All Times Eastern.
Saturday, April 15
BBC America, 9pm
Season 10 of BBC America’s Doctor Who premieres tonight, and it’s the final Doctor Who season with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Steven Moffat as writer and executive producer. Following this season’s 12 episodes, Capaldi will finish his run in December when the regeneration takes place in the Christmas special.
— Doctor Who BBCA (@DoctorWho_BBCA) April 8, 2017
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Discovery Family Channel, 11:30am
Season 7 of the animated series begins with back-to-back adventures for the Mane 6 ponies: Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Apple Jack, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. In “Celestial Advice,” Twilight Sparkle agonizes over Starlight Glimmer’s future and gets advice from her own mentor, Princess Celestia. Then, in “All Bottled Up,” Starlight Glimmer loses Twilight Sparkle’s friendship map and casts a calming spell while the other ponies search for it.
Hugh Jackman stars in the 2013 X-Men franchise action film The Wolverine, which kicks off a day of Marvel Comics movies on FX that also features X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Iron Man 3 (2013).
NBA Playoffs: First Round
ABC, 3pm Live
The 2017 NBA Playoffs begin Saturday and Sunday with conference quarterfinal games on ABC. TNT’s postseason coverage begins with a tripleheader on Sunday. ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NBA TV and TNT combine for national TV coverage of the NBA Playoffs.
Major League Baseball
FS1, beginning at 4pm Live
FS1 has a Saturday MLB doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers at the Cleveland Indians and the San Diego Padres at the Atlanta Braves.
In the Season 1 finale “Bulletproof,” Eric (Luke Roberts) must work with a past adversary to stop a hacker from activating explosions worldwide unless the NSA surrenders access to their confidential files.
The Son: “Second Empire”
In 1849, young Eli (Jacob Lofland) makes enemies as he trains to be a warrior. In 1915, Eli (Pierce Brosnan) and Phineas (David Wilson Barnes) struggle to help the family in Austin, while Pete (Henry Garrett) faces his demons.
Training Day: “Blurred Lines”
Series star Bill Paxton’s son James guest-stars in the new episode “Blurred Lines.” The hunt for a father-and-son crime team becomes personal for Frank (Bill Paxton), who is forced to face the parallels between the duo and his own childhood as the son of an outlaw.
Like Cats & Dogs
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Lara (Cassidy Gifford) is a dog lover, while Spencer (Wyatt Nash) is a cat lover. When a reservation mixup lands them — and their pets — in the same lake house vacation rental over summer, they have to figure out a way to get along without killing each other. As their squabbles turn to friendship, a spark of something more may be in the works.
The Book of John Gray
This new series follows the life of John Gray, associate pastor at Joel Osteen’s world-famous Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Known for his larger than life sense of humor and his special ability to connect with people’s hearts, he brings a message of hope and faith to everyone he meets. A healer, a husband, a father and a bridge-builder, John gives viewers unprecedented access into his life with his wife, Aventer, and their ministry, as they help people in their community overcome life’s challenges.
BBC America, 10:10pm
Executive producer Steven Moffat calls this new Doctor Who spinoff series “dark and sexy and right now.” The eight-part series centers on four Coal Hill School classmates who not only have to deal with usual teenager stuff, but also have to prevent tears in the walls of space and time from unleashing the end of existence as we know it.
Sunday, April 16
Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade
Learn how the world’s first Easter egg hunt really happened in this charming adventure featuring favorite characters from the Ice Age franchise.
Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees
Recorded in February at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, this concert special features some of the biggest names in music performing classic hits made famous by the Bee Gees. Founding Bee Gees member Barry Gibb also performs “Jive Talkin’” and “You Should Be Dancing,” and is joined onstage by an ensemble of musical greats for “Stayin’ Alive.”
Call the Midwife
A Chinese first-time mother faces an unexpected crisis, while new legislation and Sister Ursula cause serious problems for Shelagh and Dr. Turner.
The White Princess
Drawn from Philippa Gregory’s novel of the same name, this exquisite eight-episode drama is a follow-up to The White Queen, and sees England ostensibly united by the marriage of Elizabeth of York (played by Jodie Comer) and King Henry VII (newcomer Jacob Collins-Levy). The new husband and wife’s initial hatred toward one another threatens to tear the kingdom apart. Ultimately, this is an epic battle for power with family loyalty being tested throughout their reign.
Beverly Hills Dog Show
USA Network, 8pm
USA embarks on a new partnership with the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills to telecast the Beverly Hills Dog Show. David Frei, who was a cohost for the famed Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show with USA for many years, is back as an announcer here, alongside dog lover John O’Hurley (Seinfeld). Over 1,000 dogs from more than 200 eligible breeds are expected to participate in the competition. The crowning of Best in Show will be the culmination of USA’s two-hour broadcast.
Iron Chef Gauntlet
Food Network, 9pm
The celebrated Food Network series gets a tasty update. Seven up-and-coming chefs from across America battle challenging ingredients and each other until a single chef is left standing. This culinary gladiator faces the ultimate Iron Chef battle — vanquishing legendary Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon in rapid succession to join their coveted ranks.
HBO’s spooky afterlife series launches its final season with a time jump and a continent jump, too. Look for Justin Theroux’s Kevin Garvey Jr. to follow his mysterious dad (played by Scott Glenn, who becomes a series regular) to Australia. “The idea that the final season was going to take place in the days leading up to the seven-year anniversary of the departure — perhaps in anticipation of the final reckoning — it just felt like how do we not do that, especially if the audience knows that the series is coming to a close?” series co-creator Damon Lindelof tells us. “Even though it’s almost seven years after the initial Sudden Departure, it felt like there was a new way of re-examining it that was directly personal to Kevin, and we’ll be exploring that idea all season long.”
As the war intensifies, the women must do all they can to keep spirits high. Frances learns that there is more to Peter’s affair than she realized. Steph is concerned by Stan’s behavior on the farm. The Brindsleys receive some wonderful news.
John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, American Crime) created and wrote most of this six-part limited series, and directed three episodes. It tells the story of a couple (played by Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay) whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. Their ultimate target becomes the “black power desk” — a true-life, secretive counterintelligence unit dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism. Idris Elba costars and serves as an executive producer.
Distraught over his failing business, Nicholas (Timothy Hutton) takes his resentment out on Clair (Lili Taylor) who reacts by becoming increasingly controlling of Gabriella (Mickaëlle X. Bizet). Now living with her sister Raelyn (Janel Moloney), Jeanette (Felicity Huffman) looks for a job. Shae’s (Ana Mulvoy Ten) frustration at the webcam house leads to a tragic confrontation.
Into the Badlands: “Monkey Leaps Through Mist”
Sunny (Daniel Wu) and Bajie (Nick Frost) get help from an unlikely source, but it comes at a price. The Widow (Emily Beecham) considers a risky gambit. M.K. (Aramis Knight) launches a dangerous plan.
Seems like just yesterday that we met the girls of Girls. Tonight, Lena Dunham’s trailblazing comedy comes to a close with Hannah and the ladies well on the path to womanhood.
The Emmy favorite starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky and Reid Scott kicks off its 10-episode Season 6 tonight.
Monday, April 17
Oprah Winfrey makes her first visit to The Talk as she sits down for the entire show with hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood. Winfrey will discuss her new HBO film, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
FXX, beginning at 6pm
Tonight’s 12-episode stunt of The Simpsons on FXX includes classics like “The Crepes of Wrath” from Season 1, “Mr. Plow” (That name again is Mr. Plow.) from Season 4 and “Boy-Scoutz N the Hood” from Season 5.
Kevin Can Wait: “Quiet Diet”
Kevin (Kevin James) goes on a juice cleanse diet to lower his cholesterol so his wife (Erinn Hayes) will send him to the N.Y. Mets fantasy camp in the new episode “Quiet Diet.”
24: Legacy: “11:00 PM-12:00 AM”
Rebecca’s deal to save Donovan doesn’t go as planned, and CTU must rely on Carter to facilitate an important exchange.
Killing Richard Glossip
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
For nearly 20 years, two men convicted of murder — one on death row, and the other sentenced to life without parole — have maintained two very different accounts of what led to motel owner Barry Van Treese’s 1997 slaying. The motel’s manager, Richard Glossip, has steadfastly maintained his innocence, suspended in a nightmarish limbo that has seen him tried twice, marched to the edge of death three times, and Oklahoma’s execution methods debated in the Supreme Court and beyond. This two-night documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger follows the breakneck efforts of Glossip’s attorneys and Dead Man Walking’s Sister Helen Prejean to discover the truth.
Teen Mom OG
MTV’s young parents are back and facing new challenges. Catelynn wants to give her daughter a sibling but fears she will again struggle with postpartum depression. Amber works hard to build her online boutique, but her hopes for overnight custody of her daughter are challenged. Farrah opens a children’s boutique and butts heads with her mother, forcing her to make a dramatic change. And Maci settles into life as a married mom with three children, while co-parenting with her ex.
A new dramatic season tips off when Evelyn Lozada, Tami Roman, Jackie Christie, Malaysia Pargo and Shaunie O’Neal are joined by new faces Keonna Green, Bonnie-Jill Laflin and the Metoyer Sisters — Aja, Cristen and Melissa. Brandi Maxiell also makes an unexpected return to the series with her own scandal.
2 Broke Girls: “And 2 Broke Girls: The Movie”
In the Season 6 finale, “And 2 Broke Girls: The Movie,” the girls and the diner gang prepare for their night on the red carpet at the premiere of the movie about Caroline’s (Beth Behrs) life.
A despondent Clay (Mark Pellegrino) meets with the POTUS to discuss the task force’s future, but he’s interrupted by his brother’s arrival. Alex (Priyanka Chopra) teaches Owen (Blair Underwood) to trust his instincts during an operation to expose the collaborators’ plan to ruin the president’s reputation.
Better Call Saul: “Witness”
Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) and Kim (Rhea Seehorn) hire an assistant. Mike (Jonathan Banks) seeks Jimmy’s help in hunting down the person who tracked his car, a mission that leads to someone Breaking Bad fans know well. Chuck’s (Michael McKean) plan for Jimmy’s taped confession is revealed (resulting in an epic performance by Odenkirk).
Scorpion: “Strife on Mars”
In the new episode “Strife on Mars,” Team Scorpion gets trapped inside a failing and dangerous biodome designed for Mars while trying to extract a pair of scientists inside.
Independent Lens: “SEED: The Untold Story”
In the last century, 94 percent of seed varieties have disappeared. Through this special, follow passionate seed keepers around the world who are determined to protect humanity’s 12,000-year-old food legacy.
T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle
The series will celebrate its 100th episode in its sixth and final season as T.I. increases his political activism and support of a new crop of artists signed to his Grand Hustle label, while Tiny balances an Xscape reunion with her various business ventures.
Tuesday, April 18
NCIS: “One Book, Two Covers”
In the new episode “One Book, Two Covers,” Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) must rely on old case notes and contacts after a Marine’s murder is linked to a former dirt bike gang he joined for a yearlong undercover operation.
Pretty Little Liars
The final 10 episodes of the young adult melodrama kick off tonight and will be filled with homecomings and reunions as the series brings back old characters including Wren Kingston (Julian Morris), Pastor Ted Wilson (Edward Kerr), Jenna Marshall (Tammin Sursok), Paige McCullers (Lindsey Shaw) and Sydney Driscoll (Chloe Bridges). We’ve also heard from “A” good source that wedding bells will ring for one of the Liars in the latter half of the season.
Bull: “Bring It On”
Guest Star Alert!
Isaiah Washington guest-stars in the new episode “Bring It On.” When Bull (Michael Weatherly) assists Jules Caffrey (Washington), a high-powered attorney on trial for his fiancée’s murder, Bull takes advantage of Jules’ penchant for courtroom theatrics by letting him defend himself.
Famous in Love
Former Disney darling Bella Thorne stars in this series adaptation of Rebecca Serle’s novel about a college student who gets her big break when she is cast in a major Hollywood blockbuster. But life for Paige (Thorne) isn’t all flashbulbs and fun — she must also navigate highs and lows of being the new It girl in town while balancing her college workload. And as Paige’s public profile rises and her chemistry with her hot costar grows, her friendships become strained.
Frontline: “Last Days of Solitary”
Follow what happens to recently released prisoners when they go from solitary to the streets. With extraordinary access to the Maine State Prison, this film examines the long-term effects of solitary confinement and efforts to reduce its use.
Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
Travel Channel, 9pm
Andrew Zimmern is back to showcase not-to-be-missed foods that define a location.
Inside West Coast Customs: “Kid Jennings”
Kid Rock has country legend Waylon Jennings’ Cadillac Coupe de Ville that is in need of some care. He wants this car to be a showpiece that he can take to shows and put on display. Of course, it needs to have the outlaw look of Waylon, and the boys at West Coast Customs must take this wreck of a car and make it fit for a legend.
NCIS: New Orleans: “Krewe”
Guest Star Alert!
Guest star Sheryl Crow performs two songs from her upcoming album in the new episode “Krewe,” in which the NCIS team investigates a train heist of hundreds of Navy weapons.
Discovery Channel, 10pm
While orbiting Earth in the 1960s, pioneering astronaut Gordon Cooper believed he discovered a large number of shipwrecks in the Caribbean Sea that could hold unimaginable wealth. Cooper worked for decades in secret to create a treasure map with the information he collected from space. Before his death in 2004, Cooper shared his secret with longtime friend Darrell Miklos. This new series follows Miklos and his team of underwater explorers as they use Cooper’s map as the key to unlocking this chest of sunken treasures.
Team Ninja Warrior
USA Network, 10pm
The competition series moves to USA Network for its 11-episode Season 2, following live airings of WWE SmackDown. Hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, the series pits three-person athletic teams against each other on physically demanding, side-by-side obstacle courses that test both endurance and speed.
Wednesday, April 19
Nature: “Hotel Armadillo”
Welcome to the “Hotel Armadillo,” where the elusive giant armadillo digs a daily hole deep in the Brazilian rainforest and leaves behind a suite for 25 species of jungle clientele. Join biologist Arnaud Desbiez as he “checks in” the exotic guests.
NOVA: “Holocaust Escape Tunnel”
In the heart of Lithuania, a Holocaust secret lies buried. A team of archaeologists probes the ruins of a Nazi execution site to find the truth behind tales of a tunnel dug by desperate Jewish prisoners and their daring escape.
Designated Survivor: “The Ninth Seat”
President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) struggles to assemble a new Supreme Court. Agent Wells (Maggie Q) goes undercover. Seth Wright (Kal Penn) deals with controversial journalist Abe Leonard (Northern Exposure’s Rob Morrow), who returns from the Middle East with an explosive story.
The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands
AXS TV, 10pm Live
Karen as Dolly, from Myrtle Beach, S.C., performs a tribute to Dolly Parton.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: “Pankration”
In the new episode “Pankration,” the International Response Team investigates the beating death of an American who was visiting Greece to get more involved in the family business.
Season 3 of this crime anthology takes place in 2010, where creator Noah Hawley hopes to explore the modern world’s selfie-obsessed culture. “Noah is going to have a lot of fun, I think, commenting on and embracing the world as it is almost today,” reveals executive producer Warren Littlefield. This season’s cast includes Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Thewlis, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jim Gaffigan and Ewan McGregor, who plays a dual role of non-twin brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy.
The Expanse: “Caliban’s War”
The Roci crew is forced to fight to save the ship.
Thursday, April 20
“Human Planet” Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 12pm
BBC America airs a marathon of the 2011 documentary series Human Planet, which explores how humans have adapted to life in every environment on Earth.
MasterChef: “Junior Edition: Tag Team”
In the season’s first mystery box challenge, the junior home cooks must prepare a delicious dish inspired by their families. Then, the young cooks pair up to replicate a sushi platter, and guest judge Chef Edward Lee helps judges Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi decide which two kids will go home.
Superstore: “Spring Cleaning”
Amy (America Ferrera) and Garrett (Colton Dunn) embark on an investigation as they sift through abandoned photos during the store’s spring cleaning. Meanwhile, Jonah (Ben Feldman) goes out of his way to woo Glenn (Mark McKinney) in hopes of gaining his approval. Cheyenne’s (Nichole Bloom) fiancé, Bo (recurring guest star Johnny Pemberton), starts working at Cloud 9 for some fast cash, taking advantage of Dina (Lauren Ash) and Mateo’s (Nico Santos) in-store intel.
Scandal: “Trojan Horse”
Olivia (Kerry Washington) and the team are determined to take down Peus, but the fight for power claims another victim as the Electoral College vote nears.
H1Z1: Fight for the Crown
The CW, 9pm
Fifteen teams of five players compete in the first team esports tournament for the game H1Z1: King of the Kill. With the action taking place before a live audience and all 75 players entering the game at the same time, communication and a strong strategy will be key if the players want to win a share of the $300,000 prize pool.
With its new spinoff, The Blacklist: Redemption, ending its first season last week, the James Spader-headlined drama returns to finish off its current season.
The Catch: “The Birthday Party”
Alice (Mireille Enos) is caught off guard when someone from her past resurfaces and wants her help. Ben (Peter Krause) and Margot (Sonya Walger) have to work together to keep a sweet sixteen party from getting out of hand.
Friday, April 21
Bill Nye Saves the World
Award-winning host, educator and engineer Bill Nye returns with a new show that tackles topics from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths and refuting anti-scientific claims.
This series is inspired by the best-selling book #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, founder of the fashion brand Nasty Gal. It centers on Amoruso (Britt Robertson), who began selling vintage clothes on eBay and, by age 28, had built a multimillion-dollar fashion empire. The real-life Amoruso and actress Charlize Theron are among the show’s executive producers.
Season 3 of the police series will adapt series creator Michael Connelly’s novel The Black Echo, with elements from A Darkness More Than Night.
Rosewood: “Amparo & The American Dream”
Rosewood and Villa are pulled into the world of human trafficking to investigate the death of a school teacher.
First Dates: “A Cat Is a Red Flag”
One dater has a hefty checklist that her match hopes to meet and the cameras catch another dater in a suspicious web of lies. We also learn the key to impressing your date is a perfect miso black cod recipe.
Vanity Fair Confidential: “The Runaway Doctor”
This series features extraordinary mysteries ripped from the pages of Vanity Fair. In each hour, the magazine’s writers give viewers exclusive insight into each story, interlaced with first-person accounts from those involved in the case — from law enforcement to victims, family members and friends. Tonight’s episode, “The Runaway Doctor,” tells the story of Michelle Kramer, who was on vacation in Greece when she awoke to find her wealthy husband, Dr. Mark Weinberger, missing. With no leads, Michelle takes it upon herself to investigate what could have happened in this tale of greed and horror.
Blue Bloods: “Mob Rules”
In a rebroadcast of the episode “Mob Rules,” Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Frank (Tom Selleck) want justice for Lt. Gormley (Robert Clohessy) after he is beaten by a mob outside his home. They enlist the aid of Detective Anthony Abetemarco (guest star Steve Schirripa), who has a personal connection to the neighborhood where the attack occurred.
Saturday, April 22
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Based on Rebecca Skloot’s heralded 2010 nonfiction bestseller and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, this impactful film centers on Virginia tobacco farmer Henrietta Lacks, whose cells — taken without her knowledge as she lay dying of cancer in 1951 — have had unprecedented impact in medicine. Told through the eyes of Lacks’ daughter Deborah (played by Winfrey) and costarring Damages’ Rose Byrne as Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks chronicles a troubled offspring’s effort to learn more about the mother she never knew, offering shattering insight into our right to the very stuff of our own bodies.
The Son: “Death Song”
In 1849, young Eli (Jacob Lofland) faces an epic survival test. In 1915, the McCulloughs enact a dangerous plan.
Training Day: “Bad Day at Aqua Mesa”
In the new episode “Bad Day at Aqua Mesa,” Frank (Bill Paxton) and Kyle (Justin Cornwell) seek justice for a community organizer who is accidentally killed in a gang-related shooting.
The Perfect Catch
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Batter up for love! Nikki Deloach stars as a single mom who runs her hometown’s diner. When her former high school boyfriend, superstar baseball player Chase Tanner (Andrew Walker) returns to town, she finds the inspiration to reinvent her struggling diner and revisits the past to find something even better for the future.
TCM, 2:15am (Late-Night)
Tonight Turner Classic Movies airs a couple of classic “blaxploitation” flicks — Dolemite (1975) and Cleopatra Jones (1973).