her well-intended efforts.
Somewhat reminiscent of the Liam Neeson movie "Non-Stop," the new episode "In Plane Sight" puts Castle and Alexis (Nathan Fillion, Molly Quinn) aboard a flight to London that turns deadly. An air marshal on the jet is slain, and as Castle seeks the killer, Beckett (Stana Katic) tries to help with the identification on the ground -- and they need to work fast, since the murderer may strike again. Paula Newsome guest stars. Penny Johnson Jerald also stars.
The Night Shift
Currently a producer and sometimes-actor on "Secrets and Lies," Timothy Busfield moonlights by guest-starring as a rodeo cowboy hurt in a building collapse in the new episode "Hold On." Busfield's wife, Melissa Gilbert, also guest stars as his character's girlfriend. A patient's reaction to an appendectomy leads Paul (Robert Bailey Jr.) to question Krista (Jeananne Goossen). Scott (Scott Wolf) wants to perform needed surgery on a teenager he struck with his car.
In the season finale, "Sink or Swim," a bad choice ends in disaster during a huge Florida storm when Capt. Lee bets on the seaworthiness of the Huckleberry. In Illinois, Trapper relies on an old trick that his grandfather used as he hunts for huge flathead catfish. Seaver and Mike confront risky whitewaters and icebergs the size of automobiles as they enter the most dangerous stretch of their trek along Alaska's Copper River.
The Miracle Worker
"The room's a wreck, but her napkin is folded." Dedicated Anne Sullivan (Anne Bancroft) helps young Helen Keller (Patty Duke) emerge from her silent prison in this Oscar-winning 1962 adaptation of William Gibson's award-winning Broadway play. By turns poignant, funny, suspenseful and uplifting, the drama scored Academy Awards for both Bancroft and Duke, reprising their stage performances. Inga Swenson co-stars.
Tue, April 28
Last Days in Vietnam: American Experience
Rory Kennedy produced and directed this Oscar-nominated documentary about the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, which took place 40 years ago this month. As North Vietnamese forces closed in on Saigon, and the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled, an unlikely group of heroes took matters into their own hands.
The murder of a Naval Intelligence-savvy ensign brings Special Agent Ned Dorneget (guest star Matt Jones) back, so he can work with Gibbs' (Mark Harmon) squad, in the new episode "Troll." Gibbs' new friendship with government lawyer Jake Malloy (returning guest star Jamie Bamber) surprises the other team members ... particularly Bishop (Emily Wickersham), Malloy's wife. Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum also star.
How about a meal of alligator? Or a dish of ostrich? Such are the ingredients that must be used by the remaining contestants in the new episode "9 Chefs Compete," featuring guest judges connected to an appropriately named Los Angeles restaurant: Animal. Following that challenge, Chef Gordon Ramsay assesses each of the contenders individually, with the lowest-ranked person on each team sent into a face-off ... and only one will stay.
Dancing With the Stars
The show has acknowledged the milestone during its regular weekly telecasts this season, but in this hourlong special, the focus is wholly on the 10th anniversary of the program. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews introduce past winners of the competition, including Meryl Davis and Alfonso Ribeiro, who face each other in a "dance showdown." Among additional "Dancing" alumni slated to appear are Amy Purdy, Hines Ward, Kelly Monaco and Kristi Yamaguchi.
Formerly the ally of Barry (Grant Gustin) and the others at the lab, Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) becomes their target instead in the new episode "The Trap." Cisco (Carlos Valdes) makes himself the bait, with potentially lethal results. Eddie (Rick Cosnett) reaches a decision about Iris (Candice Patton) that bothers Joe (Jesse L. Martin) -- not a great situation, since the two men have to work together. Danielle Panabaker also stars.
The Day the '60s Died
In May 1970, four students were shot dead at Kent State. The mayhem that followed has been called the most divisive moment in American history since the Civil War. From college campuses to the jungles of Cambodia, to the Nixon White House, this special returns to that turbulent spring 45 years ago.
In a new episode called "The Ultimatum," huge waves test rookie skipper Josh Harris' mettle, but they're not what really threatens to sink the Cornelia Marie. A mutinous crew on the Wizard faces off against Captain Keith. Meanwhile, on the Northwestern, an unwelcome surprise is in store for Sig.
The Real Housewives of New York City
After a wild night with her single friends, Carole catches up with Heather at the High Line to discuss her dating life in the new episode "The Art of Being a Cougar." Sonja and LuAnn show up with much younger dates when Bethenny throws herself a last-minute birthday dinner. Carole flirts with LuAnn's chef, Adam, while Kristen pouts that she didn't get an invitation. Ramona mixes business with pleasure during a meeting with Peter, her restaurant partner.
The name Fawn has been connected to political scandals in the past, but it's this show's Fawn (guest star Zoe Lister-Jones) who's involved in one in the new episode "Panty Gate." That title suggests what the controversy swarms around, and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) makes himself a sacrificial lamb to fix the problem. Jess (Zooey Deschanel) becomes a "love doctor." Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) makes a decision about May (guest star Meaghan Rath).
Series co-star Bianca Kajlich's husband, radio personality Mike Catherwood, guest stars as her character Leslie's blind date in the new episode "A Sibling Rivalry Walks Into a Bar." Things don't go well between them -- an inside joke for those who know the couple's real-life status -- so Justin (Brent Morin) volunteers to be her date for a subsequent event. Her brother Danny (Chris D'Elia) does, too, leading to a showdown over who will attend with her.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Edward James Olmos continues his guest role as Robert Gonzales in the new episode "The Dirty Half Dozen," as the character agrees to join forces with Coulson (Clark Gregg) against Hydra. To say that their partnership is tenuous is an understatement, since neither trusts the other ... making both of them second-guess every move as they build their offensive. Henry Simmons, J. August Richards, Kyle MacLachlan and Dichen Lachman also guest star.
NCIS: New Orleans
LaSalle (Lucas Black) tries to help his brother (guest star Clayne Crawford), who discovers his girlfriend's body in his car's trunk -- with no idea how it got there -- in the new episode "You'll Do." As a police captain (guest star Dylan Walsh, "Unforgettable") closes in, the sibling is the likeliest suspect in the death, but LaSalle remains intent on clearing him. Scott Bakula, Zoe McClellan and CCH Pounder also star.
A pregnant woman's murder concerns Liv (Rose McIver) in more ways than one in the new episode "Maternity Liv." After going about her typically brainy way of plugging into the victim's memories, Liv experiences what it's like to be an expectant mom, and the adjustment certainly poses its challenges for her. Major (Robert Buckley) is stunned by something he learns. Malcolm Goodwin, David Anders and Rahul Kohli also star.
Married at First Sight
After meeting, marrying, honeymooning and moving, all in the dizzying span of only two weeks, each of the three couples prepares to ring in the new year for the first time as husband and wife in a new episode entitled, quite logically, "Happy New Year."
One Big Happy
The sitcom's season finale, "Wedlock," puts the union of Luke and Prudence (Nick Zano, Kelly Brook) in jeopardy. After discovering something about her, he goes AWOL, leaving her possibly having to go elsewhere as well -- back overseas. Actually, he goes on a bar crawl with Markus (Brandon Smith) while she cries on the shoulder of Lizzy (Elisha Cuthbert), who eventually comes up with a potential solution for all concerned.
The screen classic "The Godfather" proves to be a uniting force for Stosh (Zachary Knighton) and his young son (guest star Daniel Zolghadri), along with Eric (Nate Torrence), in the new episode "The Weirdfather." Just as their relationship is solidifying, another is eroding -- rapidly -- since Zara (Meera Rohit Kumbhani) becomes concerned about Caryn's (Becki Newton) needy nature. Renee Marino also guest stars.
Culinary celebrities find themselves on the chopping block as this new all-stars tournament gets underway, with the first four of 16 well-known chefs competing for a place in the grand finale. At stake is a $75,000 grand prize for their favorite charity. The premiere, "All-Star Tournament: Part 1," finds Art Smith, Brian Malarkey, Madison Cowan and Eric Greenspan coping with a disgustingly slimy ingredient in their first round. Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant and Amanda Freitag are judges; Ted Allen hosts.
Newlyweds: The First Year
After spending a day with Fay, Laura's adorable niece, Sam decides it's time to get their eggs tested in the new episode "Great Expectations." Elsewhere, Erik and Nadine consult a financial planner and discover they may not be able to sustain their posh lifestyle once the baby arrives. Rouvaun tells Toi she must increase customer traffic at her store or he won't be able to support it much longer. Kirk and Laura finally get some good news.
This series' crossover last fall with "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Chicago P.D." -- both also executive-produced by Dick Wolf -- was such a success, the three shows unite again this week, starting with the new episode "We Called Her Jellybean." The firefighters team with police from both Chicago and New York over an apartment blaze that may be related to a case of rape and attempted murder. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) travels to the Windy City.
Your Family or Mine
In the new episode "The Will," Gil's (Ed Begley Jr.) widely disliked aunt dies but the family is largely unmoved by the news until they discover she leaves behind a potential fortune. Amid all this talk of death, Oliver and Kelli (Kyle Howard, Kat Foster) struggles desperately for a sensitive way to decline with her sister Shawni (Collette Wolfe) asks them to be guardians to her horrible young son.
Sons of Winter
After growing up in a Canadian clan of homesteaders who have chosen to live off the grid, eldest Barks family sons Dale and Shane set out on a 90-day journey hundreds of miles from home, in a rite of passage designed to test their ability to survive the wilderness during the harshest winter months. That leaves parents Randy and Tara Barks and their youngest son, Kole, to fend for themselves without the most physically adept members of their family.
Requiem for a Heavyweight
A sterling cast does solid, often heartbreaking work in Rod Serling's 1962 adaptation of his teleplay about a fading fighter (Anthony Quinn) who may have taken one punch too many. His big-wagering manager (Jackie Gleason) has sold him out, virtually indenturing him to an unwanted contract as a wrestler. Mickey Rooney, Julie Harris, and boxing greats Jack Dempsey and Cassius Clay -- later known as Muhammad Ali, for you youngsters -- co-star.
AirAsia 8501: Anatomy of a Crash
Science Channel investigates one of the most perplexing airplane disasters in recent history with the US Premiere of AIRASIA 8501: ANATOMY OF A CRASH. This fateful event culminated on December 28th, 2014 when AirAsia flight 8501 and its 155 passengers and seven crew members were lost in a storm, 40 minutes into its journey from Indonesia to Singapore. Comparing and contrasting the story of this flight with aviation tragedies of the recent past such as Air France flight 447 and Malaysia Airlines flight 370, this in-depth documentary will examine the impact of the Earth’s increasingly severe weather conditions on the aviation industry. It will also question whether so-called ‘super storms’ are becoming more frequent and severe, while looking at the cutting-edge technology currently being developed to prevent future tragedies.
In this one-hour special, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts conducts the first broadcast interview with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, two of the three women who were kidnapped by Ariel Castro and survived a decade of imprisonment and unimaginable torture in his Cleveland home.
Person of Interest
When the persons of interest are crime kingpins, anything can happen, as Reese and Fusco (Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman) learn firsthand in the new episode "Asylum." Enrico Colantoni ("Flashpoint") and Winston Duke play the feuding mobsters whose conflict endangers others. Finch and Root (Michael Emerson, Amy Acker) might be set up when they think they get a hint of Shaw's whereabouts. Camryn Manheim reprises her recurring guest role as Control.
Wed, April 29
The Casual Vacancy
J.K. Rowling adapted her own 2012 bestseller into this two-night, three-part miniseries that is a partnership between HBO and the BBC. When a parish councilman in the picturesque English village of Pagford dies, the ensuing battle for his seat exposes the true nature of the people in the town.
PGA Tour Golf
TPC Harding Park in San Francisco is the scene for the next five days as it plays host to the WGC-Cadillac Match Play. Sixteen teams of four will tee it up on the 7,169-yard par 72 that features soft bunkers and graceful, undulating fairways. Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan are among the players committed to this year's tournament.
The new episode "Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La" profiles a self-styled society of recently found primates that have banded together to deal with the environmental challenges of the Himalayas. Though the Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys are gentle in nature, the leader of the group here proves quite resilient in keeping them protected from the elements. However, it also takes cooperation among all of the members for them to survive.
The title is within reach for those still in the contest in the new two-hour episode "Top 4 Perform" ... and since they've gotten this far, the decision of which participant to eliminate clearly is a tough one. Nevertheless, it has to happen, putting the reasoning of judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban -- and also of viewers who cast their votes -- to the test. Ryan Seacrest is the host.
Plans go awry for Frankie and Mike (Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn) in the new episode "While You Were Sleeping," as their date night at home is thwarted by exhaustion. Afterward, they keep going back to the movie they rented, trying to finish watching it. Axl and Brick's (Charlie McDermott, Atticus Shaffer) plan to come up with a new invention results in their own barbecue sauce. Sue (Eden Sher) gets an unexpected invitation, but work may interfere.
Nyssa's (guest star Katrina Law) training of Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is interrupted by the League of Assassins, the members of which have Nyssa in their crosshairs, in the new episode "Ah Sah-Him." Laurel seeks assistance from Felicity and Diggle (Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey) in protecting Nyssa, who steels herself to do battle with her enemies on her own. Oliver (Stephen Amell) transforms himself, quite literally.
Young & Hungry
In the new episode "Young & Moving," Gabi and Sofia (Emily Osment, Aimee Carrero) hope to improve their chances of securing a fantastic new two-bedroom apartment across the hall by introducing Yolanda (Kym Whitley) to their smitten landlord. Elsewhere, Josh's (Jonathan Sadowski) new girlfriend, Shauna (guest star Kylie Minogue) is keeping something from him, but it's not what he thinks.
Shades of "Grease" and "Hairspray" are evident in the new episode "Dance Party USA," as Erica (Hayley Orrantia) heads toward her goal of dancing on a television program. However, her dream is thwarted when she catches decidedly non-telegenic pink eye from Barry (Troy Gentile). Adam (Sean Giambrone) tries to emulate Pops' (George Segal) gambling skills at school, but only ends up betting away his toys as a result. Jeff Garlin and Wendi McLendon-Covey also star.
Originally shown just over a month after the crime was committed, "Manhunt -- Boston Bombers" takes viewers through the pursuit of the two key suspects in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing of April 2013. The program focuses on the role that modern technology played in the search, including which high-tech innovations worked and which didn't, and also examines the related implications for the future of crime solving.
A vigilante may be loose in Los Angeles in the new episode "Protection." Rossi (Joe Mantegna) and his team are concerned when a number of people who have been shot appear to have ties to crime, prompting the agents to comb some usavory places in search of a suspect. Guest stars include Joe Adler ("The Mentalist") and Melora Walters ("Big Love"). Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Jennifer Love Hewitt, A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness also star.
Guest star Kathryn Love Newton is back as Claire Novak, who may be able to locate her long-missing mother (guest star Leisha Hailey), in the new episode "Angel Heart." At the behest of Castiel (Misha Collins), who feels guilty for his role in a situation involving the Novaks, Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) help in the search. What they discover along the way, though, could imperil everyone concerned.
While on an errand together, Phil and Jay (Ty Burrell, Ed O'Neill) decide to assert themselves at home more in the new episode "Integrity," Phil wants a video-game console that Claire (Julie Bowen) is against, and Jay is upset by Gloria (Sofia Vergara) enabling Joe (guest star Pierce Wallace) to have items more suited to girls. Mitch and Cam (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet) consider expanding their own family while babysitting Joe. Michael Urie also guest stars.
The new episode "The Number of Rats" continues a story begun on "Chicago Fire," as Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T and Danny Pino cross over from "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Their characters are in the Windy City to help Voight (Jason Beghe) and his team solve a case similar to an earlier one in New York. The main suspect (guest star Dallas Roberts) in a rape and murder cautions Lindsay (Sophia Bush) about possible results of the investigation.
NASA's Unexplained Files
In "Spacewalk of Doom," astronaut Luca Parmitano begins what is to be a six-hour spacewalk 200 miles above Earth, but things take a horrifying turn when water leaks into his helmet and Parmitano starts to drown. In another, very weird segment, the chronicles of a 12th-century monk corroborate an amateur astronomer's photograph of a huge, white-hot fireball rising from the moon. Also: an alien exodus and the hijacking of an asteroid.
Zoey's (Yara Shahidi) sudden rebelliousness divides her parents on how to handle it in the new episode "The Peer-ent Trap." Dre (Anthony Anderson) wants to nip her troubling behavior in the bud, but Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) thinks it might be better to just let it play itself out -- the way her own mother did when the younger Bow displayed a similar streak. Anna Deavere Smith ("Nurse Jackie") guest stars. Laurence Fishburne also stars.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
A tale that started on "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago PD" concludes with the new episode "Daydream Believer," as the prime suspect (guest star Dallas Roberts) in a rape and murder is released. However, that doesn't mean he still isn't being watched closely by Benson and Voight (Mariska Hargitay, Jason Beghe) and their respective police teams. Sophia Bush, Jesse Lee Soffer, Marina Squerciati and Brian Geraghty also cross over in their "Chicago PD" roles.
Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman returns for a new season with "Are We All Bigots?," which explores whether a person's ethnicity may affect our attitudes and actions toward him. Brain imaging studies suggest that negative cultural stereotypes have an impact on everyone's subconscious decision-making, but such bigotry can be overcome through self-awareness, social networks and, however improbably, ultra-violent video games.
Million Dollar Listing New York
While trying to sell a $35 million listing in the Time Warner Center to prospects from China, Fredrik hits a great wall of resistance despite his best efforts in the new episode "Three Brokers and a Baby." Luis plans a party to feature a new listing in Harlem, but response from prospective buyers isn't encouraging. Ryan, meanwhile, is the proud recipient of a very special delivery that he promptly puts to good use.
Season 3 of this addictive but ratings-challenged period police drama opens four years after the Season 2 finale, and the central trio of crime-fighters have gone their separate ways. When a train robbery leads to disaster, however, Reid, Jackson and Drake (Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenberg, Jerome Flynn) set aside old grievances to work the case together in the new episode "Whitechapel Terminus." MyAnna Buring also stars.
Rayna's (Connie Britton) efforts to help Deacon (Charles Esten) in the present reveal much about their past in the new episode "Time Changes Things." Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) goes up on the roof, literally, to try to re-energize her career by giving a concert. Jade (guest star Christina Aguilera) stages a Malibu beach party that turns into more than guests Luke, Jeff and Layla (Will Chase, Oliver Hudson, guest star Aubrey Peeples) bargained for.
Tragedy has led to renewal in New York, as demonstrated by the episode "One World Trade Center," tracing the last year of the exterior building of what is meant to be the world's most structurally secure skyscraper -- for very obvious reasons. Also apparent is the reasoning behind its being specifically 1776 feet tall, one of the factors discussed by construction chief Steve Plate and others involved in the project, including engineers and scientists.
Going " Die Hard 2" -- in which all of an airport's flights were threatened -- one better in terms of specific targeting, the new episode "L0m1s" imperils several planes that departed from the same airport. The attack is conducted via Wi-Fi, making the case ideally suited to the skills of Avery (Patricia Arquette) and her colleagues. Jason George ("Mistresses") and Sarah Butler guest star. James Van Der Beek, Peter MacNicol and Shad Moss also star.
In a new episode called "Nitrogen Freaks Me Out!," a clueless young woman on her very first day of work at an art studio is accused of breaking the artist's most expensive piece, then -- even worse -- making him freeze his arm in liquid nitrogen. In other segments, people in a waiting room are horrified when a gas leak from the ceiling appears to poison everyone around them and an exasperated man destroys the house a construction crew is working on.
Thu, April 30
2015 NFL Draft
The 2015 NFL Draft relocates to Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the first overall pick in Round 1 tonight. Top players on the board are Florida State QB Jameis Winston, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, USC DE Leonard Williams, Florida LB Dante Fowler Jr., and West Virginia WR Kevin White. ESPN, ESPN2 and NFL Network combine to televise all rounds through Saturday.
April's (Sarah Drew) decision leaves Jackson (Jesse Williams) distraught and bewildered in the new episode "She's Leaving Home." Bailey and Ben (Chandra Wilson, guest star Jason George) have vastly different views on where their relationship is headed, generating tension between them. Callie (Sara Ramirez) is reunited with a police officer (guest star Kevin Alejandro) she treated. Amelia's (Caterina Scorsone) past resurfaces to trouble her.
Many shows have been made by 20th Century Fox Television over the years, but this one becomes the studio's longest-running drama with its new 206th episode, "The Big Beef at the Royal Diner." In honor of the occasion, each of the 206 bones in the human body is mentioned as a celebrity chef's death is probed. Brennan and Booth (Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz) fear workers at their favorite restaurant, which the victim reviewed, may be suspects.
The Big Bang Theory
Surely not hurt by Jim Parsons' four Emmy wins (to date) for his portrayal of Sheldon, this sitcom is still one of broadcast television's ratings powerhouses as it heads toward the end of Season 8. Since the show already has been renewed for two more years, Parsons will be staying around a while -- along with fellow series stars Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch also remain as cast regulars.
The Vampire Diaries
Elena (Nina Dobrev) seeks input from Bonnie and Jo (Kat Graham, guest star Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) on Damon's (Ian Somerhalder) surprising proposition in the new episode "I'd Leave My Happy Home for You." Jo has her own concerns, since she and Alaric (Matt Davis) aren't thrilled about their respective bachelorette and bachelor parties. Enzo (Michael Malarkey) seeks Stefan's (Paul Wesley) help in dealing with Lily (guest star Annie Wersching).
The Casual Vacancy
In the conclusion of this three-part miniseries, the Sweetlove House matter is swiftly decided after an excruciatingly close election, but Miles (Rufus Jones) has a shock waiting at home. Shirley and Samantha (Julia McKenzie, Keeley Hawes) have a bitter confrontation about their family during Howard's (Michael Gambon) birthday party, and Arf (Joe Hurst) catches two couples in compromising positions. Pagford is rocked by yet another tragedy.
The Odd Couple
As well as Oscar (Matthew Perry) might think he knows Felix (Thomas Lennon), he doesn't know everything, as the new episode "Sleeping Dogs Lie" confirms. The two men make a trip to recover a special item from Felix's ex-wife Ashley (guest star Christine Woods), and along the way, Oscar learns something about his traveling companion that surprises him greatly. NBA veteran Chris Webber guest stars as himself. Wendell Pierce and Lindsay Sloane also star.
Not only is Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) displeased by Vice President Ross' (Artemis Pebdani) streak of independence, he's no happier when she enlists Olivia (Kerry Washington) for an assignment involving a female Navy officer in the new episode "A Few Good Women." Mellie (Bellamy Young) has her own challenges in the course of her political quest. B613 poses new challenges for Quinn and Huck (Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz). Jeff Perry and Joshua Malina also star.
Finally, the code is broken on the Fulcrum in the new episode "Quon Zhang," and Reddington (James Spader) sets out to prevent the imminent danger indicated by the newly deciphered information. A photo found by Liz (Megan Boone) renews her determination to figure out her past. Corpses of Chinese-American women prompt a new case for the task force. Guest star David Strathairn returns as The Director. Harry Lennix and Diego Klattenhoff also star.
Drastic measures are undertaken by Mary (Adelaide Kane) to prevent Francis (Toby Regbo) from apprehending Conde (Sean Teale) in the new episode "Fugitive." Catherine (Megan Follows) tests Narcisse's (Craig Parker) loyalties by making an unusual request of him. Kenna (Caitlin Stasey) makes a big mistake where General Renaude (guest star Vincent Nappo) is concerned. Greer's (Celina Sinden) decision could impact her relationship with Leith (Jonathan Keltz).
When a Native American is found dead under a bridge on the Wabacooche Indian reservation, Backstrom is convinced that his father, Cooch County Sheriff Blue Backstrom (guest star Robert Forster), is a conspirator in the death, which forces him to make a difficult decision that will change his family forever.
Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal) makes a decision that breaks Christy's (Anna Faris) heart, as he announces he wants to live with his father in the show's second-season finale, "Fun Girl Stuff and Eternal Salvation." Christy thinks Bonnie (Allison Janney) is the reason Roscoe wants to leave, setting up new tension between mother and daughter. Octavia Spencer, Jaime Pressly and David Krumholtz are back in their recurring roles.
A fugitive suspected of killing a judge sparks a hunt across state line that involves Holmes and Watson (Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu) in the new episode "The Best Way Out Is Always Through." The person being pursued is an escaped convict. Holmes examines Bell's (Jon Michael Hill) new romance a bit too closely, to the extent that the relationship hits the rocks. Susan Misner ("The Americans") guest stars. Aidan Quinn also stars.
Ice Cold Gold
As the frustrated and exhausted miners of Sixty Degree Resources near their breaking point, their final hope may lie in the gold of Eqi, where their last base camp is positioned. The location yielded up a lot of treasure last season, and the team seems upbeat about the possibility that even more fortune awaits them there this year in the new episode "Eqi Gold."
In California, Joel is under the gun at a job that is behind schedule before it even begins, while Beat rallies the crew to finish a huge project that is on the verge of shipping out in a new episode called "Active Duty." Elsewhere, Andre gets recruited for a special mission with the armed forces, fulfilling a long-held dream.
The Red Road
After Harold (Martin Henderson) finds the paint sludge in an abandoned mine, he shares his discovery with Jean (Julianne Nicholson), who admits she thinks her father knows more than he is letting on. Kopus (Tom Sizemore) finds Junior's (Kiowa Gordon) campsite on fire and rushes to alert Harold that Junior went to kill Levi (Wes Studi). Jean, off her medication, accidentally finds the vent she thought she had imagined at her parents' house in the new episode "The Hatching."
As an ancient sect completes all the pieces to put its deadly scheme into action, Peter (Jason Isaacs) is thrust into partnership with some unlikely allies in the new episode "Jehoshaphat." Lynn (Anne Heche) comprehends the depth of the conspiracy while investigating Ambassador Ridell (Regina Taylor). Golan (Ori Pfeffer) tries to gain clues from the Donaldson case. Avram (guest star Guy Selnik) takes steps to protect a valuable asset. Richard E. Grant also guest stars.
When FX pushes forward the premiere date of "The Billy & Josh Show," the guys (Billy Crystal, Josh Gad) frantically try to fix their series. Unfortunately, if unsurprisingly, each has a different idea how to do that, so they wind up pulling the show in completely different directions in the new episode "Celebrity Guest."
While he is making his way back to Athens to confront King Aegeus, Hero (Tom York) is arrested by agents of the vengeful Prince Lykos (Wayne Burns), who has discovered Hero's true identity and is out for blood. Back with the Minoans, Daedalus (Matt Frewer) reveals his plans for an ultimate war machine designed to bring Athens to its knees in the new episode "Blood Brothers."
The result of the demonstration on Carter's (Elvis Nolasco) behalf prompts Aliyah (guest star Regina King) to try to get the court to speed up the timeline of his case in the new "Episode Nine." Russ (Timothy Hutton) tries to overcome his regrets about the past by continuing the house renovations. Alonzo (Benito Martinez) makes a desperate move on Tony's (Johnny Ortiz) behalf. Aubry (Caitlin Gerard) responds to a message from Carter in an unexpected way.
Fri, May 1
Beyond the Tank
This new series checks in with past entrepreneurs to see how they are faring. In tonight’s premiere episode, Shark Tank investor Robert Herjavec rolls up his sleeves to help San Diego duo Evan Meldelsohn and Nick Morton — the “Tipsy Elves” from Season 5 — solidify branding for their clothing design company.
2015 NFL Draft
The NFL Draft continues Friday with Rounds 2-3 from the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. The draft concludes Saturday with Rounds 4-7 on ESPN and NFL Network.
Veteran entertainer Pat Boone turns up in this new episode, helping a Vermont man pitch an ecology-tailored car that uses compressed air as its "fuel." The Sharks also entertain ideas from a Colorado mom who has developed a line of snack bars, a fisherman who has come up with a special lure, and two Cincinnati men who have created affordable eyeglasses with interchangeable parts. Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec are on the Shark panel.
Is a killer terrorizing Portland by emulating Jack the Ripper? Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) is determined to get the answer sooner than later, since he's at the center of a media firestorm over the murders, in the new episode "You Don't Know Jack." Nick, Hank, Monroe and Wu (David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee) try to get to the bottom of the matter before any more lives are taken. Bitsie Tulloch and Claire Coffee also star.
Former crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary and ex-prosecutor Kelly Siegler tackle the oldest missing persons case they've ever undertaken on this show in the new episode "Trip to Nowhere," which finds them in Hernando County, Fla. It was there, in 1981, that a daughter returned home from school one day to find her mother inexplicably missing. Can clues that are now decades old lead Kelly and Yolanda to any answers?
Cedric's Barber Battle
One would expect the world's entertainment capital to be filled with providers of every conceivable service, including cutting hair -- and the new episode "Hollywood" doesn't disappoint on that count. In a sense, host Cedric the Entertainer is in his own backyard as he surveys the talents of several specialists in creating "hair sculptures." He's not alone: Noted barber Conrad Hilton, whose celebrity clients have included Jamie Foxx, joins him.
Liam Neeson transformed his screen career to become a top action hero with this tense 2008 melodrama. He plays a former CIA operative who must use the tricks of his trade anew when his daughter (Maggie Grace, "Lost") and a friend (Katie Cassidy, "Arrow") are kidnapped, sending him to Europe to find them before they vanish forever. Famke Janssen also appears in the film, which yielded two direct sequels and a number of other Neeson-starring adventures.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Keegan-Michael Key -- half of the popular comedy team Key & Peele -- is on hand to contribute to the humor in this new episode. He joins Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles to add his on-the-spot creativity to the improvisational sketches and songs suggested by the studio audience ... which should be especially interesting, given the distinctive brand of amusement that Key has become known for. Aisha Tyler is the host.
America's Ballroom Challenge
Stately and spicy ... those two words describe the content of the new "Episode Two," which spotlights the contests in the International Standard and International Latin divisions in a competition in Columbus, Ohio. Waltzes, involving some dancers who stride across the floor in lavish gowns, highlight the first part of the program. Then, seductive moves and flashy outfits take over the spotlight. Mary Murphy and Tony Meredith are the hosts.
When Kono (Grace Park) goes on a solo outrigger trip around the islands in honor of her mother, she hits a patch of wild weather and must fight to stay alive in the new episode “Mo’o ’olelo Pu (Sharing Traditions).”
In the aftermath of the brutal faceoff between the witch and werewolf coalitions and their new common enemy, Elena (Laura Vandervoort) awakens to the horrifying discovery that she is being held prisoner at an off-the-grid compound run by a maniacal cult leader who is subjecting her to a series of sadistic experiments. Meanwhile, back at Stonehaven, the Pack and the witches are forced to resort to dark magic to find their missing members in the new episode "Dead Meat."
The Horseman of War is sought by Joshua, Erin and Peter (Jon Fletcher, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Joel Courtney) in the new episode "Path to Paradise." They stay the course, but Vera and Raul (Shantel VanSanten, JD Pardo) don't -- and those two end up paying a price for that. Vera finds a silver lining, though, as she realizes exactly what her new gift is and gives serious thought to how to use it. Diogo Morgado and Anna Diop also star.
Meet the Smiths
In a new episode called "The Zen Detective," Kenny meditates on a way to help Gwen better cope with all the stress in her life, preferably in a non-intrusive way that won't make her throw something at him. Elsewhere, Kayla and Monique are focused entirely on keeping Kenny out of their business.
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Marvel-movie universe gets a little more offbeat with this 2014 blockbuster, which stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, a rogue who assembles a ragtag team of heroes to protect an orb that many parties want. His comrades include a raccoon (voice of Bradley Cooper) and a tree-like individual (voice of Vin Diesel), and nothing less than the fate of the universe is in their collective hands. Zoe Saldana, wrestler Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan ("Selfie"), Glenn Close and Benicio Del Toro also star.
In the conclusion of the two-part Season 5 finale “The Art of War,” Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) must keep his emotions in check while he tries to track down the gang member responsible for shooting a member of the Reagan clan. Cliff Smith (better known as rapper Method Man) guest-stars.
A new episode called "Big in Japan" finds Bo (Anna Silk) and her valkyrie friend Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) serving as bodyguards for a young Japanese warrior (guest star Scott Yamamura) who has a contract on his head, as well as a connection to a mysterious group of ancient fae. He's not the only one getting threats, however. Lauren (Zoie Palmer) is in peril, too, when a benefactor looks to collect on her investment.
VOCES on PBS
Tragedy can prompt action, as demonstrated by the final documentary in this program's fourth season, "El Poeta." Its subject is Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, whose son was one of the numerous victims of a drug war during the past decade. Traveling by caravan, Sicilia appealed to Mexico's population to oppose policies of the country's government -- an initiative that made its way to America, where citizens and lawmakers began to target related U.S. interests.
Oregon is seeing another gold rush of a sort as foragers and diggers comb the state's heavily wooded areas for one of the world's most expensive delicacies: black truffles, which are actually more valuable than gold. That's especially true in this new unscripted show's premiere, "Devil's Root," as a drought wreaks havoc on the normally abundant truffle crop in Falls City, Ore. In addition to cutthroat rivalries, diggers also must contend with treacherous terrain and testy animals.
The Floyd Little team defends their championship title against teams from all over the world at the biggest double-dutch competition ever, held at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater.
Sat, May 2
Based on the 2013 discovery that former school bus driver Ariel Castro held three women hostage in his home for more than a decade, this stunning survivor story is told from the perspective of 21-year-old single mom Michelle Knight (Taryn Manning), who was abducted by Castro (Raymond Cruz) in 2002. Castro later added naive teens Amanda Berry (Samantha Droke) and Gina DeJesus (Katie Sarife) to his house of horrors, where the three women forged a close bond that helped them survive until their rescue.
141st Kentucky Derby
And they're off! It's time for the "Run for the Roses" and the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown with the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. A few press time favorites on the 1.25-mile dirt oval at Churchill Downs in Louisville include International Star and Materiality, both of which should be among the field of up to 20 three-year-old thoroughbreds.
A mixed bag of teams are on display in today's Fox Sports 1 doubleheader, which gets going at AT&T Park in San Francisco, where Buster Posey and the defending world champion Giants will take on Mike Trout and the reigning AL West champion Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The evening contest is a clash of National League also-rans, as Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds invade the home field of Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves.
An alarming revelation -- that an American was involved in the terrorist kidnapping of a social worker overseas -- extends a case for Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the team in "The Enemy Within." The troubling information comes to light during the rescue of the victim in Syria. DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) starts acting particularly strangely, concerning McGee and Bishop (Sean Murray, Emily Wickersham). Joe Spano and Marisol Nichols return in their recurring guest roles.
When Calls the Heart
The period drama continues in a new episode called "Heart and Soul," which finds Jack (Daniel Lissing) in the renamed Hope Valley to rebuild the church and school. That leaves Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) back in Hamilton, where her time with doting friend Charles (Marcus Rosner) leaves her feeling conflicted. Abigail (Lori Loughlin) is stunned as she finds out the devastating truth about Bill Avery (Jack Wagner). Martin Cummins also stars.
Evidence points to vehicular homicide in a hit-and-run incident that leaves a wealthy woman dead in "Give 'Til It Hurts." As the S.C.U. investigates, the detectives discover not everyone was a fan of the victim's "philanthropy." Elsewhere, Backstrom's (Rainn Wilson) gravely unhealthy lifestyle rankles both his doctor (guest star Rizwan Manji) and his former fiancee (Sarah Chalke). Dennis Haysbert also stars.
East meets West in this 1939 comedic tale of culture shock. Three Soviet emissaries are sent to Paris to sell the family jewels of the exiled Grand Duchess Swana (Ina Claire), but all does not go as planned. The three start to see the value of a capitalistic society, prompting by-the-books comrade Nina Yakushova (Greta Garbo) -- otherwise known as Ninotchka -- to take over the mission. Garbo's next-to-last film was acclaimed as one of her best.
Shrek the Third
The computer-animated, fractured fairy tale may not be completely as fresh in its third round (released in 2007), but it's still hugely enjoyable. Now married to a pregnant Princess Fiona (voice of Cameron Diaz), the lovable title ogre (voice of Mike Myers) panics over becoming king and sets out on an odyssey to find a stand-in. He has his own choice (voice of Justin Timberlake), but Prince Charming (voice of Rupert Everett) has a different plan.
NCIS: Los Angeles
In hopes of identifying the source of an anthrax poisoning before terrorists can turn it into a biological weapon, Sam and Callen (LL Cool J, Chris O'Donnell) go under cover as food truck owners in Mexico in "Black Wind." Angelique Cabral and Enrique Castillo guest star; Linda Hunt, Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen and Barrett Foa also star.
Both sides, Leda and Castor, continue their hunt for original clone DNA in episode three. Fugitives Mark and Gracie (Ari Millen, Zoe de Grand'Maison) uncover some new leads they hope will lead them to the samples that could set them free at last, while Art and Sarah (Kevin Hanchard, Tatiana Maslany) team up to track them down. Elsewhere, Cosima and her research assistant Scott (Josh Vokey) try to discover more helpful insight into the biology of the Castor clones.
Jamie (Sam Heughan) finds himself between a rock and a hard place when a redcoat deserter from his past resurfaces. Claire (Caitriona Balfe) tends to a laboring Jenny (Laura Donnelly) while Jamie and Ian (Steven Cree) join the Watch, resulting in devastating consequences.
Kevin Costner has had success with sports-themed movies ("Bull Durham," "Field of Dreams"), and he stays in that realm with this Ivan Reitman-directed 2014 drama. The star plays the Cleveland Browns' general manager who mulls saving his job by making an important pick in the NFL draft, though his choice may not be the one many others expect him to make. The solid cast also includes Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn and Sam Elliott.
Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery
The owner of a bakeshop enjoys being her town’s source for fresh cookies and coffee and town gossip. “She’s always been that person in town that people come to — in another town it’d be the bartender or manicurist,” reveals star Alison Sweeney. But the cookie baker becomes a sleuth when a murder occurs behind her cookie store. Also stars Cameron Mathison and Barbara Niven.
Anyone who's ever had problems with luggage is bound to be interested in one of the concepts presented in this episode, a suitcase that not only has wheels but can be folded up. The Sharks hear that pitch from a Brooklyn, N.Y. man and also consider a Houston woman's ideas for grooming products. Clothing meant to let women visually root for their favorite college teams is presented by an Oklahoma couple. The Sharks include Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec.
In episode three, the eerie chief of the Maoris reveals to Kyle (Joe Layton) how and why his destiny has led him to the island. Aumea (Shushila Takao) remains deeply conflicted, however: She feels a deep connection to Kyle and is reluctant to dismiss what he tells her, but her family remains firmly convinced that Kyle is dangerous. Elsewhere, Budgie (Theo Barklem-Biggs) flirts with disaster by becoming involved in a criminal enterprise.
As Above/So Below
Another horror film shot in the "found footage" style of "The Blair Witch Project," this uneven 2014 chiller follows young alchemy scholar Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks, "The Tudors"), whose determined quest to continue her late father's search for the legendary philosopher's stone takes her team deep into the miles of twisting, bone-littered catacombs beneath Paris. There she discovers a dark secret. Ben Feldman ("Mad Men") and Edwin Hodge ("Chicago Fire") also star.
Sun, May 3
Season 2 finds the group — Vanessa (Eva Green), Ethan (Josh Hartnett), Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and Sembene (Danny Sapani) — uniting to banish evil forces, while Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), The Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. “This season we embrace witchcraft,” said creator and executive producer John Logan, upon explaining how Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), who will be a “proper villain” and serve as an antagonist for the characters.
Few things are longer in professional sports than the first rounds of the NBA playoffs, which assuming at least two matchups go seven games, will commence today with a doubleheader on ABC. At press time, the Atlanta Hawks were by far the top team in the Eastern Conference while the Golden State Warriors were the class of the West. Later this week, the conference semifinals get underway.
Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. -- site of today's GEICO 500 event -- is among the country's most notorious tracks, at least if you ask the drivers themselves. The raceway, a 2.66-mile tri-oval, features a wide, smooth racing surface that invites average speeds of 200 mph, but restrictor plates incline the cars to run in one large, tight pack. That means a driver in distress can spell instant, serious trouble for those running immediately behind him.
Staging a surprise for Linda's (voice of John Roberts) birthday proves more complicated than anyone thought in the new episode "Eat, Spray, Linda." Bob (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) finally gets her out of the house -- but then, she can't be found. The entire family participates in the search for her. Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal also are in the voice cast.
The past comes alive again in the new episode "Let's Go Fly a Cool," as Grampa (voice by Dan Castellaneta) reflects on his time and exploits in the Air Force -- which viewers can share via animated flashbacks. Smitten with Milhouse's (voice of Pamela Hayden) Dutch cousin Annika (voice of guest star Carice van Houten, "Game of Thrones"), Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) starts smoking to try to impress her. Julie Kavner and Yeardley Smith also are in the voice cast.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
In the new episode "Reunion Part Two," the women discuss how the group dynamic has shifted during this past season, as friendships splinter then reconfigure themselves. Kandi tearfully talks with Phaedra about the cracks in their own relationship. After some of the others call out Cynthia over her fondness for stirring the pot and sowing discord, she reveals that she has suffered major blowback for being so outspoken. The men join the group to lend their perspective to some hot-button issues.
Call the Midwife
A secret romance faces heartbreak when teenager Paulette becomes pregnant, a situation complicated by her diabetes and her boyfriend’s criminal past. Meanwhile, a group of itinerants comes to the attention of the Nonnatus team when Noakes accuses them of theft.
An uncomfortable encounter with ex-friend Juliet (Nilaja Sun) causes Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) to flash back to the roots of her association with the president (Keith Carradine) -- who then led the CIA -- in the drama's first-season finale, "There But for the Grace of God." Stevie (Wallis Currie-Wood) becomes more than friends with the president's son (guest star Jason Ralph). William Sadler and (as himself) journalist Martin Bashir guest star.
One of the oldest rivalries in sports and still one of baseball's best is rekindled tonight when the Boston Red Sox host the New York Yankees. With nearly a month of the season behind them, these are two teams that could be going in different directions. The Sox started strong behind speedy outfielder Mookie Betts while the Bronx Bombers have struggled all around the diamond.
Teamed on a case with a top New York police detective (guest star Garret Dillahunt, "Raising Hope"), Jake (Andy Samberg) couldn't be more thrilled in the new episode "Det. Dave Majors" -- until he learns of his new partner's interest in Amy (Melissa Fumero). Terry (Terry Crews) mulls a job offer in private security, prompting Charles and Gina (Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti) to get him to stay at the precinct. Andre Braugher and Stephanie Beatriz also star.
Now a top action star, Liam Neeson voices his animated likeness in a new story that also marks the show's 250th episode, "Fighting Irish." That's a literal title, since the actor takes up the challenge when Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) declares he could beat Neeson in a fight. Stewie (also MacFarlane's voice) isn't happy when Lois (voice of Alex Borstein) volunteers for duty with his class and seems to give the other children more attention.
In a new episode called "Nice Ladies," Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith) doesn't trust Jackie (Edie Falco) when she shares the news that the hospital is being sold to Norwegian developers. Elsewhere, Coop (Peter Facinelli) is prompted to make a major life decision when Carrie (Betty Gilpin) has an unexpected reaction to his proposal. Jackie's dealing takes a surprising turn as she continues to scrounge for cash.
The Good Wife
Flashbacks are triggered for Alicia (Julianna Margulies) by an old case in this new episode. She's contacted by a former client (guest star Dorian Missick) now charged with murder, prompting her to remember her start as an attorney. Since the story deals with the character's professional roots, it's appropriate that it was written by series creators and executive producers Robert King and Michelle King. Aya Cash ("You're the Worst") also guest stars.
Blood, Sweat & Heels
In the new episode "For Love or Family," things get tense as Mica and Demetria go head to head in a discussion about their rocky past. Meanwhile, Arzo worries about revealing that she has a non-Muslim artist as a boyfriend as she and Melyssa head to San Francisco to spend time with Arzo's very traditional Afghani family. Mica visits her ailing grandmother in Maryland, while Geneva focuses on her career in a bid to rebound from her recent arrest.
A.D. The Bible Continues
The disciples aren't free from persecution -- nor prosecution -- since they're placed on trial again in the new episode "The First Martyr." Pilate (Vincent Regan) gets ever closer to the Zealot assassin. Stephen's (Reece Ritchie) very vocal opposition to the temple earns him the most severe sort of punishment. Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are executive producers of the series that also features Adam Levy, Babou Alieu Ceesay and Chipo Chung.
Secrets and Lies
In the drama's season finale, "The Lie," Ben (Ryan Phillippe) just wants to have a nice, belated Christmas -- but that isn't likely to happen as the murder investigation takes yet another unforeseen turn. Detective Cornell (Juliette Lewis) finally feels ready to make an arrest, with Tom Murphy's killer about to be named. The story's director, Timothy Busfield, also is a guest star in it. KaDee Strickland and Natalie Martinez also star.
The new episode "Gorillas & Genocide in Rwanda" finds journalists Mariana van Zeller and celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio in the region of central and east Africa that was the scene of a horrifying genocide in 1994. The pair visit the Nyamata Church, where 3,000 Tutsis were murdered. Later, for a much-needed cleanse of the spiritual palate, Mariana and Michael take a trek through nearby mountains to get a first-hand look at some of the area's fascinating gorilla population.
Spring Baking Championship
The seven bakers still standing are challenged to take the notion of sweet and tart to a new level for judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale, starting with a honey dessert in the preheat round. Next, they have to pucker up as they incorporate lemons and limes into a spring citrus treat in the new episode "Sweet and Tart." Bobby Deen hosts.
Harry's (Jeremy Piven) deepening involvement with Nancy Webb (Kelly Adams) prompts him to sell some of his shares in his store, affecting his control over the operation and leaving him susceptible to Nancy's secret plans, in the new "Mr. Selfridge, Season 3: Episode Six." Serge (Leon Ockenden) takes Rosalie (Kara Tointon) along as he goes to Paris to secure his own funding. When Kitty's (Amy Beth Hayes) assailants are released on bail, she decides to take action.
In the new episode "Starring Marc Chagall, Abuela and Adolf Hitler," Thom (Steve Coogan) loses his couch and gets a lesson in corporate America (involving, somehow, German pornography) from Jonathan (Bradley Whitford) Meanwhile, the Swedes push a new campaign and Lee's (Kathryn Hahn) bubble is invaded as her mother sends Julius (Sawyer Shipman) a package. Carrie Preston ("The Good Wife") and Molly Price guest star.
The Last Man on Earth
Phil and Carol (Will Forte, Kristen Schaal) patch things up with each other in the show's season finale, "Screw the Moon" -- but that doesn't mean there isn't more potential for them to get into hot water. The series has been renewed for a second season, and since there's only a handful of characters, it's virtually a necessity that more problems will arise among them to keep the program going.
In the new episode "The Lady," Gilfoyle and Dinesh (Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani) begin to suspect that a new employee they recommended is getting paid more than they are, while Richard (Thomas Middleditch) clashes with Erlich (T.J. Miller) over a prospective new hire. Monica (Amanda Crew) and Richard find themselves outvoted at a board meeting. Jared (Zach Woods) implements a new policy about workplace harassment. Big Head (Josh Brener) gets a surprising promotion at Hooli.
Odelle (Anna Friel) arrives at a safe house, directed there by Colonel Glenn (Treat Williams) -- who may have an ulterior motive for wanting her there -- in the new episode "Beat Feet." Peter (Peter Facinelli) worries his wife and daughter (Sarah Wynter, Elena Kampouris) with his intensifying fears about those around him. Harrison (Jake Robinson) continues to seek information on the circumstances of his father's death. Nate Mooney and Sadie Sink also star.
How can a dead man still be on the run? If he isn't really dead, which is what Russ and Font (Dean Winters, Kal Penn) suspect in the new episode "Gingerbread Man." The person in question has been on the FBI's most-wanted list, but Milt (Josh Duhamel) is certain he's deceased. Since this show is spending a whole hour on the case, you can pretty much bet surprises are in store. Former "ER" co-star Eriq La Salle directed the story. Janet McTeer also stars.
Wolf Hall on Masterpiece
The new drama's penultimate hour, "Episode 5," sets King Henry VIII's (Damian Lewis) sights on Jane Seymour (Kate Phillips) while Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy) is both pregnant and absent. That doesn't mean Anne isn't aware of it from afar, though -- and she draws Cromwell (Mark Rylance) into the situation, seeking to get what she feels she's due before she gives birth. However, with the king, there's a big risk of pushing things too far ... and she may have.
In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl (Pal Sverre Hagen) and five companions set out to cross the Pacific Ocean on a homemade balsa-wood raft to prove that Polynesians originally came from South America in this stunning 2012 Norwegian adaptation of Hyerdahl's book recounting his journey. Gustaf Skarsgard, best known as Floki in the hit cable drama "Vikings," is one of the few familiar faces in this film, which was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe as best foreign language film.
Conflicting forces either will save or destroy Emily (Emily VanCamp) in the new episode "Plea." Incarcerated, she has to rely on Nolan and Jack (Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler) to come up with evidence that proves her innocent -- but Ben (Brian Hallisay) takes equal measures to ensure that she remains behind bars. Courtney Love, Christa B. Allen and Roger Bart guest star. Madeleine Stowe, James Tupper and Karine Vanasse also star.
During her Middle East peace-talks tour, President Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) make an historic trip to Iran where an American reporter (and frequent critic of Selina) is being detained. Back in Washington, VP Doyle (Phil Reeves) stands in for Selina at a Rainbow Jersey event with a gay NBA star, while Dan (Reid Scott) is courted by slimy lobbyist Sidney Purcell (Peter Grosz). Elsewhere, Kent's (Gary Cole) compulsive polling could cause problems for Selina in the new episode "Tehran."