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Friday, April 27: History’s ‘Ancient Aliens’ Two-Hour Season Premiere


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Friday, April 27

Ancient Aliens
History, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Ancient Aliens returns with a two-hour premiere tonight in its continued global search for proof that extraterrestrial life exists and these unknown lifeforms visited Earth thousands of years ago. If aliens are among us, how have they impacted our world and how will people react to this discovery? From recent breaking news on the U.S. government’s funding of UFO research to recently discovered hidden facts behind chambers in Egypt’s Great Pyramid, each new episode covers various alien-related topics with historic detail, first-hand accounts and interviews with the world’s top scientists, archaeologists and researchers. Lead expert Giorgio Tsoukalos joins Ancient Astronaut theorists, David Hatcher Childress, William Henry, Linda Moulton Howe, Erich von Daniken and many others being interviewed, as this season travels to over a dozen countries to explore firsthand signs of ancient alien visitation. On the island of Sardinia, Italy, ancient statues of giants with alien features are shown to the public for the first time; hidden messages are uncovered in the artwork of Leonardo da Vinci and strange alien-looking statues are explored on the Marquesa islands of the South Pacific.

All or Nothing: The Dallas Cowboys
Amazon Prime
Season Premiere!
Season 3 of the Emmy-winning docuseries follows the Dallas Cowboys’ tumultuous 2017 season. Each episode grants viewers an unprecedented look inside the locker room, on the sidelines and off the field, and reveals both high moments, including team owner Jerry Jones being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and low moments, like running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the league. Jon Hamm returns as narrator.

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
Amazon Prime
In honor of Sid and Marty Krofft receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at today’s Daytime Creative Arts Emmys, check out their kids’ show Sigmund. The brothers’ title creation — an easygoing creature ill-equipped for a monster’s primary function of scaring people — can be seen on a current Amazon Prime reboot based on the 1973–75 original.

The Rachel Divide
Self-described “transracial” activist Rachel Dolezal ignited a media storm when a local news station outed her as a white woman who had been living as the black president of the NAACP. Since the controversy, director Laura Brownson has exclusively filmed with Dolezal, capturing in this intimate, vérité-style documentary the life story of a damaged character who lands in the crosshairs of race and identity politics in America.

The Week Of
Original Film!
Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel (a.k.a. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) cowrote this comedy directed by Smigel about a father (Sandler) who is determined to pay for his daughter’s wedding despite the prodding from the wealthier father (Chris Rock) of the groom. A series of calamities forces the dads (and their families) to come together and endure the longest week of their lives. Rachel Dratch and Steve Buscemi also star.

“The Simpsons” Marathon
FXX, beginning at 6pm
Classic episodes from Season 8 of The Simpsons air tonight on FXX, including “Lisa’s Date With Density,” “The Springfield Files,” “The Twisted World of Marge Simpson” and the notorious “The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show.”

2018 NFL Draft, Rounds 2 & 3
FOX, NFL Network, ESPN & ESPN2, beginning at 7pm Live

The 2018 NFL Draft continues with Rounds 2 and 3 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. FOX and NFL Network cover tonight in its entirety. ESPN splits its coverage, with the first hour on ESPN and the rest on ESPN2.

MacGyver: “UFO + Area 51”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “UFO + Area 51,” Mac (Lucas Till) and Riley (Tristin Mays) are attacked by a group of masked men after the government calls them in to examine a mysterious object that crash-landed in the Nevada desert.

Blindspot: “Galaxy of Minds”
NBC, 8pm
The team must partner with an oddball conspiracy theorist (guest star Christopher Fitzgerald) in order to stop a deadly weapon from getting into Crawford’s hands. Meanwhile, Roman (Luke Mitchell) struggles to maintain his personal life with Blake (guest star Tori Anderson) while completing a series of secret missions.

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives: “Seafood and Savory”
Food Network, 9pm
We’re down with a Florida eatery (one of tonight’s stops) mixing crab and pasta, but host Guy Fieri is gonna need to do some serious hard-selling to convince us that oxtail on pizza is anything other than wrong.

Taken: “ACGT”
NBC, 9pm
When a CIA analyst’s son is kidnapped, the team gets help from an unlikely source — another kidnapping victim. Meanwhile, Hart (Jennifer Beals) discovers the sinister motive behind the abductions.

Live From Lincoln Center: “Leslie Odom Jr. in Concert”
PBS, 9pm
Winner of the 2016 Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his legendary performance as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr., a jazz vocalist with an actor’s ear for a lyric, brings his remarkable talent to this intimate performance.

Blue Bloods: “Your Six”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “Your Six,” Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) resorts to asking his incarcerated archenemy, Victor Lugo (guest star Nick Cordero), for help locating a dangerous criminal who escaped from prison.

Saturday, April 28

2018 NFL Draft, Rounds 4, 5, 6 & 7
ABC, ESPN & NFL Network, 12pm Live
The final rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, air on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network today.

National Women’s Soccer League
Lifetime, 3:30pm
One of the sports world’s hidden gems, the nine-team National Women’s Soccer League has some of the world’s best female footballers and many U.S. Women’s National Team members on its rosters. Catch today’s matchup of Denise O’Sullivan and the North Carolina Courage at the Houston Dash.

Major League Baseball
FS1, beginning at 4pm Live

The Arizona Diamondbacks are at the Washington Nationals in the first game of FS1’s Saturday MLB doubleheader. The second game has the N.Y. Yankees at the L.A. Angels.

Monster Energy Supercross
FOX, 5:30pm Live
In this FOX Sports special, top supercross athletes bring their high-flying action to Salt Lake City.

The Turpin 13: Family Secrets Exposed
Oxygen, 6pm
This two-hour special, hosted and executive produced by Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, takes viewers deep inside the shocking story of the Turpin family and the parents, David and Louise, who have been charged with keeping their children shackled and starved within their Perris, Calif., home. O’Brien retraces the family’s secretive past and tries to uncover how and why the alleged abuse was kept hidden for so long.

Ransom: “A Free Man in Paris”
CBS, 8pm
Eric (Luke Roberts) must help a former Guantanamo guard who is taken hostage by terrorists in the new episode “A Free Man in Paris.”

Guardians of the Galaxy
FX, 8pm
In this 2014 hit sci-fi adventure, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) has long been a traveler in the galaxy since being taken from Earth as a young boy. When Peter finds an orb in the far reaches, he becomes public enemy No. 1 in the eyes of the powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace). Now he assembles a team to become guardians of the galaxy. Zoe Saldana also stars, and Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel lend their voices.

Premier Boxing Champions
FOX, 8:30pm Live
Two exciting fights headline this evening of powerful pugilism from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Veteran Josesito Lopez battles unbeaten 147-pound contender Miguel Cruz in a welterweight showdown, and 168-pound former world champion Anthony Dirrell takes on El Paso native Abraham Han.

The Beach House
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
This Hallmark Hall of Fame movie is based on a book by Mary Alice Monroe and stars Andie MacDowell, Minka Kelly, Chad Michael Murray and Makenzie Vega. When Cara (Kelly) finds her life spinning out of control, she returns to the beach house of her mother (MacDowell), where she connects with her Lowcountry roots and the area’s most endangered residents — its loggerhead turtles. MacDowell reveals that she brought the project to Hallmark after a chance encounter with the book’s author in the Charleston airport. The actress shares, “I bought the book and fell in love with it because I love Southern family stories, especially if they’re a little bit messed up. I like the imperfections of people. I find them very relatable and true.”

Sunday, April 29

Killing Eve: “Sorry Baby”
BBC America, 8pm
In the new episode “Sorry Baby,” reports from Berlin point to the existence of a mole, prompting Eve (Sandra Oh) to undertake her first surveillance operation. Meanwhile, Villanelle (Jodie Comer) is sent to England to eliminate a member of British Intelligence. Could it be Eve?

The Real Housewives of Atlanta: “10th Anniversary Special”
Bravo, 8pm
To celebrate a decade of the highly rated reality series, Bravo highlight some of the series’ most memorable moments from the last 10 seasons.

Instinct: “Flat Line”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “Flat Line,” Dylan (Alan Cumming) and Julian (Naveen Andrews) go undercover in a hospital when they suspect an “angel of death” is killing people with ailments that are not life-threatening.

Major League Baseball: N.Y. Yankees at L.A. Angels
ESPN, 8pm Live
Sunday Night Baseball features the N.Y. Yankees at Angel Stadium of Anaheim for the finale of a three-game series against the L.A. Angels.

The Simpsons: “Forgive and Regret”
FOX, 8pm
To quote Homer Simpson, “Woo-hoo!” Fox’s animated comedy is besting Gunsmoke for the second time. The Simpsons already surpassed the 1955–1975 Western in 2009 as the longest-running American scripted primetime series, and tonight’s 636th episode marks the most installments ever aired by a scripted primetime show. “It’s the home-run record of TV,” says executive producer Al Jean, who estimates the writers have churned out about 50,000 pages of script. “I really try to be modest, but I think it’s amazing.”

Legends & Lies: The Civil War: “Gettysburg: The High Water Mark”
FOX News Channel, 8pm

On the sixth episode of FOX News Channel’s Legends & Lies: The Civil War, “Gettysburg: The High Water Mark,” host Brian Kilmeade examines the heroic bayonet charge led by Union army member Joshua Chamberlain, while General Robert E. Lee orders major general George Pickett to charge against the Union forces. The ill-fated charge results in the defeat of the Confederate army causing the battle of Gettysburg to be marked as the turning point of the Civil War.

Death Row Stories: “Murdered Babysitter”
HLN, 8pm
A babysitter is found brutally murdered in Santa Ana, Calif., with five young children in the home left unscathed. The parents are quick to point to Kenneth Clair, a local transient who burglarized their home in the past. Clair is convicted of capital murder and sent to death row — but recent DNA analyses and allegations of corruption at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office raise questions about the validity of his conviction. Susan Sarandon narrates.

Aerial Cities: “Miami 24”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
From the bustling port that drives Florida’s economy and the neon-lit clubs of Miami Beach to the fascinating story of how Miami was founded, this episode reveals a city that’s about much more than sun and surf. From the air, viewers can trace the growth of Little Havana, built by Cuban exiles who still gather in Domino Park to meet old friends, and explore lesser-known corners of town like Liberty Square, which inspired the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight. 

Long Island Medium: “Living Apart”
TLC, 8pm
“The hardest thing that I have to do is move forward, and do it without Larry,” says Theresa Caputo of dissolving her 28-year marriage — a painful through-line on this season of the long-running show. Tonight, as the psychic’s cross-country tour wraps up, she dreads going home.

NCIS: Los Angeles: “Reentry”
CBS, 9pm
Callen (Chris O’Donnell), Sam (LL Cool J) and Nell (Renée Felice Smith) search for pieces of a top-secret government device that was onboard a failed rocket launch in the new episode “Reentry.”

Good Witch
Hallmark, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The fourth season finds Catherine Bell’s Cassie still working her special magic on the people of Middleton and the visitors to her charming B&B, Grey House. She’s also happily engaged to Sam (James Denton) while trying to help repair the friendship of Grace (Bailee Madison) and Nick (Rhys Matthew Bond) before they become a blended family.

Homeland: “Paean to the People”
Showtime, 9pm
Season Finale!
Season 7 of Showtime’s thriller series, which stars Claire Danes as CIA officer Carrie Mathison, ends tonight.

Madam Secretary: “Thin Ice”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “Thin Ice,” Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) is attending a summit in Montreal to resolve territorial claims of the North Pole when an ecoterrorist group detonates a bomb.

Food: Fact or Fiction?: “Townie Treats”
Cooking Channel, 10pm
Host Michael McKean busts the most notorious food myths while touring America’s tastiest destinations. On this episode, he beelines for Boston to find out if Boston cream pie is a half-baked lie, then goes sightseeing in Cincinnati to find the best Greek chili and fills up in Philly where the cheesesteak has a challenger.

HBO, 10:30pm
On tonight’s episode, Gene Cousineau’s (Henry Winkler) wildly entertaining romance with a murder detective reaches a turning point.

Monday, April 30

Mornings With Maria: Live From the Milken Institute Global Conference
FOX Business Network, 6am

Maria Bartiromo’s Mornings With Maria originates live from the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday and Tuesday. Each year, the Milken Institute Global Conference brings together industry leaders in business, government, technology and other sectors to discuss and debate collaborative solutions to world issues. Bartiromo will kick off coverage on Monday with an exclusive interview with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discuss the United States economy, global trade issues and more. Bartiromo will also sit down with Guggenheim Partners Global CIO Scott Minerd and AECOM CEO Michael Burke. On Tuesday, Bartiromo will present an exclusive interview with Wells Fargo CEO & President Tim Sloan, as well as interviews with RBC CEO Dave McKay, EY CEO Mark Weinberger and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling.

Major League Baseball: Colorado at Chicago Cubs
ESPN, 7pm Live
The Colorado Rockies are at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field for the first game of a three-game set against the Chicago Cubs.

Dancing With the Stars: Athletes
ABC, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Season 26 of the dance competition welcomes 10 jocks to the ballroom for its all-athletes edition. Previous Dancing With the Stars competitors and champs have hailed from the gridiron, the rink, the ring, the race track, swimming pools and gymnastic mats, so expect lots of ballroom action courtesy of toned legs from all walks of life. And while ABC hadn’t revealed the list of contestants by presstime, we expect a few familiar faces from the PyeongChang Olympics looking to add to their collections of hardware.

The Voice: “Live Top 11 Performances”
NBC, 8pm Live
The remaining 11 performers compete, hoping to remain in the running to be crowned this season’s Voice.

American Pickers: “Ready to Roar”
History, 9pm
Tonight’s treasure hunt in upstate New York unearths a rare Porsche, a unique pair of 1930s pickups and a trove of old bicycles. Is this what you call a vehicular assault?

Evil Talks: Chilling Confessions: “The Bodies in the Ashes”
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
When a house fire on a farm in rural Oregon reveals two charred bodies in the ashes, police suspect a terrible accident. But after suspicious new details are found among the ruins, investigators must keep tempers from boiling over in the interrogation room to trap the killer in his own lies.

AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction
AMC, 10pm
New Series!
AMC’s Visionaries anthology series hands the reins to the writer/director for an exploration of the beloved genre’s roots, evolution and massive popularity via interviews with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, Will Smith, Sigourney Weaver and others.

Elementary: “An Infinite Capacity for Taking Pains”
CBS, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) is always arrogant and sometimes high — but confused and disoriented when he’s sober? That’s the man Watson (Lucy Liu) finds as the drama’s sixth season opens with a gnarly case about a leaked sex tape.

Sticker Shock
Discovery Channel, 10pm
New Series!
Host Dennis Pittsenbarger and a team of expert appraisers uncover the value of people’s vehicles, whether it’s a clunker or a classic, and the results may shock the owners. From cars you’ve always wanted to cars you’ve never heard of, the team investigates their history and condition to determine a price tag.

For Our Lives: Parkland
Freeform, 10pm
This hourlong documentary, from Freeform and ABC News’ Nightline, follows the lives of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. after the Feb. 14 mass shooting that left 17 dead. The special, hosted by journalist Elaine Welteroth, former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, follows students as they turned their grief and fear into action.

Good Girls: “Remix”
NBC, 10pm
Season Finale!
The season ender finds the housewives at their most desperate. While fledgling robbers Beth (Christina Hendricks), Ruby (Retta) and Annie (Mae Whitman) try to take down the leader of a gang they’ve been working with, a kidney becomes available for Ruby’s tween daughter (Lidya Jewett). Both events lead the trio back to the scene of their very first crime.

Independent Lens: “True Conviction”
PBS, 10pm
Meet three exonerated prisoners who start a detective agency to rebuild their lives, help free other wrongly incarcerated persons and fix the criminal justice system.

Tuesday, May 1

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City
Comedian John Mulaney’s latest standup special for Netflix features material from his “Kid Gorgeous” tour.

Roseanne: “No Country for Old Women”
ABC, 8pm
After Beverly (Estelle Parsons) gets kicked out of her nursing home, Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) fight over who will take care of their mother. Meanwhile, Mark’s (Ames McNamara) creative touch while building a birdhouse for Dan’s customer is more than Dan (John Goodman) can handle, but Darlene (Sara Gilbert) defends her son.

NCIS: “One Step Forward”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “One Step Forward,” Sara Carter (guest star Skye P. Marshall) begs Gibbs (Mark Harmon) to investigate her mother’s murder as she believes the local authorities convicted the wrong man.

The Voice: “Live Top 11 Eliminations”
NBC, 8pm Live
Competitors from last night’s performances are whittled down as the season heads toward its close.

black-ish: “Blue Valentime”
ABC, 9pm
Tonight, black-ish’s Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and Dre (Anthony Anderson) hit an unprecedented marital low in an arc that began last week and continues through the May 15 finale. “To use a cooking metaphor, their relationship is the main course, and they’ve been focused on sides, apps and desserts” executive producer Jonathan Groff says. Fittingly, that will become clear with an imminent kitchen remodel. And while black-ish often handles heavy topics with a deft comedic touch, don’t expect a ton of laughs. “We wanted to tell this story as honestly as possible,” he adds. “It’s unlike any episode we’ve ever done.”

The Big Interview With Dan Rather: “Oak Ridge Boys”
AXS TV, 9pm
Season Finale!
Legendary newsman Dan Rather ends the sixth season of his interview series by chatting with fan-favorite country quartet the Oak Ridge Boys.

Bull: “Reckless”
CBS, 9pm
Bull (Michael Weatherly) and his team worry that they’re in over their heads when they take on the seemingly unwinnable case of Elliott Miles (guest star Frank De Julio), a mute man on trial for murder and arson, in the new episode “Reckless.”

LA to Vegas: “The Proposal”
FOX, 9pm
Season Finale!
Flight attendant Ronnie (Kim Matula) risks her relationship for a job at Delta, while Captain Dave (Dylan McDermott) plans to propose to Nichole’s (Olivia Macklin) mom, Patricia (guest star Amy Landecker).

Rise: “The Petition”
NBC, 9pm
When an unauthorized, provocative sizzle reel promoting the Stanton High production of Spring Awakening is posted online, it spreads like wildfire through the school and surrounding community. Coach Strickland (Joe Tippett) and Vanessa (Shirley Rumierk) are forced to face their daughters, but major damage has already been done. Robbie (Damon J. Gillespie) faces a crisis of confidence, while Maashous (Rarmian Newton) contemplates a difficult family reunion.

The Haves and Have Nots: “Veronica’s House”
OWN, 9pm
Midseason Premiere!
The soap’s return schools more than a few people in what we’ve always known: Don’t mess with vengeful diva Veronica Harrington (Angela Robinson).

For the People: “Have You Met Leonard Knox?”
ABC, 10pm
Leonard (Regé-Jean Page) is forced to confront some longstanding insecurities when his high-stakes case leads him to question what is right and what is wrong. Sandra (Britt Robertson) goes head-to-head with Seth (Ben Rappaport) who files charges against a daring comedian accused of threatening a U.S. president’s life. Jay (Wesam Keesh) defends a tennis player accused of intentionally throwing a match to help his coach win a bet.

Hunting Nazi Treasure
AHC, 10pm
New Series!
The 2014 film The Monuments Men chronicled the World War II efforts of operatives who scoured Europe hoping to retrieve priceless art looted under the Nazi regime. This new series follows modern-day “monuments men” — art preservationist Robert Edsel (who wrote the book on which the film was based), historian James Holland and journalist Conor Woodman — who travel the world searching for such treasures that remain lost. In the premiere episode, the team looks to recover items stolen by Hermann Goering, the No. 2 Nazi party official.

NCIS: New Orleans: “Mind Games”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “Mind Games,” Gregorio (Vanessa Ferlito) calls on her former behavioral science professor (guest star Deirdre Lovejoy) when the team’s latest case matches one she studied during FBI training.

Legion: “Chapter 13”
FX, 10pm

An uneasy reunion leads to the discovery of a shocking truth in the new episode “Chapter 13.”

Chicago Med: “This Is Now”
NBC, 10pm
In a tense and topical episode, the drama examines the race-against-the-clock struggle to save lives after a mass trauma. Tonight, a park shooting overwhelms Chicago Med with incoming wounded. “The facility calls in every off-duty doctor and nurse,” executive producer Diane Frolov says, but is unable to get extra hands from other hospitals. Fellow executive producer Andrew Schneider adds, “We wanted to show that even top-notch hospitals are ill-equipped to deal with a mass shooting.”

Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.: “Unsolved?”
USA Network, 10pm
Season Finale!
The task force and Russell Poole (Jimmi Simpson) chase down their final leads.

Wednesday, May 2

Cobra Kai
YouTube Red
New Series!
Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their iconic roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence from the 1984 classic The Karate Kid in this follow-up series. More than 30 years after the events of the All Valley Karate Tournament that closed out that film, now-successful Daniel lives in affluence with his beautiful family. Meanwhile, his former rival Johnny’s life has taken a rocky turn. When Johnny seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, his and Daniel’s lives inevitably become intertwined, and the rivalry is reignited.

The Blacklist: “Nicholas T. Moore”
NBC, 8pm
The mysterious appearance of an unidentified young girl sends Liz (Megan Boone) and the task force on a hunt to discover her connection to the secret Red (James Spader) is hiding. However, when her family steps in to protect their own secrets, the investigation turns into a race to save the little girl’s life.

Nature: “Natural Born Rebels: Survival”
PBS, 8pm
Some animals will do whatever it takes to survive. Cockatoos turn to vandalism, boxer crabs hold anemones hostage, sloths become filthy, puff adders have an “invisibility cloak” to hide themselves and chimps use violence to stay in power.

Alex, Inc.: “The Internet Trolls”
ABC, 8:30pm
The family helps salve Alex’s (Zach Braff) feelings when he becomes overly sensitive to listeners’ comments leading up to the launch of the podcast. Meanwhile, Rooni (Tiya Sircar) enlists Ben’s (Elisha Henig) help with Soraya’s (Audyssie James) diorama to boost her grade, but her plan backfires.

Modern Family: “Mother!”
ABC, 9pm
When Dede (Shelley Long) drops in unexpectedly, Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) come to a realization about her effect on their lives. Phil (Ty Burrell), Luke (Nolan Gould), Alex (Ariel Winter) and Haley (Sarah Hyland) all have their own bad news to break to Claire (Julie Bowen) and compete over the best time to do it: the tiny window of time after her monthly spa day when she’s super relaxed.

SEAL Team: “Enemy of My Enemy”
CBS, 9pm
The lives of Jason (David Boreanaz) and the SEAL Team are jeopardized in the new episode “Enemy of My Enemy,” as a risky mission to capture a highly valuable target may actually be a trap.

Misfit Garage
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The oddball crew at Fired Up Garage shifts into high gear for a new season, as the team takes on their most ambitious build yet in hopes of improving their reputation. But with their usual antics and a team member’s departure, the crew must put everything on the line to succeed.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “The Book of Esther”
NBC, 9pm
Rollins (Kelli Giddish) races to rescue a girl being held captive by her father (guest star Ray McKinnon).

NOVA Wonders: “What’s Living in You?”
PBS, 9pm
Dive into the human microbiome, an ecosystem of bacteria, fungi and viruses living right beneath our noses. Discover how parasite larvae can grow in our skin and how ingesting poop in a pill can save lives.

The Expanse: “Reload”
Syfy, 9pm
The Rocinante tends to wounded Martian soldiers in exchange for supplies. Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) struggles with how to disseminate a key piece of evidence despite being in hiding.

Designated Survivor: “Bad Reception”
ABC, 10pm
President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) negotiates with a foreign government to release an American held overseas, while attorney Ethan West (Michael J. Fox) continues his investigation.

Code Black: “Better Angels”
CBS, 10pm
Things get a little psychedelic tonight as a patient at Angels Memorial sees the staff in a full-out musical number. All 13 cast members are involved in the choreographed episode. Dr. Campbell (Boris Kodjoe), who’s typically all about the job, even gets his own solo. “They know better than not to give me my solo,” Kodjoe laughs. “It was a great time, and everybody was laughing all the time. We’re a family. We all love each other, and the fact that we were able to do that together was just a blessing.”

The Americans: “Rififi”
FX, 10pm

In the new episode “Rififi,” a sudden assignment pulls Elizabeth (Keri Russell) away from her family at a crucial moment. At the FBI, a major development leads Aderholt (Brandon J. Dirden) to approach Stan (Noah Emmerich) about an urgent investigation.

Being Serena
HBO, 10pm
New Series!
This five-part series is a behind-the-scenes look at Serena Williams’ life on and off the court during her recent pregnancy and marriage, and as she balances motherhood with her return to the pro tennis circuit after a lengthy hiatus.

Chicago P.D.: “Allegiance”
NBC, 10pm
Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) and Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) go undercover to prevent military-grade weapons from hitting the street. Meanwhile, Voight (Jason Beghe) calls in a favor as a last-ditch effort to clear Olinsky’s (Elias Koteas) name for Bingham’s murder.

Krypton: “Transformation”
Syfy, 10pm
After a failed coup, Daron (Elliot Cowan) punishes the conspirators. Lyta (Georgina Campbell) and Dev (Aaron Pierre) go in search of Jayna (Ann Ogbomo).

USA Network, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Season 3 begins six months after the Bowmans’ escape from the Los Angeles bloc as Will (Josh Holloway) and Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies) struggle to rebuild their family in the world beyond the walls. When their peaceful existence is shattered, they are sent on an odyssey that will finally reveal the horrifying truth behind Earth’s mysterious occupiers, and the Bowmans will once again be forced to choose sides.

Thursday, May 3

Grey’s Anatomy: “Fight for Your Mind”
ABC, 8pm
Jesse Williams, a.k.a. Jackson, makes his directorial debut tonight. On tap: Alex (Justin Chambers) and fiancée Jo (Camilla Luddington) head to Iowa to find his mom, and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) finally presents her revolutionary “mini liver” project.

The Big Bang Theory: “The Sibling Realignment”
CBS, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) head to Texas to make peace with Sheldon’s brother Georgie (guest star Jerry O’Connell) before Sheldon’s wedding in the new episode “The Sibling Realignment.”

Gotham: “A Dark Knight: That Old Corpse”
FOX, 8pm
Gotham City PD again proves to be the least safe location in town after followers of the late Jerome (Cameron Monaghan) infiltrate the station, leading Jim (Ben McKenzie) on a mad dash to protect his people. Wait, is that Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) trying to sneak in too?

Superstore: “Town Hall”
NBC, 8pm
Season Finale!
Cleanup on Aisle Outrage! Seeing how Amy (America Ferrera) and the rest of the staff are so fired up over the termination of octogenarian Myrtle (Linda Porter), their town hall meeting with Cloud 9’s CEO could become a bigger disaster than the tornado they faced in last season’s finale.

A.P. Bio: “Drenching Dallas”
NBC, 8:30pm
Season Finale!
Jack (Glenn Howerton) takes interest in a revenge mission on behalf of the A.P. Bio kids. Mary (Mary Sohn), Stef (Lyric Lewis) and Michelle (Jean Villepique) believe they’ve discovered an otherworldly presence at Whitlock.

Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48: “Jam Master Jay”
A&E, 9pm
World-famous prosecutor Marcia Clark dives deep into the world of hip-hop to search for the truth about what really happened to Jason Mizell, better known as Run-D.M.C.’s legendary disc jockey Jam Master Jay. Marcia checks out numerous theories that surround the mysterious 2002 death of this icon. Was Jay shot because of his dangerous past? Was he killed by someone close to him? Was it a drug deal gone bad? Or was it something else entirely? With no one ever charged with the murder, Marcia will dissect the first 48 hours of the initial investigation and attempt to unveil the truth.

Station 19: “Every Second Counts”
ABC, 9pm
Ripley (Brett Tucker) interviews each member of the Station 19 crew to determine whether Andy (Jaina Lee Ortiz) or Jack (Grey Damon) should be given the role of captain. Meanwhile, a “mom’s day out” on a party bus takes a turn for the worse, and Captain Pruitt (Miguel Sandoval) continues his treatment.

Mom: “Ocular Fluid and Fighting Robots”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “Ocular Fluid and Fighting Robots,” Christy’s (Anna Faris) sponsor (recurring guest star Yvette Nicole Brown) challenges her to be nice to Bonnie (Allison Janney) at all costs.

Atlanta: “FUBU”
FX, 10pm
The new episode “FUBU” has an old-school vibe as characters are nostalgic for their early ’90s days at Miller Grove Middle School and the height of FUBU fashion.

Chicago Fire: “The Unrivaled Standard”
NBC, 10pm
Severide (Taylor Kinney) is shocked when Renee Royce (guest star Sarah Shahi) resurfaces at the firehouse. Casey (Jesse Spencer) comes up with a plan to help Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) in his latest pursuit. Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) regrets a decision she made regarding Severide. Herrmann (David Eigenberg) doesn’t see eye-to-eye with Lt. Colannino (guest star Andy John Kalkounos) over coaching their son’s basketball team.

Grace vs. Abrams: “Laci Peterson”
A&E, 11pm
Season Finale!
In their Season 1 ender, legal analysts Nancy Grace and Dan Abrams take a fresh look at the death of Laci Peterson, whose husband Scott was convicted of her murder in 2004. As the 15th anniversary of his conviction approaches, Peterson — a death row inmate at California’s San Quentin State Prison — is still in the process of appealing his sentence.

“Claws” Marathon
TNT, 11pm
In anticipation of next month’s season premiere of the Niecy Nash starrer, TNT is beginning a two-night marathon of the wickedly funny nail salon crime drama. Five back-to-back episodes will air tonight and tomorrow.

Friday, May 4

End Game
Oscar-winning filmmaker Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt) helm this intimate, vérité-style documentary short that follows visionary medical practitioners who are working on the cutting edge of life and death — and dedicated to changing our thinking about both.

A Little Help With Carol Burnett
New Series!
The comedian’s namesake variety show was honored with a 50th-anniversary special in 2017 and she’ll be the very first recipient of the Peabody Career Achievement Award in May. But is retirement on her mind? Nope! On the funny lady’s new Netflix series, she moderates a panel of 4- to 8-year-olds who offer advice (“Follow your heart,” “Bribery always works”) to grownup guests, both celebrities and regular folks.

Original Film!
Action master John Woo directs this thriller about a man wanted for a crime he did not commit, and the sinister conspiracy behind his persecution.

The Rain
New Series!
This young-adult thriller, the first Danish original series for Netflix, follows two siblings who emerge from their bunker six years after a virus carried by the rain has wiped out almost all humans in Scandinavia. They eventually join a group of young survivors and set out on a danger-filled quest to search for any signs of life. In their struggle for survival, the youngsters discover that even in a postapocalyptic world there is still love, jealousy and many of the coming-of-age dilemmas they thought they’d left behind with the disappearance of the world they once knew.

MacGyver: “MacGyver + MacGyver”
CBS, 8pm
Season Finale!
He can use shoestrings to stop bad guys, but saying goodbye to his Phoenix Foundation family in tonight’s
season ender could prove to be the toughest challenge yet for special agent MacGyver (Lucas Till).

Dynasty: “Trashy Little Tramp”
The CW, 8pm
When Blake (Grant Show) thwarts Fallon’s (Elizabeth Gillies) attempts to take the company in a new direction, Fallon realizes that the biggest threat is actually Blake himself.

MasterChef Junior
FOX, 8pm
Past meets present in this two-hour episode. First, the remaining cooktestants serve 30 former contenders at a pop-up restaurant. Then it’s back to the studio to re-create recipes from judges who are close to the kids’ hearts: their grandmas.

Blindspot: “Let It Go”
NBC, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
Everyone’s favorite Science Guy, Bill Nye, is coming to save the world on the NBC drama tonight. While FBI colleagues Jane (Jaimie Alexander) and Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) deal with complications related to her strong-willed daughter, Avery (Kristina Reyes), the educator swoops in to assist the rest of the team in the lab. He turns out to be the dad of forensic specialist Patterson (Ashley Johnson), a revelation that causes quite a stir among the lab-coat set.

Hawaii Five-0: “Ka Hana A Ka Mākua, O Ka Hana No Ia A Keiki (What Parents Do, Children Will Do)”
CBS, 9pm
McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Five-0 take on the mob when a former boss is killed, and Junior’s (Beulah Koale) friend Cammy Lin (guest star Cindy Chu) is on the run after witnessing the hit. Will Sasso guest-stars as a veterinarian in the new episode “Ka Hana A Ka Mākua, O Ka Hana No Ia A Keiki (What Parents Do, Children Will Do).”

America Divided
EPIX, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The documentary series that delves into some of the most pressing — and often controversial — issues facing our country today returns for Season 2. In tonight’s premiere, “Washington’s War on Women,” former Fox News Channel personality Gretchen Carlson, who made her own personal story of sexual harassment public, takes viewers into the halls of Congress to uncover a pervasive culture of harassment held in place for decades. Other topics explored this season will include Native American rights, coal mining, Confederate monuments and sanctuary cities.

Alaska’s Grizzly Gauntlet: “Ice Bear Siege”
Nat Geo Wild, 9pm
Grrr! Survivalist Les Stroud visits Barter Island town Kaktovik, where hungry polar bears are sticking around longer and longer as they wait for the ice to arrive.

Live From Lincoln Center: “Stephanie J. Block in Concert”
PBS, 9pm
Stephanie J. Block, a showstopping Tony-nominated performer who was featured in Lincoln Center Theater’s Falsettos as well as in Wicked and The Boy From Oz, unleashes her immense voice and bold charisma for a special night of cabaret.

The Jazz Ambassadors
PBS, 10pm
Discover how the Cold War and the civil rights movement collided when America asked Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman to travel as cultural ambassadors and combat racially charged Soviet propaganda through their music.

Saturday, May 5

Baked in Vermont
Food Network, 10:30am
Season Premiere!
In the season premiere episode “Make Ahead, Bake Ahead,” Gesine Prado shares her tips and tricks for stocking a freezer full of baked goodies ready to go in a pinch. Whether for unexpected guests or a last-minute dinner party, Gesine has all the bases covered with make-ahead, bake-ahead dishes like Shaker Chicken Pot Pie, Cinnamon Crumble Buns and Devil’s Cream Cake. For summertime sweets when it’s too hot to turn on the oven, she shares her Frozen Crumble, an easy, no-bake dessert that every baker should have in their arsenal.

Horse Racing: 144th Kentucky Derby
NBC, 2:30pm Live

The 144th Kentucky Derby takes place today at Churchill Downs in Louisville for the start of horse racing’s Triple Crown season. Among the horses who could be in the starting gate are Justify, Audible, Noble Indy, Bolt d’Oro, Enticed and Bravazo. NBC airs all the prerace pageantry, featuring lots of interviews with celebrities and analysis of their odd fashion choices.

Ransom: “Undercover”
CBS, 8pm
Eric (Luke Roberts) uncovers a much more deadly plot while negotiating the release of an arms dealer’s teenage son in the new episode “Undercover.”

2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
HBO, 8pm
Marking the 33rd anniversary of the event, this year’s inductees include Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues and Nina Simone. Additionally, the Award for Early Influence goes posthumously to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, an Arkansas native who, says Rolling Stone, “shredded on electric guitar, belted praises both to God and secular pleasures, and broke the color line touring with white singers.”

Murder Made Me Famous: “Aaron Hernandez”
REELZ Channel, 8pm
This episode looks at the story of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who — despite being paid millions of dollars as a top NFL player — could not shake his violent past and committed murder over what amounted to mere disagreements. After his convictions, Hernandez lost everything and eventually took his own life in a prison cell.

Trading Spaces
TLC, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
Clinton Kelly — yep, the former cohost of TLC’s What Not to Wear — joins Hildi Santo Tomás to make over a pair of dreary Baltimore basements. One set of homeowners wants a game room; the other is aiming for a cocktail lounge. Fun neighborhood!

Saturday Night Live: “Donald Glover/Childish Gambino”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Solo: A Star Wars Story, Atlanta and even Community are ripe for the sketch picking as Donald Glover hosts the late-night show for the first time. His rap alter ego, Childish Gambino, provides music, making Glover one of only a few performers (Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake) to do double duty.