All Times Eastern.
Wednesday, April 24
Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World: “The Airplane”
Take to the sky with the dreamers whose work gave humans the ability to fly. Without inventions from Leonardo da Vinci’s “flying machines” to the modern commercial plane, we may have never left the ground.
— PBS (@PBS) April 24, 2019
Chicago Med: “Never Let You Go”
The hospital goes into lockdown mode when a man with a gun holds medical staff hostage. Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) is forced to make a tough decision, and Dr. Rhodes (Colin Donnell) begins to realize his time with his father is getting short.
Chicago Fire: “Until the Weather Breaks”
A horrible storm wreaks havoc on Chicago and impacts Firehouse 51 when the power goes out. A little boy mysteriously shows up at the station and everyone works together to uncover who he belongs to and why he ended up there. Foster (Annie Ilonzeh) and Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) argue about Severide (Taylor Kinney).
A Life Among Monkeys
Smithsonian Channel, 9pm
This documentary chronicles the journey of Smithsonian scientist Wolfgang Dittus, who ventured into the jungles of Sri Lanka to study toque macaques in 1968. Dittus remains there to this day, having charted the lives of more than 5,000 individual monkeys and shedding new light on a complex social world.
Whiskey Cavalier: “Hearts & Minds”
Intrepid FBI agent Will’s (Scott Foley) attempts to bust up an international organ-harvesting operation lead to his capture in Ukraine, prompting competitive CIA partner Frankie (Lauren Cohan) to step up and show what she’s made of as leader of the team.
SEAL Team: “Medicate and Isolate”
A former Navy SEAL (guest star Tony Curran) continues to struggle with his mental health in the new episode “Medicate and Isolate.”
Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations: “Puerto Rico”
Cooking Channel, 10pm
Andrew Zimmern digs into the diversity of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where pork is king. San Juan is a food paradise that includes a comfort food classic packed with pork, deep-fried beach eats and a Puerto Rican take on lasagna.
Brockmire: “Banned for Life”
Guest Star Alert!
It’s a hilariously uncomfortable family reunion when Alice’s Linda Lavin guest stars as the mother who abandoned Jim (Hank Azaria) and his sister (Becky Ann Baker) when they were children. Without spoiling mom’s backstory, we’ll just say her visit threatens not only Jim’s relationship with his sibling but also his sobriety.
Chicago P.D.: “What Could Have Been”
Intelligence’s investigation into the murder of Burgess’ (Marina Squerciati) boyfriend threatens to reveal a dark side she was unaware of. But the real motivation for his murder uncovers a much more unsettling truth.
Flannel and fabulous collide once again when Idaho contractor Clint Robertson and interior designer Luke Caldwell launch their second season of renovation projects with a huge house that costs almost as much as the repairs it needs.
Thursday, April 25
NFL Draft: Round 1
ABC, ESPN & NFL Network, 8pm Live
The Arizona Cardinals have the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft in Nashville, and they’ll have their eye on top prospects like Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray, Ohio State DE Nick Bosa and Kentucky LB Josh Allen. The draft continues with Rounds 2-3 on Friday in primetime and the remaining rounds Saturday afternoon.
The Big Bang Theory: “The Decision Reverberation”
Penny (Kaley Cuoco) encourages Leonard (Johnny Galecki) to stand up for himself when he wants to be the principal investigator on a new physics study in the new episode “The Decision Reverberation.”
The CW, 8pm
Jack (Alexander Calvert) still struggles to contain the massive powers he absorbed from evil archangel Michael and the DNA inherited from his bio father Lucifer, which could lead the Winchester ward into darkness. Plus, we hear bad stuff is coming for the Winchester family. But there are happier moments in tonight’s Season 14-ending hour: According to showrunner Andrew Dabb, a major fan favorite character returns!
Batman begins just as Gotham ends! After five seasons, the entertaining saga jumps ahead 10 years as now Commissioner Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) gets some much-needed help from the Caped Crusader he once knew as young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz). Good thing, because executive producer John Stephens says we’ll see “fully realized” versions of Penguin and the Riddler (Robin Lord Taylor and Cory Michael Smith), as well as a Jeremiah (Cameron Monaghan) fans have been waiting for. And that’s no joke.
Jonah (Ben Feldman) struggles to find his place at Amy’s (America Ferrera) daughter Emma’s (Isabella Day) 15th birthday celebration, while Dina (Lauren Ash) proves very popular with some teenage boys. Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) and Mateo (Nico Santos) are obsessed with seeing Amy cry.
A.P. Bio: “Sweet Low Road”
When budget cuts threaten to gut Whitlock and put Jack’s (Glenn Howerton) job in jeopardy, he recruits Mary (Mary Sohn), Stef (Lyric Lewis) and Michelle (Jean Villepique) to take down the superintendent. Durbin (Patton Oswalt) plans an appeal to the heart, while the students plan an appeal to the soul.
I Was a Child Bride: The Untold Story
Elizabeth Vargas investigates the disturbing issue of children who are forced into marriage in America. Each of them suffered years of pain and hardship, and because they were under 18, they had no legal way to escape. These women are survivors who want to give a voice to the voiceless and end child marriages in America once and for all.
BBC America, 9pm
Matt LeBlanc and Chris Harris head to Norway in the latest estate cars from Porsche and Ferrari, while Rory Reid and Sabine Schmitz aim to create Britain’s newest mountain with the help of a tiny Suzuki. James Marsden is the studio guest.
Mom: “Triple Dip and an Overhand Grip”
Bonnie (Allison Janney) and Tammy (Kristen Johnston) revisit childhood memories on a trip to their old foster home in the new episode “Triple Dip and an Overhand Grip.”
The Orville: “The Road Not Taken”
The crew must contend with the fallout from Kelly’s (Adrianne Palicki) disastrous decision.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Ticking Clocks”
In an episode that takes place in real time, Jake (Andy Samberg) and the squad must track down a hacker who has infiltrated the Nine-Nine’s servers. Meanwhile, Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) deals with relationship issues, and Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) attempt to cook the perfect lasagna.
Life in Pieces: “Misery Turd Name Pills”
A bedridden Joan (Dianne Wiest) tries to find a way to escape Sophia (Giselle Eisenberg) and her wacky behavior in the new episode “Misery Turd Name Pills.”
Abby’s: “Mail Bin”
Abby (Natalie Morales) finds a letter from her estranged father in a pile of unopened mail and opens up to the group about their fraught relationship.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Exchange”
Benson (Mariska Hargitay) helps a teenage exchange student after she’s assaulted by a cab driver.
Friday, April 26
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
This animated reimagining of the classic ’80s hero returns for Season 2.
Designing Women: “Reservations for Eight”
As getTV continues its early morning reruns of the 1986-93 CBS comedy, you’ll want to DVR this episode, “Reservations for Eight,” creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s favorite. The Southern belles of Sugarbaker & Associates and their beaus — including real-life duos Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney, and Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook — get snowed in at a cabin.
NFL Draft: Rounds 2-3
ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 & NFL Network, beginning at 7pm Live
The 2019 NFL Draft continues in Nashville tonight with selections from Rounds 2 and 3.
MacGyver: “No-Go + High-Voltage + Rescue”
Mac (Lucas Till) and his team go undercover as backpackers to find two American tourists who went missing while on a scavenger hunt through hostile countries in the new episode “No-Go + High-Voltage + Rescue.”
Dynasty: “Life Is a Masquerade Party”
The CW, 8pm
When Sam (Rafael de la Fuente) plans a masquerade ball to roll out his new identity as a single man, Adam (Sam Underwood) uses it as an opportunity to unveil the “new” Alexis to the family.
Nat Geo Wild, 8pm
This fifth annual event — running through Saturday — celebrates our furry BFFs with puppy-centric episodes and sentimental specials. Highlights include tonight’s new edition of Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things with epic dog fails.
The Blacklist: “The Brockton College Killer/Rassvet”
In the first of two back-to-back episodes, the discovery of a frozen corpse draws the task force into the investigation of an old case that has gained notoriety due to a popular true-crime podcast. In the second episode, Katarina Rostova (guest star Lotte Verbeek) is alone and on the run in a foreign country after a mission goes catastrophically wrong. Out of options, she seeks the only person she trusts, a man who has vowed to always protect her.
Proven Innocent: “Shaken”
The team takes on the case of a mother (guest star Samantha Sloyan) who is serving a life sentence for shaking her infant daughter to death.
Blue Bloods: “Strange Bedfellows”
Erin (Bridget Moynahan) needs Frank’s (Tom Selleck) support in bargaining with the governor (guest star David Zayas) in the new episode “Strange Bedfellows.”
Portals to Hell
Travel Channel, 10pm
Host/executive producer Jack Osbourne and paranormal investigator Katrina Weidman explore locations around the world that, due to their sordid pasts and dark histories, are purported to be doorways to the spirit underworld. Over eight hourlong episodes, the duo explores legendary spooky spots like New Orleans’ LaLaurie Mansion, Bobby Mackey’s Music World in Kentucky, Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania, the Alaskan Hotel in Juneau and more.
Saturday, April 27
Home Made Simple With Laila Ali
Busy-busy-busy Leyanna Richard has zero time to liven up her lackluster living and dining rooms — so today, host Laila Ali and her team of designers and carpenters fit the home-improvement projects into their schedule.
NFL Draft: Rounds 4-7
ABC, ESPN & NFL Network, 12pm Live
NFL teams build up their stockpile of rookies during the final rounds of the NFL Draft taking place today in Nashville.
Major League Baseball
FS1, beginning at 4pm Live
The Cleveland Indians take on the Astros in Houston’s Minute Maid Park, followed by the Milwaukee Brewers matching up against the Mets in New York’s Citi Field.
Ransom: “Broken Record”
A disgraced negotiator poses as Eric (Luke Roberts) to steal ransom money in the new episode “Broken Record.”
Love Takes Flight
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
In this Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation, single mom Dr. Lizzie Beauman (Nikki DeLoach) has her life turned upside down when her young daughter unexpectedly befriends a widower named Walter, whose son Charley (Jeff Hephner) is the brash EMS pilot Lizzie just hired. After Charley helps Lizzie overcome her fear of flying and she teaches him about patience, they must work together to save the life of a transplant patient.
2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Honorees include the Cure, Roxy Music, Def Leppard, the Zombies, Radiohead, Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks, who makes history as the first woman to be inducted twice (Fleetwood Mac has been a member since 1998). Nicks opens the show singing “Stand Back” (in a cape she wore in the ’80s music video!) and proves her timelessness by duetting with both Don Henley and Harry Styles.
Smart Justice: The Jayme Closs Case
Abduction survivor and victims’ advocate Elizabeth Smart interviews key players in the case of the Wisconsin 13-year-old. Closs was kidnapped from her home last October after her parents’ murder and then held captive in a cabin for 88 days before she escaped.
Season 2 will conclude the journey of the “First Son of Texas,” Eli McCullough (Pierce Brosnan), as he attempts to secure his legacy in the early 20th-century oil industry. Henry Garrett, Jacob Lofland and Lois Smith also star in this series based on Philipp Meyer’s New York Times bestselling novel, a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee: “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2”
Samantha Bee promises “a night of glitz, glamour and gout” as she roasts the current state of affairs. “I vowed never to host a NWHCD ever again,” says Bee. “But the White House Correspondents’ Association has left me no choice — it is now up to comedy journalists to take care of real journalists. Even if those journalists insist on wearing corduroy.” The gala event, filmed at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., last night, will feature Bee’s signature comedy, celebrity guests and better food than last time.
Sunday, April 28
MLB Baseball: Cleveland at Houston
ESPN, 7pm Live
Sunday Night Baseball features the finale of a four-game set between the Houston Astros and the Cleveland Indians at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.
80s in the Sand
AXS TV, 8pm
The series signs off as Alan Hunter reminisces with Wang Chung and Cutting Crew, followed by a special performance. Also, Taylor Dayne joins Downtown Julie Brown for a candid conversation before rocking the festival crowd with some of her biggest hits.
Killing Eve: “Desperate Times”
BBC America & AMC, 8pm
Villanelle (Jodie Comer) decides to take matters into her own hands on a trip to Amsterdam in the new episode “Desperate Times.” Meanwhile, Eve (Sandra Oh) and her new team make a break in their case after another dead body is discovered.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta: “Porsha’s Having a Baby”
Porsha is engaged to the love of her life and expecting her first child. However, her fairytale ending is not without its share of drama, and she and Dennis soon realize that they may be in over their heads. In an effort to garner the support they desperately need, they decide to bring in reinforcements — their mothers.
The Red Line
This eight-episode event series follows three very different Chicago families as they journey toward hope and healing after the fatal shooting of an innocent African-American doctor by a white police officer connects them all. Noah Wyle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Noel Fisher, Howard Charles, Aliyah Royale and Michael Patrick Thornton lead an incredible cast in this drama from executive producers Greg Berlanti (The CW’s Arrowverse) and Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay (13th). The series premieres with two episodes tonight.
Supergirl: “American Dreamer”
The CW, 8pm
As Kara (Melissa Benoist) doggedly works as a reporter to clear Supergirl’s name, Dreamer (Nicole Maines) picks up the slack as National City’s protector, which leads to a showdown with Ben Lockwood (Sam Witwer). James (Mehcad Brooks) takes drastic measures to relieve his PTSD.
World of Dance: “Divisional Final”
The top three acts from each division (12 acts total) will compete for a spot in the World Final. The judges will score each act’s performance based on their artistry, precision and athleticism. The top scoring act from each division will be one step closer to winning $1 million. Freestyle hip-hop dancer and entertainer tWitch serves as guest mentor for the Upper Team Division while Jennifer mentors the Junior Team Division, Derek mentors the Junior Division and NE-YO mentors the Upper Division.
90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?
Are your favorite newlyweds still living the dream? Eh. The fourth season of the “whatever happened to?” spinoff checks in on six couples, including Ashley and her much younger husband, Jay — who has been talking to several other women on a dating app.
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
The hit aerial exploration series from Smithsonian Channel, Aerial America, expands across the Atlantic with the debut of Aerial Britain. This newest installment takes viewers on a journey to four regions of Britain, discovering the historical significance of the island from breathtaking heights. Filmed from helicopters and drones equipped with cutting edge 4K/Ultra High Definition cameras, Aerial Britain presents views of stunning iconic landmarks, both natural and man-made, as well as fascinating monuments off the beaten path. The series premiere, “Southern England,” explores a region of Victorian engineering marvels, ancient spiritual sites and one of the world’s greatest cities (along with its famed River Thames). From the dramatic headlands that gave birth to King Arthur to the town where Shakespeare strutted his stuff and the glittering towers of London’s financial district, the premiere episode soars across 2,000 years of history, capturing the distinctive spirit of this gateway to the United Kingdom.
Charmed: “Power of Four”
The CW, 9pm
With Harry (Rupert Evans) still missing, Mel (Melonie Diaz), Macy (Madeleine Mantock) and Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) devise a plan that requires them to ask for Tessa’s (guest star Chloe Bridges) help.
Friends: Behind Closed Doors
REELZ Channel, 9pm
Friends was the television series that would always be there for you. In the ’90s it dominated the airways and made stars out of a group of relatively unknown actors. Friends: Behind Closed Doors is an inside look at how the legendary sitcom came together. With its elusive cast chemistry combined with brilliant writing and relatable premise, see how Friends became a massive hit and became a cultural phenomenon. Viewers will see incredible behind the scenes footage of auditions featuring several stars who didn’t make the cut (more than 100 actors were interviewed for each character) as well as archive interviews with the cast. Interviews include the first-hand accounts from series creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, as well as fellow cast members Jane Sibbett, Denise Richards and Christina Pickles.
Inside Mighty Machines
Smithsonian Channel, 9pm
Smithsonian Channel is delving deep into innovations that changed the world with Inside Mighty Machines. Hosted by ex-NASA jet engineer Chad Zdenek, the new six-part series scrapes away the grease and chisels through the rust to reveal the remarkable engineering principles that make great machines run. Working alongside salvage teams as they take these giants apart piece by piece — from a 747 jumbo jet to an oil rig in the North Sea — Zdenek gets a final chance to figure out how they were built and how they worked. Along the way, he explores the impact of each invention and how it changed history. In the premiere episode, “Jumbo Jet,” Zdenek joins an aircraft-dismantling team in Mississippi as a Boeing 747 lands on the runway for the very last time. As the plane is decommissioned, cameras follow Zdenek as he cuts his way through the inner mechanisms of the cabin, cockpit and four massive jet engines to strip the plane into six million parts. As he does so, Zdenek discovers how and why these planes were built, the mechanics that made them soar and the incredible engineering that made the 747 a legend of aviation.
Season 2 delves deeper into the murky and political world of the deep state. Having failed in the Middle East, the shadowy powers now turn their attention to sub-Saharan Africa and the scramble to plunder its natural resources — the first dirty war over clean energy. The season also promises origin stories for some of the characters introduced in Season 1. Walton Goggins (Justified, Vice Principals) joins the cast as Nathan Miller, an ex-CIA operative brought in as a fixer for the deep state.
Morning Show Mysteries: Death by Design
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Chef Billie Blessings’ best friend Marian is hired to redecorate the TV studio, but when Marian’s twin sister is murdered, Billie (Holly Robinson Peete) investigates to clear her friend and find the real killer. Meanwhile, Billie’s relationship with Ian (Rick Fox) faces uncertainty when she believes his ex-wife is back in the picture.
Billions: “Infinite Game”
The war between vengeful mentor and mentee heats up when Axe (Damian Lewis) and Wendy (Maggie Siff) plan a new attack on Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon). A favor Chuck (Paul Giamatti) did while seeking allies in his bid for state attorney general returns to haunt him.
NCIS: Los Angeles: “The One That Got Away”
Callen’s (Chris O’Donnell) onetime love interest Anna Kolchek (Bar Paly) — former ATF agent and convicted murderer — escapes from prison. Complicated!
Collector’s Call: “The Wizard of Oz”
Host Lisa Whelchel meets Walter Krueger and examines his astounding collection of Wizard of Oz memorabilia. When Krueger is offered a long-sought item that would be the perfect addition to his collection, it comes with a catch that would cost him one of his most prized items.
Good Girls: “One Last Time”
Stan (Reno Wilson) faces the consequences for his role in Ruby’s (Retta) criminal dealings. Meanwhile, Dean (Matthew Lillard) gives Beth (Christina Hendricks) an ultimatum, and Greg (guest star Zach Gilford) clashes with Annie’s (Mae Whitman) new boyfriend.
Monday, April 29
The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story
This two-hour special shares the amazing journey of Queen and Adam Lambert’s pairing, which officially began in 2012. Lambert and Queen intersected when Lambert first performed with the band, singing “We Are the Champions” as one of only two finalists on Season 8 of American Idol, an opportunity that led to his current role as lead singer of Queen + Adam Lambert. This documentary combines rare footage with interviews with Lambert, his parents, Queen founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor, American Idol judge Simon Cowell, Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek, and Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins.
The Voice: “Live Top 24 Performances”
NBC, 8pm Live
The Top 24 artists perform in front of the coaches for their chance at a spot in the Top 13. All 24 artists will perform live.
Nature: American Spring LIVE: Birth and Rebirth
Witness the change of seasons in real time. In iconic locations with varied ecosystems, a diverse group of researchers and citizen scientists investigate how a wide range of organisms responds to the coming of spring.
Man With a Plan: “Clean Country Living”
Jessica St. Clair guest-stars as Andi’s (Liza Snyder) successful and sophisticated sister in the new episode “Clean Country Living.”
Vanderpump Rules: “Rules of Engagement”
In the Season 7 finale, Jax and Brittany celebrate their engagement at an elaborate fairy-tale themed party, even as Brittany’s father expresses doubts about his future son-in-law. Ariana confronts Lisa Vanderpump about not respecting Tom and Tom as business partners, while Brittany must inform Lala that she’s excluded from her wedding party.
The CW, 9pm
When they learn of an upcoming attack on the city, Team Arrow calls Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) to help them stop the Ninth Circle. However, things go awry and there is massive collateral damage. As Captain of the SCPD, Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) investigates what happened in an episode that takes on a true crime narrative and tone.
Hostile Planet: “Deserts”
National Geographic, 9pm
Hyenas, meerkats and sand-dwelling spiders are among the inhabitants who deal with the sun’s intensity in the hottest, driest climate on Earth. The new episode “Deserts” follows these creatures through a single day in this arid, unforgiving landscape.
Korea: The Never-Ending War
Often considered a “forgotten war,” the Korean War was an important turning point in world history that still reverberates today.
The Fix: “Ghost Whisperer”
Sevvy (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) begins to have hallucinations about his departed ex, Jessica (Taylor Kalupa), while her disgruntled sister, Lindsay (Molly C. Quinn), tries to take matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, the police find a homeless man wearing a jacket that belonged to Sevvy, and things escalate with Maya’s (Robin Tunney) stalker.
Knightfall: “Blood Drenched Stone”
King Philip (Ed Stoppard) launches a massive attack on the Chartres Temple, igniting a battle that will determine the fate of the Knights Templar.
The Enemy Within: “Chigorin”
When a group of contractors working for the CIA is murdered on board their chartered plane, Keaton (Morris Chestnut) and his team discover there are secrets the CIA is keeping from the FBI regarding Tal. Shepherd’s (Jennifer Carpenter) ex-husband (guest star Noah Bean) finds out that Hannah (Sophia Gennusa) has been lying to him and visiting Shepherd regularly.
Tuesday, April 30
American Housewife: “Field Trippin’”
Fearing she’s spending too much time at the office and away from the family, Katie (Katy Mixon) volunteers to chaperone Anna-Kat’s (Julia Butters) school field trip to make up for lost time. Meanwhile, Greg (Diedrich Bader) takes a creative approach to parenting when he catches Taylor (Meg Donnelly) and Oliver (Daniel DiMaggio) in a lie.
The Big Interview: “Cyndi Lauper”
AXS TV, 8pm
Pop pioneer Cyndi Lauper sits down for a conversation with Dan Rather.
NCIS: “Judge, Jury…”
In the new episode “Judge, Jury…,” Kasie (Diona Reasonover) uses DNA evidence to solve a 30-year-old murder case, but a loophole in the legal system may set the suspect free.
The Flash: “Gone Rogue”
The CW, 8pm
Barry (Grant Gustin) continues to struggle with how he feels about Nora’s (Jessica Parker Kennedy) betrayal. Brie Larvan (guest star Emily Kinney), Joss Jackam (guest star Reina Hardesty) and Peter Merkel (guest star Troy James) return to Central City. Meanwhile, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) makes a bold decision.
On Tour With Asperger’s Are Us
This six-part docuseries premieres tonight with back-to-back episodes and airs over three consecutive nights. The series follows the members of the sketch-comedy troupe Asperger’s Are Us as they embark on a cross-country tour. The four members of the comedy team met over a decade ago while attending a camp for kids with autism, and live their lives unapologetically, with the goals of making people laugh and shattering misconceptions about life as “Aspies.”
The Village: “Couldn’t Not Love You”
As the dust settles on last night’s revelation, the residents of the Village find themselves trying to put together the pieces.
black-ish: “FriDre Night Lights”
Get ready for another very special episode of black-ish — and this time, you might need a helmet. Tonight, the ABC sitcom, which has a knack for exploring complicated, divisive issues with a light touch, tackles an American institution: football. When Jack (Miles Brown) lands a spot on the middle school team, he and dad Dre (Anthony Anderson) are stoked. Alas, mom Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) doesn’t share their enthusiasm.
FBI: “What Lies Beneath”
OA (Zeeko Zaki) is tested when he’s assigned to security detail for a controversial senior leader from Egypt in the new episode “What Lies Beneath.”
The 100: “Sanctum”
The CW, 9pm
Still reeling after receiving Monty’s (Christopher Larkin) message, a small group goes down to explore the mysterious new planet. Back on the Mothership, several members of Wonkru face the consequences of their decisions.
The Voice: “Live Top 24 Eliminations”
NBC, 9pm Live
America will vote eight artists through, and each coach will have one save. “Fifth Coach” Bebe Rexha will appear to support the final two Comeback Artists as they perform live for a chance to re-enter the competition as part of the Top 13 through the Instant Save. The winning artist will then indicate which team he or she would like to join.
Bless This Mess: “The Return of Short Shorts”
Mike (Dax Shepard) attempts to fit in with the Coffee Boys in order to get rid of his old nickname, “Short Shorts,” by trying to prove to them that he’s a “true farmer.” Meanwhile, when Rio (Lake Bell) finally gets Constance (Pam Grier) to open up to her, and she discovers that Constance has a liking for Rudy (Ed Begley Jr.).
Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole
This raw eight-part original docuseries tells the individual stories of eight previously convicted child offenders sentenced to mandatory life terms without parole who are now seeking resentencing. While some may be resentenced to life, others could be immediately released or given a new sentence that makes them eligible for parole. The first episode profiles 14-year-old Aaron, who shot his neighbor, 14-year-old Alana, in her home in Harlem, Ga. Aaron was sentenced to life without parole at 15, but now 21-year-old Aaron is appealing his sentence.
NCIS: New Orleans: “Chaos Theory”
The NCIS team investigates a deadly bombing at a military museum event in the new episode “Chaos Theory.”
New Amsterdam: “Preventable”
Max (Ryan Eggold) is forced to reckon with his diagnosis in a new way as things become more difficult for him. Meanwhile, Reynolds (Jocko Sims) is forced to address what could have gone wrong in a recent surgery.
Wednesday, May 1
Knock Down the House
Also being released in select theaters today, this documentary follows the efforts of candidates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush and Paula Jean Swearengin on their respective campaign trails during the historic 2018 midterm elections. The film won the Audience Award: U.S. Documentary and the Festival Favorite Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Liberation Heroes: The Last Eyewitnesses
Discovery Channel, 7pm
In honor of Yom HaShoah, which is also known as Holocaust Memorial Day and is commemorated in the U.S. on May 1 this year, this one-hour special airs as part of the USC Shoah Foundation’s 25th anniversary commemoration and its Stronger Than Hate initiative. The documentary features heroic veterans who vividly share, in their own words, their emotional experiences during the liberation of Nazi concentration camps near the end of World War II.
The Goldbergs: “Mom Trumps Willow”
After Adam (Sean Giambrone) decides to see Willow instead of spending Mother’s Day with Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey), he must find a way to get back into her smothering good graces. Meanwhile, Barry (Troy Gentile) is tired of his status as middle child and fights Erica (Hayley Orrantia) for his right to the college of his choice.
Riverdale: “Chapter Fifty-Five: Prom Night”
The CW, 8pm
Betty (Lili Reinhart) takes matters into her own hands after learning some unsettling news about her father. Mary (guest star Molly Ringwald) grows concerned by Archie’s (KJ Apa) desire to take boxing to the next level. Elsewhere, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) runs into a roadblock during her campaign for prom queen.
Major League Baseball: Houston at Minnesota
ESPN, 8pm Live
The Houston Astros are at the Minnesota Twins for the third game of a four-game set at Target Field in Minneapolis.
2019 Billboard Music Awards
NBC, 8pm Live
Kelly Clarkson is back to host this three-hour live telecast of the annual music awards ceremony. Cardi B leads the way with 21 nominations.
Schooled: “CB Likes Lainey”
When CB (Brett Dier) finally gets the courage to tell Lainey (AJ Michalka) that he has feelings for her, Dr. Barry Goldberg (Troy Gentile) returns, derailing his big romantic reveal. Meanwhile, Glascott (Tim Meadows) discovers that he can’t make every teacher like one another after his plan with the school’s staff goes awry.
Modern Family: “Commencement”
Cam (Eric Stonestreet) is finally getting a chance to shine when he is asked to preside over the high school graduation ceremony at the last minute, while Jay (Ed O’Neill) gives the commencement address. Meanwhile, Claire (Julie Bowen) runs into her former high school rival, who brings out the worst in her.
The Amazing Race
This has comedy written all over it: Tonight on the globe-trotting competition, teams travel to Vietnam, where they must choose to fish — or learn a pop dance routine.
Jane the Virgin: “Chapter Eighty-Seven”
The CW, 9pm
Jane (Gina Rodriguez) struggles with giving Rafael (Justin Baldoni) his space after she discovers that he is hiding a secret. Jane and Michael (guest star Brett Dier) uncover clues about what happened the day he “died.” Petra (Yael Grobglas) wants to fit into JR’s (guest star Rosario Dawson) world and enlists Jane’s help.
Impossible Engineering: Extreme Railroads
Science Channel, 9pm
This season is a special extension of Science Channel’s popular Impossible Engineering series and focuses on the world’s most extraordinary railway systems, from the deepest jungles to the highest peaks and beyond. The series will go around the world with exclusive access to some of the most groundbreaking railroads on Earth and talk to the engineering experts who have created them.
In Search of Monsters: “The Wendigo”
Travel Channel, 9pm
The Wendigo is a mythical monster born in Native American oral histories, but a new theory suggests that this entity may come from somewhere not of this earth.
Whiskey Cavalier: “Good Will Hunting”
When an unexpected murder shocks everyone, Will (Scott Foley) goes to a dark place as he and the rest of the team are tasked to hunt down the culprit behind this unsettling attack.
Best Room Wins
Hosted by interior designer and Trading Spaces alum Genevieve Gorder, each episode challenges two top interior designers to create luxury looks for less for couples in desperate need of a room makeover. The winning designer will be featured in an online spread on ElleDecor.com.
SEAL Team: “Rock Bottom”
Tensions between Jason (David Boreanaz) and Ray (Neil Brown Jr.) come to a head in the new episode “Rock Bottom.”
Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World: “The Robot”
Learn how robots were first conceptualized in ancient Rome and see how their use has evolved over the centuries, from the calculator to the Roomba. Then, take a sneak peek at what future robots will be able to do.
Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Party Challenge
Hosts Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart no longer feel like an unlikely duo, but the various guests they bring together to play friendly culinary battles, share cooking tips and have a chinwag can be a total potluck. This Mother’s Day special features Octavia Spencer and Fergie.
Thursday, May 2
Harry Potter Battle of Hogwarts Anniversary
Syfy, beginning at 5pm
In the world of the Harry Potter books, the Battle of Hogwarts — when the villainous Voldemort and his army laid siege to the wizarding school in an effort to capture the titular hero — took place on May 2, 1998. To commemorate the 21st anniversary of that pivotal event in this fictional universe, Syfy airs the final two films in the Harry Potter film series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) and Part 2 (2011).
Grey’s Anatomy: “What I Did for Love”
In Part 1 of a crossover event with Station 19, Maggie treats one of Station 19’s own, and Jo learns a hard lesson. Meanwhile, when working with a family seeking asylum, Meredith makes a call that could jeopardize her career.
The Big Bang Theory: “The Plagiarism Schism”
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) try to take the high road in their quest for the Nobel Prize when they learn of a misdeed from Pemberton’s (guest star Sean Astin) past in the new episode “The Plagiarism Schism.”
iZombie: “Thug Death”
The CW, 8pm
While investigating a murder case with no body and no brain to eat, the only evidence Liv (Rose McIver) and Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) have to work with is a grainy video and a little bit of blood found at the crime scene. Meanwhile, Blaine (David Anders) is up to his old tricks.
2019 Miss USA
FOX, 8pm Live
Vanessa and Nick Lachey return to host the 2019 Miss USA Competition broadcasting live from Reno, Nev. At the conclusion of the two-hour event — where women from all 50 states and the District of Columbia compete for the title — Miss USA 2018, Sarah Rose Summers, will crown her successor.
Superstore: “Cloud Green”
Despite Dina’s (Lauren Ash) protests, Amy (America Ferrera) lets Glenn’s (Mark McKinney) pastor host an Earth Day booth at the store, but things quickly unravel when Glenn won’t recognize Amy’s authority. Jonah (Ben Feldman) spearheads Cloud 9’s green initiative but is met with apathy from his coworkers.
Young Sheldon: “A Proposal and a Popsicle Stick Cross”
In the new episode “A Proposal and a Popsicle Stick Cross,” Georgie (Montana Jordan) is thrilled when Veronica (Isabel May) stays with the Coopers for a few days.
A.P. Bio: “Dr. Whoopsie”
After an embarrassing video of himself falling off a stage goes viral, Jack (Glenn Howerton) plans a viral video of his own. Meanwhile, Durbin (Patton Oswalt), Helen (Paula Pell) and the teachers track down Whitlock’s most notorious litterer: the Sugar Daddy.
Station 19: “Always Ready”
In the final hour of the crossover with Grey’s Anatomy, a deadly blaze inside a coffee beanery puts the members of Station 19 on high alert as a beloved member of their team lands at Grey Sloan, leaving the future uncertain in the face of a life-threatening situation.
Mom: “Finger Guns and Beef Bourguignon”
Christy (Anna Faris) discovers her new job at a law firm isn’t quite what she expected. Guest star Rainn Wilson returns as Bonnie’s (Allison Janney) therapist in the new episode “Finger Guns and Beef Bourguignon.”
In the Dark: “The Feels”
The CW, 9pm
Jess (Brooke Markham) reluctantly agrees to let Murphy (Perry Mattfeld) go alone with Max (Casey Diedrick) on a day trip. While traveling, Murphy has flashback memories of Tyson (Thamela Mpumlwana). Meanwhile, Jess and Joy (Kathleen York) realize they may have more in common than they thought.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Return of the King”
When Gina (Chelsea Peretti) returns to the Nine-Nine, Jake (Andy Samberg) and Terry (Terry Crews) get drawn into her life. Holt (Andre Braugher) learns that Charles’ (Joe Lo Truglio) son, Nikolaj (Antonio Raul Corbo), may be a genius. Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) copes with an injury.
Life in Pieces: “Birth Meddling Jacket Denial”
In the new episode “Birth Meddling Jacket Denial,” Colleen (Angelique Cabral) and Matt (Thomas Sadoski) look for alternatives when they learn they may not be allowed into the delivery room for the birth of the baby they are planning to adopt.
Abby’s: “Liquid Courage”
James (Leonard Ouzts) is offered a new position at work that he worries he’s not qualified for, so Abby (Natalie Morales) serves up some tequila shots in order to get him to accept the promotion. But when James gets a little too much liquid courage, he offends Abby’s neighbor, who threatens to call the cops on the bar.
S.W.A.T.: “Day of Dread”
The SWAT team finds itself under internal investigation after a civilian is killed during an operation to bring in the city’s most wanted criminal in the new episode “Day of Dread.”
Beat Bobby Flay: “Pump It Up”
Food Network, 10pm
Standup comic Tony Rock (Chris’s brother) sits down alongside chef Alex Guarnaschelli to offer a heaping helping of heckling as pros from Delaware and Long Island, N.Y., compete to take on — and take down — Bobby Flay.
The American Farm: “Chasing the Dream”
In midsummer, winter wheat is ready for the farmers to harvest, and it’s the year’s first opportunity for a payday and a chance to break out their combines. Stress is at an all-time high as they begin to harvest crops that will help carry them out or dig them deeper into debt.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Diss”
Guest Star Alert!
When a pop star is assaulted in her home, the SVU investigates the public feud between her rapper husband (guest star Orlando Jones) and a competing recording artist (guest star Snoop Dogg). Meanwhile, Fin’s (Ice-T) family ties to a suspect takes him off the case.
Friday, May 3
A Pesar de Todo
This female-led Spanish comedy follows four sisters whose lives and personalities are utterly different, but who must try to understand (or at least put up with) each other when their paths meet again following the death of their mother.
Dead to Me
Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini star in this dark comedy about a widow determined to solve her husband’s recent hit-and-run murder and another woman who has suffered her own recent loss. The two women meet at a support group and become friends, despite their polar-opposite personalities.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Zac Efron plays notorious serial killer Ted Bundy in this true-crime thriller. The film is based on the book by, and told from the perspective of, Bundy’s girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins), who refused to believe the truth about him for years. John Malkovich and Jeffrey Donovan also star.
The Last Summer
K.J. Apa (Riverdale) and Maia Mitchell (The Fosters) star in this film that features several intersecting stories as it follows a group of recent high school graduates navigating their way through their final summer before taking off for college.
Tuca & Bertie
Lisa Hanawalt (BoJack Horseman) created this animated comedy series about the friendship between two 30-year-old bird women — Tuca (voiced by Tiffany Haddish), a cocky, carefree toucan, and Bertie (voiced by Ali Wong), an anxious, daydreaming songbird.
Last Man Standing: “The Favourite”
Mike (Tim Allen) and Chuck (Jonathan Adams) get their game on when Ed (Hector Elizondo) has a pinball machine installed in the office.
At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal
This documentary from director Erin Lee Carr explores the Larry Nassar sexual abuse story that rocked the sports world. The 90-minute film features interviews with gymnasts who made courageous efforts to reveal a dangerous system that prioritized winning over everything.
Blindspot: “Coder to Killer”
A horrifying and vengeful villain threatens the FBI, Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) considers his priorities, Zapata (Audrey Esparza) and Reade (Rob Brown) try to navigate their living situation, and Patterson (Ashley Johnson) explores a budding interest.
Best of Robert Osborne’s Picks
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Late, great TCM host Robert Osborne used to curate evenings of films that he deemed worthy of viewing, and tonight the network re-airs some notable instances where he introduced his “picks.” The night begins with Osborne introducing and discussing The Time, the Place and the Girl (1946), which originally aired on Jan. 21, 1997. This is followed by Lady of Burlesque (1943), which Osborne picked on April 16, 2003, and Born to Dance (1936), which originally aired on May 4, 2011.
The Cool Kids: “Vegas Baby!”
When Hank (David Alan Grier) and the gang head to Las Vegas to attend his son’s wedding, he is excited to give his son the perfect wedding gift until he finds out that Lorraine’s (guest star Jackée Harry) boyfriend Reggie (guest star Rick Fox) is paying for everything.
The Blacklist: “Guillermo Rizal”
When multiple children are abducted under similar circumstances, the task force rushes to find the kidnapper. Meanwhile, Red (James Spader) goes on the hunt for a man who can find anything, while Liz (Megan Boone) considers a big change.
Gloria and Emilio Estefan: Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
An all-star tribute to Emilio and Gloria Estefan, the 2019 recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song who are the first married couple and the first musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent to receive the honor.
Blue Bloods: “Identity”
DNA evidence in a murder case leads Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) to identical twins with identical alibis in the new episode “Identity.”
Masters of Disaster
Discovery Channel, 10pm
Mechanic Beau Boruff, owner of Survival Research Inc., on the outskirts of Chattanooga, Tenn., leads a talented crew of craftsmen who source, restore and sell vintage objects that may be useful to survivalists and preppers in any calamity. They are the subjects of this six-episode series.
Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell
Adult Swim, 12am (late night)
The 15-minute, live-action workplace comedy series returns for Season 4. It stars Henry Zebrowski as Gary, a kindhearted demon working to stay out of trouble with his boss, Satan (Matt Servitto).
Saturday, May 4
TNT, beginning at 12:30pm
TNT packs Saturday with back-to-back action movies that touch on futuristic worlds, airing 2009’s Terminator Salvation, Total Recall (2012), RoboCop (2014), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) and The Giver (2014).
Horse Racing: Kentucky Derby
NBC, 2:30pm Live
The 145th 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 Tacitus, Vekoma, Plus Que Parfait, Roadster, By My Standards, Maximum Security and Game Winner. NBC airs all the prerace pageantry, featuring lots of interviews with celebrities and analysis of their odd fashion choices.
Major League Baseball
FS1, beginning at 4pm Live
FS1 has a Saturday MLB doubleheader featuring the St. Louis Cardinals at the Chicago Cubs, followed by the Oakland A’s at the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell
This groundbreaking two-night, four-hour series presents the tragic case of Susan Cox Powell — a missing mom who dominated headlines nearly a decade ago — unveiling alarming new developments, scandalous never-before-seen videos and rare interviews with family members that offer a closer than ever look at one of the most shocking cases in recent memory.
Million Dollar Mile: “I’m Coming for You”
In the new episode “I’m Coming for You,” a yoga instructor goes up against Max “The Machine” Fennell, who has competed in 54 triathlons.
Eric (Luke Roberts) and his team must locate a baby who was stolen from his crib by a notorious serial kidnapper in the new episode “Unfit.”
A Paris Romance
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
When Isabella (Jen Lilley) travels to Paris to compete in a major wine competition, she meets Jacque (Dan Jeannotte), a competitor who not only shows her the City of Love, but also teaches her that wine is more than a business.
Saturday Night Live: “Adam Sandler/Shawn Mendes”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Former SNL cast member Adam Sandler makes his highly anticipated return to Studio 8H for his hosting debut. He is joined by Shawn Mendes, making his second appearance as musical guest.