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Sometimes, It Takes Getting Little To Grow Up

By Paul Hall
Being in charge changes people, money changes people, and those changes are not always for the better. Such is the case in the new film Little, in theaters now.

Jordan Sanders (Regina Hall) is in charge. As the owner and founder of Jordan Sanders International (JSI), she has taken control of everything in her life. She has the perfect apartment, uses the money she has come into to get everything she wants and has an assistant, April Williams (Issa Rae), whom she derides every chance she gets.

On a fateful day at the office, a young girl curses Jordan by transforming her into a younger version of herself. She retains all of her current knowledge but physically appears to be the 13-year-old Jordan who was once bullied. Young Jordan (Marsai Martin) will now have to cope yet again with a period of time that was unkind to her, with April serving as her surrogate guardian. For Jordan, it is time to realize that sometimes it takes getting little to really grow up.

So you’re thinking we’ve seen this before, right? Yes, we have. We’ve seen similar structure and format in films like Big and, more recently, Shazam!, but those films dealt with younger individuals who grew up. In this case, our lead character Jordan takes all of today’s knowledge back to her awkward, younger age. This movie doesn’t happen without the talents of Martin. A delight onscreen, she is able to bring all of grown Jordan’s attitude to an awkward teenager.

Unfortunately, much of this film doesn’t resonate as well as others. Adult Jordan’s vicious character feels over the top and out of place, as who would work for someone this tyrannical? Hall plays it well but is hardly around. Rae is not given the chance to really explore her talents as much as I would have liked, but the movie is pleasant enough to experience.

I wanted more for the film given the talents involved, but much of Little fell flat for me. There is more that could have been explored here and more fun that should have been had by all.

In the end, Little comes up short on being the fun romp that I hoped for; watching it felt like slogging through a workday of the employees at JSI in the movie. There is some to like here, but ultimately it does not grow into a truly memorable film. 
Paul’s Grade: C-
Rated PG-13
Stars: Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Marsai Martin
Director: Tina Gordon Chism
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Rated PG
Stars: Chrissy Metz, Topher Grace, Josh Lucas
Director: Roxann Dawson
Based on the incredible true story of John Smith, a teen who was goofing around on the ice when it gave way and sent him into the extremely cold water below. Although the accident initially seemed fatal, his family and the community around him had faith that a miracle was possible.
The Curse of La Llorona
Rated R
Stars: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez
Director: Michael Chaves
Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a widowed social worker and her own small children are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.
Rated G
Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Jeff Wilson
Ed Helms narrates this year’s Disneynature Earth Day film as we get to spend time with lots and lots of penguins in Antarctica, especially one dubbed Steve, who is searching for love.
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Elizabeth Vargas Shares "The Untold Story" Thursdays On A&E

By Mara Reinstein

When journalist Elizabeth Vargas told people she was working on a two-hour investigative piece about child brides (airing April 25), they all had the same question. “‘Oh, did you go to Pakistan or Afghanistan?’ I was like, ‘No, I went to Missouri and Florida,’” she reports. That’s why she’s so excited about her six-episode documentary series, The Untold Story (Thursdays on A&E). “These are things that nobody’s heard or thought about.” Here Vargas shares more information on that show and other episodes as well.
What was your biggest takeaway from “I Was a Child Bride”? What’s astonishing is that children getting married is legal in 48 states in this country. One case, at the age of 15 or 16, she goes to try and divorce [her husband] because it’s an abusive relationship, and she’s told she’s too young to get divorced. A girl is too young to hire a lawyer but not too young to get married.

May 2’s “Vanished in Paradise” tells the story of Hannah Upp, a 32-year-old teacher who vanished in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017. Why is it unique? This woman has a history of fugue amnesia. You read that and you think The Bourne Identity: You suddenly wake up and have no idea who you are. Friends and family are convinced she is out there, and hopefully someone in our audience sees her — because she won’t know who she is. Her story’s already been optioned to be made into a Hollywood movie, so we’re excited to be able to tell the story for our audience first.

May 9’s “Secret Life of a Gang Girl” investigates how social media fuels gang violence — and could predict it. There was a 14-year-old girl [Gakirah Barnes] who was rumored
to be a gang member and legendary assassin in Chicago. A professor at Columbia University has spent years studying her because of her robust social media presence and the fact that she was rumored to kill many people before she herself was killed in broad daylight [in 2014, at the age of 17].

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Phil Keoghan Talks Season 31 Of "The Amazing Race"

By Barb Oates

What were you doing 18 years ago? These would be the days before Facebook and Twitter, and when TV was pretty much limited to what’s on is what’s on. For Phil Keoghan, host of The Amazing Race, he was embarking on what would become one of the longest-running careers in reality TV history. As the race-around-the-world series begins its 31st season on April 17 on CBS — yes, 31st season! — Keoghan shares with us what’s in store for the new season and why fans will be excited to see the show’s newest theme that pits former contestants of The Amazing Race, Big Brother and Survivor against one another.

“It’s been something that’s been suggested by CBS reality fans for a very long time,” Keoghan says. “As far as the pairings go, this really was the fans speaking to us, and us listening to the fans. There’s always been this sort of banter between fans about whether a Survivor team could beat out a Big Brother team or an Amazing Race team, and vice versa. So, it was just something we wanted to experiment with.”

Competing in a house where you’re loafing around completely shut off from the world or surviving on an island with little food and in harsh environments is considerably different from Race’s fast-paced, get-up-and-go competition, so Survivor and Big Brother alums better be prepared to lighten up on some of the strategizing and get moving.

Last season, The Amazing Race saw a sizeable ratings spike, largely due to scheduling (Wednesday nights on CBS work!) and some refreshing additions to the show’s format (looks like the head-to-head challenge could be back!). In the end, however, it’s all about the cast.
“What you’re doing is you’re throwing interesting people into an interesting scenario. And those challenges that we put together, and what we’re asking them to do, that’s where the content comes from,” Keoghan says. “How do they deal with that situation, because they are essentially writing the script. What they say, how they react, is what we have as content to entertain people.”
This season some of the destinations racers will travel to include Japan, Uganda, Switzerland, Croatia, the Netherlands and England.

“You think about how much the world has changed in 18 years,” Keoghan concludes. “I can watch the show now and, in real time, converse with the fans about what they like and don’t like. I’m getting real-time feedback, and people are, as you know, they don’t hold back, especially on social media.”

There’s a lot to like about this season, including the unknown on who will ultimately end up with bragging rights.

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Nature: American Spring Live

By Rick Gables

Get a front row seat in real time with PBS’ three-night event, Nature: American Spring Live, airing on Monday, April 29 through Wednesday, May 1 at 8 PM ET (check your local listings). Spring is one of nature’s greatest performances, a time of dramatic transformations from winter to spring. Acclaimed news anchor Juju Chang will host this event, with on camera experts showing springtime phenomena in various ecosystems ranging from the Rockies to the Everglades, highlighting some of the most pivotal events in nature’s calendar. We’ll also experience the mass movements of animals as they take advantage of spring’s bounty.

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will premiere its new original movie Morning Show Mysteries: Death by Design on Sunday, April 28 at 9 PM ET/PT. Holly Robinson Peete and Rick Fox star. Much beloved restauranteur-turned-TV chef, Billie Blessings (Peete) helps prepare her restaurant for the birthday party of her childhood best friend, interior designer Marian (Keegan Connor Tracy), and Marian’s identical twin sister Jasmine. Jasmine gets into a verbal altercation with Riley (Jessica Heafey), and orders her to leave the party.  After the party, Jasmine is found murdered in an alley.  Soon, everyone starts to think Riley killed Jasmine. Meanwhile Ian (Fox) welcomes Billie’s input on the case and, one by one, Ian and Billie consider everyone close to Jasmine, and try to identify a motive, means and opportunity for murder.

CBS will premiere its eight-episode original limited series The Red Line on Sunday, April 28 at 8 PM ET/PT. The series follows three very different Chicago families as they journey toward hope and healing after a tragedy causes them all to consider how race and racial biases affect their lives. On the north side of Chicago, Daniel Calder is a high school history teacher mourning the death of his husband, an African American doctor who was shot, while unarmed, by a white cop. Their grieving daughter, Jira Calder-Brennan, seeks the understanding of someone who knows what it’s like to grow up as a young black woman, and searches for her birth mother to learn more about her personal history, culture and community. On the south side, Tia Young scours news of the shooting, torn between her political ambition of running for Alderman and risking it all to comfort the daughter she gave up for adoption as a teen.

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HM&M photo credit: Copyright 2019 Crown Media United States LLC

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This Week In Network News

By Rick Gables

The 263rd installment of the revered Hallmark Hall of Fame, Love Takes Flight, starring Nikki DeLoach and Jeff Hephner will have its world premiere on Hallmark Channel Saturday, April 27 at 8 PM ET/PT. Hallmark Hall of Fame, first broadcast in December 1951, is still the longest-running and most award-winning series in the history of television. In Love Takes Flight, Dr. Lizzie Beauman (DeLoach) is a single mother and hospital administrator determined to attract enough world-class doctors and treatment options to make her hospital successful enough to build a wing for patients’ families to be able to stay together while healing. Lizzie’s five-year old daughter, Quinn, suffers from an insulin disorder and Lizzie knows the demands on working families who have a sick loved one to care for. Lizzie has spent years building walls around her own expectations. That’s about to change, when new EMS pilot Charley Allen (Hephner) comes into Lizzie and Quinn’s lives. Charley and Lizzie come together as a team, each performing at the highest skill level to save a transplant patient. In the process, Lizzie and Charley may be able to heal themselves and their loved ones.

The HBO/BBC drama series Gentleman Jack begins its eight-episode season Monday, April 22 at 10 PM ET/PT on HBO. Starring BAFTA Award winner Suranne Jones, the series tells the story of a woman who had a passion for life and a mind for business, and bucked society’s expectations at every turn. Set in the complex, changing world of 1832 Halifax, West Yorkshire, the cradle of the evolving Industrial Revolution, Anne Lister is determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by reopening the coal mines and marrying well. The charismatic, single-minded, swashbuckling Lister, who dresses head-to-toe in black, charms her way into high society.

Enter the fast and deadly track of the Circus Maximus when Smithsonian Channel premieres the two-hour special Rome’s Chariot Superstar on Sunday, April 21 at 8 PM ET/PT. With new discoveries from the world of Roman chariot racing, the special pieces together an epic view of the lost ancient sport – the most popular and longest-lived form of mass entertainment in the Roman world, yet also the most lethal. Included is a detailed account of the life of Flavius Scorpus, a real chariot star, and the racing contests he and other champions entered. Drawing from expert knowledge, archeological evidence and written records, the focus is on the end of the first century AD, when the race-mad Roman emperor Domitian presided.

Hallmark Channel will world premiere its original movie, Easter Under Wraps, starring Fiona Gubelmann and Brendan Penny, on Saturday, April 20 at 8 PM ET/PT.  Marketing director at Cavendish Chocolates, Erika goes undercover to see why sales have declined and learns from handsome chocolatier Bryan that automation has replaced quality.  Later, at the museum, Erika is saddened to see the replica of the Cavendish egg, and is inspired by Bryan’s Easter egg sketches to go retro and bring back the legendary confection! Excited, the two pitch the idea to board members, who know Erika is undercover.  Too bad Bryan sees her photo at a Cavendish event, and feeling duped, wonders if he should accept a job offer from a rival company.

Celebrate man’s best friend with the glitz and glamour only Beverly Hills can provide in the third annual Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina, airing Easter Sunday, April 21 from 1 to 3 PM ET/PT on NBC.  Before more than 1,200 dogs (representing 175 eligible breeds and varieties) compete for the coveted Best in Show title, the canine competitors will mingle with two and four-legged celebrity guests and strut their stuff on the red carpet.  For the main event, each group winner will walk the runway for the Best in Show judge to determine which dog has what it takes to be champion. Hosted by John O’Hurley and David Frei, the special will also feature Maria Menounos reporting from the red carpet, Mary Carillo reporting on the action inside the show ring and Akbar Gbajabiamila providing behind-the-scenes access as digital contributor. Special guests will include Mario Lopez, Shaun White, Ashley Tisdale, Bo Derek, Michaela McManus, the cast of NBC’s Manifest and more.

HBO will air the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, April 27 at 8 PM ET/PT. This year’s inductees include The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music and The Zombies. The special guests and presenters include Trent Reznor, Brian May, Janelle Monae, Harry Styles, David Byrne, John Taylor and Simon Le Bon, Susanna Hoffs and Trent Reznor.

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Question: I have to admit that reviving/rebooting The Twilight Zone is a much less egregious “sin” than reviving shows as iconic or classic as Magnum P.I. or Full House since an anthology series is a different thing. But: How fresh is TZ in 2019 when we have Black Mirror? Even movies such as Get Out and Us. I found it rather run of the mill. —Tyrell

Matt Roush: The fact that you reference Get Out and Us, both from Jordan Peele (who’s the face and creative engine of the new Twilight Zone revival), is reason enough to cut the new Zone some slack. I remember reading a comment by Peele that while he’s a fan of Black Mirror, which has often been likened to a “technological Twilight Zone,” the cynicism and darkness of so many of those episodes was why he wanted to delve into the more humanistic world of fantasy established so long ago by Rod Serling. There’s a timelessness to Twilight Zone at its best that argues for a remake in the right hands — although as with any anthology, the new Zoneis unquestionably uneven. But having seen four to date, I’m eager to see more. (The episode, “Replay,” with a #BlackLivesMatter context in a story about a magical camcorder, felt like a classically topical Zone allegory to me — and I loved the new twists on the “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet” episode.)

Question: The CW picked up Supergirl after cancellation, any chance they would do the same with Gotham? —Bobbie

Matt Roush: Since The CW is pretty much a comic-book/ superhero network now with very few exceptions—and those best exceptions (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin) are on their last legs. But the circumstances are different. CBS dispatched Supergirl to The CW after just one season, while Gotham has had a full five-season run that was designed to take the story to where young Bruce Wayne evolves into the Caped Crusader, at which point it’s no longer an origin story. This end point was decided upon by the show’s creative team in announcing a final season a year ago. So I don’t see it resurfacing anywhere unless it takes a decidedly different form.

Question: We watch NBC’s Superstore every week and enjoy it a lot. However, we’ve always wondered if the show is taped at an actual store or on a soundstage. It’s very realistic! —Ray

Matt Roush: Ah, the magic of TV, and the craft of superior production design. The pilot episode of Superstore was indeed reportedly filmed in a repurposed Kmart store. But once the show was ordered to series, the expansive Cloud 9 set was designed on soundstages on the Universal lot.

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by Damian Holbrook

Cheers to Gina Rodriguez
for Jane the Virgin’s stellar season-premiere monologue on The CW. The award- winning dynamo (pictured) delivered—and directed!—one of 2019’s greatest moments in a seven-minute bit that tracked Jane’s rampaging emotions over the return of her not-so- dead hubby (Brett Dier).

Jeers to Paramount TV
for trying to find more Sex and the City. The studio plans to adapt SATC author Candace Bushnell’s sequel novel into a series, but unless it’s as raunchy and fabulous as Carrie and Co. (from left, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall) were on HBO, it’ll feel as if we’re drinking a watered-down cosmo in knockoff Manolos.

Jeers to Arrow’s Wayward Sister.
When she first showed up, it was clear that Oliver’s half sister, Emiko (Sea Shimooka, pictured), was trouble. Now that we know she’s not only bitter about being abandoned by their dad but that she’s also out to kill Ollie—and OK’d the shipwreck that started his saga—it’s time for big bro to take off the kid gloves and shut down that bad seed for good.

Cheers to Magnum P.I.
for honoring a classic. The CBS reboot’s March 25 episode saw boat thieves leave Thomas and Higgins (Jay Hernandez and Perdita Weeks, pictured) lost at sea and recalling their past in a plot evocative of a 1983 gem in which Tom Selleck’s Magnum flashed back on his life while adrift in the ocean.

Cheers to The Passage
for delivering a major future shock. The vampire thriller’s season finale boldly previewed a distant future where Virals ruled the food chain and Amy (Saniyya Sidney) was still hunting for the possibly infected Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar). If Fox doesn’t renew this one, we’re gonna be out for blood too!

Jeers to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
for ignoring a Marvel-ous hero. Since Coulson (Clark Gregg) appears in the Brie Larson–starring movie Captain Marvel, which is set in the mid-’90s, why has he never mentioned working with her to any of his colleagues on the ABC drama over the past five seasons? She’s kind of a big deal.

Jeers to Apple
for barely planting the seeds of its TV future. At the tech giant’s unveiling of their new streaming service, we heard a lot about their stars (Oprah! Aniston! Momoa!) but saw nothing of their actual programs. Nor was there an official launch date. How are we supposed to set an alarm on our iPhones so we can watch these things on our iPads?!

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Bond Queens

By Donald Liebenson, ReMIND Magazine
With 24 official films over 57 years, James Bond is second only to Godzilla as the screen’s longest-running film franchise. What is the secret to its enduring success? Is it the dashing Bond with his license to kill? The gadgets? The “can-you-top-this?” pre-credit action sequences? For many, it is the Bond girls with their license to thrill. There have been many over the years, so selecting a magnificent (00)7 is tough. Being stunning in a bikini doesn’t quite cut it (sorry, Ursula Andress). The best Bond girls were no mere sex objects, but were smart, resourceful matches — or challenges — for the handsome MI6 agent. Here are the Bond girls who made the most lasting impressions.
1. Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (Honor Blackman) 
“You can turn off the charm. I’m immune.”
Arguably the best Bond film produces the best Bond girl, or at least the one with the best name that would set the gold standard for Bond girls to come. As the leader of Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus, Galore is in cahoots with Goldfinger to rob Fort Knox, but she has a change of heart after a little judo foreplay with 007 (Sean Connery).
2. Tracy Di Vincenzo in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Diana Rigg)
“Teresa is a saint; I’m known as Tracy.”
If Diana Rigg isn’t the best Bond girl, she is the best actress to play one. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, starring a one-and-done George Lazenby, was dismissed in its original release but has since gained a cult following that considers the first post-Connery Bond film as one of the series’ best. Credit the high-stakes love story between Bond and Tracy, which takes precedence over Blofeld’s threat to contaminate the world’s food supply.
3. Fatima Blush in Never Say Never Again  (Barbara Carrera)
“You’re quite a man, Mr. James Bond. But I am a superior woman.”
We know this unofficial remake of Thunderball is not canon, but Barbara Carrera is flat-out awesome in her Golden Globe-nominated role as the stylish SPECTRE assassin. Bond (Sean Connery) has been able to reform some Bond girls, but not our Fatima, who remains defiant right up to her explosive end. At gunpoint, she makes Bond acknowledge, “The greatest rapture in my life was afforded me on a boat in Nassau by Fatima Blush.” We don’t
doubt it.
4. Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye (Famke Janssen)
“Enjoy it while it lasts.”
We’re not being sexist when we say Xenia Onatopp has killer legs. We mean that literally. A former Soviet pilot, she now works as an enforcer for a rogue MI6 agent. Here’s a villain who really enjoys her work … as do her victims, up to a point. She has the distinction of being one of the only Bond girls with whom Agent 007 (Pierce Brosnan) doesn’t have sex.
5. Vesper Lynd in 2006’s Casino Royale (Eva Green)
“I’m the money.”
Not since Tracy Di Vincenzo has a woman had such a profound impact on 007 (Daniel Craig), who, as Vesper Lynd cannily observes, tends to treat women as disposable pleasures rather than meaningful pursuits. Though saddled with perhaps the most unfortunate line of dialogue in any Bond film (“I just want you to know that if all that was left of you was your smile and your little finger, you’d still be more of a man than anyone I’ve ever met”), she is a formidable match, and her betrayal of him has made him the man he is today.
6. Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me (Barbara Bach)
“When this mission is over, I will kill you.”
The best 007 girl of the Roger Moore era. What Maj. Amasova (a.k.a. Agent XXX) lacks in a vivacious personality, she more than makes up for in her Bond-like abilities.
7. Wai Lin in Tomorrow Never Dies (Michelle Yeoh)
“Thanks for washing my hair. I work alone.”
It was a stroke of genius to cast Hong Kong martial arts superstar Michelle Yeoh as Col. Wai Lin, a Chinese agent. Suffice to say, if you’re Bond (Pierce Brosnan) in a high-speed motorcycle chase through the streets of Saigon, she’s the one you want handcuffed to you.
Photo Credit: Goldfinger: Credit: Express/Getty Images

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Friday, April 19
Amazon Prime Video
Season Premiere!
In Season 5 of the noir drama, homicide detective Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) finds himself seeking the truth on two fronts: New information in an old case incriminates Bosch as having planted evidence, and a murder at a Hollywood pharmacy exposes a sophisticated opioid pill mill.
Rilakkuma and Kaoru
New Series!
This is the first stop-motion animated series starring one of Japan’s most beloved characters, Rilakkuma — a soft toy bear who shows up out of the blue one day to live with a young woman named Kaoru. Although Rilakkuma has a zipper on its back, what is inside remains a mystery. What is known is that the bear loves lounging around the apartment and eating pancakes, rice omelets, custard pudding and “dango” rice dumplings.
Someone Great
Original Film!
Aspiring music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) has landed her dream job at an iconic magazine and is about to move to San Francisco. Rather than do long-distance, her boyfriend of nine years (Lakeith Stanfield) decides to call it quits. To nurse her broken heart, Jenny gathers her best friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) for one outrageous last adventure in New York City.
“I Love Lucy” Funny Money Special
CBS, 8pm
This one-hour special features two back-to-back colorized episodes of the classic I Love Lucy series. In “The Million-Dollar Idea” Lucy (Lucille Ball) and Ethel (Vivian Vance) attempt to get rich quick by bottling Lucy’s homemade salad dressing. Then in “Bonus Bucks,” it’s the Ricardos vs. the Mertzes when both couples claim ownership of a dollar bill worth $300 in a contest. 
Blindspot: “Everybody Hates Kathy”
NBC, 8pm
The team discovers an international conspiracy when a deadly weapon is stolen. Jane (Jaimie Alexander) supports Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) when someone from his past dredges up painful memories. Patterson (Ashley Johnson) and Rich (Ennis Esmer) contend with their newly-released hacker accomplice. 
The Blacklist: “The Third Estate”
NBC, 9pm
Red (James Spader) and the task force spring into action to stop an anti-capitalist terrorist group from kidnapping and torturing the children of the one percent. Meanwhile, Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) goes behind Liz’s (Megan Boone) back to find out what happened to her mother, former KGB operative Katarina Rostova.
American Masters: “Garry Winogrand”
PBS, 9pm
Learn about Garry Winogrand, who turned spontaneous street photos into high art in 1960s-70s America.
Crazy Cakes: “Fiery, Fairytale Cakes”
Cooking Channel, 11pm
Season Finale!
A waterfront wedding cake gets its own functioning river, and an island-themed cake erupts with Polynesian flair. Later, a Vegas wedding cake is taller than the bride, and one baker overcomes culinary odds when he adds fire and movement to a mystical beast.
Saturday, April 20
Major League Baseball
FS1, beginning at 4pm Live
The San Francisco Giants are at PNC Park to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates and the L.A. Dodgers are at Milwaukee’s Miller Park for a meeting with the Brewers on FS1.
Ransom: “Dark Triad”
CBS, 8pm
The FBI brings in the Crisis Resolution team to negotiate with a formidable sociopath who is targeting diabetics with tainted insulin in the new episode “Dark Triad.”
Restaurant: Impossible
Food Network, 8pm
Robert’s back! Turning around a failing restaurant is a daunting challenge under the best of circumstances. Attempting to do it in just two days with only $10,000 may be impossible. But chef Robert Irvine is ready to take on the challenge. He’ll use a little MacGyver and a lot of muscle to rescue these desperate places from complete collapse. Can one man, in two days, with just $10,000, turn the tide of a failing restaurant, and pave the road to a successful future?
Easter Under Wraps
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!
Erika (Fiona Gubelmann), the marketing director at Cavendish Chocolates, goes undercover to see why sales have declined. She learns from handsome chocolatier Bryan (Brendan Penny) that automation has replaced quality, and when they conspire to bring back a legendary Cavendish confection, they find themselves melting for each other. But when Bryan discovers that Erika is a corporate spy, the romance might turn bitter.
I Am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!
This heartbreaking film is based on the true story of author and motivational speaker Regina Louise, who, by the age of 18, had been shuttled between 30 foster homes and psychiatric facilities. Although the experience could have broken her spirit, it didn’t. In the film, Regina (played by newcomer Angela Fairley, a foster child herself) forges a bond with Jeanne (Ginnifer Goodwin), who tries to adopt her. After the adoption is denied because they are of different races, the two women fight to defeat the corrupt system and become a family.
My Mom’s Letter From Heaven
Lifetime, 10pm
Original Film!
Barry Watson stars as a single father who has a fractious relationship with his rebellious teenage daughter. When a lost letter written to the daughter from her dying mother is miraculously found, everything starts to turn around. Cindy Busby, Karen Holness, Jaime M. Callica and Jordyn Ashely Olson also star in this film that is inspired by a true story.
Sunday, April 21
NBA Playoffs: First Round
ABC & TNT, beginning at 1pm Live
The NBA playoffs first round continues with Game 4 of four series: Boston at Indiana and Golden State at the L.A. Clippers are on ABC, followed by Toronto at Orlando and Portland at Oklahoma City on TNT.
The Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina
NBC, 1pm
This third annual event features more than 1,200 dogs representing 175 eligible breeds and varieties competing for the coveted Best in Show title. The canine competitors will also mingle with two- and four-legged celebrity guests and strut their stuff on the red carpet. For the main event, each group winner will walk the runway before the Best in Show judge. John O’Hurley and David Frei host, with Maria Menounos reporting from the red carpet, Mary Carillo inside the show ring and Akbar Gbajabiamila behind the scenes as digital contributor.
MLB Baseball: Atlanta at Cleveland
ESPN, 7pm Live
The Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians wrap up a three-game interleague series at Cleveland’s Progressive Field tonight on Sunday Night Baseball.
American Idol: “Disney Night”
ABC, 8pm Live
The top 10 contestants, joined by celebrity mentor Rebel Wilson, head to Disneyland in California to prepare Disney-themed performances for the next phase of the competition. Actress Lea Michele performs “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid, and past Idol stars return to the stage for a special duet.
80s in the Sand
AXS TV, 8pm
New Wave and pop radio DJ Richard Blade catches up with the English Beat and Berlin to discuss their favorite ’80s memories, and Berlin delivers a powerhouse performance featuring hits like “Take My Breath Away” and “The Metro.”
Killing Eve: “The Hungry Caterpillar”
BBC America & AMC, 8pm
In the new episode “The Hungry Caterpillar,” Eve (Sandra Oh) makes a dangerous deal with an old acquaintance, and Villanelle (Jodie Comer) is surprised when she is approached by a figure from her past.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta: “Reunion Part 3”
Bravo, 8pm
Marlo is accused of adding fuel to the fire as the Bye Wig party saga continues. Cynthia talks about her whirlwind romance with Mike Hill, and the ladies discuss the drama surrounding Eva’s wedding party. Tensions are high when NeNe and Cynthia go head-to-head.
Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration
CBS, 8pm
Cedric the Entertainer and Smokey Robinson host this musical celebration honoring Motown Records’ 60th birthday. The tribute to the iconic sound that changed America features appearances by Boyz II Men, Chloe X Halle, Ciara, Lamont Dozier, Fantasia, Brian and Eddie Holland, Thelma Houston, Tori Kelly, John Legend, Little Big Town, Ne-Yo, Pentatonix, Martha Reeves, Diana Ross, Valerie Simpson, Mickey Stevenson, Meghan Trainor and Stevie Wonder.
World of Dance: “The Cut 2”
NBC, 8pm
The top six acts from each division remain, but only the top three highest-scoring acts from each division will move on to the Divisional Final and be one step closer to winning a grand prize of $1 million. This week, Jennifer Lopez mentors the Junior Division and NE-YO mentors the Upper Team Division.
Call the Midwife
PBS, 8pm
The team attempts to reunite an estranged mother and daughter who are both pregnant. Trixie’s friend is devastated to discover she is pregnant.
American Gods: “Treasure of the Sun”
Starz, 8pm
Those banshee cries you’re hearing? Just a clue that the fantasy drama is diving deeper into the backstory of fiery leprechaun Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber).
Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition
Food Network, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence take on the absolute worst celebrity cooks in America. Over the course of seven weeks, the celebrities endure a rigorous culinary boot camp, hoping to transform from kitchen disasters into kitchen masters. In the end, one celebrity wins $25,000 for the charity of their choice.
Morning Show Mysteries: Countdown to Murder
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!
Al Roker makes a guest appearance in this fourth installment of the mystery franchise based on the books that he cowrote. When a beloved supermarket owner is killed in the early morning hours before opening, restaurateur and TV chef Billie Blessings (Holly Robinson Peete) becomes involved in the investigation of what quickly appears to be the work of a clever and darkly sinister serial killer. Rick Fox also stars.
Madam Secretary
CBS, 10pm
Season Finale!
In the Season 5 finale episode “Better Angels,” Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) is about to announce her run for president when terrorists attack the United Nations delegation in Geneva.
Collector’s Call: “Rock Band KISS”
MeTV, 10pm
Zac Vege and his wife Melanie show off Zac’s basement-filling collection of all things KISS including Ace Frehley-designed guitars, an original KISS pinball machine, trading cards and the rare original promotional poster sent to radio stations with the first KISS record. After showing off his musical memorabilia to host Lisa Whelchel and KISStorian David Ashdown, Ashdown assigns a value to the collection and offers an enticing swap.
Good Girls: “Thelma and Louise”
NBC, 10pm
Beth (Christina Hendricks) and Ruby’s (Retta) friendship fractures just as Dean’s (Matthew Lillard) vendetta against Rio (Manny Montana) compromises the women’s business dealings. Meanwhile, Nancy (Sally Pressman), on the verge of giving birth, needs Annie’s (Mae Whitman) help.
Monday, April 22
The Price Is Right
CBS, 11am
Kids week proved so popular when it debuted on The Price Is Right last year that TV’s longest-running game show is bringing it back! Starting Monday, kids from preschool through college will come on down to meet host Drew Carey, make their bids and play games like Plinko and Cliff Hangers.
The Last Animals
National Geographic, 12pm
As part of National Geographic’s Earth Day programming, the network presents the U.S. broadcast premiere of celebrated war photojournalist Kate Brooks’ gripping documentary, where she turns her lens onto the ivory trade. She and her camera bravely follow conservationists, scientists and activists as they battle poachers and criminal networks in an effort to save elephants and rhinos from extinction.
The Neighborhood
CBS, 8pm
Season Finale!
Season 1 wraps up with the finale episode “Welcome to the Conversation,” in which Dave (Max Greenfield) is thrilled when Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer) invites him golfing, confident that it represents progress in their relationship, but Calvin may have another motive. CBS has picked up the show for Season 2.
The Resident: “Stuck as Foretold”
FOX, 8pm
How do you save a patient’s life when there’s a massive blood shortage at Chastain Park Memorial? Senior resident Conrad (Matt Czuchry) best figure it out.
The Voice: “Live Cross Battles, Part 2”
NBC, 8pm Live
The artists take the stage in front of coaches Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and John Legend as they compete for the opportunity to advance in the competition. Results air tomorrow night.
The Brigade: Race to the Hudson
Outdoor Channel, 8pm
New Series!
In this new cooperative competition series, 10 strangers must work together to conquer a grueling, cross-country wilderness expedition that pushes bodies and minds to the extreme. The participants travel more than 750 miles along a legendary fur trade route called the York Factory Express, with $500,000 at stake and only 28 days to complete their journey.
Man With a Plan: “Cabin Fever”
CBS, 8:30pm
In the new episode “Cabin Fever,” Adam (Matt LeBlanc) accidentally invites Andi (Liza Snyder) on the annual guys’ trip, then makes matters worse when he tries to uninvite her.
Live Rescue
A&E, 9pm Live
New Series!
Veteran journalist Ashleigh Banfield hosts this live documentary series as it follows paramedics and first responders from across the country who put their lives on the line responding to emergency rescue calls.
The Code: “Molly Marine”
CBS, 9pm
Ferry (Ato Essandoh) and Li (Phillipa Soo) are assigned to find out who leaked information that led to a female Marine being attacked on the eve of her historic promotion in the new episode “Molly Marine.”
Arrow: “Spartan”
The CW, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!

Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) guest-stars tonight as a four-star general who Diggle (David Ramsey) reaches out to for help when the Ninth Circle delivers a major setback for Team Arrow.
9-1-1: “Ocean’s 9-1-1”
FOX, 9pm
Intrepid first responders are constantly rescuing folks from potentially lethal, totally outrageous scenarios on 9-1-1. But in tonight’s episode, our heroes are going to be indisposed when they suddenly become the prime suspects — yes, suspects — in a robbery.
Hostile Planet: “Jungles”
National Geographic, 9pm
In the new episode “Jungles,” see how Earth’s most diverse habitat is also its most crowded and competitive. Jaguars, caimans, gibbons, orangutans, spectral tarsiers and hummingbirds are among those fighting for rainforest resources.
The Fix: “The Fugitive”
ABC, 10pm
Sevvy (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) is due to appear in court but is nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, the police receive a report that Maya (Robin Tunney) is being stalked.
Gentleman Jack
HBO, 10pm
New Series!
Based on the coded diaries of Anne Lister, a real-life 19th-century British landowner, this is a costume drama with a twist. The gender-bending Lister (Suranne Jones), a powerhouse in a top hat, defies the era’s expectation of women by smoking cigarettes, collecting her own rents and looking for a wife to share her life with.
Knightfall: “Road to Chartres”
History, 10pm
Landry (Tom Cullen) reunites with his daughter, only to be separated once again. Growing impatient with De Nogaret’s (Julian Ovenden) legal strategy, King Philip (Ed Stoppard) prepares his army for war. Margaret (Clementine Nicholson) discovers one of Prince Louis’ (Tom Forbes) dark secrets.
The Enemy Within: “Homecoming”
NBC, 10pm
After a major Tal operative escapes CIA custody, Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter) returns to Langley to help track the fugitive down. When Shepherd and Keaton (Morris Chestnut) discover the CIA is withholding vital information on the Tal investigation, the case becomes an opportunity for them to spy on the CIA and find out what they know.
Independent Lens: “Charm City”
PBS, 10pm
Meet a group of Baltimore citizens, police and government officials as they cope with the consequences of three years of unparalleled violence.
La Reina del Sur
Telemundo, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Telemundo’s most successful series ever, which inspired USA Network’s Queen of the South, returns for a second season shot on location in eight countries. For the first time, the Spanish-language drama will be available with English subtitles. Kate del Castillo is back as Teresa Mendoza in a story that picks up eight years after Teresa disappeared into the U.S. Federal Witness Protection Program. Teresa is anonymously raising her daughter in Italy until her life takes an unexpected turn and she must spring back into action to reclaim her throne as la Reina del Sur.
Tuesday, April 23
The Young and the Restless
CBS, 12:30pm
Today, the residents of Genoa City begin to learn the devastating news that Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John) has passed away, as Y&R writes-in the Feb. 3 death of St. John, who succumbed to hypertrophic heart disease after 28 years on the soap. On Thursday, Neil’s funeral gives his TV family and friends a chance to say goodbye — including Shemar Moore, reprising his role as Neil’s brother, Malcolm, in a two-day arc.
The Big Interview: “Paul Stanley”
AXS TV, 8pm
Dan Rather chats with beloved KISS frontman Paul Stanley.
Being Mary Jane
BET, 8pm
Series Finale!
Will it be happily ever after for ambitious broadcast journalist Mary Jane Paul (Gabrielle Union)? She might choose her Mr. Right in producer Justin (Michael Ealy), who proposed in 2017’s Season 4 finale. But what will he think about those frozen embryos she just had implanted?
Boss: The Black Experience in Business
PBS, 8pm
Learn about the untold story of African-American entrepreneurship, where skill, industriousness, ingenuity and sheer courage in the face of overwhelming odds provide the backbone of this nation’s economic and social growth.
The Kids Are Alright: “Timmy’s New Hobby”
ABC, 8:30pm
Peggy (Mary McCormack) discovers that Timmy (Jack Gore) has a newfound — and inappropriate — hobby. A reluctant Mike (Michael Cudlitz) attempts to have an uncomfortable conversation with Timmy about the topic and enlists Lawrence’s (Sam Straley) help in the matter.
black-ish: “Good in the ’Hood”
ABC, 9pm
When Rhonda (guest star Raven-Symoné) takes Jack (Miles Brown) and Diane (Marsai Martin) to her part of town, she claims they’re scared of their own community. Meanwhile, when Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) becomes the “office mom” at work, Junior (Marcus Scribner) tries to help her drop that label.
Roswell, New Mexico: “Recovering the Satellites”
The CW, 9pm
Season Finale!
Max (Nathan Dean Parsons) and Michael (Michael Vlamis) find themselves at an impasse over how to deal with the fourth alien. Liz (Jeanine Mason) has a dangerous encounter, and Kyle (Michael Trevino) spirals after uncovering a dark secret about his father’s death.
The Village: “Yes or No”
NBC, 9pm
The first Gospel Brunch at Smalls not only introduces Ron (Frankie Faison) and Patricia (Lorraine Toussaint) to people from their past, but also inspires the residents of The Village to come to terms with the various dilemmas in their lives.
ABC, 10pm
New Series!
ABC debuts its new docuseries about the year 1969 tonight with the episode “Moon Shot,” which includes accounts from the unsung women who helped make the moon landing possible.
NCIS: New Orleans: “Trust Me”
CBS, 10pm
Guest Star Alert!
In the new episode “Trust Me,” Tammy (Vanessa Ferlito) is convinced that a con man committed the hit-and-run murder of a Navy doctor, even though the evidence shows otherwise.
Man v. Food: “Phoenix, Ariz.”
Cooking Channel, 10pm
Casey Webb heads to Arizona to unearth Phoenix’s most appetizing eats and take on eight wings slathered in a scorching ghost chili and habanero sauce, plus two whole grilled habanero peppers.
New Amsterdam: “Happy Place”
NBC, 10pm
When an NYPD officer is hit by a car in the line of duty, the hospital is turned upside-down trying to save her. Meanwhile, Kapoor (Anupam Kher) and Iggy (Tyler Labine) work with a patient struggling with a previous surgery.
Legendary Locations: “Man vs. Nature”
Travel Channel, 10pm
From an abandoned American dream in the Amazon jungle to an abbey in France where countless souls lost their lives, Josh Gates reveals legendary locations where man has battled the forces of nature.
Wednesday, April 24
Chicago Med: “Never Let You Go”
NBC, 8pm
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”
NBC, 9pm
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”
ABC, 10pm
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”
CBS, 10pm
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”
IFC, 10pm
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”
NBC, 10pm
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.
Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World: “The Airplane”
PBS, 10pm
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.
Boise Boys
HGTV, 11pm
Season Premiere!
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”
CBS, 8pm
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.”
Supernatural: “Moriah”
The CW, 8pm
Season Finale!
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! 
FOX, 8pm
Series Finale!
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.
Superstore: “Quinceañera”
NBC, 8pm
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”
NBC, 8:30pm
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
A&E, 9pm
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.
Top Gear
BBC America, 9pm
Season Premiere!
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”
CBS, 9pm
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”
FOX, 9pm
Season Finale!
The crew must contend with the fallout from Kelly’s (Adrianne Palicki) disastrous decision.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Ticking Clocks”
NBC, 9pm
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”
CBS, 9:30pm
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”
NBC, 9:30pm
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”
NBC, 10pm
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
Season Premiere!
This animated reimagining of the classic ’80s hero returns for Season 2.
Designing Women: “Reservations for Eight”
getTV, 4:30am
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”
CBS, 8pm
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 Thingswith epic dog fails.
The Blacklist: “The Brockton College Killer/Rassvet”
NBC, 8pm
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”
FOX, 9pm
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”
CBS, 10pm

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
New Series!
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
OWN, 9am
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”
CBS, 8pm
A disgraced negotiator poses as Eric (Luke Roberts) to steal ransom money in the new episode “Broken Record.”
Love Takes Flight
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!
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
HBO, 8pm
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
Lifetime, 8pm
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.
The Son
AMC, 9pm
Season Premiere!
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”
TBS, 10pm
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.

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