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Saturday, April 14: HBO’s Documentary Dives Deep Into the Life and Artistry of Elvis Presley

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Saturday, April 14

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.

“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.

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.

Sunday, April 15

NBA Playoffs, First Round
TNT, beginning at 5:30pm Live

TNT’s coverage of the 2018 NBA playoffs begins today with a tripleheader of first-round games.

Reap What You Sew: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 7pm
Original Film!
Internet sensation Poppy Wilson, an old family friend of Aurora Teagarden (Candace Cameron Bure), has returned to Lawrenceton to start an embroidery business. But not everyone is happy with Poppy’s success, and she turns up dead. To find the killer, Aurora must follow the unsettling truths that lead her into the murderer’s path. Also stars Marilu Henner.

The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards
CBS, 8pm Live
Reba McEntire hosts the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Top nominees are Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, Shane McAnally, Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris.

Legends & Lies: The Civil War: “Frederick Douglass: The Dawn of a New Day”
FOX News Channel, 8pm

In the new episode of FOX News Channel’s Legends & Lies: The Civil War “Frederick Douglass: The Dawn of a New Day,” host Brian Kilmeade examines the life of Frederick Douglass, a freed slave turned diplomat who spent his lifetime fighting for the emancipation of his people. After the North claims a victory in the bloody Battle of Antietam, the episode will spotlight Douglass as he pushes President Lincoln to draft the Emancipation Proclamation.

Major League Baseball: Texas at Houston
ESPN, 8pm Live
Sunday Night Baseball visits Minute Maid Park, home field of the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros, as the Texas Rangers take on the Astros in the finale of a three-game series.

The Untold Story of the ’90s, Part 1
History, 8pm
This two-part special, concluding next week, demonstrates how the last decade before the dawn of the internet — the period between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11 — still has a lasting impact on today’s world. Commenters weighing in on the ’90s include Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Chris Coons, Touré, Melissa Harris-Perry, Dana Perino and Jonah Peretti. In tonight’s episode, discover how technology, media and politics collided in the early ’90s and led to the world in which we now live.

The Circus: “Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth”
Showtime, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Season 3 of Showtime’s groundbreaking political docuseries begins tonight. The series is hosted by John Heilemann of NBC/MSNBC, Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner. Wagner, hailing from CBS News and The Atlantic, joins the team this season as a permanent host. The Circus explores the stories behind the headlines of the day, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what happens in Washington and the country leading to the midterm elections this fall.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “NutriBoom/DFW”
FOX, 8:30pm
In the first of back-to-back, all-new episodes, Jake (Andy Samberg) and Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) realize that they’ve been suckered into the cult-like NutriBoom pyramid scheme and must find a way to sever their contracts. Then, Jake invites his newly discovered half sister (guest star Nasim Pedrad) to stay with him in New York, but when he and Amy (Melissa Fumero) realize she’s a bit of a nightmare, they must find a way to get her back home to Dallas.

The Walking Dead: “Wrath”
AMC, 9pm
Season Finale!
Finesse your Walking Dead death pool now! All of Season 8’s storylines weave together tonight as the communities join forces in a last stand against the Saviors.

The Trial of James Comey: A Next Revolution Special
FOX News Channel, 9pm

FOX News Channel’s The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton presents The Trial of James Comey: A Next Revolution Special, just before the release of former FBI Director Comey’s book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. The program features legal experts Alan Dershowitz, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Gregg Jarrett and others analyzing Comey’s actions. Steve Hilton hosts.

Southern Charm New Orleans
Bravo, 9pm
New Series!
The newest franchise in the Southern Charm universe heads to an exclusive Big Easy community that’s home to wealth, champagne, costume balls, bespoke suits, rich culture and deep traditions. These ladies and gents come from the city’s most prominent families, and they carry big drama alongside their supersized lives.

When Calls the Heart: “In My Dreams”
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
The widow of Lee’s former partner arrives and gives Gowen a chance to run a company again, Elizabeth tutors a new student, and the residents of Hope Valley conspire to pull off a surprise.

Here and Now
HBO, 9pm
Season Finale!
Alan Ball’s social-statement dramedy about a contemporary multiracial family reaches its Season 1 conclusion tonight. Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter star.

Meet the Peetes: “Facing Fears”
Hallmark Channel, 10pm
After witnessing Dolores fall in the pool, Holly is on a mission to get her mother to wear a medical alert necklace. She also sets out to learn if she herself is genetically predisposed to Parkinson’s disease.

Days That Shaped America: Waco Siege
History, 10pm
Twenty-five years after it took place, the 1993 siege on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco remains the deadliest single event in the history of the ATF. This installment of the anthology series lets us hear from two agents who were wounded during the event, a shell-shocked reporter, a law-enforcement officer, Branch Davidian leader David Koresh’s would-be lawyer, the coroner and the FBI agent who oversaw the 51-day standoff until the compound burned down with many of the members still inside.

Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild
TBS, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Snoop Dogg is putting the “G” back into “game show.” We don’t know what that means, but don’t miss the second season of Snoop’s remake of The Joker’s Wild, his favorite game show growing up.

Fear the Walking Dead
AMC, 10:10pm
Season Premiere!
The Walking Dead’s Lennie James moves his character Morgan Jones to Fear for its fourth season, which sees the action move to Texas, and Lost’s Maggie Grace, Dharma & Greg’s Jenna Elfman and The Mindy Project’s Garret Dillahunt sign on as characters James calls “refreshing and new.”

Monday, April 16

No Offence
Acorn TV
New Series!
This is the North American premiere of an outrageous, award-winning, female-driven police procedural from Britain, created by Paul Abbott (the original Shameless series) and starring Joanna Scanlan and Elaine Cassidy. Set in a crumbling cop shop on the wrong side of Manchester, the series follows an unorthodox crack team of officers on the front line, wondering what they did to end up in this part of town as they encounter drug labs, arsonists, neo-Nazis and notorious murderers.

Supergirl: “Schott Through the Heart”
The CW, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
Oscar-nominee (Lady Bird) and Roseanne star Laurie Metcalf appears as Winn’s (Jeremy Jordan) mother who reappears and tries to explain her long-ago disappearance. Winn is reeling at the death of his father and is bitter about his rough childhood but must put it all behind him and work with his estranged mother to battle Toyman.

I Am Evidence
HBO, 8pm
Produced by Law & Order: SVU’s Mariska Hargitay, this sobering documentary reveals the shocking number of rape kits — containing crucial DNA evidence that could solve and prevent crimes — that languish untested in police evidence storage rooms across America. The film tells stories of survivors who have waited years for their kits to be analyzed, as well as law-enforcement officials who are leading the charge to work through the backlog and pursue long-awaited justice.

The Voice: “The Live Playoffs, Night 1”
NBC, 8pm Live
Memo to Blake Shelton and Adam Levine: Keep that banter bleep-free! The singing contest goes live, kicking off three consecutive nights of playoff rounds — now with real-time voting.

Man With a Plan: “King for a Day”
CBS, 8:30pm
Adam (Matt LeBlanc) turns into a suburban James Bond when wife Andi (Liza Snyder) starts behaving suspiciously. He doesn’t know her covert affairs are for his own good. Double-Oh-No!

Superior Donuts: “Pedal to the Meddle”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “Pedal to the Meddle,” Arthur’s (Judd Hirsch) offer to teach Franco (Jermaine Fowler) to drive hits a speed bump when a cop catches Arthur with an expired license.

Fast N’ Loud: “Trouble in the Galaxie”
Discovery, 9pm
“I’m just a hyperactive entrepreneur giving derelict Detroit steel a new lease on life,” says Richard Rawlings. The silver-haired Texan owns Dallas’s Gas Monkey Garage, where he and his mechanics buy and fix up classic vehicles — and get up to what he dubs “shenanigans.” Tonight, look for a 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 with “whiskey dents” (Texas hot-rodder slang for DUI dings).

Evil Talks: Chilling Confessions: “The Killer Next Door”
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
Police outside St. Louis suspect a serial killer after finding the bodies of two women strangled to death. Fearing more victims, police gamble and go public with their only piece of evidence — a shoe found at one of the crime scenes — and an anonymous tip they receive lands an unlikely suspect in the interrogation room.

Scorpion: “A Lie in the Sand”
CBS, 10pm
Season Finale!
As Season 4 ends, the quirky geniuses face a blinding sandstorm and, in what will have bigger blowback for the team, high-EQ Paige (Katharine McPhee) discovers the lie told by brainiac boyfriend Walter (Elyes Gabel). Walter has been misleading Paige for months about an innocent trip to a lecture with cute chemist-next-door Florence (Tina Majorino). Tonight, she uncovers his trail of deception — and the relationship implodes, affecting everyone.

Days That Shaped America: Boston Bombing
History, 10pm
Five years after the horrific event, this installment of the anthology series looks back at the terror attack at the 2013 Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers planted bombs at the race, killing three people and maiming many more. Hear from one of the wounded, an on-scene medic, a trauma surgeon and law-enforcement officers who experienced the sudden terror of this coldblooded act.

Good Girls: “Shutdown”
NBC, 10pm
Rio’s (Manny Montana) feeling the heat from the FBI investigation, so he abruptly shuts down operations, cutting off Beth (Christina Hendricks), Ruby (Retta), and Annie’s (Mae Whitman) money supply. Their attempt to go back to being ordinary housewives is short-lived when Mary Pat (guest star Allison Tolman) puts the financial squeeze on them — forcing the three women to commit another heist.

Independent Lens: “What Lies Upstream”
PBS, 10pm
Travel to West Virginia with investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback in this detective story that uncovers the troubling truth behind a massive chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for months.

Tuesday, April 17

Major League Baseball: Cleveland vs. Minnesota (in San Juan)
FS1, 7pm Live
An MLB regular-season game is played in Puerto Rico for the first time since 2010 when the Cleveland Indians take on the Minnesota Twins in the first of two games at San Juan’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

Rosanne: “Darlene v. David”
ABC, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
Absent for years, David (guest star Johnny Galecki) unexpectedly shows up for Harris’ (Emma Kenney) birthday, forcing Darlene (Sara Gilbert) to re-examine their relationship. Meanwhile, Bev (guest star Estelle Parsons) moves into the Conner home after an incident at her nursing home prevents her from going back.

NCIS: “Sight Unseen”
CBS, 8pm
NCIS reaches its milestone 350th episode with tonight’s new installment “Sight Unseen,” in which NCIS searches for a petty officer suspected of assault who escapes when the sheriff transporting him crashes into a lake.

Lethal Weapon: “Leo Getz Hitched”
FOX, 8pm
When Riggs (Clayne Crawford) and Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) attend Leo Getz’s (guest star Thomas Lennon) surprise wedding, they end up investigating a missing person.

PBS, 8pm
New Series!
Survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. Episodes reveal the roles that art and creative imagination have played in forging humanity, and introduce viewers to works of beauty, ingenuity and illumination across cultures. The first episode, “The Second Moment of Creation,” features images and artifacts found in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and South America, which testify to the urge to develop civilizations. Liev Schreiber narrates.

Alex, Inc.: “The Nanny”
ABC, 8:30pm
Alex (Zach Braff) thinks he fired the family’s part-time babysitter, Rosalba (Laura Patalano), after he and Rooni (Tiya Sircar) find her sleeping on the job, but the situation gets complicated when Rosalba still shows up for work. Meanwhile, Ben (Elisha Henig) takes over watching Soraya (Audyssie James) after school, but Rooni loses cell service and gets nervous about the kids being left home alone.

black-ish: “Fifty-Three Percent”
ABC, 9pm
At odds more than usual, Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) return to their therapist who suggests they make time for a date night. Meanwhile, the bouncy house gets left behind after Devante’s first birthday party, and Jack (Miles Brown) and Diane (Marsai Martin) take advantage of it.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: “The Runaway Runway”
Bravo, 9pm
Season Finale!
Season 8 of the reality show is poised to go out with a bang — or make that a splash — as Dorit Kemsley debuts her swimwear line. Naturally, she also stirs up trouble yet again among fellow Wives Erika Girardi, Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump.

Bull: “Justified”
CBS, 9pm
Bull (Michael Weatherly) faces a tough challenge in the new episode “Justified,” as he must convince a jury that a domestic abuse survivor who shot her husband in his sleep is not guilty of murder.

Black Lightning: “Shadow of Death: The Book of War”
The CW, 9pm
Season Finale!
From the jump, this take on the DC Comics character was smarter and more genuine than most viewers expected from a superhero show. Led by Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) — father, high-school principal and costumed vigilante — Black Lightning found that sweet spot where emotionally grounded family drama played well with pulpy action and sharp commentary about what’s really going on within the black community. In tonight’s finale, Pierce and equally electrifying crimefighting daughters Jennifer (China Anne McClain) and Anissa (Nafessa Williams) amp up to take down the Tuskegee-like ASA.

Holmes: Next Generation
DIY Network, 9pm
New Series!
Not all heroes wear capes — some don tool belts. Contractor Mike Holmes and his adult children, Mike Jr. and Sherry, step in and save folks from home projects they can’t complete and the shoddy work of others. “Dad likes things his way,” notes Sherry of the Holmes Makes It Right vet. “We’re getting him to consider new ideas he would never normally choose.” Ah, Home Scrappy Home.

Rise: “Bring Me Stanton”
NBC, 9pm
As Lou’s (Josh Radnor) vision for Spring Awakening starts to crumble, Lilette (Auli’i Cravalho) and Robbie (Damon J. Gillespie) feel the weight of responsibility on their shoulders with rehearsals going into overdrive. Reaching out to a student in need of support, Tracey (Rosie Perez) opens up old wounds from her own past. Gwen (Amy Forsyth) starts down a destructive path that threatens to disrupt Gordy’s (Casey W. Johnson) attempts at self-control, while Simon (Ted Sutherland) takes steps to get closer to Annabelle (Shannon Purser).

Splitting Up Together: “Soups Jealous”
ABC, 9:30pm
While a smitten Lena (Jenna Fischer) has another date with Wes (Trent Garrett), unbeknownst to her, Martin (Oliver Hudson) does his best to care for an ailing Milo (Sander Thomas). Meanwhile, Maya (Diane Farr) makes a decision on whether or not to become a single mother.

For the People: “Everybody’s a Superhero”
ABC, 10pm
Allison (Jasmin Savoy Brown) must take on Celia Chavez (Olivia Sandoval), a tough assistant U.S. attorney in no mood to lose, to defend a man accused of stealing supplies intended for hurricane victims. Sandra (Britt Robertson) defends a peculiar client accused of assault, while Kate (Susannah Flood) is sought out by an ATF agent needing legal advice for an unlikely suspect.

NCIS: New Orleans: “Powder Keg”
CBS, 10pm
Pride (Scott Bakula) and his bar patrons are held hostage by a group of volatile thieves in the new episode “Powder Keg.”

Secret Eats With Adam Richman: “Clock and Dagger”
Cooking Channel, 10pm
Adam travels to Cape Town, South Africa, to seek out the city’s best off-menu dishes, including barbecued South African sausage, freshly caught fish and chips, a springbok loin served in an old Victorian house, and a secret, invite-only restaurant.

Legion: “Chapter 11”
FX, 10pm
Season 2 of FX and Marvel Comics’ surreal adventure series Legion continues with the new episode “Chapter 11,” in which David (Dan Stevens) navigates the maze.

Chicago Med: “An Inconvenient Truth”
NBC, 10pm
After taking the lead on a surgery, Dr. Bekker (Norma Kuhling) feels the heat after something goes wrong. Drs. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) and Charles (Oliver Platt) are faced with a tough decision concerning the gender of a 9-year-old girl. April (Yaya DaCosta) and Dr. Reese (Rachel DiPillo) rush to find the son of a dying patient. Goodwin’s (S. Epatha Merkerson) godson is admitted to the hospital.

Wednesday, April 18

Major League Baseball: Cleveland vs. Minnesota (in San Juan)
ESPN, 7pm Live
The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins wrap up a special two-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball.

Riverdale: “A Night to Remember”
The CW, 8pm
Watch the behind-the-scenes action caught by student videographer Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) when the drama department of Riverdale High mounts an avant-garde version of Carrie: The Musical.

NOVA: “Decoding the Weather Machine”
PBS, 8pm
Climate change is arguably the defining challenge of our time. Join scientists on a quest to better understand the weather and climate machine we call Earth. Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree that our climate is changing? And how can we be resilient — even thrive — in the face of enormous change?

Hollywood Darlings
Pop, 8pm
Season Premiere!
The scripted comedy returns by flashing back to how ex-child stars Jodie Sweetin, Christine Lakin and Beverley Mitchell first became besties on the eve of Y2K.

Alex, Inc.: “The Mother-in-Law”
ABC, 8:30pm
Rooni’s (Tiya Sircar) mom, Joya (Anjali Bhimani), comes to New York and Alex (Zach Braff) tries too hard to impress her, including a disastrous Holi celebration which makes him look even worse. Meanwhile, Ben (Elisha Henig) wants to learn more about his heritage from his grandmother to impress a girl in school.

Criminal Minds
CBS, 9pm
Season Finale!
Season 13 of Criminal Minds comes to an end with two hours of back-to-back new episodes tonight. In “Mixed Signals,” the BAU heads to New Mexico to investigate an unsub who is targeting his victims’ temporal lobes. Then in “Believer,” the BAU questions the credibility of a former FBI agent (guest star James Urbaniak) and his search for an unsub he calls “The Strangler.”

The Originals: “Where You Left Your Heart”
The CW, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Desperate to see her father Klaus (Joseph Morgan) after seven years, Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) resorts to drastic measures to bring him back to New Orleans. Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) attempts to minimize the fallout from Hope’s actions, but not before news of what she’s done ripples through the city.

Flip Wars: “A Flippin’ Knockout”
A&E, 10pm
When a three-bedroom house from the ’90s hits the auction block, flippers from all over Florida sense blood in the water. After winning in a combative auction, John and Lana realize that the battle has only just begun when they discover disgusting bathrooms, an outdated kitchen and a living room filled with garbage — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Designated Survivor: “Kirkman Agonistes”
ABC, 10pm
Michael J. Fox joins the ABC drama for a five-episode arc this week to play Ethan West, a high-powered attorney investigating President Kirkman’s (Kiefer Sutherland) fitness for the job.

The Americans: “Mr. and Mrs. Teacup”
FX, 10pm
The sixth and final season of FX’s spy thriller The Americans continues with the new episode “Mr. and Mrs. Teacup.” Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star.

Murder Chose Me: “American Nightmare”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
A pillar of Shreveport’s Korean community is murdered in broad daylight on the doorstep of her popular beauty supply store. When the trail of physical evidence runs cold, Detective Rod Demery must rely on shoe-leather detective work to catch the killer.

Chicago P.D.: “Saved”
NBC, 10pm
After Voight (Jason Beghe) witnesses the kidnapping of a young woman with a mysterious connection to his past, Intelligence works to find a connection between her kidnapping and several bank robberies. Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) gets a tip that a grand jury has been summoned, putting Olinsky (Elias Koteas) one step closer to standing trial for Bingham’s murder.

The Wine Show
Ovation, 10pm
Actors Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys sip, swirl and swallow all over the world in this fact-filled docuseries.

POV: “Bill Nye: Science Guy”
PBS, 10pm
As star of the 1990s TV series Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bill Nye made science accessible and exciting to a generation of young people. Today, Nye is active in battling what he perceives as a growing anti-science movement in America. POV’s latest documentary, Bill Nye: Science Guy, looks at Nye’s life and career, which has included everything from being an engineer at Boeing to being on Dancing With the Stars to being CEO of the Planetary Society space advocacy organization.

Thursday, April 19

Grey’s Anatomy: “Judgment Day”
ABC, 8pm
It’s Grey Sloan Surgical Innovation Prototypes Day and during the presentations, Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) shares cookies from an appreciative patient that, unbeknownst to her, contain a “special” ingredient. With Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) down for the count, Jo (Camilla Luddington) must take over a major surgery. And Catherine (Debbie Allen) reveals shocking details to Jackson (Jesse Williams) about his grandfather’s past.

The Big Bang Theory: “The Comet Polarization”
CBS, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) finds his comic book store experience altered after writer Neil Gaiman (guest-starring as himself) puts Stuart’s (recurring guest star Kevin Sussman) store on the map.

“The Simpsons” Marathon
FXX, beginning at 8pm

Tonight’s stunt of The Simpsons includes plenty of dumb luck (or “pulling a Homer”: to succeed despite idiocy). Among the classics airing tonight are “Homer Defined,” “Bart’s Comet,” “Lisa the Skeptic” and “The Joy of Sect.”

Superstore: “Gender Reveal”
NBC, 8pm
The store hosts a gender-reveal party for Glenn (Mark McKinney) and his wife Jerusha (Kerri Kenney), just as Dina (Lauren Ash) is freaking out at the realities of having to deliver a baby. Meanwhile, Amy (America Ferrera) receives some unsettling news.

A.P. Bio: “Eight Pigs and a Rat”
NBC, 8:30pm
When one of Jack’s (Glenn Howerton) students anonymously reports him for canceling their much-anticipated fetal pig dissection, he sets out to find the snitch. Durbin’s (Patton Oswalt) chances at Principal of the Year are in jeopardy when the superintendent visits.

Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48: “Robert Blake”
A&E, 9pm
Marcia Clark attempts to uncover the truth behind the unsolved murder of actor Robert Blake’s wife Bonnie Lee Bakley. Did the Baretta star murder his own spouse, or did Bakley’s dark past lead to her early demise? Determined to find Bakley’s killer, the former O.J. Simpson prosecutor scrutinizes this twisted Hollywood tale to separate the facts from the fiction that she finds in the first 48 hours of the case.

Station 19: “Stronger Together”
ABC, 9pm
Andy (Jaina Lee Ortiz), Jack (Grey Damon) and 18 other candidates take the captaincy drill test, gunning for sole leadership of Station 19. Meanwhile, Travis (Jay Hayden) serves as acting captain while Andy and Jack are away for the day, and Ben (Jason George) confronts Vic (Barrett Doss) about her fears.

Mom: “Spaghetti Sauce and a Dumpster Fire”
CBS, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
In the new episode “Spaghetti Sauce and a Dumpster Fire,” Christy (Anna Faris) considers getting a new sponsor, Nora (guest star Yvette Nicole Brown), after witnessing Marjorie (Mimi Kennedy) have a major meltdown in a grocery store.

Carnival Eats: “Noah’s Favs”
Cooking Channel, 9pm
With fair season right around the corner, host Noah Cappe — who has sampled almost 500 fairground foods — takes a trip down memory midway to name his favorite carnival foods.

Ex on the Beach
MTV, 9pm
New Series!
Rapper/actor Romeo hosts this social experiment that features romantically challenged reality stars alongside everyday singles who show up for what they think is a normal love and dating show set in a Hawaiian paradise, only to be completely blindsided by their exes. After the shock wears off, the couples decide if their love can be reignited, or if the flame of romance is gone for good.

ABC, 10pm
Series Finale!
Shondaland fanatics’ hearts are breaking as the Thursday-night staple, starring Kerry Washington as complex political fixer Olivia Pope, comes to an end.

Chicago Fire: “Where I Want to Be”
NBC, 10pm
After responding to a residential fire at a property belonging to a Mexican drug cartel, Casey (Jesse Spencer) is skeptical of Cordova (guest star Damon Dayoub) after a hefty amount of money was found missing from the crime scene. Elsewhere, Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) makes a big decision.

Friday, April 20

New Series!
In this anime series, Retsuko is a 25-year-old red panda who works as an office associate in the accounting department of a Tokyo trading company. All she wants is to do her job and get through the day, but when frustrations reach a boiling point, she vents through death-metal karaoke-singing.

Original Film!
Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis and Elizabeth Olsen star in this film that played earlier this month at the SFFILM Festival in San Francisco. Matt Ryder (Sudeikis) is convinced to drive his estranged and dying father Ben (Harris) cross-country to deliver four old rolls of Kodachrome film to the last lab in the world that can develop them before it shuts down for good. Along with Ben’s nurse Zooey (Olsen), the three navigate a world changing from analog to digital while trying to put the past behind them.

Mercury 13
This film reveals the little-told story of 13 remarkable women who were tested for spaceflight in 1961 for NASA’s “man in space” program, dubbed Project Mercury. The men ultimately chosen to be among the first Americans to make the trip beyond Earth, all military test pilots, became known as the Mercury 7. But behind closed doors, female pilots were also screened. These aviation pioneers had the “right stuff” but the wrong gender, and their time would unfortunately have to wait.

Jurassic World
FX, 5:30pm
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star in the 2015 blockbuster addition to the Jurassic Park saga. Dinosaur park Jurassic World has been open for 10 years, and the visitor rates are starting to decline. When corporate backers urge the creation of a new attraction, scientists start messing with the wrong things, and it backfires horribly.

“The Simpsons” Marathon
FXX, beginning at 6pm
One could argue that The Simpsons peaked creatively around Seasons 6-7 in 1995. Some of the all-time great episodes from that period air tonight on FXX, including “Two Dozen and One Greyhounds,” “The PTA Disbands,” “’Round Springfield,” “The Springfield Connection,” “Lemon of Troy,” “Radioactive Man,” “Bart Sells His Soul,” “Lisa the Vegetarian” and “King-Size Homer.”

MacGyver: “Wind + Water”
CBS, 8pm
Mac (Lucas Till) is in Puerto Rico helping to rebuild a hurricane-damaged home when he is taken hostage by bank robbers in the new episode “Wind + Water.”

Blindspot: “Clamorous Night”
NBC, 8pm
The team faces a deadly threat on all of their lives, and Roman’s (Luke Mitchell) allegiances are tested.

Jane the Virgin: “Chapter Eighty-One”
The CW, 9pm
Season Finale!
Jane (Gina Rodriguez) believes she and Rafael (Justin Baldoni) are in a good place until she realizes he is keeping a secret from her. Petra (Yael Grobglas) and JR (guest star Rosario Dawson) make a decision about their future, while River (guest star Brooke Shields) spends the week with Rogelio (Jaime Camil) to help them seem believable as a married couple, but she takes her role too seriously.

Taken: “Imperium”
NBC, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
NASCAR’s Ryan Blaney not only has his first role in a TV series, but the up-and-coming stock-car driver gets to do what he does best: careen around curves with other vehicles in hot pursuit. Tonight on NBC’s Taken, he plays an FBI agent assisting Bryan Mills (Clive Standen) on a mission … in a Mustang (a switch from his usual Ford Fusion).

Live From Lincoln Center: “Sutton Foster in Concert”
PBS, 9pm
Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster brings her irresistible talent and effusive charm to the intimate Appel Room for a special night with a special guest, two-time Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (Hamilton, Spring Awakening, Glee).

Expecting: “Christina & Ant/Julie & Ryan”
UP TV, 9pm
Lights! Camera! Baby! In this charming docuseries, pregnant couples chronicle their own journey — no crew, no producer. Tonight, a Los Angeles duo battered by a miscarriage get the best news possible, while Michigan parents of twin boys anticipate … twin girls! and Friends Featuring the Black Eyed Peas — Landmarks Live in Concert
PBS, 10pm
Experience live in concert from London’s Royal Albert Hall. In a one-night-only event, the Grammy- and Emmy-winning artist performs with members of the Black Eyed Peas and special guests.

Saturday, April 21

Major League Baseball: Cleveland at Baltimore
FS1, 4pm Live
FS1 airs the second game of a four-game series at Oriole Park in Baltimore as the Cleveland Indians face the Orioles.

Ransom: “Secrets and Spies”
CBS, 8pm
Eric (Luke Roberts) and Oliver (Brandon Jay McLaren) are thrust into the world of espionage in the new episode “Secrets and Spies,” as they must help negotiate the release of a CIA spy kidnapped in Vienna.

FX, 8pm
Ryan Reynolds stars as darkly funny comic-book character Deadpool in this 2016 action film. Wade Wilson (Reynolds) agrees to rogue experimentation to help cure his cancer. He doesn’t realize that what he signed on for will leave him disfigured and hidden in the shadows. Now, armed with a variety of weapons and his twisted sense of humor, his new alter ego, Deadpool, takes a dark path to find and destroy the man who altered his life forever.

War for the Planet of the Apes
HBO, 8pm
The third installment of the rebooted Planet of the Apes film series, which sees Caesar (Andy Serkis) leading the apes in a confrontation with humans over control of the planet, makes its HBO debut. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. Woody Harrelson and Steve Zahn star.

The Zoo: “The Eagle Has Landed”
Animal Planet, 9pm
Plenty of reality shows give viewers a chance to see the fur fly — but on Animal Planet’s The Zoo, that concept is taken quite literally. Now in its second season, the uplifting series offers a glimpse at the inner workings of New York’s bustling Bronx Zoo. In tonight’s episode, zoo director Jim Breheny helps a keeper learn how to handle a golden eagle.

Iyanla: Fix My Life
OWN, 9pm
In an episode intriguingly titled “Sex Workers: Addicted to the Struggle,” two sex workers, Canitra and Lauren, consult tough-loving life coach Iyanla Vanzant. Though the women insist they want out of the dangerous industry, they struggle to cast off their roles as paid escorts “Monroe” and “Tasha.”