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Wednesday, May 2: HBO Explores What It’s Really Like ‘Being Serena’

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Wednesday, May 2

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.

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.

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).

Colony
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
Netflix
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
Netflix
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.

Manhunt
Netflix
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
Netflix
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.

Sunday, May 6

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: AAA 400 Drive for Autism
FS1, 2pm Live

Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer are among the top Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers battling in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover Speedway’s “Monster Mile.”

Darrow & Darrow: In the Key of Murder
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 7pm
Original Film!
In the second film in the franchise, Miles’ (Tom Cavanagh) half-sister, an up-and-coming singer (Mackenzie Porter), is accused of murdering her abusive manager, and Claire Darrow (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) takes on her first ever murder case to prove her innocence. “Even though it’s a more serious case — it’s a murder trial — this film is a lot of fun,” shares Williams-Paisley. “It starts with a terrific script that already has a lot of humor in it, and then Tom and Wendie and I have a blast playing around.” Plus, Joanna (Wendie Malick) has to focus on “the little man” — and not the bottom line — in her first case.

Killing Eve: “I Have a Thing About Bathrooms”
BBC America, 8pm
Eve (Sandra Oh) has the mole within MI5 confined to a safe house and has the chance to crack the case open in the new episode “I Have a Thing About Bathrooms.” Assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) isn’t quite done with Eve and is ready to take their relationship to the next level.

The Real Housewives of Potomac
Bravo, 8pm
Tonight, the reality docudrama moves to a new, and earlier, time slot.

Instinct: “Owned”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “Owned,” Dylan (Alan Cumming) and Lizzie (Bojana Novakovic) are under pressure to deliver results when they investigate the death a professional basketball team owner who died when her car went off a bridge.

Call the Midwife
PBS, 8pm
Season Finale!
That tragic death in the penultimate episode was a lot to handle, for viewers and the still-reeling Nonnatus midwives, who care for a horde of expectant mothers after they’re chucked out of a London maternity home.

Sweetbitter
Starz, 8pm
New Series!
Based on longtime restaurant-industry worker Stephanie Danler’s acclaimed novel, Starz’s new half-hour coming-of-age story is set in 2006 New York City, where young Midwestern transplant Tess (Churchill’s Ella Purnell) charms her way into a job at a high-end restaurant and finds herself in the midst of an eclectic group of colleagues who expand her palate and her world.

Vida
Starz, 8:30pm
New Series!
Series creator Tanya Saracho (Looking, How to Get Away With Murder) culled from her own life to create this deeply human dramedy about two vastly different Mexican-American sisters who reunite in their Los Angeles neighborhood and discover they have much to learn about themselves and their relationship with their mom, their heritage and each other.

Fear the Walking Dead: “Buried”
AMC, 9pm
Al’s (Maggie Grace) inquiries uncover some surprising truths about the group’s past. John Dorie (Garret Dillahunt) receives unexpected news.

NCIS: Los Angeles: “Where Everybody Knows Your Name”
CBS, 9pm
NCIS partners with the FBI after a Marine is murdered by a rare nerve gas in the new episode “Where Everybody Knows Your Name.”

The Last Man on Earth: “Cancun Baby!”
FOX, 9:30pm
Season Finale!
Why can’t Earth’s last surviving humans have nice things? After Todd (Mel Rodriguez) discovers hidden dangers in their Zihuatanejo mansion, the group preps to move. Again. But hold the U-Haul! Tandy (Will Forte) has second thoughts about what they may be leaving behind.

Madam Secretary: “The Things We Get to Say”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “The Things We Get to Say,” Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) must watch what she says and does when she deals with a refugee situation while being shadowed by a newspaper reporter (guest star Tim Kang).

Naked and Afraid XL
Discovery Channel, 10pm
Season Premiere!
In the fourth season, over 40 days and 40 nights, survivalists put their lives on the line in Africa’s deadly Selati River Basin, a region devastated by drought and teeming with starving predators. For some, the challenge offers potential redemption — three Naked and Afraid veterans unable to complete the challenge in the past will attempt another 40 days in hell. Elsewhere in the African bush, another former survivalist sets off on his own impossible quest for redemption.

Breaking Homicide: “Mystery at the Mansion”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
Derrick and Kris visit sunny San Diego where, in 2001, 32-year-old Rebecca Zahau was found dead, hanging naked, her hands bound behind her back. The case had all the signs of murder, but police ruled it a suicide. Were they wrong? Or did she pull off one of the most incredible death scenes ever staged? The investigators go step-by-step to try and re-create the scene of the crime to figure out what really happened.

I’m Dying Up Here
Showtime, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) will guest-star in the second season of the scripted series as comedy legend Roy Martin, who arrives on the scene at Goldie’s and drops bombs and wisdom on the club’s comics. Goldie (Melissa Leo) lures him into a business partnership as she schemes to expand her empire.

Monday, May 7

Kevin Can Wait: “A Band Done”
CBS, 8pm
Season Finale!
After a former bandmate talks Kevin (Kevin James) into reuniting with their old band, Smokefish, with hopes of making it big, Vanessa (Leah Remini) realizes a chance encounter with the band in her past changed the course of her life. Sal Governale guest-stars in the Season 2 finale “A Band Done.”

A Dangerous Son
HBO, 8pm
Liz Garbus directs this eye-opening documentary that shares stories of children with serious
mental illness and their parents’ desperate efforts to obtain treatment for their children, with limited resources and little support. The film focuses on three families’ struggles, exposing the cracks in a system that fails too many — with potentially devastating consequences.

The Voice: “Live Top 10 Performances”
NBC, 8pm Live
The remaining 10 contestants perform as the season begins to wind down toward the announcement of the newest Voice.

Smithsonian Time Capsule: 1968
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
This new special features rare objects from the Smithsonian Institution’s vaults to help reveal historic moments from the transformative year 1968. From a veteran of the Tet Offensive sharing the story of the uniform he wore and recounting his survival of a deadly ambush, to an interview with astronaut Jim Lovell remembering Apollo 8, these interviews and more bring to life pivotal events from that year.

Vanderpump Rules: “Reunion Part 1”
Bravo, 9pm
Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant staff breaks down the events of the dramatic season in the first of a three-part reunion. Host Andy Cohen explores hot topics, including what really went on with the Jax Taylor/Brittany Cartwright cheating scandal.

Superior Donuts: “Broken Art”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “Broken Art,” Franco (Jermaine Fowler) decides to apply for a prestigious art fellowship, but in order to win a semester studying in Italy, he must compete with his girlfriend (guest star Shamikah Martinez).

Best Baker in America
Food Network, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Nine world-class bakers compete for bragging rights and a cash prize in this competition hosted by Chopped’s Scott Conant and judged by Jason Smith, Marcela Valladolid and a host of special guests. Bakers from across the country face a Skills Challenge that tests their mastery of technical skills followed by a Master Challenge that tests their prowess working with specific flavors and ingredients, with one baker ultimately earning the grand prize of $25,000 and the title of Best Baker in America.

Love It or List It
HGTV, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Interior designer Hilary Farr and real estate agent David Visentin return for a new season of Love It or List It as they continue to help struggling homeowners determine whether to stay in their newly remodeled home or list it and take the profit. “You see chaos turning into living space, chaos turning into choices the designers made, dysfunction into function and mess into beauty,” Farr says.

Evil Talks: Chilling Confessions: “The Vanishing Women of San Luis Obispo”
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
Two female college students disappear from the close-knit town of San Luis Obispo, Calif. Clues are elusive, but one detective has a hunch he knows who is responsible. With little evidence, investigators’ only hope of finding the missing women hangs on convincing the probable killer to confess.

Teen Mom 2
MTV, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The women of MTV’s docuseries about young mothers (now in its ninth season) haven’t been teens in a long time — and the issues they face are adult-size. Chelsea DeBoer, for one, tries to change a custody agreement following her ex’s arrests.

Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms
VH1, 9pm
La La Anthony and Anthony Anderson return to host the annual Mother’s Day celebration where celebs pay tribute to the women who have shaped their success.

Elementary: “Once You’ve Ruled Out God”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “Once You’ve Ruled Out God,” Watson (Lucy Liu) and her half-sister, Lin (guest star Samantha Quan), have conflicting reactions when their estranged biological father dies.

Running Wild With Bear Grylls
NBC, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Survival expert Bear Grylls embarks on a fourth season of guiding celebrities through the wilderness. Joining Bear this season will be actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (tonight); tennis champ Roger Federer; Game of Thrones star Lena Headey; Emmy-winning Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba; The Americans star Keri Russell; Oscar nominee Don Cheadle; actor Scott Eastwood; and World of Dance judge Derek Hough.

X Company
Ovation, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Just a few weeks after its first season ended its run on Ovation, this critically acclaimed World War II-set drama kicks back up for Season 2. In the premiere episode, the team reels from the disaster of losing Alfred (Jack Laskey) to the Nazis. Making matters worse, Aurora (Evelyne Brochu), Neil (Warren Brown), Tom (Dustin Milligan) and Harry (Connor Price) have been cut off from all communications with Camp X.

Independent Lens: “No Man’s Land”
PBS, 10pm
Go inside the 2016 standoff at Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge between anti-government protesters and federal authorities. With remarkable access, the film documents the occupation from inception to its dramatic demise.

American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja: “Wild Card Episode 2”
USA Network, 11pm
Only the strongest will survive! Teams of warrior favorites vie for spots in next week’s Playoff round — but there’s a twist: Previously eliminated superstars are thrown in to shake things up.

Tuesday, May 8

Roseanne: “Go Cubs”
ABC, 8pm
The Conners can’t pay their Wi-Fi bill, so they befriend their new neighbors in order to use their internet so Mary (Jayden Rey) can Skype with mom Geena (Jahmela Biggs), who is stationed in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, as Dan (John Goodman) loses an important job and D.J. (Michael Fishman) admits post-military life has been hard, they come up with a plan to make extra money.

NCIS: “Two Steps Back”
CBS, 8pm
The new episode “Two Steps Back” is the final NCIS episode for series regular and fan favorite Pauley Perrette, who plays forensic specialist Abby Sciuto. When evidence reveals an NCIS team member is a hitman’s latest target, the team must search through old case files to determine who is seeking vengeance.

Lethal Weapon: “One Day More”
FOX, 8pm
Season Finale!
The squad is on high alert after an apparent threat is made on Riggs’ (Clayne Crawford) life. With Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) taking on more responsibility at work, he and Riggs have to deal with their changing relationship. While the fictional drama is undeniably intense, our interest is piqued about how the rumored real-life rift between Crawford and Wayans might impact the series’ future.

The Voice: “Live Top 10 Eliminations”
NBC, 8pm Live
Based on last night’s performances, contestants are whittled down even further as this season nears an end.

black-ish: “Collateral Damage”
ABC, 9pm
The Johnson kids try to keep their emotions in check when an estranged Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) try taking turns living in the family house separately to give each other space. But tensions mount as the family gathers together for Junior’s (Marcus Scribner) high-school graduation.

Bull: “Death Sentence”
CBS, 9pm
Season Finale!
Bull’s ex-wife, Izzy (Yara Martinez), is remarrying. At work, he and his team defend a mute man who could face the death penalty if they lose. Luckily, they’ll find a loophole that may set the guy free.

New Girl: “Godparents/Mario”
FOX, 9pm
Tonight, catch two all-new episodes as the comedy heads toward next week’s series finale.

Rise: “Totally Hosed”
NBC, 9pm
Gordy (Casey Johnson) agrees to volunteer in the theater, bringing him back onto Gwen’s (Amy Forsyth) radar, while his family tries to come to terms with Maashous’ (Rarmian Newton) imminent departure. As Robbie (Damon J. Gillespie) faces the severity of his mother’s illness for the first time, Lilette (Auli’i Cravalho) waits for her mother to return home. Tracey (Rosie Perez) and Lou (Josh Radnor) work to prepare Spring Awakening for opening night but can’t see eye-to-eye on how to address notes from the administration.

For the People: “Flippity-Flop”
ABC, 10pm
Jill (Hope Davis) and Roger’s (Ben Shenkman) already complicated friendship is tested when they finally square off over a DEA raid that left an inmate clinging to life. Meanwhile, Kate (Susannah Flood) is assigned to an animal smuggling case involving the death of an endangered panda, and Jay (Wesam Keesh) can’t keep his emotions in check about a case, when he learns his trusting father was a victim in a pyramid scheme.

Hunting Nazi Treasure: “The Mystery of Rommel’s Gold”
AHC, 10pm
In 1943, the Nazis stole a huge cache of gold, currency and other valuables from the Jewish community of Tunisia, and then the treasure disappeared. The team travels to North Africa, Corsica, Germany and South America to separate fact from fiction and follow the trail of the missing loot.

NCIS: New Orleans: “The Assassination of Dwayne Pride”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “The Assassination of Dwayne Pride,” a journalist (guest star Mark Gessner) posts a scathing article about Pride’s (Scott Bakula) methods, and the team is concerned about the fallout from the piece and the confidential information included in the story.

Chicago Med: “Crisis of Confidence”
NBC, 10pm
Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) rushes to save a young boy who has a life-threatening case of the flu. After discovering that opioid pain killers were stolen during last week’s mass casualty, April (YaYa DaCosta) believes Dr. Choi’s (Brian Tee) sister took them. Drs. Rhodes (Colin Donnell) and Bekker (Norma Kuhling) disagree over the best treatment for a cardiac patient who is 21 weeks pregnant.

Chrisley Knows Best
USA Network, 10pm
Season Premiere!
The hit reality series returns for Season 6, again chronicling the entertaining lives of the Chrisley family — outspoken patriarch Todd, his loving wife Julie, their children Chase, Savannah and Grayson, and Todd’s beloved mother, Nanny Faye.

The Cromarties
USA Network, 10:30pm
New Episodes!
Antonio Cromartie and his clan are back, and the family is bigger than ever following the birth of baby Jhett and G-Mama moving herself in.

Wednesday, May 9

Riverdale: “Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgement Night”
The CW, 8pm
When an incident at the sheriff’s station triggers an all-out war between the North and the Southside, Archie (KJ Apa) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) find themselves in the fight of their lives.

The Blacklist: “Lawrence Dane Devlin”
NBC, 8pm
When Samar (Mozhan Marnò) lands in the crosshairs of an unconventional Blacklister, Aram (Amir Arison) and the task force spring into action to find her before it’s too late. Meanwhile, Red (James Spader) journeys to Costa Rica to prevent the duffel bag of bones from being sold to the highest bidder at an underground auction.

Nature: “The Mating Game”
PBS, 8pm
Getting ahead in the mating game requires some astonishing behavior — from promiscuous prairie dogs to backstabbing manakins, kidnapping macaques and hyenas with a bad case of sibling rivalry.

Alex, Inc.: “The Fever”
ABC, 8:30pm
Using a voice translator to understand what Bengali-speaking Joya (Anjali Bhimani) said about him, Alex (Zach Braff) accidentally discovers a family secret. Deirdre (Hillary Anne Matthews) mistakenly erases the focus group results and tries to recreate them before Alex gets back to the office. Soraya (Audyssie James) pretends to be sick to avoid participating in her recital.

Modern Family: “The Escape”
ABC, 9pm
Haley (Sarah Hyland) meets Arvin’s (Chris Geere) parents (Kate Burton, Jim Piddock), which leads to an unexpected reunion with all of her ex-boyfriends. Meanwhile, the family uses a nursing home visit with Jay’s (Ed O’Neill) mean sister, Becky (Mary Louise Wilson), to settle old scores. But while Jay, Claire (Julie Bowen) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) compete for her time, Phil (Ty Burrell), Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) end up trapped in the basement with no way out.

SEAL Team: “The Graveyard of Empires”
CBS, 9pm
Series star David Boreanaz directed the new episode “The Graveyard of Empires.” Following a helicopter crash, the SEALs must proceed with the mission as hostiles bear down on them and an injured and impaired Jason (Boreanaz) goes after their target alone.

Botched
E!, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif are back for their fifth season, as they continue to transform lives and restore their patients’ through reconstructive procedures.

Iron Chef Gauntlet
Food Network, 9pm
Season Finale!
Will the last competitor standing best a veteran and claim the venerable Iron Chef title? Find out tonight.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Guardian”
NBC, 9pm
Fin (Ice-T) investigates a man’s claim that his sister was gang-raped.

NOVA Wonders: “Are We Alone?”
PBS, 9pm
Join astronomers and engineers on a hunt for life on worlds near and far. Discover the next generation of telescopes, probes and robots that are getting us one step closer to answering one of humanity’s biggest questions: Are we alone?

The Expanse: “Triple Point”
Syfy, 9pm
The search for Prax’s (Terry Chen) daughter comes to a head, while Admiral Souther’s (Martin Roach) men plan for mutiny aboard the Thomas Prince.

American Housewife: “Finding Fillion”
ABC, 9:30pm
Sometimes, great actors make awful guest stars (Brad Pitt on Friends). Other times, awful actors make great guest stars (Jean-Claude Van Damme on Friends). Castle veteran Nathan Fillion hits the sweet spot: He’s a wonderful actor who’s a delight wherever he drops in. On tonight’s American Housewife (and in next week’s finale), he plays himself. “I’m a version of me that I think people imagine me to be,” Fillion says. “Personable, but a little Hollywood.” The sitcom’s mom, Katie (Katy Mixon), and her daughter Taylor (Meg Donnelly) hunt down the former Firefly star at a sci-fi convention.

Designated Survivor: “Target”
ABC, 10pm
White House Council Kendra Daynes (Zoe McLellan) finds herself in a dangerous situation that puts another White House staffer’s life at risk, while Agent Wells’ (Maggie Q) search for answers results in an unexpected trip.

Code Black: “La Familia”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “La Familia,” Jesse (Luis Guzmán) is shocked when his brother (guest star Efrain Figueroa) is brought to Angels Memorial after being pinned down in a warehouse collapse.

Chicago P.D.: “Homecoming”
NBC, 10pm
Season Finale!
As the battle between the Intelligence Unit’s Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) and CPD auditor Denny Woods (Mykelti Williamson) comes to a head, will Voight be able to keep Detective Olinsky (Elias Koteas) from being indicted for a murder that Voight himself committed?

Krypton: “Savage Night”
Syfy, 10pm
A resistance movement begins to form to impede the Voice of Rao’s (Blake Ritson) increasing power and influence.

Colony: “Puzzle Man”
USA Network, 10pm
Will (Josh Holloway) and Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies) put themselves at risk to make contact with the Resistance, while Broussard (Tory Kittles) pieces together IGA secrets left behind in L.A.

Thursday, May 10

Safe
Netflix
New Series!
Michael C. Hall (Dexter) returns to television in this new series from bestselling crime thriller author Harlan Coben. After his teenage daughter goes missing under mysterious circumstances, widowed surgeon Tom Delaney (Hall) begins unearthing dark secrets about the people closest to him.

Grey’s Anatomy: “Cold as Ice”
ABC, 8pm
One of Grey Sloan Memorial’s own is seriously injured, leading the team to reflect on what is truly important to them. Meanwhile, Nicole Herman (Geena Davis) pays a visit to Grey Sloan and talks to Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) about an exciting opportunity.

The Big Bang Theory: “The Bow Tie Asymmetry”
CBS, 8pm
Season Finale!
Sheldon and Amy (Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik) have quite the wedding guest list! Jerry O’Connell (as Sheldon’s bro), Laurie Metcalf (his mom), plus Kathy Bates and Mark Hamill (in top-secret roles) all appear.

Young Sheldon
CBS, 8:30pm
Season Finale!
In the Season 1 finale, “Vanilla Ice Cream, Gentlemen Callers, and a Dinette Set,” Sheldon (Iain Armitage) interferes when Meemaw (Annie Potts) is pursued by two gentlemen callers (recurring stars Richard Kind and Wallace Shawn).

Station 19: “Hot Box”
ABC, 9pm
In the final days before the new Station 19 captain is announced, Pruitt (Miguel Sandoval) warns Andy (Jaina Lee Ortiz) not to be disappointed with the outcome. Meanwhile, Ben (Jason George) gets upset with Pruitt for telling Bailey (Chandra Wilson) the dangers of firefighting, and the team gets trapped inside the garage of a burning house, putting several lives at risk.

Mom
CBS, 9pm
Season Finale!
Cap and … frown? The college graduation of single mother Christy (Anna Faris) should be a happy time for her and strong-willed mom Bonnie (Allison Janney), both recovering alcoholics. But unexpected circumstances dim the pomp on the sharp comedy. Christy discovers that her ex Patrick (Steven Weber) is getting hitched. In a fit of anger and sadness, she picks up an old habit: gambling.

Chicago Fire: “One for the Ages/The Grand Gesture”
NBC, 9pm
Season Finale!
The two-hour season finale begins at a special time. In “One for the Ages,” Boden (Eamonn Walker) takes a big step toward a major career decision, while Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) becomes increasingly distrustful of Renée’s (guest star Sarah Shahi) motives with Severide (Taylor Kinney). Then, in “The Grand Gesture,” Boden’s chances for a promotion are met with potential complications; Dawson (Monica Raymund) and Casey (Jesse Spencer) don’t see eye-to-eye on an important decision; and Kidd finds herself struggling to find time with Severide.

Atlanta: “Crabs in a Barrel”
FX, 10pm
Season Finale!
Another season of the trippy, visionary comedy about Georgia rapper Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) and his cousin and manager Earn (Donald Glover) comes to a close. The episode title, “Crabs in a Barrel,” doesn’t hint at a happy ending, though.

S.W.A.T.: “Hunted”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “Hunted,” Hondo (Shemar Moore) and Deacon (Jay Harrington) must apply all their training and skills to evade a gang of armed mercenaries pursuing them in the mountains.

Friday, May 11

Bill Nye Saves the World
Netflix
Season Premiere!
Bill Nye returns for Season 3 of his show, which finds the scientist and educator continuing to tackle topics from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths and refuting anti-scientific claims.

The Kissing Booth
Netflix
Original Film!
This is a film adaptation of teenage author Beth Reekles’ young-adult novel of the same name (Reekles wrote the book when she was 15). It follows a 16-year-old girl, who loves to party but who has never been kissed, as she is suddenly swept up in a romance with the hottest boy in school. Joey King and Joel Courtney star, along with Molly Ringwald, who is no stranger to teen dramas herself.

Dynasty: “Dead Scratch”
The CW, 8pm
Season Finale!
Hopefully someone’s checking the guest list for Moldavians, because Sammy Jo (Rafael de la Fuente) and Steven (James Mackay) are prepping to tie the knot and we remember what happens when folks on Dynasty get hitched …

BattleBots
Discovery Channel, 8pm
Season Premiere!
The robot-fighting series returns, featuring machines from all over the world duking it out for supremacy in the ever-growing world of robot combat sports. Chris Rose and Kenny Florian return to call the action, while Jessica Chobot serves as sideline reporter, with Faruq Tauheed back as ring announcer. New episodes will also air on Science Channel beginning May 16.

Meghan Markle: An American Princess
FOX, 8pm
Days before the royal wedding, FOX presents an inside look at Meghan Markle’s life and potential legacy as the first American to marry into the British royal family since 1937. With insight from broadcast journalist Piers Morgan, Meghan’s half-sister Samantha, Harry’s biographer Katie Nicholl and Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell, the two-hour special will examine Meghan’s life before Harry, and explore how both her career as an actress and her passion for activism might shape her role as a member of the royal family.

Blindspot: “Defection”
NBC, 8pm
Jane (Jaimie Alexander) is forced to recruit someone from her past to help take down a dangerous alliance.

Hawaii Five-0
CBS, 9pm
Recurring cast members Terry O’Quinn and Willie Garson return in the new episode “Ka Lālā Kaukonakona Haki ’Ole I Ka Pā A Ka Makani Kona (The Tough Branch That Does Not Break in the Kona Gale).” McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) joins Junior (Beulah Koale) and his Navy SEAL team on a covert mission to capture an elusive target who is holding his mentor, Joe White (O’Quinn), hostage.

Live From Lincoln Center: “Andrew Rannells in Concert”
PBS, 9pm
Known for his Tony-nominated, Grammy-winning performance as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon and as Elijah in HBO’s Girls, Andrew Rannells brings his signature blend of superb vocal prowess and wry wit to a sparkling set of songs.

Blue Bloods: “My Aim Is True”
CBS, 10pm
Season Finale!
Police commissioner and patriarch Frank (Tom Selleck) has a hunch about a rash of recent murders. “He believes they’re tied to an old case that resulted in an overturned conviction and a reward for the six men wrongly imprisoned,” executive producer Kevin Wade reveals. “So the whole family bands together to investigate.” On the personal front, Detective Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), who’s been grieving his late wife, Linda, for a year, begins to move on. Danny’s brother, beat cop Jamie (Will Estes), also deals with matters of the heart. His relationship with partner Eddie (Vanessa Ray) “takes a surprising turn,” Wade hints.

Saturday, May 12

Verizon IndyCar Series: INDYCAR Grand Prix
ABC, 3:30pm Live
Top IndyCar drivers Josef Newgarden, Alexander Rossi, Sebastien Bourdais and others take to the road course that incorporates part of the oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the INDYCAR Grand Prix on ABC.

Abuse of Power
Oxygen, 7pm
New Series!
Oxygen’s latest foray into juicy true crime could be called Men Behaving Badly. Lauren Sivan hosts this look at prominent figures’ misdeeds that kicks off with a spotlight on Atlanta lawyer Fred Tokars, who hired a hit man to kill his wife in the 1990s.

Ransom: “Legacy”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “Legacy,” Eric (Luke Roberts) fights to save his mother, renowned surgeon Annette Beaumont (guest star Maria Ricossa), after she is kidnapped and ordered to perform heart surgery on a dangerous crime boss. Eric soon realizes he needs help from his estranged father, Phillip Hingston (guest star John Bourgeois).

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Kansas 400
FS1, 8pm Live
Top Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer take on Kansas Speedway’s 1.5-mile tri-oval in this primetime race on FS1.

Patrick Melrose
Showtime, 9pm
New Miniseries!
Showtime’s new limited series is based on the wildly popular British book series written by Edward St. Aubyn, and based loosely on his fascinating life. In a tour de force, Benedict Cumberbatch plays the titular character, who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by a horribly abusive father and a mother who passively condoned it. Each episode is devoted to one of the five novels in the book series and hilariously skewers the upper class. From childhood trauma, to wild substance abuse as an adult, and ultimately toward recovery, the humorous and jaw-dropping saga encompasses the South of France in the 1960s, New York in the ’80s and Britain in the early 2000s.

Saturday Night Live: “Amy Schumer/Kacey Musgraves”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Comedian/actress Amy Schumer, now starring in the feature film I Feel Pretty, returns to SNL for her second time as host. She is joined by country music singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves, who is making her first appearance as musical guest.