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Wednesday, March 17: Group B Shamrocks and Rolls on ‘The Masked Singer’

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Wednesday, March 17

The Masked Singer: “Group B Premiere — Shamrock and Roll”
FOX, 8pm

Group B performers take to the stage for the first time, and one will be unmasked at the end of the new episode “Group B Premiere — Shamrock and Roll.”

My Feet Are Killing Me: Footnotes

This program features never-before-seen cases with your favorite foot doctors, as well as follow-ups with memorable patients to see how they are doing today.

Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal

Reenactments drive this documentary investigating the mastermind behind a scam to sneak the kids of rich and famous families into top U.S. universities.

True Conviction
Season Premiere!

Former Brooklyn homicide prosecutor Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi returns for Season 4 of the series in which she travels the country to reveal how the nation’s top prosecutors tackled their toughest cases.

Under Suspicion: Uncovering the Wesphael Case
New Series!

This true-crime series follows the high-profile court case of Belgian politician Bernard Wesphael, who was accused of murdering his wife in 2013.

Saint Patrick Stewart Day
BBC America, beginning at 6am

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a marathon of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes that are among Jean-Luc Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) best. Highlights include “The Best of Both Worlds” (Season 4), “Time’s Arrow” (Season 5), “Chain of Command” (Season 6), “Tapestry” (Season 6) and the series finale, “All Good Things…” (Season 7).

Happy St. Patrick’s Day
TCM, beginning at 9:30am
Catch a Classic!

On the day when we celebrate all things Irish, Turner Classic Movies gets into the spirit of the holiday with more than 20 hours of movies with Irish themes and/or stars. Today’s full lineup, in order, includes: Irene (1940), Little Nellie Kelly (1940), The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady (1950), Flight of the Doves (1971), Finian’s Rainbow (1968), The Quiet Man (1952), Young Cassidy (1965), Odd Man Out (1947) and Ryan’s Daughter (1970).

NHL Hockey
NBCSN, beginning at 7:30pm Live

A pair of Wednesday Night Hockey matchups on NBCSN has the Philadelphia Flyers at the N.Y. Rangers, followed by a Canadian clash between the Edmonton Oilers and the Flames in Calgary.

Chicago Med: “For the Want of a Nail”
NBC, 8pm

As Maggie (Marlyne Barrett) deals with her own trauma, she steps in to help a mother in need. Meanwhile, Dean (Steven Weber) continues to stir the pot with more than one doctor, and a patient comes to Med needing immediate treatment, but doesn’t want it from them.

Riverdale: “Chapter Eighty-Four: Lock & Key”
The CW, 8pm

A big announcement forces everyone to take stock of their current lives. Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) sets a risky plan in motion after learning some surprising news about Toni (Vanessa Morgan). Jughead (Cole Sprouse) tries to make sense of a strange encounter he had. Kevin (Casey Cott) and Fangs (Drew Ray Tanner) make a big decision about their future together.

Mysteries of the Unknown: “Poisonous Ink, Critical Flight and a Surprising Victory”
Travel Channel, 8pm

Don Wildman examines a pen and inkwell connected to a poisonous political plot, a routine flight gone terribly wrong and a mule that was entered in a horse race.

Farmhouse Fixer: “Third Generation Renovation”
HGTV, 9pm

A historical house from 1873 is transformed into a vibrant, modern home for a young family. Jonathan Knight and designer Kristina Crestin give this family of five a home with fun colors, shiny brass, whimsical bird wallpaper and even a beehive.

Chicago Fire: “Double Red”
NBC, 9pm

Mouch (Christian Stolte), Gallo (Alberto Rosende), Ritter (Daniel Kyri) and Mackey (Adriyan Rae) report for training. Meanwhile, a nasty blow to the head brings Casey (Jesse Spencer) unimaginable pain.

I Survived a Crime
A&E, 10pm

Two episodes of vehicular lunacy: A woman climbs atop the hood to escape a carjack­ing, a bus driver is attacked in a case of road rage, and a two-­ton truck nearly kills someone on an impound lot.

Food Paradise
Cooking Channel, 10pm

In an episode on comfort food, better known as our daily way to get by, look for fried chicken in Atlanta, mac ’n’ cheese in Detroit, meatloaf in Kansas City and more cozy goodness.

FX, 10pm

Drug kingpin Franklin Saint (Damson Idris) must choose between loyalty and the well­ being of his business and family when a longtime ally’s reckless mistake causes a rival gang leader to seek revenge.

Chicago P.D.: “Impossible Dream”
NBC, 10pm

When a local business owner is gunned down in his shop, it becomes personal for Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins), who patrolled the neighborhood as a young cop. Meanwhile, Dep. Supt. Samantha Miller (Nicole Ari Parker) comes to Voight (Jason Beghe) with a special request about Andre Cooper.

Thursday, March 18


This documentary relates the devastatingly powerful story of filmmaker Gwen van de Pas as she returns to her hometown in search of answers about the man who sexually abused her as a child. In the process, the film addresses a common yet little understood manipulation type called “grooming,” and looks at how to recognize and stop it.

The Last Unknown

Nature photographer Ian Shive joins a group of researchers from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on a mission to one of the most remote places on Earth — Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Feature Film Exclusive!

The director’s cut will finally see its premiere. In May 2017, director Zack Snyder stepped down from his directorial duties during post-production to be with his family after the death of his daughter. Joss Whedon took over and did pages of rewrites and millions of dollars in reshoots before the film was ultimately released in November of that year. Fans waged an internet campaign to release Snyder’s extended cut and ultimately won. The film finds all the DC superheroes — Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Superman (Henry Cavill) — coming together to stop a global threat.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: First Four
truTV & TBS, beginning at 4pm Live

After the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, March Madness returns this spring, albeit with a host of changes designed to mitigate the coronavirus threat. Most notably, the entire tournament will be played in Indiana, beginning tonight with the First Four games at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

Station 19: “Learning to Fly
ABC, 8pm
The Station 19 crew is called to a cult gathering where they find the leader, Brother John, dancing on the roof and claiming he can fly. Meanwhile, Travis gets a surprise visit from his father, and Dean makes a difficult decision that could affect his career trajectory.

Walker: “Tracks”
The CW, 8pm

Captain James (Coby Bell) and Liam (Keegan Allen) follow up on a tip regarding Emily’s (guest star Genevieve Padalecki) murder. The duo head to Mexico for more answers but decide to keep their trip a secret from Walker (Jared Padalecki). Meanwhile, Trey (Jeff Pierre) escorts Stella (Violet Brinson), August (Kale Culley) and the girls soccer team to an away game, but when things take a dangerous turn Trey, Walker and Micki (Lindsey Morgan) have to team up to save the kids. Micki learns some shocking news.

Keeping Up With the Kardashians
E!, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Season 20 marks the 14th year the series has been airing, and also marks its last. The reality juggernauts are finally ready to move on without documenting every second of their lives.

Hell’s Kitchen: “Sink or Swim”
FOX, 8pm

In the new episode “Sink or Swim,” the remaining seven chefs play a game to unscramble the letters of key ingredients that they can choose to keep for the next cooking challenge or pass on to the other team as sabotage.

Freeform, 8pm
Season Finale!

Aaron takes a stand at graduation, pushing the school to divest from private prisons. Zoey tries to let Aaron go for good … but is that what they both want? Ana suspects Javi is cheating. Jazz makes a decision about Doug.

Deep Blue Nightmare
LMN, 8pm
Original Film!

Having kayaked offshore for a deserted island photo shoot, Sarah (Paige McGarvin) and friend Meghan (Juliana Destefano) become the target of an aggressive great white shark. Now the women must fend off the deadly predator until Sarah’s father James (Michael Madsen) can guide emergency services to their rescue.

Superstore: “Lowell Anderson”
NBC, 8pm

When the Cloud 9 founder’s son makes a surprise visit, the employees struggle to accommodate his bold ideas; Garrett (Colton Dunn) helps Dina (Lauren Ash) navigate a tricky situation with Brian (Rory Scovel); and Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Sandra (Kaliko Kauahi) use social media to investigate some worrying news.

Special Theme: Reframed: Classic Films in the Rearview Mirror
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Tonight’s lineup of classic films featuring what are now recognized as problematic themes and characterizations — accompanied by discussions of the cultural contexts in which they were created and why they should still be viewed as classics, even if in a new light — includes The Searchers (1956), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Swing Time (1936), Stagecoach (1939) and Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959).

Extreme Paranormal Witness: “Family Hatred”
Travel Channel, 8pm

A young woman feels blessed when she moves into her late grandmother’s home with her husband and daughter — until the sounds of ghostly footsteps and scratching fingernails reveal that they are not alone.

Grey’s Anatomy: “It’s All Too Much”
ABC, 9pm

As traumas and pressure mount, Grey Sloan doctors try to find a path forward, and Richard questions his faith. Meanwhile, Maggie gives Winston hospital privileges and they work together to treat an uneasy patient. Jo, Link and Jackson play an unconventional drinking game.

Overserved With Lisa Vanderpump
E!, 9pm
New Series!

Pour a glass of rosé and join restaurateur and former Real Housewives star Lisa Vander­pump as she hosts famous friends for dinner parties.

Call Me Kat: “Salsa”
FOX, 9pm

In the new episode “Salsa,” Kat (Mayim Bialik) wants to learn how to salsa dance in order to impress Oscar (guest star Christopher Rivas).

Rehab Addict Rescue: “Grandma’s Bachelor Pad”
HGTV, 9pm

A man, his girlfriend and his grandma love sharing a home in historic Detroit, but the couple would like to have a living space of their own. Nicole Curtis steps in to convert the third floor into a suite while giving his grandma a surprise renovation of her own.

Waka & Tammy: What the Flocka
WE tv, 9pm
Season Premiere!

With the pandemic wreaking havoc across the world, its impact begins affecting both Waka and Tammy’s relationship and their financial stability. Waka has lost out on millions of dollars of income, while Tammy has been her toughest critic and unable to release her new music, as something deeper holds her back. Plus, Waka and Tammy’s daughter Charlie is growing up fast and they are unsure how to handle it. Can Waka and Tammy’s relationship survive co-parenting in these troubling times, while simultaneously healing deep wounds from their own past?

The Unicorn
CBS, 9:30pm
Season Finale!

Wade (Walton Goggins) puts his most recent relationship in the past and starts dating again. Guest stars Rob Riggle and Betsy Brandt return in the Season 2 finale “Put Your Mask on First.”

Last Man Standing: “Midwife Crisis”
FOX, 9:30pm

The new episode “Midwife Crisis” is a flashback set during the pandemic, when Mandy and Kyle (Molly McCook and Christoph Sanders) decide to have a home birth at Mike and Vanessa’s (Tim Allen and Nancy Travis) house.

A Million Little Things: “Miles Apart
ABC, 10pm

Maggie is forced to face the harsh reality that cancer still controls her life, while Gary must choose between supporting a friend in need and building his relationship with Darcy. Meanwhile, Rome helps Regina at Someday during the COVID-19 transition.

Friday, March 19

Country Comfort
New Series!

Katharine McPhee leads this comedy as an aspiring country singer who becomes a nanny for a widower and his five children.

Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine
Season Premiere!

Miner Dave Turin returns for an epic and emotional journey in the all-new season of this Gold Rush spinoff. After pandemic travel restrictions make Dave’s plans of mining in Alaska impossible, Team Turin finally sets up their operation in Colorado. Armed with an all-new state-of-the-art wash plant, they begin work on a lost mine with massive gold potential. With gold prices reaching all-time highs, Dave’s dream of achieving financial security and total freedom seems just in reach until tragedy strikes the gold claim.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
New Series!

The latest live-action series entry in the MCU finds Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprising their respective roles from the Captain America and Avengers films as Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, and Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier. The pair, who came together in the final moments of Avengers: Endgame, team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities and their patience. Also returning from the films for this six-episode series are Daniel Brühl as the villainous Zemo and Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter. The series introduces Wyatt Russell as John Walker, who in the comic books is the superhero U.S. Agent.

Paranormal Caught on Camera: “Bronx UFO and More”

UFOs fly high above a neighborhood in the Bronx; ghost hunters encounter the spirit of a 3,000-year-old mummy in a British museum; and a father and son spot the elusive Skunk Ape in Florida.

Apple TV+
Season Finale!

Executive producer M. Night Shyamalan’s creepy series ends its second season. The supernatural-tinged psychological thriller has been renewed for Season 3.

Sky Rojo
New Series!

This Spanish action/crime drama from the creators of Money Heist is similarly filled with action, dark humor and pure adrenaline. Coral (Verónica Sánchez), Wendy (Lali Espósito) and Gina (Yany Prado) go on the run in search of freedom while being chased by Romeo (Asier Etxeandia), their pimp, and his henchmen. Together, the women embark on a frantic, chaotic journey during which they must face dangers of all kinds and live every second as if it were their last, while strengthening their friendship and discovering the most important thing: that together they are stronger and have more options to recover their lives.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: First Round
CBS, TBS, TNT & truTV, beginning at 12pm Live

With the First Four games finished, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins in earnest with first-round action from venues in the Indianapolis area today and tomorrow on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV.

Double Cross With Blake Griffin
truTV, 5:30pm
New Series!

NBA star Blake Griffin conspires with people who are tired of being the victim of pranks to help them get some sweet revenge on their unsuspecting prankster in an ultimate double cross. “These pranks aren’t cruel in nature, and they’re not malicious … they’re just fun,” Griffin tells us. “Given everything that’s going on, people need a distraction and entertainment and to be able to have fun and see these elaborate pranks and have a laugh.”

Deadly Excursion: Kidnapped From the Beach
LMN, 8pm
Original Film!

The sequel to 2019’s Deadly Excursion, this film finds mother-daughter duo Samantha (Samaire Armstrong) and Ellie (Alexandria DeBerry) embarking on another family vacation in Florida cautiously believing their kidnapping saga is behind them. Unbeknownst to them, the men behind their original kidnapping have been keeping tabs on them and are ready to complete the job that was previously foiled. Also stars Corin Nemec, Matt Cedeño, David Meza and Jonathan Bouvier.

Texas Crime
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Classic crime dramas set in the Lone Star State are the focus of tonight’s triple feature on Turner Classic Movies. The lineup begins with The Houston Story (1956), a film noir directed by William Castle about a Texas oil driller who schemes to steal millions of dollars’ worth of oil. Gene Barry, Barbara Hale and Edward Arnold star. Next, a terrific cast including Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, E.G. Marshall and Angie Dickinson headlines Arthur Penn’s The Chase (1966), a neo-noir drama that chronicles how the escape of two convicts from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Texas town. Tonight’s final film is Blood Simple (1984), the fantastic debut movie from writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen. The neo-noir follows a Texas bartender (John Getz) who finds himself in the middle of a murder plot after his boss (Dan Hedaya) discovers that the bartender is having an affair with the boss’ wife (Frances McDormand in her feature-film debut).

Everything but the House
HGTV, 9pm
New Series!

I’m not sure if my dad’s taxidermied cobra vs. mongoose is worth much, but I could easily find out if I sold it via the online marketplace Everything but the House. In this new show, EBTH pros come to you to sniff out treasures and auction them off. “[These experts] don’t mind taking the time to do research on even the most obscure items,” says host Lara Spencer. Of a $5 yard-sale mushroom chair, Spencer says, “Midcentury furniture collectors got into a bidding war for this purple thing!” Final sale: $600.

Great Performances at the Met
PBS, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Season 15 kicks off with “Renee Fleming in Concert,” as the American soprano performs arias by Puccini and Massenet to selections by Handel and Korngold from the intimate music salon of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.

Mama June: From Not to Hot
WE tv, 9pm
Season Premiere!

As June Shannon celebrates one year of sobriety, she and her troubled boyfriend Geno quarantined together in Florida, away from her family and children. Though some feared she was not committed to recovery, she’s back, sober and ready to heal her fractured family.

Rescue Cam
A&E, 10pm
Season Finale!

Cellphones, bodycams, security cameras — they all capture riveting rescues when disasters strike. Tonight, a choking man is helped by a quick-thinking neighbor, a snowboarder survives an avalanche, and a manatee badly injured by a boat’s propeller lives to, ahem, “sea” another day.

Saturday, March 20


In 1994, the MS Estonia ferry sank as it was crossing the Baltic Sea. In this special, new footage and exclusive interviews help to explore the details of this tragic incident and reveal what may have caused it.

The Holzer Files: “Devil in the Rock”
Season Finale!

The team ventures to the Massachusetts coast to follow up on Hans Holzer’s 1964 investigation of the Bates Ship Chandlery. As they delve deep into the property’s past, they uncover a chilling undercurrent of darkness anchored in the rocky shores.

Portals to Hell
New Episodes!

In this special two-hour episode that kicks off the new season, Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman first gain unprecedented access to investigate the former McCormick property in Stratton, Colorado, once home to father-son serial killers Tom and Michael McCormick. Since buying the farm shortly after the murders committed there, the current owners have experience paranormal activity all over the property. Then, Jack and Katrina travel to Flagstaff, Arizona, to investigate the Hotel Monte Vista, a popular tourist attraction considered one of America’s most terrifying places, with guests spooked by unsettling poltergeist-like activity.

The Pioneer Woman: Home Sweet Home
Food Network, 10am

Eight is enough for host Ree Drummond, who devotes this episode to treats requiring only an octet of ingredients, like clementine-flavored sprinkle cake and speedy dumpling soup.

NASCAR Racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway
FS1, beginning at 2:30pm Live

NASCAR holds two races today at Atlanta Motor Speedway, both airing on FS1. First up is the Camping World Truck Series Fr8Auctions 200, followed by the Xfinity Series EchoPark250.

Anatomy of a Murder
TCM, 5pm
Catch a Classic!

Courtroom trial/crime films don’t get more tense and compelling than this 1959 classic from director Otto Preminger, which received seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Best Actor Oscar nominee James Stewart gives one of his finest performances as a small-town Michigan lawyer who takes on a difficult case: that of a young Army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) accused of murdering the local tavern owner who he believes raped his wife (Lee Remick). The gripping drama was groundbreaking at the time for the frankness of its discussion of sex, but more than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words. Along with Stewart, Gazzara and Remick, Anatomy of a Murder boasts an outstanding supporting cast including a young George C. Scott in a Best Supporting Actor-nominated performance as a fiery prosecuting attorney and legendary real-life attorney Joseph N. Welch as the judge. The influential jazz score by Duke Ellington also helped make this a landmark film.

Double Cross With Blake Griffin
truTV, 5:30pm

Two episodes of the limited series air back-to-back following the NCAA games today, where NBA star Blake Griffin conspires with people who are tired of being the victim of pranks to help them get some sweet revenge on their unsuspecting prankster in an ultimate double cross.

V.C. Andrews’ Ruby
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Based on the bestselling V.C. Andrews Landry book series, Ruby kicks off the first of four films that follow Ruby Landry (Raechelle Banno), who was born in the Louisiana bayou and watched over by her Grandmère Catherine (Naomi Judd). Ruby is filled with hope as love blooms with her high school sweetheart, but lingering thoughts of her mysterious father and her mother’s death often creep into Ruby’s life.

Chasing Waterfalls
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Movie!

Aspiring photographer Amy Atwater (Cindy Busby) gets the break of her career when high profile magazine Explorer Worldwide puts her on an assignment to shoot one of North America’s most fabled waterfalls — if she can prove it really exists. As Amy spends her days hiking to remote areas to photograph the spectacular waterfalls, she is surprised to find herself falling for her rugged guide, Mark North (Christopher Russell), and bonding with his young daughter Kyra (Cassidy Nugent). Their blossoming romance is threatened when Amy’s work brings her close to revealing one of the area’s, and Mark’s, most treasured secrets.

Showtime, 9pm

The scares are more emotional than gory for three generations of women in this well-done 2020 chiller. The last 20 minutes — eek!

Final Space
Adult Swim, 10:30pm
Season Premiere!

Picking up where things left off, Season 3 of the animated comedy/drama brings unexpected twists and turns as Gary (voice of Olan Rogers) and the crew enter final space to rescue Quinn (Tika Sumpter). After discovering they are now trapped, the stakes get even higher as the crew must do whatever it takes to survive. With Invictus (Vanessa Marshall) and Lord Commander (David Tennant) determined to capture Mooncake (Rogers) in an attempt to use him to grow even more powerful, Gary and the crew’s only hope is to team up with Earth’s sole survivor. Together, they must find a way out before it’s too late.