TV column for Sunday, April 16


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Stayin' Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Bee Gees,” 8-10 p.m., CBS.

Forty years ago, the
Bee Gees ruled the music world. Their “Saturday Night Fever”
album had three No. 1 hits, won five Grammys and sold 40 million
copies. Their other records sold 180 million more.

Now Barry Gibb –
at 70, the only surviving Gibb brother – will perform, along with
current stars, some of them – Tori Kelly, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato,
Andra Day -- born long after the “Fever” subsided. The night also
includes Keih Urban, Celine Dion, John Legend, Penatonix and Little
Big Town.

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE
II: “The Leftovers,” “Girls” and “Veep,” 9-11 p.m., HBO.

For six seasons,
“Girls” has been a landmark series, bringing Lena Dunham's fresh
vision of modern, big-city life. Now its finale (10 p.m.) is
surrounded by season-openers.

“Leftovers”
starts its final season, with the world expected to end soon, on the
seventh anniversary of the day two-percent of mankind disappeared.
“Veep” (10:30) – winner of two straight best-comedy Emmys –
has Selena (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) workig on her legacy, a year after
she lost the presidency.

TODAY'S ALTERNATIVE:
“The Good Fight,” any time, CBS All Access.

A superb first
season concludes. Its case-of-the-week, involving cyperterrorism,is
clever and twisty, bringing back John Cameron Mitchell's perfect work
as an Internet troll with an impish sense of humor.

Then there's the
ongoing story, with Rose Leslie terrific as an earnest young lawyer
whose dad is accused of a Madoff-type scam. That ends the hour –
and the season – powerfully.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Guerrilla,” 9 p.m.,, Showtime; “American Crime,”
10 p.m., ABC.

John Ridley is the
new super-producer of deep, well-crafted dramas. His “Crime” is
superbly crafted – albeit sometimes painful to watch. That's
particularly true of this episode, with its shattering finish.

Ridley also has an
upcoming ABC documentary (about the Los Angeles riots) and now a
compelling Showtime series. In 1970s London, Marcus (Babou Ceesay) is
a mild-mannered teacher and Jas (Freida Pinto) is an intense hospital
worker. His roots are in Africa, hers are in India, both face fierce
prejudice. Then she nudges him into action; soon, they're
gun-wielding rebels, drawing national attention.

Other choices
include:

Easter
lite: For kids, there are cartoons. The amiable Peppa Pig is busy
searching for Easter eggs ... and for the bunny that's hiding them;
that's on Nick Jr.at 10 a.m. and 2, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Also at 7, Fox
reruns an “Ice Age” Easter special. And for grown-ups, “Easter
Parade” (1948), an Irving Berlin musical with Judy Garland and Fred
Astaire, is 6 p.m. ET on Turner Classic Movies.

Easter
serious: It's a busy day for religious films, led by “Heaven Is For
Real” (2014), at 8 and 10:02 p.m. on Lifetime. The History Channel
starts “The Bible” documentaries at 9 a.m., with the Easter
portion from 5-7 p.m. And TCM has epics -- “Barabbas” (1962) at
11:30 a.m. ET, “Ben-Hur” (1959) at 2 p.m., “The Robe” (1953)
at 8 and “King of Kings” (1961) at 10:30.

“The
Real Jesus of Nazareth” debut, 8 p.m., Smithsonian. Back in 1977,
Robert Powell had the title role in “Jesus of Nazareth,” an epic
mini-series that included seven Oscar-winners. For this four-part
documentary, Powell returns to the Holy Land, to learn more about the
historical Jesus.

“Home
Fires,” 9 p.m., PBS. At times, this hour seems riveted in one
direction. There's som much anger and bitterness that we have trouble
remembering that people are often at their best during crises. Stick
around, however; the final minutes offer a major surprise.

“Match
Game,” 9 p.m., ABC. Martha Stewart guests, surrounded by comedy
people. That includes Horatio Sanz, Niecy Nash, Casey Wilson, Lamorne
Morris and Mario Cantone.

“Shades
of Blue,” 10 p.m., NBC. Last week ended powerfully, with Harlee
(Jennifer Lopez) admitting she's been an FBI informant. Now she faces
her colleagues' rage.