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Monday, April 17: ‘Killing Richard Glossip’ Searches for the Truth in a 1997 Murder Case

Killing Richard Glossip Investigation Discovery

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Monday, April 17

Killing Richard Glossip
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
For nearly 20 years, two men convicted of murder — one on death row, and the other sentenced to life without parole — have maintained two very different accounts of what led to motel owner Barry Van Treese’s 1997 slaying. The motel’s manager, Richard Glossip, has steadfastly maintained his innocence, suspended in a nightmarish limbo that has seen him tried twice, marched to the edge of death three times, and Oklahoma’s execution methods debated in the Supreme Court and beyond. This two-night documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger follows the breakneck efforts of Glossip’s attorneys and Dead Man Walking’s Sister Helen Prejean to discover the truth.

The Talk
CBS, 2pm
Oprah Winfrey makes her first visit to The Talk as she sits down for the entire show with hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood. Winfrey will discuss her new HBO film, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

The Simpsons
FXX, beginning at 6pm
Tonight’s 12-episode stunt of The Simpsons on FXX includes classics like “The Crepes of Wrath” from Season 1, “Mr. Plow” (That name again is Mr. Plow.) from Season 4 and “Boy-Scoutz N the Hood” from Season 5.

Kevin Can Wait: “Quiet Diet”
CBS, 8pm
Kevin (Kevin James) goes on a juice cleanse diet to lower his cholesterol so his wife (Erinn Hayes) will send him to the N.Y. Mets fantasy camp in the new episode “Quiet Diet.”

24: Legacy: “11:00 PM-12:00 AM”
FOX, 8pm
Season Finale!
Rebecca’s deal to save Donovan doesn’t go as planned, and CTU must rely on Carter to facilitate an important exchange.

Teen Mom OG
MTV, 9pm
Season Premiere!
MTV’s young parents are back and facing new challenges. Catelynn wants to give her daughter a sibling but fears she will again struggle with postpartum depression. Amber works hard to build her online boutique, but her hopes for overnight custody of her daughter are challenged. Farrah opens a children’s boutique and butts heads with her mother, forcing her to make a dramatic change. And Maci settles into life as a married mom with three children, while co-parenting with her ex.

Basketball Wives
VH1, 9pm
Season Premiere!
A new dramatic season tips off when Evelyn Lozada, Tami Roman, Jackie Christie, Malaysia Pargo and Shaunie O’Neal are joined by new faces Keonna Green, Bonnie-Jill Laflin and the Metoyer Sisters — Aja, Cristen and Melissa. Brandi Maxiell also makes an unexpected return to the series with her own scandal.

2 Broke Girls: “And 2 Broke Girls: The Movie”
CBS, 9:30pm
Season Finale!
In the Season 6 finale, “And 2 Broke Girls: The Movie,” the girls and the diner gang prepare for their night on the red carpet at the premiere of the movie about Caroline’s (Beth Behrs) life.

Quantico: “KUMONK”
ABC, 10pm
A despondent Clay (Mark Pellegrino) meets with the POTUS to discuss the task force’s future, but he’s interrupted by his brother’s arrival. Alex (Priyanka Chopra) teaches Owen (Blair Underwood) to trust his instincts during an operation to expose the collaborators’ plan to ruin the president’s reputation.

Better Call Saul: “Witness”
AMC, 10pm
Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) and Kim (Rhea Seehorn) hire an assistant. Mike (Jonathan Banks) seeks Jimmy’s help in hunting down the person who tracked his car, a mission that leads to someone Breaking Bad fans know well. Chuck’s (Michael McKean) plan for Jimmy’s taped confession is revealed (resulting in an epic performance by Odenkirk).

Scorpion: “Strife on Mars”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “Strife on Mars,” Team Scorpion gets trapped inside a failing and dangerous biodome designed for Mars while trying to extract a pair of scientists inside.

Independent Lens: “SEED: The Untold Story”
PBS, 10pm
In the last century, 94 percent of seed varieties have disappeared. Through this special, follow passionate seed keepers around the world who are determined to protect humanity’s 12,000-year-old food legacy.

T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle
VH1, 10pm
Season Premiere!
The series will celebrate its 100th episode in its sixth and final season as T.I. increases his political activism and support of a new crop of artists signed to his Grand Hustle label, while Tiny balances an Xscape reunion with her various business ventures.

Tuesday, April 18

NCIS: “One Book, Two Covers”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “One Book, Two Covers,” Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) must rely on old case notes and contacts after a Marine’s murder is linked to a former dirt bike gang he joined for a yearlong undercover operation.

Pretty Little Liars
Freeform, 8pm
Midseason Premiere!
The final 10 episodes of the young adult melodrama kick off tonight and will be filled with homecomings and reunions as the series brings back old characters including Wren Kingston (Julian Morris), Pastor Ted Wilson (Edward Kerr), Jenna Marshall (Tammin Sursok), Paige McCullers (Lindsey Shaw) and Sydney Driscoll (Chloe Bridges). We’ve also heard from “A” good source that wedding bells will ring for one of the Liars in the latter half of the season.

Bull: “Bring It On”
CBS, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Isaiah Washington guest-stars in the new episode “Bring It On.” When Bull (Michael Weatherly) assists Jules Caffrey (Washington), a high-powered attorney on trial for his fiancée’s murder, Bull takes advantage of Jules’ penchant for courtroom theatrics by letting him defend himself.

Famous in Love
Freeform, 9pm
New Series!
Former Disney darling Bella Thorne stars in this series adaptation of Rebecca Serle’s novel about a college student who gets her big break when she is cast in a major Hollywood blockbuster. But life for Paige (Thorne) isn’t all flashbulbs and fun — she must also navigate highs and lows of being the new It girl in town while balancing her college workload. And as Paige’s public profile rises and her chemistry with her hot costar grows, her friendships become strained.

Frontline: “Last Days of Solitary”
PBS, 9pm
Follow what happens to recently released prisoners when they go from solitary to the streets. With extraordinary access to the Maine State Prison, this film examines the long-term effects of solitary confinement and efforts to reduce its use.

Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
Travel Channel, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Andrew Zimmern is back to showcase not-to-be-missed foods that define a location.

Inside West Coast Customs: “Kid Jennings”
Velocity, 9pm
Kid Rock has country legend Waylon Jennings’ Cadillac Coupe de Ville that is in need of some care. He wants this car to be a showpiece that he can take to shows and put on display. Of course, it needs to have the outlaw look of Waylon, and the boys at West Coast Customs must take this wreck of a car and make it fit for a legend.

NCIS: New Orleans: “Krewe”
CBS, 10pm
Guest Star Alert!
Guest star Sheryl Crow performs two songs from her upcoming album in the new episode “Krewe,” in which the NCIS team investigates a train heist of hundreds of Navy weapons.

Cooper’s Treasure
Discovery Channel, 10pm
New Series!
While orbiting Earth in the 1960s, pioneering astronaut Gordon Cooper believed he discovered a large number of shipwrecks in the Caribbean Sea that could hold unimaginable wealth. Cooper worked for decades in secret to create a treasure map with the information he collected from space. Before his death in 2004, Cooper shared his secret with longtime friend Darrell Miklos. This new series follows Miklos and his team of underwater explorers as they use Cooper’s map as the key to unlocking this chest of sunken treasures.

Team Ninja Warrior
USA Network, 10pm
Season Premiere!
The competition series moves to USA Network for its 11-episode Season 2, following live airings of WWE SmackDown. Hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, the series pits three-person athletic teams against each other on physically demanding, side-by-side obstacle courses that test both endurance and speed.

Wednesday, April 19

Nature: “Hotel Armadillo”
PBS, 8pm
Welcome to the “Hotel Armadillo,” where the elusive giant armadillo digs a daily hole deep in the Brazilian rainforest and leaves behind a suite for 25 species of jungle clientele. Join biologist Arnaud Desbiez as he “checks in” the exotic guests.

NOVA: “Holocaust Escape Tunnel”
PBS, 9pm
In the heart of Lithuania, a Holocaust secret lies buried. A team of archaeologists probes the ruins of a Nazi execution site to find the truth behind tales of a tunnel dug by desperate Jewish prisoners and their daring escape.

Designated Survivor: “The Ninth Seat”
ABC, 10pm
President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) struggles to assemble a new Supreme Court. Agent Wells (Maggie Q) goes undercover. Seth Wright (Kal Penn) deals with controversial journalist Abe Leonard (Northern Exposure’s Rob Morrow), who returns from the Middle East with an explosive story.

The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands
AXS TV, 10pm Live
Karen as Dolly, from Myrtle Beach, S.C., performs a tribute to Dolly Parton.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: “Pankration”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “Pankration,” the International Response Team investigates the beating death of an American who was visiting Greece to get more involved in the family business.

Fargo
FX, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Season 3 of this crime anthology takes place in 2010, where creator Noah Hawley hopes to explore the modern world’s selfie-obsessed culture. “Noah is going to have a lot of fun, I think, commenting on and embracing the world as it is almost today,” reveals executive producer Warren Littlefield. This season’s cast includes Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Thewlis, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jim Gaffigan and Ewan McGregor, who plays a dual role of non-twin brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy.

The Expanse: “Caliban’s War”
Syfy, 10pm
Season Finale!
The Roci crew is forced to fight to save the ship.

Thursday, April 20

“Human Planet” Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 12pm
BBC America airs a marathon of the 2011 documentary series Human Planet, which explores how humans have adapted to life in every environment on Earth.

MasterChef: “Junior Edition: Tag Team”
FOX, 8pm
In the season’s first mystery box challenge, the junior home cooks must prepare a delicious dish inspired by their families. Then, the young cooks pair up to replicate a sushi platter, and guest judge Chef Edward Lee helps judges Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi decide which two kids will go home.

Superstore: “Spring Cleaning”
NBC, 8pm
Amy (America Ferrera) and Garrett (Colton Dunn) embark on an investigation as they sift through abandoned photos during the store’s spring cleaning. Meanwhile, Jonah (Ben Feldman) goes out of his way to woo Glenn (Mark McKinney) in hopes of gaining his approval. Cheyenne’s (Nichole Bloom) fiancé, Bo (recurring guest star Johnny Pemberton), starts working at Cloud 9 for some fast cash, taking advantage of Dina (Lauren Ash) and Mateo’s (Nico Santos) in-store intel.

Scandal: “Trojan Horse”
ABC, 9pm
Olivia (Kerry Washington) and the team are determined to take down Peus, but the fight for power claims another victim as the Electoral College vote nears.

H1Z1: Fight for the Crown
The CW, 9pm
Fifteen teams of five players compete in the first team esports tournament for the game H1Z1: King of the Kill. With the action taking place before a live audience and all 75 players entering the game at the same time, communication and a strong strategy will be key if the players want to win a share of the $300,000 prize pool.

The Blacklist
NBC, 9pm
New Episodes!
With its new spinoff, The Blacklist: Redemption, ending its first season last week, the James Spader-headlined drama returns to finish off its current season.

The Catch: “The Birthday Party”
ABC, 10pm
Alice (Mireille Enos) is caught off guard when someone from her past resurfaces and wants her help. Ben (Peter Krause) and Margot (Sonya Walger) have to work together to keep a sweet sixteen party from getting out of hand.

Friday, April 21

Bill Nye Saves the World
Netflix
New Series!
Award-winning host, educator and engineer Bill Nye returns with a new show that tackles topics from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths and refuting anti-scientific claims.

Girlboss
Netflix
New Series!
This series is inspired by the best-selling book #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, founder of the fashion brand Nasty Gal. It centers on Amoruso (Britt Robertson), who began selling vintage clothes on eBay and, by age 28, had built a multimillion-dollar fashion empire. The real-life Amoruso and actress Charlize Theron are among the show’s executive producers.

Bosch
Amazon
Season Premiere!
Season 3 of the police series will adapt series creator Michael Connelly’s novel The Black Echo, with elements from A Darkness More Than Night.

Rosewood: “Amparo & The American Dream”
FOX, 8pm
Rosewood and Villa are pulled into the world of human trafficking to investigate the death of a school teacher.

First Dates: “A Cat Is a Red Flag”
NBC, 8pm
One dater has a hefty checklist that her match hopes to meet and the cameras catch another dater in a suspicious web of lies. We also learn the key to impressing your date is a perfect miso black cod recipe.

Vanity Fair Confidential: “The Runaway Doctor”
OWN, 9pm
This series features extraordinary mysteries ripped from the pages of Vanity Fair. In each hour, the magazine’s writers give viewers exclusive insight into each story, interlaced with first-person accounts from those involved in the case — from law enforcement to victims, family members and friends. Tonight’s episode, “The Runaway Doctor,” tells the story of Michelle Kramer, who was on vacation in Greece when she awoke to find her wealthy husband, Dr. Mark Weinberger, missing. With no leads, Michelle takes it upon herself to investigate what could have happened in this tale of greed and horror.

Blue Bloods: “Mob Rules”
CBS, 10pm
In a rebroadcast of the episode “Mob Rules,” Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Frank (Tom Selleck) want justice for Lt. Gormley (Robert Clohessy) after he is beaten by a mob outside his home. They enlist the aid of Detective Anthony Abetemarco (guest star Steve Schirripa), who has a personal connection to the neighborhood where the attack occurred.

Saturday, April 22

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
HBO, 8pm
Original Film!
Based on Rebecca Skloot’s heralded 2010 nonfiction bestseller and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, this impactful film centers on Virginia tobacco farmer Henrietta Lacks, whose cells — taken without her knowledge as she lay dying of cancer in 1951 — have had unprecedented impact in medicine. Told through the eyes of Lacks’ daughter Deborah (played by Winfrey) and costarring Damages’ Rose Byrne as Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks chronicles a troubled offspring’s effort to learn more about the mother she never knew, offering shattering insight into our right to the very stuff of our own bodies.

The Son: “Death Song”
AMC, 9pm
In 1849, young Eli (Jacob Lofland) faces an epic survival test. In 1915, the McCulloughs enact a dangerous plan.

Training Day: “Bad Day at Aqua Mesa”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “Bad Day at Aqua Mesa,” Frank (Bill Paxton) and Kyle (Justin Cornwell) seek justice for a community organizer who is accidentally killed in a gang-related shooting.

The Perfect Catch
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
Batter up for love! Nikki Deloach stars as a single mom who runs her hometown’s diner. When her former high school boyfriend, superstar baseball player Chase Tanner (Andrew Walker) returns to town, she finds the inspiration to reinvent her struggling diner and revisits the past to find something even better for the future.

TCM Underground
TCM, 2:15am (Late-Night)
Tonight Turner Classic Movies airs a couple of classic “blaxploitation” flicks — Dolemite (1975) and Cleopatra Jones (1973).