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Friday, March 24

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.

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.

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 LED lights aided in NASA astronauts’ exploration of the stars.

Sunday, March 26

NHL Hockey
NBC & NBCSN, beginning at 12:30pm Live
Sunday NHL action on NBC Sports begins with the Minnesota Wild at the Detroit Red Wings on NBC, followed by a primetime game on NBCSN featuring the Philadelphia Flyers at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Auto Club 400
FOX, 3:30pm Live
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers complete the spring “West Coast swing” today at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway in California for the Auto Club 400.

Bob’s Burgers: “Aquaticism/Ain’t Miss Debatin’”
FOX, 7:30pm
Guest Star Alert!
The voices of Jim Gaffigan, Keegan-Michael Key and Nick Kroll return to the animated comedy in a new hourlong episode. First, Tina learns that the aquarium is in danger of closing, and the Belcher children devise a scheme to keep it running. Then, Tina is recruited by the debate team, where she finds unexpected success and an even more unexpected relationship.

NCIS: Los Angeles: “767”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “767,” Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Sam (LL Cool J) board a flight to Tokyo as undercover businessmen to track an engineer attempting to sell schematics for a new missile destroyer.

The Walking Dead: “Something They Need”
AMC, 9pm
A group of Alexandrians embarks on a journey to a distant community. One member must make a heartbreaking decision.

To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters on Masterpiece
PBS, 9pm
Learn the extraordinary story of how the famous literary trio of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë had their talent for writing romantic novels recognized in a male-dominated 19th-century world.

American Crime
ABC, 10pm
Luis (Benito Martinez) arrives at the Hesby Farm and discovers important information about his missing son. Coy (Connor Jessup) witnesses a horrific incident that changes his perception of life in the field and confirms his troubling new reality. Shae (Ana Mulvoy Ten) reconsiders her decision to stay in a shelter. Kimara (Regina King) gets difficult personal news. Jeanette (Felicity Huffman) and JD (Tim DeKay) attend the workers’ rally.

Into the Badlands: “Force of Eagle’s Claw”
AMC, 10pm
Sunny (Daniel Wu) and Bajie (Nick Frost) struggle to survive. The Widow (Emily Beecham) faces challenges as she consolidates her power. M.K. (Aramis Knight) discovers secrets about his past.

UFOs: The Lost Evidence
American Heroes Channel, 10pm
New Series!
In this new series, current and former government officials, pilots and astronauts come forth to share stories about humanity’s contact with extraterrestrials. The first episode explores Area 52, a classified, top-secret military base in the remote Utah desert that few have heard of. From that location, there have been reports of vanishing aircraft, UFOs and reverse engineering of highly advanced technology.

Elementary: “Dead Man’s Tale”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “Dead Man’s Tale,” Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) question how well they know Shinwell (Nelsan Ellis) when they investigate the possibility he may have gotten away with the unsolved murder of his friend, a fellow gang member.

FEUD: Bette and Joan: “More, or Less”
FX, 10pm
FX’s limited drama series FEUD, which depicts the rivalry between aging screen stars Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange), continues tonight with Episode 4, “More, or Less.”

Monday, March 27

MLB Spring Training: Boston at Baltimore
ESPN, 1pm Live
With the MLB regular season fast approaching, ESPN airs this Grapefruit League Spring Training game with the Boston Red Sox at the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota, Fla.

Supergirl: “Distant Sun”
The CW, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) returns as President Marsdin, and issues an interesting order to Hank (David Harewood). When a large bounty is put out on Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), aliens attack National City, intent on taking out the woman of steel. Kevin Smith directs the episode.

The Voice: “Battles, Part 3”
NBC, 8pm
Tonight, Blake, Adam and Gwen each have steals, and surprises abound as the artists hold nothing back in an attempt to move forward to the knockouts. Alicia and DJ Khaled work their magic to create unique battle arrangements. Adam shows tough love to bring out the best in two of his artists when they are given a John Legend hit to perform in front of John himself.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live
Two of the top teams in the NBA battle tonight in San Antonio as LeBron James leads the Cleveland Cavaliers against LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs. TNT’s second game has the New Orleans Pelicans at the Utah Jazz.

Superior Donuts: “Get It, Arthur”
CBS, 9pm
When Randy’s (Katey Sagal) mom comes to town, Franco (Jermaine Fowler) encourages Arthur (Judd Hirsch) to go out on his first date in years. Brenda Vaccaro guest-stars as Randy’s mom in the new episode “Get It, Arthur.”

The Great Indoors: “Aaron Wolf”
CBS, 9:30pm
Guest Star Alert!
The new episode “Aaron Wolf” airs on a special day and time. Jack (Joel McHale) watches the staff’s journalistic integrity slip away when they fall under the spell of his nemesis, Aaron Wolf (guest star Chris D’Elia), a famous outdoor reality TV host who is the magazine’s guest editor.

Quantico: “MOCKINGBIRD”
ABC, 10pm
While the teams’ newly appointed leader (Hunter Parrish, Weeds) familiarizes himself with the CIA and FBI agents, Owen (Blair Underwood) leads an investigation into the strange world of “fake news” — one that could have deadly consequences.

Taken: “A Clockwork Swiss”
NBC, 10pm
Christina (Jennifer Beals) orders the retrieval of sensitive documents in Zurich needed to prevent economic and political disaster. But the mission to break into a bank vault turns into a three-way battle, and a race to escape safely. Meanwhile, Asha’s (Brooklyn Sudano) trust in Elena (Layla Alizada) proves to be misplaced and leaves Bryan (Clive Standen) vulnerable.

Independent Lens: “Ovarian Psycos”
PBS, 10pm
Based in the heart of Los Angeles’ Eastside, the irreverently named Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade are a ferocious and unapologetic group of young women of color, cycling through the barrios and boulevards, committed to collectively confronting racism and violence, and demanding and creating safe spaces for women.

Tuesday, March 28

The Voice: “Battles, Part 4”
NBC, 8pm
The battle rounds conclude unlike ever before as the night begins with Alicia sitting down at the piano to help her artists, leaving the two of them and DJ Khaled equally in awe of Alicia herself on “the keys.” Adam and John Legend help an unlikely pairing find common ground and put on a performance that wows the coaches. Celine Dion stuns Team Gwen’s final battle pair when she personally choreographs their performance. Adam, the only coach left with a steal, finds the artist he’s been waiting for.

Dead Reckoning: War & Justice
PBS, 8pm
This series surveys the evolution of postwar justice and war crimes investigated over the past 70 years. Three episodes air tonight: “The General’s Ghost,” which shows how war crimes in Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan spurred creation of international justice laws; “The Blind Eye,” which looks at the obstruction of postwar justice during the Cold War; and “In Our Time,” which spotlights how postwar justice has been revitalized in the last two decades, despite being limited by the exponential rise in civilian tolls.

Bull: “Name Game”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “Name Game,” Bull (Michael Weatherly) fronts the money to help thousands of people bring a class action suit against a corrupt bank, but he stands to lose his business if he doesn’t win at trial.

Bones: “The Final Chapter: The End in the End”
FOX, 9pm
Series Finale!
After 12 seasons, FOX’s medical thriller comes to an end tonight. With revenge-seeking killer Mark Kovac (Gerard Celasco) still at large, the team searches for evidence to track him down. After Brennan (Emily Deschanel) experiences a setback, the rest of the team must figure out how to find Kovac without her, putting everything she has ever taught them to the test.

Face Off: All Stars: “Cursed Covens”
Syfy, 9pm
The two teams must create a coven of warlocks or witches at war with each other.

Rebel
BET, 10pm
New Series!
John Singleton directed the pilot for this series that takes on the complicated relationship the black community faces with police officers. The show follows Rebel (Danielle Moné Truitt), an officer who leaves the force after shooting her partner in the hopes of stopping him from gunning down her little brother. Continuing to fight crime as a P.I., Rebel defends herself from the dirty cops out for revenge. Also stars Giancarlo Esposito, Mykelti Williamson and Clifford “Method Man” Smith.

NCIS: New Orleans: “Quid Pro Quo”
CBS, 10pm
A contagious super virus threatens a naval base, and the entire city of New Orleans is at risk for a catastrophic outbreak if the NCIS team can’t find the antidote in the new episode “Quid Pro Quo.”

Chicago Fire: “Babies and Fools”
NBC, 10pm
When similar car accidents uncover the fact that someone may be targeting innocent people, a determined Dawson (Monica Raymund) takes matters into her own hands to help push things along.

Wednesday, March 29

Harlots
Hulu
New Series!
This powerful family drama series is set in 18th-century London, where Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) struggles to reconcile her roles as brothel owner and mother to daughters Charlotte (Jessica Brown Findlay) and Lucy (Eloise Smyth). When her business comes under attack from Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville), a madam with a ruthless streak, Margaret must fight back, even if it means losing her family and possibly her life.

World Figure Skating Championships
NBCSN, 11am
Jason Brown, Nathan Chen, Karen Chen and Ashley Wagner are among the top U.S. skaters competing in Helsinki, Finland, for the season-ending championships. NBCSN and NBC combine to televise the competition through April 2.

Blindspot: “Solos”
NBC, 8pm
Jane (Jaimie Alexander) and her new flame Oliver (guest star Jonathan Patrick Moore) find themselves in a dangerous situation that exposes the secrets they’ve both been keeping. Uncertain if they can trust each other, the couple must stay alive while Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) and the team race to save them.

Nature: “Yosemite”
PBS, 8pm
Yosemite is a land forged in wildfire and sculpted by water, but with climate change, water is scarcer and fire more common. Join scientists and adventurers to investigate how these global changes are affecting one of America’s greatest wildernesses.

Imaginary Mary
ABC, 8:30pm
New Series!
Before it moves to its regular Tuesday night time slot next week, check out a sneak preview of this new sitcom starring Jenna Elfman as Alice, a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside down when she meets the love of her life — a divorced father with three kids. The surprise of meeting the kids seems to trigger an upheaval in Alice, as suddenly Mary, her imaginary friend from childhood (a fuzzy little CGI creation voiced by former SNL-er Rachel Dratch), reappears to help her navigate rough patches in her life.

Criminal Minds: “Hell’s Kitchen”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “Hell’s Kitchen,” the BAU investigates an urban vampire in New York who kidnaps his victims at night and holds them underground in the sewer system.

The Magicians: “The Girl Who Told Time”
Syfy, 9pm
Quentin (Jason Ralph) helps Julia (Stella Maeve) with her search. Eliot (Hale Appleman) endeavors to win over his people, as Margo (Summer Bishil) tries to keep a devastating secret. Penny (Arjun Gupta) and Kady (Jade Tailor) are caught between two magical factions.

black-ish: “Richard Youngsta”
ABC, 9:30pm
Dre (Anthony Anderson) is excited to work on a campaign with a popular rap star — until Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) point out that it plays on stereotypes. Bow tries to get the family to stop eating so much takeout.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: “Pretty Like Me”
CBS, 10pm
The International Response Team heads to South Korea when an American college student is found disfigured in the new episode “Pretty Like Me.”

Chicago P.D.: “Little Bit of Light”
NBC, 10pm
When Chicago’s “Night Crawler” Bobby Trent (guest star Michael B. Woods) is murdered over a single piece of mysterious footage, Intelligence must investigate one of Chicago’s wealthiest families — uncovering a lineage of old money and secrets.

The Expanse: “Cascade”
Syfy, 10pm
Holden (Steven Strait) leads his crew through the war-torn station on Ganymede.

Nobodies
TV Land, 10pm
New Series!
This new comedy series stars Groundlings comedy troupe alums Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras, and revolves around the three as they try desperately to land one of their famous friends for a feature script they have developed, so that they, too, can rise to fame in Hollywood. Their real-life friends Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone are executive producers.

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Thursday, March 30

Grey’s Anatomy: “Be Still, My Soul”
ABC, 8pm
Maggie’s (Kelly McCreary) mother’s health deteriorates, leaving the doctors at odds over how to treat her. Meanwhile, Richard (James Pickens Jr.) comes to grips with Bailey’s (Chandra Wilson) betrayal regarding the residency program.

The Big Bang Theory: “The Collaboration Fluctuation”
CBS, 8pm
Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) adjust to being roommates in the new episode “The Collaboration Fluctuation.” Also, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) takes an interest in Amy’s (Mayim Bialik) work.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were teammates on the Miami Heat from 2010-14 and won two NBA championships in that span. They’ll be on opposite ends of the floor tonight as King James and the Cleveland Cavaliers visit D-Wade and the Chicago Bulls. The second game of TNT’s doubleheader has the Houston Rockets at the Portland Trail Blazers.

Scandal: “A Stomach for Blood”
ABC, 9pm
The events leading up to election night are retold from Abby’s (Darby Stanchfield) perspective, revealing a formidable thirst for power — and the explosive secret she’s been keeping.

Mom: “A Fist Fight and a Grunt of Approval”
CBS, 9pm
Christy (Anna Faris) helps Jill (Jaime Pressly) adjust to being a new foster mother in the new episode “A Fist Fight and a Grunt of Approval.”

Chicago Med: “Lesson Learned”
NBC, 9pm
Will (Nick Gehlfuss) is troubled with a moral decision when his former teacher, Dr. Bella Rowan (guest star Jean Moran), is faced with a life-threatening disease.

The Amazing Race
CBS, 10pm
Season Premiere!
The globetrotting reality competition series The Amazing Race returns tonight for its 29th season. In a series first, The Amazing Race won’t have teams made up of friends or family members. “We decided that we would bring 22 complete strangers to the starting line. And then, literally pair them up at the starting line,” says host Phil Keoghan.

The Blacklist: Redemption: “Hostages”
NBC, 10pm
When a wealthy businessman, his wife and young son are abducted by professional kidnappers, the Halcyon team is tasked to get the family back. But with time running out, the team must make a dangerous choice. Meanwhile, Tom (Ryan Eggold) risks exposure to save Howard (Terry O’Quinn) from Scottie (Famke Janssen).

Friday, March 31

The Discovery
Netflix
Original Film!
Robert Redford, Rooney Mara, Jason Segel and Riley Keough star in this original film, a love story set in a world where the afterlife has been scientifically proven. As a result, millions of people start taking their own lives to get there.

Grimm: “The End”
NBC, 8pm
Series Finale!
The series comes to a close tonight as Nick (David Giuntoli) faces off against his greatest foe yet, and it seems no weapon can defeat him. At the Spice Shop, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), Rosalee (Bree Turner) and Eve (Bitsie Tulloch) search for answers and stumble upon a rare potion that may help the fight. Elsewhere, Capt. Renard (Sasha Roiz) and Adalind (Claire Coffee) try to keep Diana (Hannah R. Loyd) and baby Kelly safe as the threat has its eyes set on the children.

Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail
Discovery Channel, 9pm
New Series!
Gold Rush fan favorite Parker Schnabel gets his own spinoff three-part docuseries, which follows the young man as he attempts to traverse the infamously rough Klondike Gold Rush Trail. Between 1896 and 1899, more than 100,000 tried to make this trek, with most either giving up or dying. Parker will be joined on his journey by his foreman Rick Ness, wilderness guide Karla Ann and cameraman James Levelle.

Sleepy Hollow: “Freedom”
FOX, 9pm
Season Finale!
Dreyfuss (Jeremy Davies) finally garners enough power to infiltrate the White House, and his group of minions grows strong enough to take action. Team Witness races to stop Dreyfuss’ plan.

Great Performances: “Dudamel Conducts Tangos Under the Stars With the LA Phil”
PBS, 9pm
Sway to Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl as he leads the orchestra in an evening of Latin music, including works by Alberto Ginastera, Astor Piazzolla and Lalo Schifrin.

Disgraced
Showtime, 9pm
This riveting sports documentary examines the disappearance of Baylor University basketball star Patrick Dennehy, the shocking conviction of his teammate Carlton Dotson in his murder, and the attempted coverup of NCAA rules violations by then-head coach Dave Bliss. The film presents firsthand accounts from students, investigators, family and friends, and calls into question the plea and conviction of Dotson — the only known instance of one NCAA student-athlete to plead guilty in the murder of another.

Blue Bloods: “A Deep Blue Goodbye”
CBS, 10pm
Guest Star Alert!
The new episode “A Deep Blue Goodbye” marks Blue Bloods’ 150th episode. Frank (Tom Selleck) faces a dilemma when one of his peers, Chief Taylor Daniels (guest star Isaiah Washington), refuses to retire, even though he’s hit the mandatory age limit.

Hometown Heroes
CMT, 10pm
Music superstars Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker and Brett Eldredge make surprise returns to their hometowns to give back and perform for their very own hometown heroes. This one-hour special features exclusive performances, in­depth interviews and an intimate look into the people and places that influenced and shaped each performer.

Saturday, April 1

World Figure Skating Championships
NBCSN & NBC, beginning at 12:30pm
The World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland, have their final day of competition today. NBCSN airs the men’s free skate and the free dance competitions in the afternoon, and the ladies’ free skate competition airs on NBC in primetime. The skating exhibition airs tomorrow afternoon on NBCSN.

The Fairly OddParents
Nicktoons, 3pm
April Fools! In celebration of the year’s goofiest holiday, Nicktoons will air two hours of episodes — in Spanish! The episodes will have English subtitles so you’ll be learning while you’re laughing.

NCAA Basketball: Final Four
CBS, 6pm Live
The NCAA Tournament is down to the Final Four National Semifinals with both games tonight at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on CBS. Tonight’s winners square off in the championship game Monday.

Say Yes to the Prom
TLC, 8pm
TLC’s beloved Say Yes to the Dress franchise accepts its annual prom date with a special episode devoted to treating deserving young ladies to a fairy tale transformation for their own big night.

Love at First Bark
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
One Tree Hill and recent Dancing With the Stars charmer Jana Kramer stars as a woman who adopts a rescue dog and quickly learns she needs help training her new pooch pal. When she turns to a handsome obedience trainer (Kevin McGarry) for help, he teaches her life changes that will make her dog happy, and then she discovers a new challenge — a budding romance.