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Thursday, March 2: The Ruler is Crowned on ‘My Kitchen Rules’

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Thursday, March 2

My Kitchen Rules: “Champion Is Crowned”
FOX, 9pm
Season Finale!

Mother-son duo Lance and Diane face off against Andrew Dice Clay and wife Valerie in a showdown where each pair is asked to prepare a four-course meal for a panel of six world-renowned chefs, and all of the former contestants.

The Voice: “Blind Auditions Premiere, Night 3”
NBC, 8pm
The blind auditions conclude, with superstar coaches Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani vying to discover and coach the next singing phenomenon from the country’s best vocalists.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live
This Thursday night NBA doubleheader on TNT has the Golden State Warriors at the Chicago Bulls, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Great Indoors: “Relationship Jack”
CBS, 8:30pm
When Jack (Joel McHale) fixates on his relationship with Rachel (guest star Maggie Lawson) to the detriment of the magazine and his friends, Eddie (Chris Williams) and Roland (Stephen Fry) try to break him of his obsession habit in the new episode “Relationship Jack.”

60 Days In: Atlanta
A&E, 9pm
Season Premiere!
A&E’s series 60 Days In, which put undercover participants in an Indiana jail to gain a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system, moves to Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail for two new seasons, in 60 Days In: Atlanta. The undercover participants for Season 3 include a special education teacher, a former corrections officer, a man who wants to fight discrimination in the prison system and a Marine who wants to pursue a career in law enforcement.

When We Rise: “Part III”
ABC, 9pm
ABC’s four-night miniseries from Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black continues, weaving together the harrowing, hopeful journeys of real pioneering members of an evolving U.S. civil rights movement. As the group, along with their friends and associates, fought their own battles with self-identity and self-acceptance, their personal struggles and intertwined causes forged an impactful family and ushered in a new era of social justice. The miniseries wraps up Friday night.

Chicago Med: “Lose Yourself”
NBC, 9pm
It’s a miracle when a trauma patient survives the trip to the hospital, putting the pressure on Dr. Rhodes (Colin Donnell) to keep the man alive. Meanwhile, Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) and Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) have difficulty diagnosing the location of infection in a paralyzed patient.

Training Day: “Wages of Sin”
CBS, 10pm
Deputy Chief Lockhart (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) opens an internal investigation into a past shooting that could cost Frank (Bill Paxton) his badge and freedom in the new episode “Wages of Sin.”

Baskets: “Denver”
FX, 10pm
Does a Denver omelet taste better in Denver? Christine (Louie Anderson) finds out the answer in the new episode “Denver.”

The Blacklist: Redemption: “Kevin Jensen”
NBC, 10pm
When an American journalist and close family friend of Scottie (Famke Janssen) is falsely arrested for espionage in a dangerous foreign country, the Halcyon team mounts a last-ditch effort to rescue him before time runs out.

Friday, March 3

The Simpsons
FXX, beginning at 6pm
Tonight’s 12-episode stunt of The Simpsons on FXX includes classics like “El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Our Homer)” with guest voice Johnny Cash, as well as recent memorable episodes like the “Simpsorama” crossover with Futurama.

The Vampire Diaries: “We’re Planning a June Wedding”
The CW, 8pm
A wedding is quickly planned in order for Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) to lure a dangerous enemy out into the open. This looming threat puts the fate of Mystic Falls in imminent danger, and must be destroyed.

Iron Man 3
FX, 8pm
In this 2013 sequel, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) must go up against a deadly new foe known only as the Mandarin, a terrorist who seems bent on throwing the world into chaos. Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Kingsley also star.

Grimm: “Tree People”
NBC, 8pm
Nick (David Giuntoli), Hank (Russell Hornsby) and Wu (Reggie Lee) are called to the scene of the crime where a man claims his friend was consumed by a tree-like figure.

Cesar Millan’s Dog Nation
Nat Geo Wild, 9pm
New Series!
Cesar Millan and son Andre hit the road in this new series, crisscrossing the United States to work with nonprofit organizations and dog lovers who are helping to save millions of dogs around the country.

When We Rise: “Part IV”
ABC, 9pm
ABC’s powerful miniseries chronicling the personal and political struggles of America’s gay rights movement comes to a close tonight.

Emerald City: “No Place Like Home”
NBC, 9pm
Season Finale!
Tip (Jordan Loughran) and West (Ana Ularu) arrive in Emerald City seeking vengeance. With a renewed confidence, Dorothy (Adria Arjona) faces off against the Wizard (Vincent D’Onofrio) and fights to save Oz from his oppressive reign. Meanwhile, Glinda (Joely Richardson) brings her power to the battlefield as the threat of the Beast Forever looms.

“Star Wars” Marathon
TNT, 11pm
TNT begins a Star Wars weekend movie marathon of sorts with 1999’s The Phantom Menace and 2002’s Attack of the Clones tonight. On Saturday, the marathon continues with replays of these films, as well as Revenge of the Sith (2005), A New Hope (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980). On Sunday, there are repeat airings of Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and the marathon concludes with a fan favorite — 1983’s Return of the Jedi.

Saturday, March 4

Ransom: “Girl on a Train”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “Girl on a Train,” a couple in France turns to Eric (Luke Roberts) and his team to rescue their daughter who was abducted from a train and may have been sold into human trafficking.

Custody
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!
Golden Globe winner Viola Davis executive produces and stars in a riveting tale of three women whose lives intersect in family court. Davis plays a veteran judge, Academy Award nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno plays a mother fighting to retain custody of her children, and Nashville’s Hayden Panettiere plays her determined young lawyer. Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Tony Shalhoub also star in the film written and directed by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine (Into the Woods).

Say Yes to the Dress
TLC, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Season 15 debuts on a new night, bringing more brides and more drama to the Kleinfeld floor for a celebration of 10 years of airing on TLC. Some highlights this season include singer Elle King coming in to find her perfect rocker-chic gown, and outspoken reality star Omarosa searching for her perfect, but not white, wedding dress. As a pairing for the 10-year anniversary, TLC will be launching Say Yes to the Dress UK following these episodes, giving viewers a dose of bridal magic from across the pond.

Planet Earth II: “Jungles”
BBC America, 9pm
This episode, “Jungles,” reveals a magical world of surprise, drama and unforgettable wild characters. See strange jungle dolphins that swim among the trees of Brazil, ninja frogs that fight huge wasps in Costa Rica and glow-in-the-dark creatures never before filmed.

Boxing: Thurman vs. Garcia
CBS, 9pm Live
The highly anticipated unification showdown between unbeaten welterweight world champions Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) and Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs) will headline Showtime Championship Boxing on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Legion” Marathon
FX, beginning at 10pm
Catch up on FX’s mind-bending new series Legion with back-to-back airings of the first four episodes tonight.

Sunday, March 5

Three Days to Live
Oxygen, 6pm
New Series!
This gripping new series dissects the first 72 hours of a different woman’s disappearance; each minute that ticks by diminishes the chance that she will be found safely. In each episode, the series follows a new abduction with visceral re-creations and compelling firsthand interviews from authorities and loved ones. And as each mystery unravels, viewers will witness justice being served, no matter the outcome.

Once Upon a Time: “Tougher Than the Rest”
ABC, 8pm
New Episodes!
As Season 6 returns with new episodes, Snow (Bailee Madison) is still asleep in Storybrooke as David (Josh Dallas) and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) race to stop Gideon (Giles Matthey) before he can confront Emma (Jennifer Morrison), and Gideon makes a startling confession to Belle (Emilie de Ravin) and Gold (Robert Carlyle) about his whereabouts while he was missing.

NCIS: Los Angeles: “Old Tricks”
CBS, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
Debra Jo Rupp and Martin Mull guest-star as con artists in the new episode “Old Tricks.” After a retirement home resident is kidnapped, the NCIS team uncovers the pair who hop from home to home scamming the elderly out of their money.

Little Big Shots
NBC, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Steve Harvey again hosts this family-friendly series that showcases the world’s most extraordinarily fun and talented kids.

2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards
TNT, TBS, truTV, 8pm Live
The fan-fueled iHeartRadio Music Awards returns to honor this year’s best artists, songs, performances and biggest events. Fans voted in traditional categories for the best lyrics, collaboration, song from a movie, cover song and music video, but they also voiced their opinions on their favorite social star, best fan group and more.

Making History
FOX, 8:30pm
New Series!
In this outrageous comedy, three friends (Adam Pally, Leighton Meester and Yassir Lester) from two different centuries try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their everyday lives.

Time After Time
ABC, 9pm
New Series!
The 1979 novel and film becomes a TV series in this stylish fantasy-drama created and executive-produced by Kevin Williamson (Scream film series, The Vampire Diaries). Famous sci-fi author H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma) uses an actual time machine to pursue the murderous Dr. John Stevenson (a.k.a. Jack the Ripper in this story, and played by Josh Bowman) into the modern era.

The Walking Dead: “Say Yes”
AMC, 9pm
A couple weeks back, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) said yes when Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) asked him to … so now what? With the Saviors’ weekly haul and the guns required for the garbage-dwellers’ allegiance on their to-do list, the Alexandrians are a busy bunch. But back home, someone faces a morally complex decision.

When Calls the Heart: “The Heart of the Community”
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
To raise money for new school supplies, Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) and the kids throw a carnival. But for a new boy in Elizabeth’s classroom, the carnival sheds new light, and possibly even hope, on his relationship with his distant father.

Chicago Justice
NBC, 9pm
New Series!
Dick Wolf’s Chicago universe steps away from first responders and focuses on what happens after the arrest, the fire or the medical emergency. And while some of the action takes place in a courtroom, this series is anything but stodgy, says series executive producer Michael S. Chernuchin, who promises thrilling episodes. “The first two will knock your blocks off,” he pledges. “Seriously. People will be throwing things at the television, which to me, that makes it a great show.”

Big Time RV
Travel Channel, 9pm
Season Premiere!
This season, the owners of America’s largest RV dealership expand the business beyond its locations in Tampa, Fla., and Tucson, Ariz., to a new lot in Loveland, Colo. In the season premiere, a politician chooses an RV that can accommodate his family while on the road for work; three mountain bikers need an RV that will get them to Colorado’s most rugged trails; and two adventurous full-timers want a downsized RV for their European holiday.

The Last Man on Earth
FOX, 9:30pm
New Episodes!
The comedy starring Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones and Mel Rodriguez returns — the fate of Mary Steenburgen’s character Gail is still up in the air — and this spring, Forte’s former Saturday Night Live costar Kristen Wiig is scheduled to appear in a mysterious recurring role.

Elementary: “Wrong Side of the Road”
CBS, 10pm
The new episode “Wrong Side of the Road” sees the return of Kitty Winter (guest star Ophelia Lovibond), who comes to warn Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller), her former mentor, about a killer who is eliminating everyone involved with a case they worked on together in London.

Believer With Reza Aslan
CNN, 10pm
New Series!
In what is described as a “spiritual adventure” series, author and religious scholar Reza Aslan immerses himself in the world’s most fascinating faith-based groups to experience life as a true believer.

Naked and Afraid
Discovery Channel, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Discovery says the reality competition series is “upping the ante” this season, including having two Naked and Afraid super-fans seeing if they have what it takes to conquer the survival challenge.

The Arrangement
E!, 10pm
New Series!
Fresh-faced actress Megan Morrison (The Walking Dead’s Christine Evangelista) nabs the role of her dreams when she catches the eye of the world’s biggest movie star, Kyle West (Dallas’ Josh Henderson), and is swept up in a fairy tale romance. As Megan navigates Kyle’s flashbulb-filled life and the mysterious, self-help organization he’s devoted to, she’s presented with a $10 million marriage contract and must decide how much she’s willing to risk for stardom. Also stars Michael Vartan, Autumn Reeser and Lexa Doig.

FEUD: Bette and Joan
FX, 10pm
New Series!
Executive producer Ryan Murphy is behind this new limited drama series, a darkly funny account of the legendary rivalry between past-their-prime screen goddesses Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) while they worked together on the 1962 thriller What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates also star.

Shades of Blue
NBC, 10pm
Season Premiere!
After a shocking Season 1 finale, Brooklyn detective Harlee Santos (Jennifer Lopez) struggles with the fallout from her deadly actions. Lopez reveals, “We ended on such an intense note that I felt like, ‘Oh, my God, where do we go from here?’” In Season 2, in addition to covering up a killing and fending off a war with the Mafia, the dirty cop also struggles to regain the trust of her team after they realize she collaborated with the feds.

Billions: “Optimal Play”
Showtime, 10pm
In tonight’s new episode, Axe (Damian Lewis) considers buying an NFL franchise, and Chuck (Paul Giamatti) begins a last-ditch case against a banking titan by developing a low-level informant.

Boat Buyers
Travel Channel, 10pm
New Series!
This series highlights cool boats with hot features such as full kitchens, leather lounge seating and boats that climb from sea to land in a flash. The series premiere follows a family in search of a boat that will help them enjoy the water activities available on Lake Lewisville, one of the largest lakes in north Texas.

Monday, March 6

World Baseball Classic
MLB Network, beginning at 4:30am Live
Some of MLB’s best play for their national teams in the 16-team tournament beginning early today in Seoul with Israel vs. South Korea. MLB Network airs WBC games through the championship round March 20-22 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Dominican Republic won the tournament in 2013.

The Simpsons
FXX, beginning at 6pm
“Homer’s Odyssey” from Season 1 kicks off this 12-episode marathon of The Simpsons, which also includes classics like “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” from Season 5 and “Lisa’s Sax” from Season 9.

Fast & Furious 6
FX, 8pm
Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) reassemble their crew to try to take down an international organization of mercenary drivers. Their reward: a full pardon for their crimes. Dwayne Johnson also stars in this 2013 sequel.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
HBO, 8pm
This Grammy-nominated film tells the extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Silk Road Ensemble is a diverse group of instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers who explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope.

The Voice: “Blind Auditions, Part 4”
NBC, 8pm
The blind auditions continue as superstar coaches Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani all vie to discover and coach the next singing phenomenon from the country’s best vocalists. Part 5 of the blind auditions airs tomorrow night.

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
VH1, 8pm
Season Premiere!
In Season 6, the competition to take over Atlanta’s hot music scene is fierce and the drama is juicier than ever!

Superior Donuts: “Arthur’s Day Off”
CBS, 9pm
Franco (Jermaine Fowler) gets the chance to prove he has what it takes to run the shop while Arthur (Judd Hirsch) begrudgingly takes a vacation day in the appropriately titled new episode “Arthur’s Day Off.”

HUMANS
AMC, 10pm
Mia (Gemma Chan) and Ed (Sam Palladio) grow closer. Milo (Marshall Allman) confronts a worried Athena (Carrie-Anne Moss). Karen (Ruth Bradley) and Pete (Neil Maskell) delve deeper into the Seraphim investigation. Hester (Sonya Cassidy) exerts her power over Leo (Colin Morgan).

Taken: “Ready”
NBC, 10pm
Bryan (Clive Standen) gets his first chance in the field, but the mission goes bust, resulting in a tragic death. The team uncovers a group of government officials skimming off of refugee funds, which also leads Christina (Jennifer Beals) to reconnect with a long-lost love.

Tuesday, March 7

Amy Schumer: The Leather Special
Netflix
This all-new standup special from comedian Amy Schumer was taped last November in Denver. “Very happy to be a part of the Netflix family for this special,” Schumer said in a release. “Maybe now they will look at my Stranger Things audition tape to play the demogorgon in Season 2.”

NCIS: “What Lies Above”
CBS, 8pm
McGee (Sean Murray) discovers his apartment has been torn apart by a robber trying to locate an item of great value that was hidden somewhere by the previous owner, a convicted criminal, in the new episode “What Lies Above.”

This Is Us: “What Now?”
NBC, 9pm
The entire Pearson family gathers at Randall’s (Sterling K. Brown) for an unusual party. Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Sophie’s (Alexandra Breckenridge) relationship deepens on the night of his play’s premiere. Kate (Chrissy Metz) struggles to open up to Toby (Chris Sullivan) about her father’s death. Tensions are high between Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) as she leaves on tour with her band.

Face Off: All Stars: “Puppet Masters”
Syfy, 9pm
The episode begins with the suspenseful conclusion to last week’s elimination challenge, and transitions into the latest immunity challenge, where the teams create magical marionette characters.

The Partner
CNBC, 10pm
New Series!
Investor and entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC’s The Profit, leads this five-episode series that was originally scheduled to premiere last month. Lemonis seeks a partner to help him manage the fast-growing portfolio of businesses he’s acquired. Ten finalists compete for his half-million-dollar contract and an equity stake in Lemonis’ portfolio.

The Americans
FX, 10pm
Season Premiere!
The episode “Amber Waves” kicks off Season 5 of FX’s spy thriller. While Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) struggle to contain the risks from Paige’s (Holly Taylor) growing relationship with Matthew Beeman (Danny Flaherty), the Centre sends them on an operation unlike any they’ve ever had before, straining their family and marriage to its limits.

Chicago Justice: “See Something”
NBC, 10pm
When a Muslim grad student is brutally murdered, Stone (Philip Winchester) and the team arrest his friend, another Muslim student, who claims he committed murder to prevent a terrorist attack. The jury must decide whether he’s a killer or a hero.

The Detour: “The Court”
TBS, 10pm
Tonight’s new episode is all about Robin (Natalie Zea) and her questionable past, as she is forced to come clean about her time in the city, and attempts to get a divorce from Carlos. But he has other ideas.

She’s in Charge
TLC, 10pm
New Series!
People have reached out to guidance counselor and viral video star Veronica “Pooh” Nash-Poleate for advice nonstop since she gained online fame. Now Nash-Poleate, who holds degrees in psychology and education, is making house calls in this new, eight-episode TLC series that features her visiting those who’ve sought her help — from moms needing to control their kids to couples trying to rekindle their romance.

Chrisley Knows Best: “Bunions, Bulldogs and Hedgehogs, Oh My!”
USA Network, 10pm
Todd thinks taking over Julie’s housework while she recovers from surgery will be a cakewalk, but running the home isn’t as easy as it looks. Chase schemes with Nanny Faye to get Todd to accept his dog, Lilo.

Wednesday, March 8

Survivor
CBS, 8pm
Season Premiere!
One of the most mentally challenging and physically demanding games is back for its 34th season. Set in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji, this season’s premiere marks Survivor’s 500th episode and features 20 returning castaways known to have evolved the game in some way with their risky, game-changing moves. Among those returning are Tai Trang, Michaela Bradshaw, Caleb Reynolds, Ciera Eastin and Sandra Diaz-Twine, the only person to win the game twice.

Chopped Junior: Make Me a Judge
Food Network, 8pm
New Series!
Talented junior chefs from across the country compete for a place at the Chopped judges’ table, where they’ll give longtime Chopped judges Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson and Chris Santos a taste of their own medicine as the pro chefs then battle for bragging rights and $25,000 to the charity of their choice.

Speechless: “S-U-R—SURPRISE!”
ABC, 8:30pm
Dylan (Kyla Kenedy) tells Maya (Minnie Driver) she doesn’t want a birthday party, but Maya plans a surprise fete anyway and discovers the real reason why Dylan didn’t want to celebrate. JJ (Micah Fowler) scores an accidental day of independence at the mall when Ray (Mason Cook) is put in charge of watching him. Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) and Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) struggle to find common ground.

The Magicians: “Plan B”
Syfy, 9pm
Julia (Stella Maeve) and Kady (Jade Tailor) enlist Quentin (Jason Ralph), Margo (Summer Bishil), Eliot (Hale Appleman) and Penny (Arjun Gupta) for a magical heist.

black-ish: “ToysR’ntUs”
ABC, 9:30pm
Janine (Nicole Sullivan) gives Diane (Marsai Martin) a white Girlstory doll for her birthday, and when Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) tries to exchange it for a black doll, she is shocked by the limited options. Dre (Anthony Anderson) blames it on the lack of representation of African Americans in the media, but as he confronts the systemic problem, he realizes that he has prejudices of his own. Meanwhile, Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) enlists Junior (Marcus Scribner) to be her spades partner.

Designated Survivor: “Warriors”
ABC, 10pm
New Episodes!
With the nation in shock following the shooting on the Capitol steps, Emily (Italia Ricci) struggles with the knowledge there may be a traitor in the White House. Meanwhile, Hannah (Maggie Q) grapples with her decision to reveal what she knows about the conspiracy behind the Capitol bombing.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
CBS, 10pm
Season Premiere!
The Criminal Minds spinoff about the specialized International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and coming to the rescue of Americans who find themselves in danger while abroad premieres Season 2 tonight. Gary Sinise, Alana De La Garza, Daniel Henney and Tyler James Williams star.

The Expanse: “The Seventh Man”
Syfy, 10pm
Preparations for the Earth/Mars peace conference tighten the tension on Errinwright (Shawn Doyle).

Underground
WGN America, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Aisha Hinds joins the cast as famed abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman as WGN America’s Underground Railroad series debuts its second season. The series’ co-executive producer John Legend will also appear as radical abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass.

Thursday, March 9

Grey’s Anatomy: “Civil War”
ABC, 8pm
Richard (James Pickens Jr.), Jackson (Jesse Williams), April (Sarah Drew) and Catherine (Debbie Allen) tackle a grueling trauma case that is intensified by hospital politics. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) gets caught in the middle when Nathan (Martin Henderson) and Alex (Justin Chambers) disagree about a patient. Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) finally confronts her feelings about Owen (Kevin McKidd).

Three Pointer Thursday
Comedy Central, beginning at 8pm
Comedy Central takes shots from beyond the arc tonight with basketball-themed episodes of Tosh.0 and South Park. Highlights include Web Redemption for the world’s greatest Nerf dunker in a Tosh.0 episode from 2013, and South Park’s “Crack Baby Athletic Association” episode from 2011.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live
TNT’s Thursday NBA doubleheader features a compelling opening game with the San Antonio Spurs at the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second game is for diehards only, as the L.A. Lakers are at the Phoenix Suns in a battle of Western Conference bottom-feeders.

Scandal: “They All Bow Down”
ABC, 9pm
Olivia (Kerry Washington) takes action when Jake (Scott Foley) and Vanessa’s (Joelle Carter) messy relationship poses a threat to the campaign. Meanwhile, a game-changing revelation about the conspiracy surrounding Francisco Vargas’ (Ricardo Chavira) assassination is revealed.

Mom: “Martinis and a Sponge Bath”
CBS, 9pm
When Christy (Anna Faris) and Adam (William Fichtner) get into a car accident, Bonnie (Allison Janney) is hurt to discover she is neither of their emergency contacts. Guest star Wendie Malick returns in the new episode “Martinis and a Sponge Bath.”

Kicking & Screaming
FOX, 9pm
New Series!
New Girl’s Hannah Simone hosts this extreme reality competition where 10 expert survivalists are paired with pampered partners. After these unlikely duos are dropped into a tropical jungle in Fiji, they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather.

Chicago Med: “Prisoner’s Dilemma”
NBC, 9pm
Dr. Reese (Sarah DiPillo) is contacted for help by a troubled teen in a psychiatric facility, and Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) tries to help parents make a decision about their comatose daughter’s surprise pregnancy.

The Catch
ABC, 10pm
Season Premiere!
As Season 2 begins, con man Benjamin Jones (Peter Krause) has gone from committing the ultimate betrayal to performing the ultimate sacrifice after he turned himself in to the FBI to save Alice (Mireille Enos) from wrongful imprisonment. Now in jail, Ben is forced to reckon with his criminal past, while the team at Anderson Vaughan Investigations must come to terms with the new revelations.

Training Day: “Faultlines”
CBS, 10pm
The unexpected death of star Bill Paxton on Feb. 25 leaves a cloud hanging over this series for the remainder of its run, which began only last month. With the future of Training Day in question, viewers can still appreciate Paxton’s work as CBS continues to air new episodes. In “Faultlines,” an investigation into weapons trafficking becomes personal for Tommy (Drew Van Acker) when an old friend becomes connected to the case.

The Blacklist: Redemption: “Independence, U.S.A.”
NBC, 10pm
After a plane crashes in the Ural Mountains, Tom (Ryan Eggold) and Nez (Tawny Cypress) go undercover in Russia to infiltrate a mysterious, top-secret military facility. Meanwhile, Scottie (Famke Janssen) enlists Mr. Solomon (Edi Gathegi) to find answers about her husband.

Friday, March 10

Hand of God
Amazon
Season Premiere!
Ron Perlman returns for Season 2 as Judge Pernell Harris, a.k.a. “Judge Maximum.” Still haunted by his son PJ, he’s now facing trial for the murder of a cop. If that wasn’t enough, Pernell’s visions have returned, further threatening his relationship with his wife. This season, Pernell must fight on two fronts to restore his sanity and his freedom. But mysterious forces in San Vicente would rather see Pernell go down than let the city’s dirty laundry come to light. Dana Delany and Garret Dillahunt costar.

Love
Netflix
Season Premiere!
Season 2 of the Judd Apatow-produced comedy finds Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (Paul Rust) facing commitment and all that comes with it as they attempt to bring order to their chaotic lives.

MacGyver: “Flashlight”
CBS, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
The new episode “Flashlight” features guest stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park in a crossover with Hawaii Five-0. When Mac (Lucas Till) and the team travel to Hawaii to aid in earthquake relief efforts, they team up with Chin (Kim) and Kono (Park) from the Five-0 task force to rescue a group of government scientists trapped in a building.

The Vampire Diaries: “Forever Yours”
The CW, 8pm
This one-hour retrospective features interviews with past and present cast members and guest stars, a conversation with the executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, behind-the-scenes footage from the final season and special moments from the past eight years.

Tangled: Before Ever After
Disney Channel, 8pm
Original Film!
In the all-new animated film, Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi reprise their roles as Rapunzel and Eugene (formerly known as Flynn Rider). Rapunzel grapples with her new responsibilities as a princess, and while she loves Eugene, she is in no rush to get married. When she and her lady-in-waiting Cassandra (voiced by Broadway’s Eden Espinosa) embark on an adventure, mystical rocks cause Rapunzel’s long blond hair to grow back. Her hair is impossible to break and difficult to hide, and she must learn to embrace it and all that it represents.

Grimm: “Blood Magic”
NBC, 8pm
After a series of brutal and deadly attacks, Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) find an unlikely lead in a local nursing home. Meanwhile, Eve (Bitsie Tulloch) goes to Adalind (Claire Coffee) to get answers that only a Hexenbiest can provide.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
TBS, 8pm
The 2014 hit film starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais makes its premiere tonight on TBS. The exhibits at New York’s Natural History Museum come to life at night, and when they start behaving strangely, Larry (Stiller), newly promoted director of nighttime operations, must find out why. The Tablet, which magically brings the creatures to life, has started to decay and the only method of restoring it is available at the British Museum. In order to save his museum “family,” Larry and the museum exhibits travel from New York to London to discover the Tablet’s secret.

The Vampire Diaries: “I Was Feeling Epic”
The CW, 9pm
Series Finale!
Nina Dobrev returns as Elena to help Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley end the romantic vampire drama after eight seasons. With the fate of Mystic Falls at stake, Stefan (Wesley) and Damon (Somerhalder) must fight their greatest enemy for one last battle.

Great Performances at the Met: “Elektra”
PBS, 9pm
Richard Strauss’ tragedy is presented in the late Patrice Chéreau’s production, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen with Nina Stemme as the vengeful princess. Waltraud Meier, Adrianne Pieczonka, Eric Owens and Burkhard Ulrich are also featured.

Saturday, March 11

Iron Man 2
FX, 5:30pm
In this 2010 Iron Man sequel, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) contends with pressure from the government that wants to possess his weapon, the knowledge that he is slowly dying and a new foe as powerful as he is. Don Cheadle and Mickey Rourke also star. FX airs Iron Man 3 immediately following.

Ransom: “The Artist”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “The Artist,” Eric (Luke Roberts) and his team begin negotiating the return of valuable paintings stolen from an art gallery, but the situation gets complicated when the thief then kidnaps a gallery staffer.

NBA Basketball: Golden State at San Antonio
ABC, 8:30pm Live
A matchup between Western Conference powers is in store tonight as Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors visit LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs.

Planet Earth II: “Deserts”
BBC America, 9pm
Desert animals have the most incredible survival stories on Earth. Among the stories featured in “Deserts” are a pride of desert lions hunting a giraffe several times their size, a flock of male sand grouse flying nearly 125 miles daily to find the nearest waterhole, and a tiny bat taking on a deadly scorpion just to get a meal.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Disney XD, 9pm
Season Premiere!
In the one-hour season premiere, featuring back-to-back episodes, the Guardians and the Avengers join forces for an epic adventure. While trying to dispose of Thanos’ asteroid in “Stayin’ Alive,” the Guardians discover it has been taken to a secure facility that belongs to the Avengers. Then, in “Evolution Rock, “ The Guardians and the Avengers team up to find out what powerful secrets lie inside Thanos’ asteroid.

Jerrod Carmichael: 8
HBO, 10pm
It may be standup comedy, but the second HBO special from Jerrod Carmichael — creator and star of NBC’s The Carmichael Show — is light on the easy laughs. And that’s exactly his intention. “We’re going for a really introspective, vulnerable, emotional tone. If anything, it’s more of a response to comedy specials than a comedy special. The silly, goofy, crazy court jester approach is not what I do,” the comedian says.

Silver Linings Playbook
TNT, 10:30pm
This Best Picture Oscar nominee is a must-see. Jennifer Lawrence took home a Best Actress Oscar for her role as a widow struggling to put her life back in order when she meets a former teacher (Bradley Cooper) with some serious anger management issues. Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker and Jacki Weaver round out this exceptional cast.

Samurai Jack
Adult Swim, 11pm
Season Premiere!
The cult series returns for a fifth and final season after not being on the air since 2004, featuring the return of voiceover artist Phil LaMarr, the original voice of Jack.

Saturday Night Live: “Scarlett Johansson/Lorde”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Scarlett Johansson joins the “five-timers” club as the Ghost in the Shell star hosts tonight. Musical guest Lorde makes her first solo appearance on the show.

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