TV Talk: 14 shows to watch on television for the week of March 19, 2017

By Terry Terrones Updated: March 19, 2017 at 1:48 pm • Published: March 19, 2017 0

Here are some of our favorite shows on TV this week:

Sunday - Two underrated new programs that both involve time travel. 

“Making History” (7:30 p.m., Fox) - Deborah suspects that Dan may not be the clever inventor he claimed to be back in 1776, which leads to questions about their budding relationship. Meanwhile, Chris’ mentor puts him under intense scrutiny as he works to achieve tenure at the university. 

“Time After Time” (8 p.m., ABC) - Dr. John Stevenson (Jack the Ripper) has met his match in a stunning and equally cunning doctor named Brooke. Meanwhile H.G. and Jane travel back to the 1980s where they make a shocking discovery that could change Vanessa’s life. I’m guessing its how cool sweaters look when tied around your neck. 

Monday - Because “The Bachelor” is over and you have to watch something. 

“Dancing with the Stars” (7 p.m., ABC) - Just when you though you had Nick Viall out of your life he extends his 15 minutes by participating in this popular dancing competition. Nick will compete against 11 other celebrities including Mr. T, Nancy Kerrigan, Simone Biles and Chris Kattan. But my money’s on former “Glee” star Heather Morris who used to be a backup dancer for Beyonce. 

“Bates Motel,” (8 p.m., A&E) - Norman attempts to piece together Mother’s movements. Dylan and Emma confront an ugly truth while Sam’s girlfriend Marion makes a spur-of-the-moment decision with far-reaching consequences. 

Tuesday - A night for dancing (in an unexpected place) and cooking.

“The Flash” (7 p.m., The CW) - Barry and his team are surprised when Mon-El and Hank Henshaw arrive on their Earth carrying a comatose Supergirl who was whammied by the Music Mesister. Unable to wake her up, they turn to Team Flash to save her. This is the conclusion of the much hyped musical Supergirl/Flash crossover. 

“Chopped” (8 p.m., Food Network) - A big setback leaves one chef unsure whether her sausage and okra appetizer will come together on time and as planned. We can all relate to that, right? Peppers and pears pair up in an exciting dessert round. 

Wednesday - Plenty of drama on the Fox network tonight as one show premieres and a fan favorite returns. 

“Shots Fired” (7 p.m., Fox, series premiere) - A white teenager is killed by a black cop during a police shooting. This leads an expert investigator and a special prosecutor to examine the case and grapple with media attention, public debate and social unrest. I’ve seen the first three episodes. Pretty good new series. 

“Empire” (8 p.m., Fox, midseason premiere) - After launching a deadly missile at Angelo, Lucious announces his new music project, Inferno, and puts everyone on notice. Especially Cookie, who vows to knock him off his throne for good. 

Thursday - Here’s what to watch on Friday Eve. 

“MasterChef Junior” (7 p.m., Fox) - Former “Top Chef” contestant Richard Blais is the guest judge when the top 12 cooks split up into teams of three and have 10 minutes to make as many pies as possible. Later contestants must use a blowtorch to make an appetizer, proving Gordon Ramsay trusts children way more than I do.

“Baskets” (8 p.m., FX) - In the season two finale Christine turns to Arby’s when Chip joins the Russians. Because turning to Arby’s for a delicious roast beef sandwich is something you should do every Thursday. 

Friday - The weekend is almost here!

NCAA Basketball Tournament (5 p.m., CBS) - Whether your bracket is already busted or not you can still enjoy today’s lineup of games. The most interesting matchup looks to be Wisconsin vs. Florida. The eighth seeded Badgers knocked off number one overall seed Villanova last weekend. 

“Grace and Frankie” (Netflix) - Sparring friends and business partners Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) return for their third season. A charming yet shady business competitor played by Peter Gallagher challenges the feisty duo. 

Saturday - Time to relax. 

“Planet Earth II” (7 p.m., BBC America) - Cities are highlighted in tonight’s episode. Featured this week are the leopards that live among the 20 million residents of Mumbai, India, peregrine falcons in New York City and hyenas in Harar, Ethiopia. 

“The Magnificent Seven” (6 p.m., RetroHD) - This is the western version of Akira Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai” starring Yul Brenner and Steve McQueen. A group of American gunfighters are hired to defend the peasants of a Mexican village from a nefarious bandit. 

Gazette media columnist Terry Terrones is a member of the Television Critics Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @terryterrones.

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