TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Bible,”
8-10 p.m., History.
After generations of despair, the
descendants of Abraham had found peace in Jerusalem. Now trouble
returns, with a brutal Babylonian leader and new generations of
slavery. At times the savagery is fierce; an event described in print
(eye-gouging, for instance) feels much worse on-screen.
Still, there's hope. The second hour
introduces Jesus; he resists temptation and gathers his first
disciple. Propelled by Keith David's strong narration, “Bible”
advances toward its Easter Sunday finale.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Red Widow,”
10:01 p.m., ABC.
For Marta, the mission has been clear:
Get back to real life, after shedding a debt that began when her
brother Irwin stole drugs from crime-boss Schiller (Goran Visnjic).
Now, however, Irwin is back, with new
schemes. Their dad – a mid-level Russian mobster – refuses to
help him. Marta (the excellent Radha Mitchell) finds herself sinking
deeper into crime.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Kingdom of
the Ocean” conclusion, 8-10 p.m., NatGeo Wild.
Like last week's opener, this is filled
with gorgeous scenes.
Sharks hunt; dolphins frolic. The blue
whale – with a heart as big as a small car – fills the screen.
Then the second hour gets a bit
grittier. We see creepy crawlers who prowl the ocean floor; we also
meet sand creatures that alternate their lives between the water and
Other choices include:
– “Finian's Rainbow” (1968),
11:30 a.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. A St. Patrick's Day marathon of
Irish films goes from 9:45 a.m. to midnight, with this one near the
top of the list. Francis Coppola – no, he's not Irish – turned a
Broadway musical into a wonderfully visual movie gem.
– “Once Upon a Time,” 8 p.m.,
ABC. Now that Mary Margaret has stopped her, Regina vows revenge.
Meanwhile, an outsider has somehow reached the impenetrable
Storybrook with his son.
– “Revenge,” 9 p.m., ABC. Still
suspected in Amanda's death, Victoria and Conrad start a charity in
her name. Jack, her widower, remains suspicious. Also, Emily again
confronts someone from her past.
– “The Good Wife,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Cary's father (John Shea) brings in some new business. Also, Alicia
and Will are at a coroner's inquest that allows only three questions
– “Girls,” 9 p.m., HBO. This
witty series wraps up its season with an episode that Lena Dunham
directed, co-wrote (with Judd Apatow) and stars in. She plays Hannah,
with one day to finish her book.
– “The Quiet Man” (1952), 9:30
p.m. to midnight ET, Turner Classic Movies. John Ford's classic –
with John Wayne as a boxer returning to Ireland – is an appropriate
way to wrap up St. Patrick's Day. It's preceded at 8 p.m. by Ford's
trilogy of Irish tales, “The Rising of the Moon” (1957).
– “Vikings,” 10 p.m., History.
The odd plot of this mini-series squelches some enthusiasm. Yes,
Ragnar has resisted Viking traditions and sailed west, plundering an
English monastery. But now the chieftain (Gabriel Byrne) claims all
the booty; Ragnar heads back, this time confronting soldiers.