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Wednesday, April 7

Kung Fu
The CW, 8pm
New Series!

A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese American woman, Nicky Shen (Olivia Liang), to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to San Francisco, she finds her hometown is overrun with crime and corruption, and her own parents, Jin (Tzi Ma) and Mei-Li (Kheng Hua Tan), are at the mercy of a powerful triad. Nicky will rely on her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice … all while searching for the ruthless assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor Pei-Ling (Vanessa Kai) and is now targeting her.

Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute

In a star-studded evening of music and memories, a community of iconic performers honors Dolly Parton as the MusiCares Person of the Year.

Snabba Cash
New Series!

In this Swedish series, when tech entrepreneur Leya (Evin Ahmad) kickstarts her company with criminal money, she finds out the hard way there are no shortcuts to the top without paying the price. When the worlds of the entrepreneurial jet set and criminals collide, loyalty, friendships and business partners will all be tested in the never-ending quest for easy money.

The Wedding Coach
New Series!

Comedian Jamie Lee helps engaged couples survive the stressful and sometimes ridiculous expectations of the “Big Bridal” industry.

Making Good
BYUtv, 7:30pm
Season Premiere!

The series returns for Season 3 with host Kirby Heyborne, who loves helping people, again eagerly volunteering for organizations regardless of the circumstances and his background or experience.

The Goldbergs: “Couple Off”
ABC, 8pm

When Barry and Joanne crash Erica and Geoff’s peaceful weekend camping trip, they end up in a competition to see who is the better couple, causing some unexpected shifts in relationships. After learning that Brea thinks Adam has an easy, privileged life, Adam seeks to prove her wrong by getting a job, but quickly learns she might be right.

The Masked Singer: “Group B Finals — The Ulti ‘Mutt’ Wildcard!”
FOX, 8pm

In the new episode “Group B Finals — The Ulti ‘Mutt’ Wildcard!,” Group B returns to the stage as the remaining singers battle it out for their spot in the Super Eight, and another wildcard enters the competition for a chance to steal a spot in the game.

Married at First Sight: “Unanswered Questions”
Lifetime, 8pm

With Decision Day less than three weeks away, the couples meet individually with Dr. Pepper and Pastor Cal to probe the serious questions they still have about their marriage.

Chicago Med: “Letting Go Only to Come Together”
NBC, 8pm

Ethan (Brian Tee) teams up with an unexpected person to treat a famous tennis player who is afraid his career might be over. Meanwhile, Goodwin’s (S. Epatha Merkerson) new protocols cause a stir.

Home Economics
ABC, 8:30pm
New Series!

Three siblings (Topher Grace, Jimmy Tatro and Caitlin McGee) from three different economic brackets struggle with aspects of life from marriage problems to job loss while still supporting each other despite the differences in their bank accounts.

The Conners
ABC, 9pm

In “An Old Dog, New Tricks and a Ticket to Ride,” Becky is working double shifts and taking classes at the community college, resulting in less time with her daughter, Beverly Rose. Meanwhile, Dan decides to foster an elderly dog. In the second new episode, “A Fast Car, a Sudden Loss and a Slow Decline,” Darlene learns some shocking news about an old friend, and the Conner family comes together to help someone close to them.

SEAL Team: “Limits of Loyalty”
CBS, 9pm

Jason (David Boreanaz) is put on trial in a case that could potentially end his career in the new episode “Limits of Loyalty.”

Exterminate All the Brutes
HBO, 9pm
New Series!

This four-part docuseries from filmmaker Raoul Peck explores the history of European colonialism from America to Africa, its genocidal aspects and its impact on society today. The series is based on works by three authors and scholars — Sven Lindqvist, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Michel-Rolph Trouillot — and weaves together documentary footage and archival materials with animation and scripted scenes to tell a sweeping story.

Chicago Fire: “A Couple Hundred Degrees”
NBC, 9pm

A new recruit with ties to the CFD tests Severide’s (Taylor Kinney) patience. Violet (Hanako Greensmith) receives a mysterious note that sends her and Brett (Kara Killmer) on a hunt for the person who wrote it.

A Million Little Things: “The Lost Sheep”
ABC, 10pm

When Eddie reveals his truth, Katherine suffers the consequences … again. Rome and Regina offer support to Tyrell and his mother, and Maggie and Jamie are forced to address their relationship status.

Chicago P.D.: “Signs of Violence”
NBC, 10pm

A wellness check on a family reveals signs of foul play, and Detective Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) is determined to find the parents and young daughter. As Upton delves further into the troubled family dynamics, she finds herself reflecting on her own childhood trauma.

Queen of the South
USA Network, 10pm
Season Premiere!

The action drama based on a hit telenovela returns for a 10-episode fifth and final season. The series tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), a woman who is forced to run from the Mexican cartel and seek refuge in America, and her eventual rise to power over her own drug-trafficking empire. “Queen of the South began shooting in Mexico City, brought us to faraway places like Malta and Colombia, and finally landed in New Orleans. We cannot wait to share the explosive final season with our devoted fans,” said executive producers Dailyn Rodriguez, Ben Lobato and David Friendly.

Grand Hotel
TCM, 10:15pm
Catch a Classic!

“People come. People go. Nothing ever happens,” one world-weary patron (Lewis Stone) of Berlin’s finest hotel comments in this legendary 1932 drama. But movie audiences knew (and still know) better. In what is indeed a grand showcase for the allure and style of classic filmmaking, and a production that set the stage for all “star-studded” big-screen teamings of popular actors to come, filmgoers were witnessing the glorious comings, goings and intersecting stories of a blindingly bright array of stars that was billed not entirely hyperbolically as “the greatest cast ever assembled.” Ruined aristocrat John Barrymore. Terminally ill clerk Lionel Barrymore. Ruthless tycoon Wallace Beery. Scheming stenographer Joan Crawford. And disillusioned ballerina Greta Garbo, who made film history when she uttered, “I want to be alone.” Putting them all together was a masterstroke whose success fostered similar star-packed extravaganzas and helped net the film a Best Picture Oscar. — Jeff Pfeiffer

Thursday, April 8

Hello, Me!
Season Finale!

The South Korean series ends its first season with this installment. The show follows a woman who one day meets her enthusiastic, passionate and fearless 17-year-old self. With her younger self, she heals her wounds and learns how to love again.

Season Finale!

The South Korean sci-fi series about an engineer trying to uncover the truth behind his older brother’s death, and the elite warrior who travels back in time to help him, concludes its first season.

The Way of the Househusband
New Series!

Tatsu (voice of Kenjirô Tsuda), Japan’s most evil yakuza, also makes its cutest househusband in this anime series based on Kousuke Oono’s hit comedy manga.

No Activity
Season Premiere!

Patrick Brammall and Trent O’Donnell’s half-hour comedy series returns for an all-animated Season 4. Brammall, Tim Meadows, Joe Keery, Sunita Mani, Jason Mantzoukas, Bob Odenkirk and Amy Sedaris return to the cast, and will be joined by guest stars including Louie Anderson, Kevin Bacon, Jillian Bell, D’Arcy Carden, Rob Delaney, Elle Fanning, Will Forte, Lamorne Morris, Oscar Nuñez, Hannah Simone and Samara Weaving. New episodes are available Thursdays.

Playing for Keeps
Sundance Now
Season Finale!

When Paige returns to Dan to admit the recent error of her ways, the two reunite. They agree to keep things quiet for the time being, eager to hide their relationship away from the prying eyes of everyone they know. But when trouble comes to their door, Paige gets scared and worries that they are facing the same problems once again, including Dan’s all-consuming football career.

Sundance Now
Season Premiere!

This award-winning Welsh drama revolves around a set of siblings and the crimes that take place in their town. This season, a serial killer is targeting a group of men involved in an infamous sexual assault scandal. Gina Jenkins, a determined policewoman, oversees the case and engages in a manhunt for the killer. The situation intensifies when Sam, Gina’s younger brother, is released from prison.

Golf: The Masters: First Round
ESPN, beginning at 3pm Live

Golf’s first major of the year tees off a mere five months after world No. 1 Dustin Johnson claimed his first Masters title at the pandemic-delayed tournament in November. Johnson will return to Augusta National for his title defense against top challengers Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele as the event reclaims its traditional spot on the calendar. ESPN and CBS televise through Sunday’s final round.

Station 19: “Save Yourself”
ABC, 8pm

Andy, Sullivan, Dean and Ben are faced with a tough choice while trying to save a couple trapped in their car. Meanwhile, Dean second guesses his legal fight against the Seattle Police Department; Travis’ dad fears he will be outed when his “golfing friend” is exposed to COVID-19; and Carina’s immigration status is called into question.

Walker: “Fine Is a Four Letter Word”
The CW, 8pm

A tornado touches down in Austin and it’s all hands on deck to keep the kids and community safe. Walker (Jared Padalecki), Micki (Lindsey Morgan) and Trey (Jeff Pierre) rush to the school, where Stella (Violet Brinson), August (Kale Culley) and Ruby (guest star Madelyn Kientz) are at a school dance. Bonham (Mitch Pileggi) and Abeline (Molly Hagan) stop at a store for supplies where old memories resurface and the two are forced to discuss their marriage.

Hell’s Kitchen: “Snuggling With the Enemy
FOX, 8pm

In the new episode “Snuggling With the Enemy,” the remaining four chefs get a challenge fit for Vegas when Chef Ramsay surprises them by turning Hell’s Kitchen into a club that they must cater.

No Demo Reno: “Hello Yellow”
HGTV, 8pm

Jenn Todryk carves out more work and storage space for a growing family that incorporates their favorite color: yellow. Next, she helps a mom who regularly hosts gatherings update her 20-year-old home with a welcoming living area and entertainer’s kitchen.

Manifest: “Deadhead”
NBC, 8pm

A threat to the Stone family tests Michaela’s (Melissa Roxburgh) commitment to play by the rules and forces Grace (Athena Karkanis) to make a difficult decision. Meanwhile, Ben (Josh Dallas) enlists the aid of an old rival to save an old friend, and Olive helps a new friend solve a calling that unearths a startling connection.

The Guns of Navarone
TCM, 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Among the highlights of today’s letter “G” titles airing as part of Turner Classic Movies’ “31 Days of Oscar: Oscars From A to Z” programming event is this tense and thrilling 1961 action film set during World War II and based on the Alistair MacLean novel. Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn lead the outstanding cast as members of a squad of Allied commandos whose mission to disable a powerful Nazi cannon battery on a remote island in the Aegean Sea is compromised when they learn there’s a traitor in their midst. Richard Harris, Anthony Quayle and James Darren also star in the movie, which was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director (J. Lee Thompson), Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Carl Foreman) and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Dimitri Tiomkin). The film won an Oscar for its terrific special effects.

Grey’s Anatomy: “Sorry Doesn’t Always Make It Right”
ABC, 9pm

The Grey Sloan doctors are stuck in the middle of a fight between a newlywed couple who are injured in a car accident and brought to the hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, Jackson’s generosity with COVID-positive patients goes a bit too far, and Hayes works to rebuild Maggie’s confidence and convince her to perform an extremely risky heart surgery.

Mom: “Klondike-Five and a Secret Family”
CBS, 9pm

In the new episode “Klondike-Five and a Secret Family,” Bonnie (Allison Janney) worries about Adam (William Fichtner) when his attempt to make amends with a woman from his past doesn’t go as planned.

Last Man Standing: “The Two Nieces of Eve”
FOX, 9pm

Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) comes home for a visit and struggles to connect with her nieces in the new episode “The Two Nieces of Eve.”

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Welcome to the Pedo Motel”
NBC, 9pm

The SVU must contend with an angry neighborhood watch group when a girl goes missing near a building housing several sex offenders.

Paranormal Caught on Camera: “Cajun Skunk Ape and More”
Travel Channel, 9pm

A stinky Sasquatch stops for a visit in Louisiana; a haunted statue terrorizes guests at the infamous Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada; and a Kentucky man and his brother witness a UFO flying near Fort Knox.

Bringing Up Bates: “He or She, What Will the Baby Be?”
UPtv, 9pm
Season Premiere!

In the 10th season of the reality favorite, a new year brings a renewed sense of hope and vitality for the Bates family. The Bates Sisters Boutique reveals its plans to move into a storefront space. Meanwhile, Josie’s beauty business is thriving, but she and Kelton are dealing with heartbreak after suffering a miscarriage, and are hopeful she will get pregnant again. Now that Michaella is almost a nurse, Kelly Jo leans on her daughter for advice about her health complications. Later, Alyssa and John, thrilled to be expecting their fourth child, get creative with a socially distant gender reveal party. Will baby No. 4 finally be a boy?

B Positive: “Inflammatory Response”
CBS, 9:30pm

In the new episode “Inflammatory Response,” Norma (Linda Lavin) moves into Drew’s (Thomas Middleditch) house after she accidentally sets fire to her room at the retirement home.

The Moodys
FOX, 9:30pm

After a brief reconciliation, Dan (François Arnaud) and Cora (returning guest star María Gabriela de Faría) break up again, sending him back home to his parents’ house.

ABC, 10pm
New Series!

Katey Sagal (Married… With Children, Sons of Anarchy) stars as Annie “Rebel” Bello, a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree — a character inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich today. She’s a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost. John Corbett (Sex and the City) stars as her husband.

Clarice: “Ugly Truth”
CBS, 10pm

Clarice (Rebecca Breeds) and Ardelia (Devyn Tyler) team up to investigate a deeply twisted cold case after the body of a missing teenager is found entombed in concrete in the new episode “Ugly Truth.”

Chef Boot Camp
Food Network, 10pm
New Series!

This new series features three chefs from underperforming restaurants who must prove they deserve to keep running their kitchens by participating in a series of challenges that test their culinary skills and fitness for the job.

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay
Freeform, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Two back-to-back episodes kick off the second season of this comedy series. After a heartbreaking trip to New York, the Moss family and Nicholas’ boyfriend, Alex, are just trying their best to move forward. With everyone back home, Matilda is rethinking her life goals, Genevieve starts putting herself out there — even dating — and Nicholas is working out how to balance being a brother, parental figure, boyfriend and cute entomologist.

Law & Order: Organized Crime: “Not Your Father’s Organized Crime”
NBC, 10pm

Bell (Danielle Moné Truitt) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) take on two new faces to the task force and investigate two seemingly unrelated crimes in hopes they’ll be connected back to their case. Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) guest-stars.

The TS Madison Experience
WE tv, 10pm
Season Finale!

Season 1 of the series that chronicled the social media sensation TS Madison and her goal to be the first Black transgender woman to host a mainstream talk show ends tonight.

Friday, April 9

Amazon Prime Video
New Series!

Creator Little Marvin and executive producer Lena Waithe present this “terror anthology series.” The first season is set in the 1950s and centers on a Black family who moves from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood during the period known as the Great Migration. Unfortunately, the family’s idyllic home becomes ground zero where malevolent forces — both otherworldly and from the people next door — threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.

Ed Gein: The Real Psycho

The iconic psychopaths featured in the movies The Silence of the Lambs, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Psycho were not just fictitious villains. They were each inspired by a real-life personification of evil — Ed Gein. Gein was a convicted murderer and a grave robber who had an obsession with human flesh. This two-hour entry in the Shock Docs franchise chronicles the horrific crimes of the heinous killer through an active paranormal investigation, archival media and cinematic re-creations. Documentarian/paranormal investigator Steve Shippy and world-renowned psychic medium Cindy Kaza travel to Gein’s hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin, to conduct investigations of the most haunted locations connected to the infamous killer.

Ghost Adventures: “The Joshua Tree Inn”

Zak Bagans and the crew check into the desert motel where country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons died in 1973. With help from special guest investigator, singer and social media personality Loren Gray, the team is in for an especially emotional and terrifying night as they investigate the intelligent and sometimes malicious paranormal energy that permeates the property.

Paranormal Caught on Camera: “Bio UFO Over California and More”

A shadow figure lurks in the halls of an abandoned asylum; UFO enthusiasts get the sighting of a lifetime in Southern California; and a guardian angel saves a man from a horrific accident.

Night in Paradise
Original Film!

In this South Korean drama that made its world premiere at the 2020 Venice International Film Festival, after his sister and nephew are murdered because he tried to leave his gang, Tae-goo (Uhm Tae-goo) flees the mobsters to an island where he meets a terminally ill woman (Jeon Yeo-been) who has given up on life.

Thunder Force
Original Film!

This superhero comedy is set in a world where supervillains are commonplace. In that world, two estranged childhood friends (Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer) reunite after one devises a treatment that gives them superpowers to protect their city. Jason Bateman and Bobby Cannavale also star as two of the bad guys.

A Hard Day’s Night
TCM, 12:30pm
Catch a Classic!

As we hit the letter “H” during Turner Classic Movies’ “31 Days of Oscar: Oscars From A to Z” event, one highlight today is this 1964 classic starring the Beatles. A Hard Day’s Night was the Fab Four’s first film and is a fun and influential romp through a fictionalized day in their life during the frenzied height of Beatlemania, and earned Oscar nominations for its screenplay and its adapted musical score by the group’s producer, George Martin. Directed by Richard Lester, the film is a perfect vehicle for John, Paul, George and Ringo, drawing on the cheeky humor and pure fun the group often brought to its songs. The first megastar boy band at the time of filming — and still quite young — the Beatles are comfortably charming in the movie, even while frequently pursued by obsessed fans. The film’s other big star is its fantastic soundtrack, including the title tune and other classics like “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “She Loves You,” “And I Love Her” and “If I Fell.” The innovative way these songs are cut into visual sequences surely had some influence on later music videos. With A Hard Day’s Night and its frantically fun combination of songs and comedy, the Beatles — as they did with their records — set a new and high bar for what a music film could be. And, whether meaning to or not, they and Lester also created an enduringly enjoyable time capsule of one particularly fab moment in time. — Jeff Pfeiffer

MacGyver: “Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer”
CBS, 8pm

In the new episode “Barn Find + Oil Slick + La Punzonatura + Lab Rats + Tachometer,” Mac (Lucas Till) and the team delve into the world of Italian car culture in order to track down a crime boss, but Mac must lean on Desi (Levy Tran) when he discovers that he losing the ability to control his hands.

My Lottery Dream Home International: “A Dose of Luck”
HGTV, 8pm

Tim assumed the rest of his life would be a struggle after some health concerns, but one of his frequent hospital visits actually made him £250,000 richer when he bought a ticket in the Health Lottery. Now he has big plans to buy his wife Alison the house of her dreams up north, in County Durham. But, after sharing a tiny flat for more than a decade, they’re going to need a hand. Can interior designer Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen find them perfect home to start the life they never thought they’d have?

Everything but the House: “A Very Stylish Sale”
HGTV, 9pm

Two cousins decide it’s time to let go of their stylish grandmother’s upscale collectibles — everything from designer fashion to elegant hats. Lara Spencer and her expert appraisers help this duo raise the funds to put their niece through nursing school.

Wynonna Earp
Syfy, 10pm
Series Finale!

The fan-favorite, female-driven supernatural Western series ends its run after four seasons tonight. “I have been honored to tell Wynonna and her family’s story,” says creator/executive producer/showrunner Emily Andras, who adds that she is “hopeful we can continue to share their inspiring tales in the future.” Frances Berwick, chairman of Entertainment Networks, adds, “To our ‘Earpers,’ we are so proud to have shared such an incredible narrative with all of you. Thank you for your passion and thank you for taking this journey with us.”

Saturday, April 10

Portals to Hell: “Captain Grant’s Inn”

Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman head to Poquetanuck, Connecticut, to investigate the historic Captain Grant’s Inn, believed to be Connecticut’s most haunted home. The current owner, Carol, claims that shortly after she purchased the property, she was taken over by an evil spirit and took matters into her own hands, conducting an exorcism to eliminate the angry spirit. Following the exorcism, the paranormal experiences were mild, but soon Carol and her guests started to experience an uptick in ghostly activity.

My Little Pony: Pony Life
Discovery Family Channel, 11:30am
Season Premiere!

Season 2 of the animated kids series continues to feature the Mane 6 galloping through Sugarcube Corner and challenges them with tough decisions that test their strength. Together, they discover mysterious objects, uncover puzzling scenarios and experience bonding moments. Each of the 14 11-minute episodes features stories accompanied with humor and sparks of magic. In the season premiere episodes, “Cute Impact” and “The Crystal Capturing Contraption,” Twilight Sparkle makes a startling discovery, but instead of telling her friends, she decides this is one problem she must solve alone. Meanwhile, in hopes of becoming Equestria’s newest pony news reporter, Fluttershy interviews the rest of the Mane 6 about the coming Cotton Candy Comet, but Pinkie Pie is too distracted to help.

Serial Killer Week: Rifkin on Rifkin
Oxygen, 7pm

Oxygen begins a “Serial Killer Week” tonight (ending April 18) with Rifkin on Rifkin, a special chronicling the serial killer Joel Rifkin. Called “Joel the Ripper,” Rifkin targeted women in New York and Long Island during his four-year killing spree that began in 1989 and claimed the lives of up to 17 victims. This special includes his former college classmate interviewing him directly.

NASCAR Cup Series: Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500
FS1, 7:30pm Live

NASCAR’s shortest track, “The Half Mile of Mayhem” at Virginia’s Martinsville Speedway, hosts Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and other top drivers for 500 laps of hard-nosed racing.

Lust: A Seven Deadly Sins Story
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Based on the first book of the Seven Deadly Sins series, this movie is a grounded morality tale that explores the power of lust, but at what cost? Tiffanie Cooper (Keri Hilson) is about to have the wedding of her dreams to her soulmate, the dashing Damon King (Tobias Truvillion), founder of King Enterprises. But when Damon’s old friend Trey Taylor (Durrell “Tank” Babbs) arrives fresh from prison to step in as Damon’s best man, Tiffanie’s whole world gets rocked. Sexy and mysterious, Trey triggers a passion in Tiffanie that she never expected, and suddenly the life she’s always planned with Damon is uncertain. But Trey still carries wounds from his history with Damon, and his intentions toward both Tiffanie and Damon are not to be trusted.

NBA Basketball: L.A. Lakers at Brooklyn Nets
ABC, 8:30pm Live

A star-studded primetime NBA matchup on ABC has LeBron James and the L.A. Lakers at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to take on James Harden and the Nets.

As Luck Would Have It
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

Lindsey (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) travels to Ireland to acquire land that is perfect for a resort. She decides to enter the town’s world-renowned matchmaking festival to prove her investment in the community and win over a handsome local (Allen Leech). Filmed on location in Ireland.

Ghost Nation: “Lady in Black”
Travel Channel, 9pm

Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango and Shari DeBenedetti travel to New Castle, Pennsylvania, to help a grieving couple overcome dark paranormal forces.

True Hollywood Story: “Star Sisters”
E!, 10pm

Tonight’s episode tells the stories of Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears, and Miley and Noah Cyrus — three iconic sets of siblings whose dynamics, unbreakable bonds and fierce support helped them navigate the harsh scrutiny of the celebrity spotlight.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
TCM, 10pm
Catch a Classic!

Even by the time of its release in 1939, this classic was already the sixth movie adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic 1831 novel. But it was the first film version made in the sound era, and it remains the most famous version of the tale, largely thanks to Charles Laughton’s incredible performance as the titular character. The actor endured a daily two-and-a-half-hour makeup session to become Quasimodo, the mocked and vilified bell ringer of Notre Dame, and the result was one of Laughton’s best performances: outsized yet nuanced, heartrending yet inspiring. Maureen O’Hara costars as the gypsy Esmeralda, whose simple act of pity frees the emotions within Quasimodo. When she is wrongly condemned, he rescues her from hanging, sweeping all of Paris into a fight for justice. Laughton and O’Hara were somehow not nominated for Academy Awards for their acting, but the film did receive Oscar nominations for its sound and the musical score by Alfred Newman, and both of those — along with the film’s huge sets, rousing action scenes and versatile throng of secondary character actors — help audiences get lost in a medieval City of Light full of cutthroats, clergy, beggars and nobles. — Jeff Pfeiffer

The Holzer Files: “Ties That Burn”
Travel Channel, 10pm

In 1976, ghost hunter Hans Holzer helped the spirit of a grieving widow pass over, bringing peace to a terrified family — until the alarming paranormal activity returned. Now, the team returns to the quiet coastal town of Port Clyde, Maine, to investigate the resurgent haunting.

Saturday Night Live: “Carey Mulligan/Kid Cudi”
NBC, 11:30pm Live

Carey Mulligan hosts SNL for the first time. The actress has received Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her work in the Oscar-nominated film Promising Young Woman. She is joined by Grammy winner Kid Cudi, who makes his musical guest debut.