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Monday, April 3: NCAA Basketball National Championship: Gonzaga vs. North Carolina

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Monday, April 3

NCAA Basketball: Championship
CBS, 9pm Live
College basketball crowns its national champion tonight at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on CBS, as the Gonzaga Bulldogs face the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Major League Baseball
ESPN & ESPN2, beginning at 1pm Live
Major League Baseball’s Opening Day festivities continue today with the Atlanta Braves at the N.Y. Mets (ESPN), the San Diego Padres at the L.A. Dodgers (ESPN), the Cleveland Indians at the Texas Rangers (ESPN) and the L.A. Angels of Anaheim at the Oakland A’s (ESPN2).

Meow Madness
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
In conjunction with the NCAA men’s basketball championship, and to promote animal adoptions, Hallmark Channel presents its first annual Meow Madness — a charming basketball-themed event. Animal advocate Beth Stern hosts the hilarity on the hardwood as teams of adorable and adoptable cat-letes claw their way to “The Final Fur” — and to fur-ever homes.

Abortion: Stories Women Tell
HBO, 8pm
Emmy-winning documentarian Tracy Droz Tragos (Rich Hill) directs this candid dialogue that focuses exclusively on women — those facing unplanned pregnancies, those who provide abortions, and activists on both sides of the issue.

The Voice: “Knockouts Premiere”
NBC, 8pm
The knockout rounds begin with coaches Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s strongest team members remaining from the battle rounds. The artists will be paired against a teammate once more, but this time, they will each select their own song to perform individually, while their direct competitor watches and waits. This season, the coaches themselves will serve as key advisors and will be on hand to prepare the artists for this challenge. The coaches alone will choose the winner from their team to move on to the live shows, and the artist not selected will be available to be stolen by another coach. Part 2 of the knockouts airs tomorrow.

Southern Charm
Bravo, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Southern belles and dapper dandies Landon Clements, Craig Conover, Kathryn Calhoun Dennis, Cameran Eubanks, Shep Rose and Thomas Ravenel welcome newcomer Austen Kroll to Charleston.

APB: “Last Train to Europa”
FOX, 9pm
An FBI agent seeks Detective Murphy’s help when he learns an informant’s life may be in danger. Gideon assists Murphy with the investigation, and makes a decision that could make or break his company. Meanwhile, the past comes back to haunt Ada.

Independent Lens: “Newtown”
PBS, 9pm
Explore the aftermath and resilience of a community devastated by the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, which took the lives of 20 children and six educators in Newtown, Conn. Filmed over the course of nearly three years, this documentary uses deeply personal, never-before-heard testimonies to relate what happened after the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. Through raw and heartbreaking interviews with parents, siblings, teachers, doctors and first responders, Newtown documents a traumatized community still reeling from the senseless tragedy, fractured by grief but driven toward a sense of purpose.

Quantico: “MKTOPAZ”
ABC, 10pm
When Clay (Mark Pellegrino) is forced to use his fiancée to carry out an operation, the whole team reexamines their personal connections — or lack thereof. Meanwhile, Alex (Priyanka Chopra) forges an unexpected bond with an asset at the center of a conspiracy, and Harry (Russell Tovey) struggles to find his place on the task force.

Taken: “Hail Mary”
NBC, 10pm
The ODNI is asked to facilitate the defection of a Russian FSB agent, but the agent’s pregnant girlfriend throws a curve in the team’s plans. Meanwhile, Christina (Jennifer Beals) goes off the books to reveal a mole in the CIA, and John’s (Gaius Charles) attempt to resolve his brother’s problem with a local gang results in a spiritual crisis.

2017 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
USA Network, 11:05pm
Kurt Angle highlights this year’s class of WWE Hall of Fame inductees, which also includes The Rock ’n’ Roll Express, Theodore Long, Diamond Dallas Page, Beth Phoenix and “Ravishing” Rick Rude.

Tuesday, April 4

Dimension 404
New Series!
Hulu’s eagerly awaited Twilight Zone-esque anthology series, whose name is inspired by the internet’s notorious “404” error code, “aims to evoke that 3am feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web, stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know.” The six self-contained, hourlong stories are narrated by Mark Hamill, and feature an expansive cast, including Lea Michele, Joel McHale, Constance Wu, Sarah Hyland, Megan Mullally, Patton Oswalt, Ashley Rickards, Robert Buckley, Malcolm Barrett and many more.

Louis C.K. 2017
This first of two standup comedy specials from Louis C.K. for Netflix was filmed in Washington, D.C.

NCIS: “A Bowl of Cherries”
CBS, 8pm
A vice admiral’s laptop is infected with ransomware in the new episode “A Bowl of Cherries,” and it’s up to the NCIS team to track down the hacker before the computer virus eliminates his personal and professional files.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
The CW, 8pm
Season Finale!
Don’t fear — The CW’s time-traveling superhero-laden series will return for a third season in the fall.

New Girl: “Five Stars for Beezus”
FOX, 8pm
Season Finale!
Jess is ready to tell Nick about her true feelings for him. Meanwhile, Nick takes a meeting with a book publisher, as Aly helps Winston reconnect with an important person. Then, Cece and Schmidt receive big news.

The Last Days of Jesus
PBS, 8pm
Examine new evidence, gathered from archaeology, Roman historians, Jewish texts and insights into the Gospels, that suggests Roman power politics led to the series of events that resulted in the crucifixion of Jesus.

Bull: “Dressed to Kill”
CBS, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Model Paulina Porizkova guest-stars in the new episode “Dressed to Kill.” Bull (Michael Weatherly) and Chunk’s (Christopher Jackson) bond is tested when Bull helps the prime suspect in the murder of Chunk’s fashion mentor (Porizkova), a model-turned-designer who was killed during her own runway show.

iZombie: “Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother”
The CW, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The zom-dram-rom-com is back for more brain-eating adventures. In the Season 3 premiere, Liv Moore (Rose McIver), who solves crime by consuming the brains of murder victims, discovers that there are more zombies living in Seattle than she previously thought.

Prison Break
FOX, 9pm
Season Premiere!
After eight years, the jail-breaking series returns — and Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) is alive! We know, we know, we thought he was dead, too. Most of the series’ original stars return to reprise their roles (including Sarah Wayne Callies, Dominic Purcell, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar and Paul Adelstein), and Mark Feuerstein, Inbar Lavi and Augustus Prew join the cast as exciting new characters. The action in this nine-episode event series focuses on the group’s efforts to free one of their own from a notorious prison in Yemen.

Face Off: All Stars: “Intergalactic Congress”
Syfy, 9pm
The remaining artists, competing individually, must create an alien delegate for an intergalactic congress.

NCIS: New Orleans: “NOLA Confidential”
CBS, 10pm
After the NCIS team uncovers a link between an international drug ring and the New Orleans Police Department, LaSalle (Lucas Black) must investigate his former partner in the new episode “NOLA Confidential.”

The Americans: “Lotus 1-2-3”
FX, 10pm
In the new episode “Lotus 1-2-3,” Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) receive surprising news about Henry (Keidrich Sellati) and shattering news about a past operation.

Chicago Fire: “Take a Knee”
NBC, 10pm
Casey (Jesse Spencer) discovers a new crack house on the block that is harboring a female junkie and goes to extreme measures to remedy the situation. Dawson (Monica Raymund) and Brett (Kara Killmer) get assigned a new trainee (guest star Will Kiley) for the shift, and the newbie gets the two in trouble when he surprises them during a harrowing call.

Wednesday, April 5

Blindspot: “Senile Lines”
NBC, 8pm
Under investigation by an old rival, the team struggles to defend itself. Meanwhile, a tattoo leads them to a mysterious death at a foster home.

Criminal Minds: “True North”
CBS, 9pm
Series star Joe Mantegna directs the new episode “True North,” in which the BAU is called after three victims are found tied to stakes in the Arizona desert.

The Magicians: “The Rattening”
Syfy, 9pm
Quentin (Jason Ralph) and Julia (Stella Maeve) undertake a difficult journey; Eliot (Hale Appleman) faces mounting catastrophes in Fillory; Margo (Summer Bishil) attempts to fix the bad deal she made; Penny (Arjun Gupta) finds a new ally.

The Real Housewives of New York City
Bravo, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Season 9 of the reality franchise takes another bite of the Big Apple when returnees Bethenny Frankel, Carole Radziwill, Dorinda Medley, Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan welcome new housewife Tinsley Mortimer.

Empire: “Strange Bedfellows”
FOX, 9pm
Angelo makes an unsettling discovery and is concerned that Cookie’s past will hurt his chances of becoming the mayor. Anika is faced with a life-changing decision after Tariq reveals what he is really after. Meanwhile, Hakeem’s 21st birthday party takes an unexpected turn.

Major Crimes: “Shockwave, Part 1”
TNT, 9pm
TNT’s Season 5 two-episode finale begins tonight with an explosive murder investigation. Capt. Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) duels with Chief Winnie Davis (guest star Camryn Manheim) for control of her case as she and her squad try to determine if they are dealing with a terrorist. Meanwhile, Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin) gets some alarming news from Gus.

black-ish: “What Lies Beneath”
ABC, 9:30pm
When Dre’s sister Rhonda (guest star Raven-Symoné) visits, Dre (Anthony Anderson) envies her close relationship with Pops (Laurence Fishburne). Things get out of hand when Dre and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) urge Zoey (Yara Shahidi) to take Junior (Marcus Scribner) to a high-school party, and the twins — worried the coming baby will make them an afterthought — decide to live it up.

Designated Survivor: “One Hundred Days”
ABC, 10pm
President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) releases an agenda to reset his presidency, but Alex (Natascha McElhone) makes a controversial public statement that threatens to derail it. Meanwhile, Agent Wells (Maggie Q) unknowingly lands in the center of a dangerous trap. Mark Deklin (Devious Maids) guest-stars as Senator Jack Bowman.

The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands
AXS TV, 10pm Live
Strange Magic out of Toronto performs a tribute to Electric Light Orchestra.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: “Made In…”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “Made In…,” the International Response Team investigates the case of two American entrepreneurs who disappeared while conducting business in Bangladesh.

FXX, 10pm
Season Premiere!
The hit animated comedy series moves to FXX for Season 8, which is dubbed “Archer: Dreamland” and is set in the 1940s. In the season premiere episode “No Good Deed,” Archer (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) tries to find out who killed his partner, but accidentally gets in bed with Mother, a notorious L.A. crime boss.

UConn: The March to Madness
HBO, 10pm
Series Finale!
HBO’s unscripted series that tracks the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team through its postseason concludes tonight.

IFC, 10pm
New Series!
Hank Azaria brings his Jim Brockmire character from a Funny or Die short to this new comedy series for IFC. Brockmire is a baseball broadcaster who has a major-league meltdown on air after discovering his wife’s infidelity. This series picks up 10 years after that incident, as an off-the-rails Brockmire gets hired by Jules (Amanda Peet), owner of the Morristown Frackers, the most minor of minor-league baseball teams.

Chicago P.D.: “Last Minute Resistance”
NBC, 10pm
After encouraging her sister Nicole (guest star Jules Wilcox) to spend a night out with friends, Burgess (Marina Squerciati) wakes to find that she never made it home. As the guilt begins to eat at Burgess, the team in Intelligence bands together to make finding Nicole their main priority. The case kicks into high gear when she is found clinging to life in an “L” station.

The Expanse: “Here There Be Dragons”
Syfy, 10pm
Bobbie (Frankie Adams) makes a decision that changes her life forever.

Thursday, April 6

“Frozen Planet” Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 12pm
BBC America airs a marathon of the 2011 nature documentary series Frozen Planet, which presented stunning footage of life in Earth’s polar regions. The marathon begins with “On Thin Ice,” and includes “To the Ends of the Earth,” “Spring,” “Summer,” “Autumn,” “Winter,” “The Last Frontier” and “The Epic Journey.”

Barrett-Jackson Live
Discovery Channel, 12pm Live
Get a glimpse into this world-class lifestyle event where the uber-wealthy, celebs and car aficionados come together to bid on some of the most exotic and classic cars. The auction is broadcast live from the South Florida Fairgrounds in Palm Beach, Fla.

Golf: The Masters: First Round
ESPN, 3pm Live
Golf’s first major of the year returns to Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., for The Masters Tournament. Top contenders for the green jacket include Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth. England’s Danny Willett won the 2016 Masters after Spieth’s big final-round meltdown. ESPN and CBS share coverage through Sunday.

Grey’s Anatomy: “What’s Inside”
ABC, 8pm
Maggie (Kelly McCreary) takes on a big case, but many of the doctors are worried she’s not the right one for the job. Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) makes an error while treating one of Grey Sloan’s own.

Superstore: “Glenn’s Kids”
NBC, 8pm
When Glenn (Mark McKinney) invites all of his kids to the store, it causes disorder among the employees, with Amy (America Ferrera) getting caught in the middle when Jonah (Ben Feldman) develops a romantic interest in Glenn’s 25-year-old daughter.

NHL Hockey: Nashville at Dallas
NBCSN, 8:30pm Live
NBCSN presents this late-season NHL matchup between Pekka Rinne’s Nashville Predators and Tyler Seguin’s Dallas Stars.

Scandal: “Dead in the Water”
ABC, 9pm
It’s a race against the clock when Olivia (Kerry Washington) and OPA’s investigation into the conspiracy puts one of their own in danger.

Mom: “Tush Push and Some Radishes”
CBS, 9pm
Bonnie (Allison Janney) and Christy (Anna Faris) discover that Bonnie’s deceased mother had kept a big secret in the new episode “Tush Push and Some Radishes.”

Chicago Med: “CTRL ALT”
NBC, 9pm
A hacker demanding a ransom payment shuts down the hospital computer system, forcing the doctors to diagnose patients without the aid of technology. A stressed Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) struggles to keep the hospital afloat when an unexpected visit from her ex-husband Bert (guest star Greg Alan Williams) and his new girlfriend (guest star Garcelle Beauvais) make matters worse.

The Catch: “The Bad Girl”
ABC, 10pm
The AVI team digs deep into Margot’s (Sonya Walger) past in search of the truth about who wants to destroy the Kensington Firm. Meanwhile, Ben’s (Peter Krause) plans for a future with Alice (Mireille Enos) grow more complicated than he imagined.

The Blacklist: Redemption: “Whitehall”
NBC, 10pm
Tensions escalate between Scottie (Famke Janssen) and Howard (Terry O’Quinn), forcing Tom (Ryan Eggold) to reach out to an unexpected ally for help. As explosive family secrets come to light, Tom races against time to learn the truth about Whitehall.

Colony: “Ronin”
USA Network, 10pm
Season Finale!
A revelation about the fate of the colony forces the Bowman family to make an impossible choice.

Friday, April 7

American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story
New Series!
With unprecedented access to never-before-seen archive footage and Hugh Hefner’s personal scrapbook collection, this 10-episode docuseries chronicles the life of the icon, and the six-decade history of the Playboy brand he created and its impact on global culture and history.

The Get Down
New Episodes!

This is the second part of the first season of Baz Luhrmann’s drama about the birth of hip-hop in the late ’70s. This batch of episodes picks up in 1978, one year after the events of Part 1.

Win It All
Original Film!
Jake Johnson (New Girl) stars as small-time gambler Eddie Garrett, who agrees to watch a duffel bag for an acquaintance who is heading to prison. When Eddie discovers cash in the bag, he’s unable to resist the temptation and winds up deeply in debt. When the bag’s owner’s prison term is shortened, Eddie suddenly has a small window of time in which to win all the money back.

Barrett-Jackson Live
Discovery Channel, 12pm Live
The world’s greatest collector-car auction is broadcast live from the South Florida Fairgrounds in Palm Beach, Fla.

The Toy Box
ABC, 8pm
New Series!
Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet hosts this new series that is like Shark Tank with a family-friendly twist. In the entrepreneurial competition show, toy designers compete for the chance to see their product sold on the shelves. But before a toy becomes a must-have, it must impress a trio of toy-industry mentors and a panel of witty, toy-loving kids.

MacGyver: “Hole Puncher”
CBS, 8pm
Mac (Lucas Till) impersonates psychopathic assassin Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) to foil a terror group’s plan in the new episode “Hole Puncher.”

Ancient Top 10
History, 8pm
New Series!
This new series pits the rulers, monuments, weapons and innovations of the ancient world against one another. The series kicks off with three episodes tonight: “Most Lethal Weapons,” “Total Dictators” and “Ancient Greek Tech.”

First Dates
NBC, 8pm
New Series!
Ellen DeGeneres is an executive producer on, and Drew Barrymore narrates, this hourlong “observational documentary” series that takes a peek at what happens when a couple meets for the first time and the romantic possibilities seem endless. Based on a hit U.K. format, the series follows a variety of real first dates happening over one night at the same restaurant in Chicago.

Andi Mack
Disney Channel, 8:30pm
New Series!
On the eve of her 13th birthday, life for Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) goes from routine to roller coaster when her free-spirited older sister Bex (Lilan Bowden) returns home with a shocking revelation. As Andi and her BFFs Cyrus and Buffy (Joshua Rush and Sofia Wylie) figure out their places in the world, they learn that unexpected moments make life great. Lauren Tom also stars as Andi’s mom.

Hawaii Five-0: “Ua Malo’o Ka Wai (The Water Is Dried Up)”
CBS, 9pm
A mission to the island of Lanai to track a dangerous nemesis goes terribly wrong for Five-0 in the new episode “Ua Malo’o Ka Wai (The Water Is Dried Up).”

Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail
Discovery Channel, 9pm
At the age of 22, Parker Schnabel has mined over $13 million worth of gold in the Klondike. But despite his financial success, he’s always wondered — would he be tough enough to journey the legendary Klondike Gold Rush Trail? Between 1896 and 1899 more than 100,000 brave souls sought fortune on the trail, but most never made it — they were killed or scared off by bears, weather and the treacherous terrain. Joining Parker on this journey is his foreman Rick Ness, wilderness guide Karla Ann, who once worked with Parker as a rock truck driver, and cameraman James Levelle, who has known Parker for years. They must work as a team, staggering through snow and rain, with 60 pounds of gear to haul to complete the journey. This is the second episode of this three-episode series.

You the Jury
FOX, 9pm
New Series!
FOX News’ Jeanine Pirro hosts this new unscripted series in which viewers have the power to decide the outcome in ripped-from-the-headlines civil cases. After famed attorneys present their cases before Judge LaDoris Cordell, viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones will get to vote via text and app, and their decisions are legally binding. Later, viewers in the Mountain and Pacific U.S. can confirm or overturn the decisions.

Blue Bloods: “Love Lost”
CBS, 10pm
Erin (Bridget Moynahan) faces off against her ex-husband Jack (guest star Peter Hermann) in a murder trial in the new episode “Love Lost.”

Saturday, April 8

“My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” Marathon
Discovery Family Channel, 9am
In advance of Season 7 of the animated series, catch every episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic in a weeklong marathon dubbed “Pony Palooza.” Relive the origin of the Mane 6 and landmark moments in their four-legged lives.

Ransom: “Refuge”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “Refuge,” Eric (Luke Roberts) is suspicious when he learns that a hostage he is trying to free has actually been kidnapped once before.

The Son
AMC, 9pm
New Series!
Pierce Brosnan returns to television as Texas rancher and oilman Eli McCullough in AMC’s new period drama culled from Philipp Meyer’s best-selling American epic (Meyer also pens and produces the series). The Son weaves together two tales: the teenage McCullough’s harrowing experiences as a Comanche captive and a 60-something Eli who battles for his family name and dynasty during the Bandit War of South Texas that impacts his family for generations to come.

Training Day: “Quid Pro Quo”
CBS, 9pm
The new episode “Quid Pro Quo” airs on Training Day’s new night and time. Kyle’s (Justin Cornwell) morals are put to the test when Frank (Bill Paxton) involves him in a plan to take down a criminal defense attorney who has been helping his clients eliminate witnesses.

Moonlight in Vermont
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
After New York City real estate broker Fiona Rangely (Lacey Chabert) gets dumped by her boyfriend, she escapes to her family’s quaint Vermont inn to slow down and evaluate her life. When her ex-boyfriend shows up with a brand-new girlfriend, Fiona devises a plan to win him back by pretending that the inn’s handsome head chef (Carlo Marks) is her new boyfriend. Fiona finds that her formerly frazzled life has been pitched a curveball in the form of her laid-back faux-beau, and discovers that the best things in life can’t be rushed.

Nate and Jeremiah by Design
TLC, 9pm
New Series!
In their first TV venture together, Nate Berkus and husband Jeremiah Brent create magical, money-saving room transformations for homeowners whose renovation projects are over budget and off schedule. But their most important job happens “off the clock” — being dads to their lively toddler Poppy and settling into their own new home.

Road Hauks
History, 10pm
New Series!
This series follows Kenny Hauk, lead designer of Hauk Designs, as he and his crew of expert mechanics and fabricators build ultra-powerful, one-of-kind vehicles that look amazing and can go anywhere. In the series premiere, they set out to build a World War II-themed rock crawler from the ashes of a wrecked Jeep Wrangler.

Saturday Night Live: “Louis C.K./The Chainsmokers”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Comedian and actor Louis C.K. returns to host the late-night series, with The Chainsmokers making their debut as musical guests.