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Saturday, March 18: March Madness Enters Round 2 Saturday and Sunday

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ALSO SEE: March Madness: NCAA Tournament 2017 TV Schedule on CBS and Turner Sports

Saturday, March 18

College Basketball: NCAA Tournament Second Round
CBS, TBS, TNT & truTV, beginning at 12pm Live
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is down to 32 teams entering this weekend’s Second Round action on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV, with the winners advancing to the Sweet 16 Regional Semifinals March 23-24 (CBS & TBS).

X-Men: Days of Future Past
FX, 8pm
Fifty years after their original release, Sentinels — originally targeting solely mutants — have begun targeting humans as well. The X-Men regroup and Logan (Hugh Jackman) goes back in time to convince his future friends of the devastation that needs to be stopped. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender also star in this 2014 movie based on the Marvel Comics franchise.

Mommy’s Little Boy
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!
Ten-year-old Eric Wilson (Peter DaCunha) watches as his abusive, violent brother Max (Auden Larratt) accidentally drowns in the family pool. Neglected by his distraught, alcoholic mother (One Life to Live’s Bree Williamson) afterward, Eric is taken in by the loving Davis family. But his happy new life is threatened when his mother commits a crime, leaving Eric traumatized and hiding even more horrific secrets.

NBA Basketball: Cleveland at L.A. Clippers
ABC, 8:30pm Live
This Saturday primetime NBA matchup on ABC has LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers heading to the Staples Center in Los Angeles to take on Chris Paul and the Clippers.

Planet Earth II: “Grasslands”
BBC America, 9pm
The extraordinary creatures that live on Earth’s grasslands must survive the most hostile seasons on the planet, as this episode demonstrates. “Grasslands” reveals the rarely seen saiga antelope in Asia, the giant anteaters of Brazil, and epic battles between lions and buffalo in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

Campfire Kiss
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
Danica McKellar stars as a protective mom who, feeling disconnected with her teenage son, decides to step outside of her comfort zone and take him camping. But as soon as she arrives, she begins butting heads with her cabin neighbor, an outdoorsy single father (Paul Greene) who is also in search of a connection with his teen daughter.

Sunday, March 19

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Camping World 500
FOX, 3:30pm Live
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is back in the Arizona desert for the second race of its three-race “West Coast swing” today at Phoenix International Raceway.

The Simpsons
FXX, beginning at 4pm
Why you little! Relive some of the best Bart vs. Homer moments in eight episodes of The Simpsons tonight on FXX. Highlights include “Saturdays of Thunder” from Season 3, “Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie” from Season 4 and “Burns’ Heir” from Season 5.

NCIS: Los Angeles: “Getaway”
CBS, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
After the U.S. Treasury Department is hacked, Nell (Renée Felice Smith) and Eric (Barrett Foa) go undercover inside a couple’s retreat to track a tech-savvy husband and wife linked to the crime. Scott Grimes and Bar Paly guest-star in the new episode “Getaway.”

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” Marathon
Logo, beginning at 8pm
In anticipation of RuPaul’s Drag Race’s move to sister network VH1 for Season 9, Logo will air a marathon of the reality competition series. The marathon runs nonstop until Friday’s Season 9 premiere on VH1 and will include bonus content; never-before-seen footage; and interviews from former contestants, judges, and super fans including Michelle Visage, Bob the Drag Queen, Ginger Minj, Jujubee, Todrick Hall and Lance Bass.

Making History: “The Boyfriend Experience”
FOX, 8:30pm
Guest Star Alert!
Ben Vereen guest stars as Chris’ (Yassir Lester) mentor who scrutinizes his tenure-seeking protégée. Also, Deborah (Leighton Meester) realizes that Dan (Adam Pally) may not be the inventor he claimed to be in 1776.

The Walking Dead: “The Other Side”
AMC, 9pm
The Saviors pay an unexpected visit to the Hilltop — and this time, they’re planning on taking more than just supplies.

Madam Secretary: “Swept Away”
CBS, 9pm
Elizabeth’s (Téa Leoni) landmark global climate treaty is jeopardized when China threatens to back out due to her meeting with the ailing Dalai Lama in the new episode “Swept Away.”

Dead Over Heels: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!
Just because librarian and crime buff Aurora “Roe” Teagarden (Candace Cameron Bure) has butted heads with Detective Sgt. Jack Burns in the past, that doesn’t mean she wants him dead. So when Burns is murdered, Roe vows to find the person responsible. But that’s not the only mystery; strange happenings occur, ranging from the harmless (her irascible cat turns up wearing a pink ribbon) to the potentially deadly (her former boyfriend is stabbed). Also stars Taxi’s Marilu Henner.

American Crime
ABC, 10pm
While Luis (Benito Martinez) sinks further into servitude on the farm, Isaac (Richard Cabral) tries to protect Coy (Connor Jessup) from abusive conditions. Meanwhile, Jeanette (Felicity Huffman) suspects her family is downplaying the fatal trailer fire, and Kimara (Regina King) tries to convince Shae (Ana Mulvoy Ten) to testify against her former pimp.

Elementary: “The Ballad of Lady Frances”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “The Ballad of Lady Frances,” the police call in Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) to consult on a homicide “heard” by a cutting edge gunshot detection system when they can’t find any tangible evidence that a crime was committed.

FEUD: Bette and Joan: “Mommie Dearest”
FX, 10pm
FEUD’s Episode 3, “Mommie Dearest,” shares its title with Christina Crawford’s 1978 book that detailed the alcoholism and violent mood swings of her adoptive mother, actress Joan Crawford. Expect to see Joan (Jessica Lange) at her worst in this episode, which might even include a nod to Joan’s archenemy: wire coat hangers.

Into the Badlands
AMC, 10:05pm
Season Premiere!
AMC’s eye-popping martial arts fantasy Into the Badlands debuts its second season tonight, picking up six months after the events of the Season 1 finale. “We like the idea of letting people settle into their new places and allowing the world to recover a little bit from the events of the end of Season 1,” explains Alfred Gough, who created the show with his longtime producing partner Miles Millar. “We see our characters scattered across the Badlands and into other areas as well, and we also introduce new characters. For us, this season was all about expanding the world.”

Monday, March 20

“People of Earth” Marathon
TBS, 12pm
TBS airs back-to-back episodes of Season 1 of the hit comedy. The series follows reporter Ozzie Graham (The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac) who, after hitting a deer with his car, starts to see and hear odd things. Stripped of his serious news beat while he recovers from the incident, Ozzie is ordered to profile a support group for “experiencers” — people who think they’ve had alien encounters — and discovers his accident may have been no accident after all.

The Simpsons
FXX, beginning at 6pm
Twelve episodes of The Simpsons tonight on FXX include classics like “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish,” “Homer at the Bat,” “Homer Goes to College,” “Homerpalooza” and “Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious.”

Dancing With the Stars
ABC, 8pm
Season Premiere!
The reality juggernaut returns for a 24th — yes, 24th — season with an all-new cast of celebrities, fierce competition, signature surprises and unforgettable dances.

Supergirl: “Star-Crossed”
The CW, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
Teri Hatcher and Kevin Sorbo guest-star, and Darren Criss makes his debut as the villainous Music Meister.

White House Down
FX, 8pm
Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in this 2013 action thriller about a Capitol Police officer who takes his daughter on a tour of the White House, but must spring into action when a paramilitary group overtakes the facility.

The Voice: “Battles Premiere”
NBC, 8pm
The battle rounds begin, and the coaches enlist the help of top recording artists and producers to offer their knowledge and skills as advisers. Alicia Keys teams up with DJ Khaled, Adam Levine with John Legend, Blake Shelton with Luke Bryan and Gwen Stefani with Celine Dion. In this phase, the coaches pit two of their own team members against each other in a dueling duet. After the vocal face-off, each coach must choose which artist from their team is the strongest. Each coach has the option of stealing two losing artists from an opposing coach during the battle rounds, which continue tomorrow night.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live
In the first game of tonight’s NBA doubleheader, the Golden State Warriors visit the Oklahoma City Thunder. TNT’s second game has the N.Y. Knicks on the opposite coast to face the L.A. Clippers.

Superior Donuts: “Man Without a Health Plan”
CBS, 9pm
The current national debate on health care takes center stage in the new episode “Man Without a Health Plan.” The group decides to take up a collection to pay for Franco’s (Jermaine Fowler) medical expenses when he’s hurt at work and doesn’t have insurance.

The Twins: Happily Ever After?
Freeform, 9pm
Season Premiere!
In this season of the Bachelor spinoff, former Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise contestants Emily and Haley Ferguson have moved on from looking for love on national TV and are looking for the next big step in their lives. The fan favorites and twins say goodbye to the luxuries of living under their mom’s roof and try to figure out life on their own while searching for independence and new careers.

Sweet Home Oklahoma
Bravo, 10pm
New Series!
This lighthearted docuseries follows a group of outrageous ride-or-die divorcées as they navigate life in Oklahoma City with irreverent humor and endless shenanigans. Their friendship has no boundaries, and as they defy the conventions of the Bible Belt, they wouldn’t want it any other way.

Scorpion: “Broken Wind”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “Broken Wind,” a mission to repair a turbine at a wind farm goes awry for Paige (Katharine McPhee) and Happy (Jadyn Wong), who must be rescued before the cable holding the gondola they are in snaps.

Taken: “Mattie G”
NBC, 10pm
Riley’s (Jennifer Marsala) insistence to uncover the truth behind a fatal drug given to war vets results in her asset’s child being taken. Bryan (Clive Standen) defies orders to rescue the girl and uncover the truth. When a break-in at Asha’s (Brooklyn Sudano) apartment leaves her shaken, a new neighbor is there to calm her nerves.

Independent Lens: “The Bad Kids”
PBS, 10pm
Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative school for students at risk of dropping out — Black Rock is their last chance. Dedicated educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give these underserved students command of their own futures.

Tuesday, March 21

Gone Girl
FX, 7pm
Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris star in this 2014 mystery about a man who becomes the center of a media circus and arouses rampant suspicion after his wife disappears.

The Flash: “Duet”
The CW, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
It’s a Glee reunion when Darren Criss continues his guest-starring arc as the Music Meister in a musical crossover between Supergirl and The Flash. After being whammied into comas by the Music Meister (Criss), Kara (former Glee star, Melissa Benoist) and Barry (Grant Gustin, who appeared in 7 Glee-ful episodes as evil Warbler Sebastian Smythe) wake up in an alternate reality where life is like a musical. The only way for them to escape is by following the script — complete with singing and dancing.

The Simpsons
FXX, beginning at 8pm
Guest voices in tonight’s six episodes of The Simpsons on FXX include Ray Romano (“Don’t Fear the Roofer”), Maya Rudolph (“The Homer of Seville”), Elon Musk (“The Musk Who Fell to Earth”) and Jonah Hill (“Pranks and Greens”).

Bones: “The Final Chapter: The Day in the Life”
FOX, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Cyndi Lauper returns and guest-stars in in the series’ penultimate episode. And each leading character’s final story starts to unfold: Brennan testifies for Zach in trial, Angela reveals some big news, and Aubrey and Jessica come to terms about their future together. When the team discovers Kovac has escaped, Booth finds himself racing the clock to protect himself and those closest to him.

Chicago Fire: “Telling Her Goodbye”
NBC, 10pm
When a turf war escalates, members of truck and squad find themselves caught in the middle as unsuspecting hostages when a group of armed gang members take cover and assume control over Firehouse 51. The situation turns even direr when one of the infiltrators is wounded and in need of serious help.

The Detour: “The Tournament”
TBS, 10pm
At Delilah’s (Ashley Garasimovich) taekwondo tournament, Nate (Jason Jones) has to have a tough conversation with Jared (Liam Carroll) and an even tougher one with Carlos.

Upscale With Prentice Penny
truTV, 10pm
New Series!
Famed showrunner Prentice Penny serves as creator and host of this new 30-minute lifestyle series that sets out to demystify what it takes to live an upscale life. Penny explores a variety of topics including food, travel, the workday, date night, apologies, dressing up, cooking, your sex life, gift giving, home entertainment, health and fitness, and taking a day off.

Teachers: “Lunchtime! The Musical”
TV Land, 10pm
Season Finale!
In this musical season finale episode, Ms. Snap (Katy Colloton) changes the school lunch menu and Ms. Feldman (Cate Freedman) starts an underground junk food ring. Plus, Hot Dad (Ryan Caltagirone) volunteers for lunch duty and Ms. Bennigan (Katie O’Brien) works up the nerve to ask him out on a real date.

Wednesday, March 22

Shots Fired
FOX, 8pm
New Series!
A small town is rocked by the shooting of a white teen by a black police officer. The Department of Justice sends a brash, young prosecutor (Stephan James) and a tough ex-cop (Sanaa Lathan) to enforce the law and make sure America’s promise of fairness and equality is upheld. But while investigating the killing, they uncover another suspicious death — one of an African-American teen — that exposes bias and corruption that reaches beyond the community. Also stars Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss, Stephen Moyer, Jill Hennessy and Aisha Hinds.

Blindspot: “Evil Did I Dwell, Lewd I Did Live”
NBC, 8pm
With Nas’ (Archie Panjabi) help, Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) and Jane (Jaimie Alexander) finally come face-to-face with Nas’ inside source within Sandstorm, and square off with an old foe.

Criminal Minds: “In the Dark”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “In the Dark,” the BAU believes two unsubs may be operating at the same time when victims killed in two drastically different ways are discovered in the same city.

FOX, 9pm
New Episodes!
After a lengthy winter hiatus, Empire is back and the battle between Lucious and Cookie explodes! After launching a deadly missile at Angelo, Lucious announces his new music project, Inferno, and puts everyone on notice — especially Cookie, who then vows to knock him off his throne for good. Famous faces popping up on the hip hopera this spring include Eva Longoria, Taye Diggs, Phylicia Rashad, Rumer Willis and Nia Long.

Are You the One: Second Chances
MTV, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Ten fan-favorite perfect matches from previous seasons of the dating series Are You the One? compete for a second chance at love and cash. But, in a twist, the competitors tackle challenges as couples instead of as a group. Each week, the successful couples will be rewarded with money, while one losing pair will be sent packing, until one couple remains.

Designated Survivor: “Backfire”
ABC, 10pm
Seth (Kal Penn) struggles to contain the damage when an investigative journalist shocks the White House by revealing classified information during a press briefing. Meanwhile, Hannah (Maggie Q) unearths a key connection between MacLeish (Ashley Zukerman) and the conspiracy.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: “The Devil’s Breath”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “The Devil’s Breath,” the International Response Team investigates the apparent suicide of an American in Colombia who emptied his bank account prior to his death.

The Comedy Jam
Comedy Central, 10pm
New Series!
Based on a Comedy Central special from last summer, The Comedy Jam features funny actors and comedians sharing memorable stories from their lives that are linked with an iconic hit song. Then they’ll live out their rock-star fantasy by performing their song backed by The Comedy Jam Band.

Chicago P.D.: “Remember the Devil”
NBC, 10pm
After being tipped off about a woman running barefoot through the woods, Intelligence is led to a kidnapping victim locked up in a shipping container. The bizarre scenario leaves Voight (Jason Beghe) questioning the legitimacy of the case, and sends the team on a twisted trail to get to the bottom of it.

Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo: “Ticking Mojo”
SundanceTV, 10pm
Hap (James Purefoy) and Florida (Tiffany Mack) scheme to free Leonard (Michael Kenneth Williams) from a dire situation. Odd clues bring the guys to a cryptic person of interest in the case.

Thursday, March 23

MLB Spring Training
ESPN, beginning at 1pm Live
ESPN airs a pair of MLB Spring Training games today, beginning with Grapefruit League action featuring the N.Y. Yankees at the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla. Then tonight, the L.A. Dodgers are at the Texas Rangers in a Cactus League game in Surprise, Ariz.

College Basketball: NCAA Tournament Regionals
CBS & TBS, beginning at 7pm Live
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament enters the Sweet 16 Regional Semifinals on Thursday and Friday, with games in Kansas City, San Jose, Memphis and New York City. Winners advance to the Elite Eight Regional Finals on Saturday and Sunday. CBS and TBS share coverage.

Grey’s Anatomy: “Till I Hear It From You”
ABC, 8pm
Diane Pierce (LaTanya Richardson Jackson) returns to Grey Sloan, but Maggie (Kelly McCreary) is unsure why she’s really there. Owen (Kevin McKidd) and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) work a trauma case together, and Bailey (Chandra Wilson) tries to mend her relationship with Richard (James Pickens Jr.).

Superstore: “Mateo’s Last Day”
NBC, 8pm
When Mateo (Nico Santos) faces complications with his transfer to a Cloud 9 Signature store, he becomes desperate to resolve his undocumented status. Meanwhile, Amy (America Ferrera) helps Glenn (Mark McKinney) battle an internet troll, Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) try to give Mateo legal counsel, and Dina (Lauren Ash) and Garrett (Colton Dunn) take issue with corporate. This episode marks series star Ferrera’s television directorial debut.

Scandal: “A Traitor Among Us”
ABC, 9pm
Armed with new information about Frankie’s assassination, Olivia (Kerry Washington) makes a shocking decision.

Chicago Med: “Extreme Measures”
NBC, 9pm
A car accident that occurs at the Chicago Marathon leaves a victim in critical condition and tests the mettle of Dr. Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss), April (Yaya DaCosta) and her fourth-year medical resident brother Noah (guest star Roland Buck III), who must perform a difficult procedure in the field.

The Catch: “The Dining Hall”
ABC, 10pm
Alice (Mireille Enos) discovers hard truths about her brother Tommy (T. R. Knight), and Val (Rose Rollins) must revisit her past to help with his case. Ben (Peter Krause) and Rhys’ (John Simm) latest con may be a little too risky.

The Blacklist: Redemption: “Borealis 301”
NBC, 10pm
On the hunt for a ring of ruthless thieves who steal classified material, Tom (Ryan Eggold) and Mr. Solomon (Edi Gathegi) must go undercover on an international flight they believe will be hijacked.

Friday, March 24

The Simpsons
FXX, beginning at 6pm
Homer voices ill-fated cartoon character Poochie in “The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show,” Marge becomes a real estate agent in “Realty Bites,” Homer bowls a 300 game in “Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder,” and the Simpsons are going to Japan in “Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo” as part of FXX’s 12-episode stunt of The Simpsons.

Tangled: The Series
Disney Channel, 7:30pm
New Series!
In this new series, Rapunzel’s irrepressible spirit and curiosity lead her on amazing adventures. Beloved characters from the feature film accompany Rapunzel on her journeys: her partner in life, Eugene; her loyal chameleon, Pascal; the dutiful horse, Maximus; and the Snuggly Duckling Pub Thugs. The series introduces newcomer Cassandra (voiced by Broadway’s Eden Espinosa), a tough-as-nails lady-in-waiting who becomes Rapunzel’s good friend and confidante, and features an all-star cast of guest voices.

The Book of Life
FX, 8pm
Torn between his family’s expectations and the desire to follow his own heart, Manolo (voice of Diego Luna) embarks on an epic adventure through three fantastic worlds where he must face his biggest fears. Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana also provide voices in this 2014 animated adventure.

Grimm: “Zerstorer Shrugged”
NBC, 8pm
The prophecy that was uncovered comes to pass when a dark force arrives in Portland with its eyes set on Diana (guest star Hannah R. Loyd). In an effort to protect her, Nick (David Giuntoli), along with Capt. Renard (Sasha Roiz) and Adalind (Claire Coffee), returns to the scene of his first investigation as a Grimm.

RuPaul’s Drag Race
VH1, 8pm
Season Premiere!
For its ninth fabulous season, the gender-bending reality series sashays from Logo to VH1. And in the season premiere, Lady Gaga appears as a special guest.

Saturday, March 25

Ransom: “The Castle”
CBS, 8pm
A smartphone game lures five teenagers into an empty castle in France in the new episode “The Castle.” But it’s a trap, and Eric (Luke Roberts) and the team are called in to negotiate their release.

Planet Earth II: “Cities”
BBC America, 9pm
Cities may seem an unlikely place for animals to thrive, but for the bold, they are worlds of surprising opportunity. In this episode, see how leopards prowl the streets of Mumbai, peregrine falcons hunt among New York’s skyscrapers and a million starlings perform spectacular aerial dances over Rome.

Ghost Adventures: “Stone Lion Inn”
Travel Channel, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The crew investigates the Stone Lion Inn in Guthrie, Okla., where it is said the owner performs satanic rituals in the local cemetery. Zak also uncovers the truth about what happened to famous outlaw Elmer McCurdy after his death.

Incredible Inventions: “The Nylon Stocking, The LED, The Toaster”
American Heroes Channel, 10pm
A dainty fashion item, the nylon stocking, causes riots during World War II, while the Rowlett Rutland toaster becomes an everyday household item after the war. Then, flash forward to see the how to LED light aided in NASA astronauts’ exploration of the stars.