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Tuesday, April 16: Lake Bell and Dax Shepard Go Rural in ABC’s Comedy ‘Bless This Mess’

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Tuesday, April 16

Bless This Mess
ABC, 9:30pm
New Series!

This new single-camera comedy from series star Lake Bell and New Girl creator Elizabeth Meriwether follows newlyweds Rio and Mike (Bell and Dax Shepard) as they make the impulsive decision to leave New York City for a life as farmers in rural Nebraska. But surrounded by a dilapidated farmhouse, quirky neighbors and the realization that farming can’t be learned on YouTube, these millennials discover that living the simple life will be anything but easy. The series also stars Ed Begley Jr., Pam Grier, David Koechner, Lennon Parham and JT Neal.

American Housewife: “Phone Free Day”
ABC, 8pm

In order to avoid buying Anna-Kat (Julia Butters) a cellphone, Katie (Katy Mixon) makes a pact with the girls that she and Taylor (Meg Donnelly) can go an entire day without using their phones. Meanwhile, disappointed with Greg’s (Diedrich Bader) advice, Oliver (Daniel DiMaggio) seeks the guidance of an old friend.

The Big Interview
AXS TV, 8pm
Season Premiere!

The celebrity sit-down interview series, hosted by veteran journalist Dan Rather, returns for its seventh season. The new season puts the spotlight on a roster of superstars from across the entertainment spectrum, kicking off tonight with former Journey singer Steve Perry, who talks about his decision to leave the band at the peak of its success, among other topics.

NCIS: “Hail & Farewell”
CBS, 8pm

In the new episode “Hail & Farewell,” NCIS investigates the murder of a Marine believed to have been killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon after human remains are discovered at a construction site.

The Flash: “Godspeed”
The CW, 8pm

After discovering that Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) is working with Thawne (Tom Cavanagh), Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) disagree about how to handle their daughter in the wake of this shocking news. Team Flash isn’t sure they can trust Nora, so they go through her journal to find out exactly how she came to work alongside their greatest nemesis.

The Kids Are Alright: “Mass for Shut-ins”
ABC, 8:30pm

A concerned Peggy (Mary McCormack) manipulates William (Andy Walken) into joining the church choir to keep him engaged in Catholicism after learning he’s questioning his beliefs. Meanwhile, Timmy (Jack Gore) learns that the choir will be appearing on television and once again sees his opportunity to make his way into the spotlight.

black-ish: “Under the Influence”
ABC, 9pm

Jack (Miles Brown) is going through an experimental phase and getting himself into trouble, so Dre (Anthony Anderson) chaperones the twins’ school dance to keep an eye on him. Meanwhile, Junior (Marcus Scribner) fights with his girlfriend, Niecy (Monique Green), after she thinks he spends too much time taking care of Devante (August & Berlin Gross).

FBI: “Conflict of Interest”
CBS, 9pm

The team investigates after an American diplomat is killed while being used as a pawn in a dangerous drug ring in the new episode “Conflict of Interest.”

The Village: “Laid Bare”
NBC, 9pm

Katie (Grace Van Dien) sees Sarah (Michaela McManus) in a new light during her tumultuous first day of work at the nursing home. Nick (Warren Christie) makes a startling discovery in therapy while helping Enzo (Dominic Chianese) pursue a second chance at love. Ron (Frankie Faison) and Patricia (Lorraine Toussaint) host an open mic night with a surprise performance from their past.

The Rookie: “Free Fall”
ABC, 10pm
Season Finale!

As the rookies prepare for a big exam to see who moves on to the next stage of training, Officer Nolan (Nathan Fillion) and Officer Bishop (Afton Williamson) are called to the scene of a murder and learn that the victim may be tied to a potential terrorist attack on the city of Los Angeles.

NCIS: New Orleans: “Jackpot”
CBS, 10pm
Guest Star Alert!

Tom Arnold guest-stars in the new episode “Jackpot,” which also features a performance by rapper French Montana. Elvis Bertrand’s (Arnold) “daughter” is linked to an NCIS murder case, and he asks Pride (Scott Bakula) to prove her innocence.

Man v. Food: “Palm Springs, Calif.”
Cooking Channel, 10pm

Casey Webb’s cross-country culinary quest takes him back in time to Palm Springs, Calif., where he comes face-to-face with a three-pound skyscraper of a sandwich loaded with every deli meat imaginable.

New Amsterdam: “Five Miles West”
NBC, 10pm

Reynolds (Jocko Sims) struggles to help a young cystic fibrosis patient (guest star Lilly Knowles) with curious symptoms while Kapoor (Anupam Kher) finally comes face to face with Ella (guest star Dierdre Friel) after their awkward encounter. Meanwhile, Sharpe (Freema Agyeman) takes a major step in her personal life.

Legendary Locations: “Rock and a Hard Place”
Travel Channel, 10pm

Josh Gates visits places where perseverance paid off — from a New England town where the wrongfully accused stood their ground to a Japanese mountain where self-starvation for the common good was an honored tradition.

Miz & Mrs: “Miz & Maryse Alone Time”
USA Network, 10pm

Mike and Maryse move Monroe into her crib so they can get some sleep and revive their sex life.

Growing Up Chrisley: “Welcome to La La Land”
USA Network, 10:30pm

Chase and Savannah move into their L.A. home and realize life in the city isn’t what they expected.

Wednesday, April 17

Riverdale: “Chapter Fifty-Three: Jawbreaker”
The CW, 8pm

When a tainted batch of fizzle rocks makes its way through Riverdale, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and FP (Skeet Ulrich) set out to find who’s responsible. After asking Veronica (Camila Mendes) to help get him into an upcoming boxing tournament, Archie (KJ Apa) quickly learns he may be in over his head.

The Amazing Race
CBS, 9pm
Season Premiere!

It’s a reality crossover event as former contestants on The Amazing Race, Survivor and Big Brother are pitted against one another for the series’ 31st season.

Jane the Virgin: “Chapter Eighty-Five”
The CW, 9pm

After talking to everyone else about what is going on in her life, Jane (Gina Rodriguez) turns to Petra (Yael Grobglas), who she knows will give her a straight answer. In return, Petra leans on Jane for advice about JR (guest star Rosario Dawson). Xo (Andrea Navedo) is determined to be at grandparents’ day for Mateo (Elias Janssen), but still has one more chemo treatment.

Star: “Lean on Me”
FOX, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!

Simone (Brittany O’Grady) and Alex (Ryan Destiny) compete against newcomer Amber (guest star Erika Tham) for their ASA performance.  This week’s crazy number of guest stars — including Patti LaBelle, Harold Perrineau, Glenn Magee, Major and Kia Shine — has us amazed that the drama can fit all of that talent into one hour.

The Magicians: “The Seam”
Syfy, 9pm
Season Finale!
Quentin (Jason Ralph) and Josh (Trevor Einhorn) get cake; Quentin reflects on his actions.

In Search of Monsters: “Mothman”
Travel Channel, 9pm

A team of experts and eyewitnesses seek answers about the Mothman, a red-eyed phantom that some think may be an abnormality in the evolutionary chain, or even a horrible experiment gone wrong.

Whiskey Cavalier: “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”
ABC, 10pm

The team heads to Europe for a mission to transport a dangerous prisoner for interrogation, who, much to their surprise, turns out to be Will’s (Scott Foley) corrupt former boss and ex-FBI director Alex Ollerman (guest star Dylan Walsh). Meanwhile, Jai (Vir Das) helps organize a Secret Santa gift exchange for an off-season Spy Christmas.

SEAL Team: “Payback”
CBS, 10pm

Bravo Team is out for revenge as they search for the person responsible for a surprise bomb attack in the new episode “Payback.”

Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations: “Louisville, Kentucky”
Cooking Channel, 10pm

Andrew Zimmern unveils the favorite flavors of Louisville, Ky. This historic town balances country classics like the Hot Brown and burgoo stew with ingenious icons like derby pie and mutton barbecue for a true taste of Americana.

What We Do in the Shadows: “Manhattan Night Club”
FX, 10pm

The vampires venture into Manhattan to make an alliance with an old friend who is now the king of the Manhattan vampires in the new episode “Manhattan Night Club.”

Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World
PBS, 10pm
New Series!

With the stories of six iconic objects that modern people take for granted, see how science, invention and technology built on one another to change everything. Episode 1, “The Telescope,” introduces the brilliant minds throughout history, from Galileo to Edwin Hubble, who are responsible for creating the telescope. Today, their inventions allow humanity to reach the furthest limits of seeing — 13 billion light-years out.

Thursday, April 18

My First First Love
Netflix
New Series!

In this Korean drama, some of college student Yun Tae-O’s friends move into his house, where they experience love, friendship and everything in between.

Grey’s Anatomy: “Head Over High Heels”
ABC, 8pm

Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) debates how to handle an unexpected situation in her personal life, while Richard (James Pickens Jr.) has an untimely reunion with an old friend. Jo (Camilla Luddington) has a hard time at work, and Owen (Kevin McKidd) tries therapy.

The Big Bang Theory: “The Inspiration Deprivation”
CBS, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!

Guest star Regina King returns as Janine in the new episode “The Inspiration Deprivation,” in which Amy (Mayim Bialik) has a meltdown over the possibility of winning a Nobel Prize.

Superstore: “Easter”
NBC, 8pm

Suspicious that people are making fun of her, Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) spy on Cloud 9 employees through the security system, while Dina (Lauren Ash) tries to track down an unsanctioned Easter Bunny in the store. Glenn (Mark McKinney) preps for his church’s Passion play.

Life in Pieces
CBS, 8:30pm
Season Premiere!

Life in Pieces Season 4 debuts with two new episodes tonight (with an episode of Mom in-between), then moves to its regular time slot next Thursday. This season, the Short family welcomes a few new family members and weathers an unexpected health crisis, plus some long-hidden secrets are revealed in an unexpected way.

A.P. Bio: “Personal Everest”
NBC, 8:30pm

Jack (Glenn Howerton) is outraged when his old high school bully is hired as a motivational speaker at Whitlock. Meanwhile, Mary (Mary Sohn), Stef (Lyric Lewis), and Michelle (Jean Villepique) set their own personal goals of female empowerment, unintentionally causing a rift between Helen (Paula Pell) and Durbin (Patton Oswalt).

Sex for Sale: The Untold Story
A&E, 9pm

This unfiltered look at the secrets, rules and specialties of the sex industry takes viewers on a revealing journey through immersive, character-driven portraits. These entrepreneurs give in-depth details on how they made a living by using the internet to sell sex, intimacy and companionship.

Station 19: “Friendly Fire”
ABC, 9pm

When Station 19 gets called to a structure fire at a coffee processing plant, the team risks their lives to save Station 42’s captain. Meanwhile, Andy (Jaina Lee Ortiz) gets some surprising news about some of her fellow crew members, and Pruitt (Miguel Sandoval) takes on a new position.

Mom: “Lumbar Support and Old Pork”
CBS, 9pm

Bonnie (Allison Janney) has an unexpected reaction when she learns that Adam’s (William Fichtner) bar is doing well in the new episode “Lumbar Support and Old Pork.”

In the Dark: “The Big Break”
The CW, 9pm

Murphy (Perry Mattfeld) enlists an unwitting Felix (Morgan Krantz) to help her organize an outreach presentation at Fairview High so she can do some digging around to try and locate Tyson’s (Thamela Mpumlwana) girlfriend. When the presentation goes awry, Murphy and Felix take a smoke break under the bleachers and have their first heart-to-heart.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “The Bimbo”
NBC, 9pm

Holt (Andre Braugher) and Jake (Andy Samberg) investigate a case at Kevin’s (Marc Evan Jackson) university. Back at the precinct, Terry (Terry Crews) and Amy (Melissa Fumero) take the squad out for lunch.

Abby’s: “Book Club”
NBC, 9:30pm

When it’s revealed that Fred (Neil Flynn) has a crush on a bar patron, Abby (Natalie Morales) and Beth (Jessica Chaffin) encourage a reluctant Fred to start dating.

S.W.A.T.: “Invisible”
CBS, 10pm

The SWAT team pursues a home invasion crew targeting domestic workers to gain entry into upscale homes in the new episode “Invisible.” Guest star Debbie Allen returns as Hondo’s (Shemar Moore) mom.

Friday, April 19

Bosch
Amazon Prime Video
Season Premiere!

In Season 5 of the noir drama, homicide detective Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) finds himself seeking the truth on two fronts: New information in an old case incriminates Bosch as having planted evidence, and a murder at a Hollywood pharmacy exposes a sophisticated opioid pill mill.

Rilakkuma and Kaoru
Netflix
New Series!

This is the first stop-motion animated series starring one of Japan’s most beloved characters, Rilakkuma — a soft toy bear who shows up out of the blue one day to live with a young woman named Kaoru. Although Rilakkuma has a zipper on its back, what is inside remains a mystery. What is known is that the bear loves lounging around the apartment and eating pancakes, rice omelets, custard pudding and “dango” rice dumplings.

Someone Great
Netflix
Original Film!

Aspiring music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) has landed her dream job at an iconic magazine and is about to move to San Francisco. Rather than do long-distance, her boyfriend of nine years (Lakeith Stanfield) decides to call it quits. To nurse her broken heart, Jenny gathers her best friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) for one outrageous last adventure in New York City.

“I Love Lucy” Funny Money Special
CBS, 8pm

This one-hour special features two back-to-back colorized episodes of the classic I Love Lucy series. In “The Million-Dollar Idea” Lucy (Lucille Ball) and Ethel (Vivian Vance) attempt to get rich quick by bottling Lucy’s homemade salad dressing. Then in “Bonus Bucks,” it’s the Ricardos vs. the Mertzes when both couples claim ownership of a dollar bill worth $300 in a contest.

Blindspot: “Everybody Hates Kathy”
NBC, 8pm

The team discovers an international conspiracy when a deadly weapon is stolen. Jane (Jaimie Alexander) supports Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) when someone from his past dredges up painful memories. Patterson (Ashley Johnson) and Rich (Ennis Esmer) contend with their newly-released hacker accomplice.

The Blacklist: “The Third Estate”
NBC, 9pm

Red (James Spader) and the task force spring into action to stop an anti-capitalist terrorist group from kidnapping and torturing the children of the one percent. Meanwhile, Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) goes behind Liz’s (Megan Boone) back to find out what happened to her mother, former KGB operative Katarina Rostova.

American Masters: “Garry Winogrand”
PBS, 9pm

Learn about Garry Winogrand, who turned spontaneous street photos into high art in 1960s-70s America.

Crazy Cakes: “Fiery, Fairytale Cakes”
Cooking Channel, 11pm
Season Finale!

A waterfront wedding cake gets its own functioning river, and an island-themed cake erupts with Polynesian flair. Later, a Vegas wedding cake is taller than the bride, and one baker overcomes culinary odds when he adds fire and movement to a mystical beast.

Saturday, April 20

Major League Baseball
FS1, beginning at 4pm Live

The San Francisco Giants are at PNC Park to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates and the L.A. Dodgers are at Milwaukee’s Miller Park for a meeting with the Brewers on FS1.

Ransom: “Dark Triad”
CBS, 8pm

The FBI brings in the Crisis Resolution team to negotiate with a formidable sociopath who is targeting diabetics with tainted insulin in the new episode “Dark Triad.”

Restaurant: Impossible
Food Network, 8pm

Robert’s back! Turning around a failing restaurant is a daunting challenge under the best of circumstances. Attempting to do it in just two days with only $10,000 may be impossible. But chef Robert Irvine is ready to take on the challenge. He’ll use a little MacGyver and a lot of muscle to rescue these desperate places from complete collapse. Can one man, in two days, with just $10,000, turn the tide of a failing restaurant, and pave the road to a successful future?

Easter Under Wraps
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Erika (Fiona Gubelmann), the marketing director at Cavendish Chocolates, goes undercover to see why sales have declined. She learns from handsome chocolatier Bryan (Brendan Penny) that automation has replaced quality, and when they conspire to bring back a legendary Cavendish confection, they find themselves melting for each other. But when Bryan discovers that Erika is a corporate spy, the romance might turn bitter.

I Am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

This heartbreaking film is based on the true story of author and motivational speaker Regina Louise, who, by the age of 18, had been shuttled between 30 foster homes and psychiatric facilities. Although the experience could have broken her spirit, it didn’t. In the film, Regina (played by newcomer Angela Fairley, a foster child herself) forges a bond with Jeanne (Ginnifer Goodwin), who tries to adopt her. After the adoption is denied because they are of different races, the two women fight to defeat the corrupt system and become a family.

My Mom’s Letter From Heaven
Lifetime, 10pm
Original Film!

Barry Watson stars as a single father who has a fractious relationship with his rebellious teenage daughter. When a lost letter written to the daughter from her dying mother is miraculously found, everything starts to turn around. Cindy Busby, Karen Holness, Jaime M. Callica and Jordyn Ashely Olson also star in this film that is inspired by a true story.