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Monday, April 9: Golf Channel’s Innovative ‘Shotmakers’ Competition Tees Off

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Monday, April 9

Golf Channel, 9pm
New Series!

Golf Channel’s Shotmakers is an innovative new competition featuring nine mixed teams of two players who put their shot-making precision to the test in a high-pressure, fast-paced contest for cash and prizes at Topgolf in Las Vegas. The seven-part series airs Mondays and Tuesdays through the finale on April 30.

Interview With a Murderer
Acorn TV
New Miniseries!
Fans of Mindhunter may be intrigued by this similarly compelling three-part British documentary in which criminologist David Wilson conducts revealing interviews with convicted murderer Bert Spencer, the man never charged with — yet widely suspected of — killing paperboy Carl Bridgewater in 1978, an infamously unsolved case. The interviews culminate in what is described as “a shocking and blistering exchange.” London’s The Telegraph said that the “fascinating duel [between Wilson and Spencer] made for extraordinary television.”

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “The Good, The Bad and the Cuddly”
The CW, 8pm
Season Finale!
The Legends’ mission to vanquish Mallus by using the totems doesn’t go as planned, forcing Rip (guest star Arthur Darvill) to improvise.

Evil Talks: Chilling Confessions: “The Second Gun Theory”
Investigation Discovery, 8pm
A deadly domestic dispute outside Nashville pits two detectives against each other when one believes that a self-defense killing is more than it seems. After a grieving wife gives an account justifying her husband’s death, detectives ask one question to provoke an incredible confession.

The Voice: “The Knockouts, Part 3”
NBC, 8pm
The knockout rounds conclude with the coaches’ strongest team members remaining from the battle rounds. For the first time ever, the coaches have recruited those who know best how to navigate and win the competition to advise their artists — former Voice champions. Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope will serve as key adviser for Team Kelly; Season 9 winner Jordan Smith will advise Team Adam; Season 12 winner Chris Blue will advise Team Alicia; and the most recent winner, Chloe Kohanski, will advise Team Blake.

Superior Donuts: “Balls and Streaks”
CBS, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell guest-stars in the new episode “Balls and Streaks.” Arthur’s (Judd Hirsch) streak of opening day attendance at Wrigley Field is in jeopardy when he finds himself without a ticket for the first time in 43 years.

Scorpion: “Kenny and the Jet”
CBS, 10pm
Paige’s (Katharine McPhee) maternal side goes into high gear in the new episode “Kenny and the Jet,” when Team Scorpion must save an unconscious, hypothermic boy stuck in the wheel well of their airborne airplane.

Good Girls: “Special Sauce”
NBC, 10pm
Business is booming, and the women are living large, but a threat from one of their employees reminds them how violent Rio (Manny Montana) can be when pushed, and that threatens everything they’ve been working toward. Meanwhile, Beth (Christina Hendricks) and Ruby (Retta) both enjoy the shifting dynamics in their respective marriages, and Boomer (guest star David Hornsby) carries out a malicious plot against Annie (Mae Whitman) that puts her fight for custody in jeopardy.

Independent Lens: “The Art of the Shine”
PBS, 10pm
Meet the unforgettable people who are turning the job of shoe shiner into an art form. From La Paz to Toronto to New York, these proud craftsmen are transforming an all-but-ignored job into a fulfilling life of freedom and personal connection.

Tuesday, April 10

Rosanne: “Eggs Over, Not Easy”
ABC, 8pm
A crucial moment in Becky’s (Lecy Goranson) surrogacy arrangement forces her and Darlene (Sara Gilbert) to assess each other’s lives. Meanwhile, an animal rescue organization rejects Jackie’s (Laurie Metcalf) application to adopt a puppy, and Roseanne (Rosanne Barr) devises a plan to change their mind.

Deadliest Catch Live: The Bait: “Live From the Docks”
Discovery Channel, 8pm Live
Just ahead of tonight’s premiere of Deadliest Catch Season 14 — a season that will feature the hit reality show’s 200th episode — the captains join host Matt Rogers for the first ever live episode of The Bait in Seattle. They will discuss the biggest moments in Deadliest Catch history and offer sneak peeks of the most thrilling scenes to come in the new season.

Fixer Upper: Behind the Design
HGTV, 8pm
New Series!
In this new companion series to Fixer Upper, Joanna Gaines shares an in-depth look at how all the design decisions, details and decorating come together before the final reveal of each Fixer Upper house. She also reveals some never-before-seen design elements and shows how she, Chip and her assistants work to meet their clients’ needs and style while overcoming challenges that pop up along the way.

black-ish: “Dog Eat Dog World”
ABC, 9pm
The family is divided over the idea of getting a dog after Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) promise Jack (Miles Brown) they can get one if he gets straight A’s and he does. Meanwhile, Bow’s brother Johan (Daveed Diggs) is in town and he doesn’t get the warm welcome he expects from Ruby (Jenifer Lewis).

Deadliest Catch
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Season Premiere!
After several lean seasons, the Alaskan crab fleet is back to claim a part of a massive $120 million bounty. With the lucrative Bairdi fishery opening back up, adding millions of pounds to the pot, there is a renewed sense of optimism for the captains and crews. But nature’s wrath is acting out in unusual ways, with injuries and Coast Guard rescues stacking up at alarming rates (one crew member is thrown overboard this season). Before setting sail, the captains honor their friends and fellow fishermen of the F/V Destination, which was lost at sea last year.

Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A Grammy Salute
CBS, 9pm
Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Kesha, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and SZA are among the artists performing Elton John’s hits in this star-studded concert tribute. John himself will perform “Bennie and the Jets” and “Philadelphia Freedom,” and join an ensemble of stars for “I’m Still Standing.”

Rise: “We’ve All Got Our Junk”
NBC, 9pm
After their unresolved confrontation with Gordy (Casey W. Johnson), Lou (Josh Radnor) and Gail (Marley Shelton) try desperately to get through to him. Lou discovers a crucial element to the show needs a major overhaul, while Tracey (Rosie Perez) resists a blossoming romance.

New Girl
FOX, 9:30pm
Season Premiere!
The final season kicks off with a three-year time jump: Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) are dating and returning home from a tour promoting Nick’s YA book; Schmidt (Max Greenfield) is a stay-at-home helicopter dad while his wife Cece (Hannah Simone) is a modeling agent; and Winston (Lamorne Morris) and Aly (returning guest star Nasim Pedrad) are married with a child on the way. Prior guest stars returning to reprise their roles include Damon Wayans Jr., Dermot Mulroney, David Walton, Nelson Franklin, Sam Richardson, Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner.

For the People: “World’s Greatest Judge”
ABC, 10pm
Judge Byrne (Vondie Curtis-Hall) finds himself at a crossroads in his career when he presides over a case that requires a disproportionate mandatory minimum sentence. Allison (Jasmin Savoy Brown) represents a charming defendant in a fraud case while on duty for the first time, and Leonard (Regé-Jean Page) can’t decide whether he should bring charges against a political figure.

In Contempt
BET, 10pm
New Series!
BET’s steamy legal drama follows the smart and sexy professionals of a New York City legal aid office and their tireless fight for their client’s rights. Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse) stars as Gwen Sullivan, a gifted and outspoken public defender who is fiercely passionate about her job and clients, and juggles a busy caseload as well as manages the various personalities at the office — including her ex, who was just appointed her supervisor. Richard Lawson, Megan Hutchings, Christian Keyes and Ronnie Rowe Jr. also star.

Andre the Giant
HBO, 10pm
This HBO Sports documentary examines the life and career of the beloved 7-foot-4-inch pro-wrestling legend (born André René Roussimoff), exploring Andre’s upbringing in rural France and how he parlayed his acromegaly into a celebrated career in the WWE and forays into the entertainment world. The film features interviews with family members, WWE chief Vince McMahon, fellow wrestlers Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner, and others.

Chicago Med: “Devil in Disguise”
NBC, 10pm
Drs. Charles (Oliver Platt) and Reese (Rachel DiPillo) search for answers when a mother brings in her daughter claiming she is possessed. Drs. Rhodes (Colin Donnell) and Bekker (Norma Kuhling) are tasked with finding a way to save a pair of conjoined twins. Dr. Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) struggles to get Dr. Manning’s (Torrey DeVitto) attention. Maggie (Marlyne Barrett) measures her options in the wake of her recent actions.

Wednesday, April 11

Harry Potter: A History of Magic
The CW, 8pm
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book in this 90-minute special, narrated by Imelda Staunton (the franchise’s dastardly Professor Umbridge). Go behind the scenes of the British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition, and gain access to artifacts including drawings and drafts from J.K. Rowling’s private archive. The special also features readings from actors in the Harry Potter films including David Thewlis, Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davis, Miriam Margolyes and Mark Williams.

The Blacklist: “Zarak Mosadek”
NBC, 8pm
In an attempt to apply pressure to Ian Garvey (guest star Jonny Coyne), Red (James Spader) and the Task Force head to Paris to track down a prominent heroin supplier for the Nash syndicate. Distrustful of Red’s agenda, Liz (Megan Boone) takes her own path in going after Garvey.

Alex, Inc.: “The Butterfly Pavilion”
ABC, 8:30pm
Alex (Zach Braff) gets mad at Eddie (Michael Imperioli) for making work decisions without him. Meanwhile, Rooni’s  (Tiya Sicar) “easy” gig chaperoning Soraya’s (Audyssie James) field trip goes awry when she gets distracted by work, and Ben (Elisha Henig) takes up the guitar and is determined to get his dad to let him score music for the podcast.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Service”
NBC, 9pm
The SVU must break through military red tape when a soldier is suspected of sexual assault.

The Expanse
Syfy, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Picking up immediately where the emotional and suspenseful Season 2 finale left off, the 13-episode third season of the sci-fi hit finds Earth, Mars and the Belt at war, with each competing entity vying for control. The mission to unlock the secret of the protomolecule now reaches an all-time high, and every decision made could jeopardize the survival of the solar system. Elizabeth Mitchell and David Strathairn join the cast as recurring guest stars this season.

Flip Wars
A&E, 10pm
New Series!
A&E’s new series tracks experienced professional real estate flippers as they tackle the market’s newest thing — ghost flips — where buyers invest their own money on homes they’ve never even laid eyes on. These savvy buyers acquire properties they think are unbeatable deals, transforming them into renovated masterpieces and selling them for a hefty profit. On tonight’s series premiere, “Bullet Holes & Benjamins,” real estate moguls Gene and Angelo fall in love with a house riddled with bullet holes, structural flaws and landscaping nightmares.

Designated Survivor: “Overkill”
ABC, 10pm
Following the deadly bomb explosion inside a D.C. metro station, President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland)
declares war on Kunami. When the emir of that country sends his ambassador to negotiate, Agent Wells (Maggie Q) learns the emir is hiding something that could have deadly consequences.

Sell It Like Serhant
Bravo, 10pm
New Series!
In this new series, Million Dollar Listing New York’s real estate guru Ryan Serhant travels around the country to help struggling salespeople in a variety of industries. In each episode, Serhant shares his expertise, humor and tough love to help underperformers overhaul their businesses and become sales superstars.

Criminal Minds: “All You Can Eat”
CBS, 10pm
The new episode “All You Can Eat” isn’t nearly as appetizing as its title suggests. The Centers for Disease Control calls on the BAU when they suspect bioterrorism is behind a series of mysterious deaths in Virginia.

Staten Island Hustle
CNBC, 10pm
New Series!
This six-episode entrepreneurial series follows a group of friends and businessmen from Staten Island who have yet to come up with an idea or product too far-fetched for them to invest in. Without MBAs (or college degrees of any sort), the men prove that grit, ingenuity and imagination may be the real keys to success. Every week, these born hustlers meet to discuss what big ideas they are cooking up. They all have different skills and different day jobs but, together, they’re looking to strike it rich.

Murder Chose Me: “Party Crashers”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
A pair of masked gunmen crash a late-night birthday party, and when guest Noah Randle makes a heroic attempt to intervene, he is shot dead. Detective Rod Demery is called in on his day off to untangle a sinister plot fueled by a bitter grudge.

America Inside Out With Katie Couric
National Geographic, 10pm
New Series!
On the heels of her GLAAD Media Award-nominated 2017 documentary Gender Revolution, the veteran journalist hits the road again, unpacking other social issues that both inspire and undermine unity in our “United” States via the people who are living examples of these societal changes. Says Couric of her return to field reporting, “A lot of it now is in studios, with experts and talking heads — people who have a lot of interesting things to say — but they’re not exactly living these problems out loud, every day.”

Chicago P.D.: “Payback”
NBC, 10pm
A string of stash house robberies leads back to an unlikely individual. Meanwhile, Voight (Jason Beghe) confronts a key witness in the Bingham investigation.

GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II
PBS, 10pm
Discover the story of the Jewish Americans who fought for equality and tolerance around the world during World War II. Featuring new interviews with Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Henry Kissinger, the late Bea Cohen and others.

Krypton: “The Word of Rao”
Syfy, 10pm
Seg (Cameron Cuffe) is approached by a Black Zero leader as Rao finds a scapegoat for the failed Rankless Initiative.

Thursday, April 12

Grey’s Anatomy: “Beautiful Dreamer”
ABC, 8pm
An ICE agent shows up at Grey Sloan in search of an employee who may be working in the U.S. under DACA. Alex’s (Justin Chambers) patient Kimmie (Nayah Damasen) wants to leave the hospital to enjoy her final days, but Alex feels differently. Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) treats Matthew Taylor’s (Justin Bruening) baby and April (Sarah Drew) wants to do whatever she can to help.

The Big Bang Theory: “The Reclusive Potential”
CBS, 8pm
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) celebrate their bachelor and bachelorette parties in the new episode “The Reclusive Potential.” Peter MacNichol guest-stars as brilliant but antisocial scientist Dr. Wolcott.

“The Simpsons” Marathon
FXX, beginning at 8pm

An eight-episode mini-marathon of The Simpsons includes “Lisa Gets an ‘A’,” featuring Homer’s lobster friend Mr. Pinchy, and “Alone Again Natura-Diddily,” in which Maude Flanders dies in a tragic T-shirt cannon accident.

Superstore: “Lottery”
NBC, 8pm
As lottery mania sweeps the store, Dina (Lauren Ash) incentivizes the employees to sell as many tickets as possible. Meanwhile, Jonah (Ben Feldman) helps Amy (America Ferrera) track down the new district manager to lobby for a raise.

Young Sheldon: “A Mother, a Child, and a Blue Man’s Backside ”
CBS, 8:30pm
Sheldon (Iain Armitage) declares his independence after his mom (Zoe Perry) bans him from reading a mature comic book in the new episode “A Mother, a Child, and a Blue Man’s Backside.”

A.P. Bio: “Durbin Crashes”
NBC, 8:30pm
Guest Star Alert!
When Jack (Glenn Howerton) casually gives Durbin (Patton Oswalt) some marriage advice, it backfires and gets Durbin kicked out of the house, so Jack takes him in. The A.P. Bio kids tell Jack that if they can get Miles’ (Tom Bennett) DNA, they’ll learn a little biology while pulling off the ultimate revenge. Angela Kinsey (The Office) guest-stars.

Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48: “Chandra Levy”
A&E, 9pm
World-famous prosecutor Marcia Clark examines the mysterious death of Chandra Levy, the Washington, D.C., intern who allegedly had an affair with U.S. Congressman Gary Condit. With no one held accountable for Chandra’s brutal murder, Marcia investigates what really happened in this high-profile case of politics, sex and murder.

Station 19: “Shock to the System”
ABC, 9pm
Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy) visits Ben (Jason George) at work and meets his new coworkers for the first time. While most of the team responds to a motor vehicle accident involving an electrical danger, Andy (Jaina Lee Ortiz) and Maya (Danielle Savre) are paired up to go on their first stakeout.

Mom: “Crazy Snakes and a Clog to the Head”
CBS, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
When the ladies bring a meeting to a women’s prison, Bonnie (Allison Janney) is attacked by an old acquaintance, Tammy (guest star Kristen Johnston), in the new episode “Crazy Snakes and a Clog to the Head.”

S.W.A.T.: “Armory”
CBS, 10pm
A dangerous situation gets worse for Hondo (Shemar Moore) and the team as they try to negotiate with an ex-convict who is holding a family hostage in the new episode “Armory.”

Ex on the Beach Casting Special
MTV, 10pm
A week before the series premiere, meet the cast of MTV’s Ex on the Beach. In the hot reality dating series, 10 contestants — a mixture of everyday people and romantically embattled reality stars from The Bachelorette, Big Brother, Bachelor in Paradise, The Challenge, Vanderpump Rules, Are You The One? and Bad Girls Club — show up for what they think is a run-of-the-mill love and dating show, and are blindsided by their exes.

Chicago Fire: “When They See Us Coming”
NBC, 10pm
When the FBI takes over Firehouse 51 for an undercover mission, Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Severide (Taylor Kinney) volunteer to assist with the investigation. Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) attempts to help Severide come to terms with recent developments he’s been managing.

Friday, April 13

Season Premiere!
Titus Welliver is back as Detective Harry Bosch for Season 4 of this adaptation of Michael Connelly’s bestselling novels. In the 10-episode new season, Bosch is assigned to solve a civil-rights attorney’s murder before the city erupts in violence, pursuing every lead even if it turns the spotlight back on his own department. As one murder intertwines with another, the detective must reconcile his past to find a justice that has long eluded him. One of Amazon’s most popular titles, and the streaming service’s longest-running one-hour series, Bosch was recently renewed for Season 5.

Chef’s Table: Pastry
New Miniseries!
This four-part series goes inside the lives and kitchens of the world’s most renowned pastry chefs. Each episode focuses on a single chef, taking a unique look at his or her life, talent and passion.

Lost in Space
New Series!
This reimagining of the classic 1960s series is set 30 years in the future, when the Robinson family is among the people selected for an attempt to colonize space. But when the new colonists find themselves thrown off course en route to their new home, they must forge new alliances and survive in an alien environment light-years from their destination. Toby Stephens, Molly Parker and Parker Posey headline the cast of the series whose pilot episode has already been beamed up to the International Space Station for astronauts to watch in their leisure time.

MacGyver: “Skyscraper – Power”
CBS, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
Mac (Lucas Till) and Jack (George Eads) attempt to rescue a billionaire’s son after he is kidnapped by a former Navy SEAL who uses an EMP weapon to cut off power and communication lines to the Shanghai skyscraper where the boy lives. Ed Asner and Piper Laurie guest-star in the new episode “Skyscraper – Power.”

Taken: “Password”
NBC, 8pm
When a bomb goes off in Washington, D.C., the team suspects an innocent man is being framed for the crime. Meanwhile, Kilroy (Adam Goldberg) tracks down a notorious hacker.

Blue Bloods: “Risk Management”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “Risk Management,” Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) race to find a missing girl who will die within 72 hours without her heart medication.

Cinemax, 10pm
New Series!
Game of Thrones’ Richard Dormer stars in this time-jumping, six-part thriller as a disfigured U.K. police detective who’s obsessed with finding an acid-attack serial killer who’s responsible for his own disfigurement. Told mostly in reverse order, with the killer being apprehended, something just doesn’t add up. That’s when the series stops, and reverses in a fast-paced whodunit thinker.

Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas
HBO, 11:30pm
New Series!
Cenac — an Emmy-winning comedian and former The Daily Show writer/correspondent — redefines the late-night format, embarking on an ongoing journey to understand the big issues of the moment and investigate real-world solutions. Focusing on the conversation of change, Cenac shares stories of civic-minded approaches that deserve widespread attention.

Saturday, April 14

“Star Wars” Marathon
TNT, beginning at 2:16am
Get your geek on as TNT airs Star Wars movies all day. The fun starts with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and ends with back-to-back airings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. See all your favorite characters such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Jar Jar Binks.

Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own
Discovery Family Channel, 12pm
New Series!
This new animated series follows the six very different animal friends when they leave their human companions for fun and adventure in the magical utopia of Paw-Tucket. In the first of back-to-back premiere episodes, “A Pet’s Best Friend Is …,” Roxie, the lovable terrier, lands the dream gig of housesitting for a mega pop star, only to be bombarded by Paw-Tucket’s snobbiest pets. Later, in “Pet, Peeved,” when “odd couple” differences become a problem, Roxie becomes determined to be a better roommate to Bombay cat Jade.

NBA Playoffs, First Round
ABC & ESPN, beginning at 3pm Live
The NBA playoffs begin today with first-round games on ABC and ESPN. ABC airs an afternoon game, followed by a tripleheader on ESPN.

Major League Baseball
FS1, beginning at 4pm Live
A Saturday MLB doubleheader on FS1 has the Texas Rangers at the defending World Series champion Houston Astros, followed by the L.A. Angels at the Kansas City Royals.

Ransom: “Alters”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “Alters,” Eric (Luke Roberts) and Zara (Nazneen Contractor) are providing risk assessment services at an investment bank when they are taken hostage by a gunman targeting a low-level accountant.

UFC Fight Night: “Poirier vs. Gaethje”
FOX, 8pm
Four key matchups presented live from Glendale, Ariz., are highlighted by a clash between top-ranked lightweight contenders Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje.

Elvis Presley: The Searcher
HBO, 8pm
Original Film!
Priscilla Presley and award-winning Bruce Springsteen documentarian Thom Zimny teamed up to create this deeply moving, two-film, three-hour presentation that explores Elvis’ life through his intense and lifelong relationship with music. The Searcher also features rare footage and photos; interviews with Priscilla, Scotty Moore, Red West, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and others; plus a musical score composed by Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready.

Murder Made Me Famous: “The Green River Killer” 
REELZ Channel, 8pm
For almost two decades, a madman wreaked havoc around Seattle and its majestic Green River area. Gary Ridgway would come to be known as the Green River Killer after being convicted of 49 murders, but many believe there are dozens more. See the shocking story of a man who lived a wicked double life — a father, husband and churchgoer to some but a true wolf in sheep’s clothing as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.

“Trust” Marathon
FX, beginning at 10pm
Catch up on FX’s drama series about the Getty family saga with the first three episodes of Trust airing back-to-back tonight. Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank, Harris Dickinson and Brendan Fraser star.

Saturday Night Live: “John Mulaney/Jack White”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Emmy-winning writer, standup comedian and performer John Mulaney (who previously spent six seasons as a writer for SNL) makes his hosting debut tonight. He is joined by returning musical guest Jack White.