“Grantchester” season-opener, 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
The setting fits all
proper PBS traditions – a gorgeous little English village, filled
with pleasant people ... plus, most weeks, one killer. But the the
hero is something new.
(James Norton) is handsome almost to excess. He's a vicar who drinks
too much and is bad at romance, but good with people and great at
solving crimes. In this episode – a good one -- he's accused of
sex with a teenager; his friend (Robson Green), a cop, springs to his
“The Good Wife,” 9 p.m., CBS.
This smart and
well-crafted drama will have its last new episode May 8. Tonight, the
power struggle in the law firm – now called Lockhart, Lagos and Lee
– keeps growing.
has other problems. The case against her husband Peter gets rougher,
when the prosecutor uses Eli's daughter in the effort to convict him.
Also, Alicia and Diane have a trendy case: A therapist is suing for
privacy rights, because his neighbor's drone keeps flying over his
ALTERNATIVE: “Grease,” 7-10 p.m., Fox.
Last week's “The
Passion” was worth catching, flaws and all. But now here's a rerun
of the one live musical that was a total triumph.
Thomas Kail –
director of Broadway's acclaimed “Hamilton” -- took a so-so story
and gave it a vibrant feel. That was clear from the first moments,
when Jessie J. frolicked through the set, singing the title song.
Soon, the show was sprawling all over the Warner Brothers lot.
Skilled young stars – led by Aaron Tveit and Julianne Hough, with
Joe Jonas fronting the band – brought old pop songs to life.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Grace Unplugged” (2013), 7 and 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sometimes, it's just
a matter of finding the right niche. Three years after this died
instantly in movie theaters, “Grace” has its perfect spot – as
an Easter-night movie on the former Gospel Music Channel.
Denton) was a rock star who hit alcoholism and despair, then became a
music minister, singing with his daughter. But now Grace is 18, with
a shot at her own fame. Johnny is overwrought at times and a plot
twist about her second single is lame. Still, Denton, Kevin Pollak
and Shawnee Smith -- are solid pros. And mostly, this is about Grace
(A.J. Michalka) and the music, both worth catching.
3:30 and 10 p.m., Freeform. The light side of Easter gets some
attention today. This comedy is an amiable blend of live action and a
cartoon bunny. Also: At 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has
“Easter Parade” (1948) with Fred Astaire, Judy Garland and Irving
“King of Kings”
(1961), 5:15 p.m. ET, TCM. The serious side of Easter also gets its
due. That includes this epic, directed by Nicholas Ray (“Rebel
Without a Cause”), with Jeffrey Hunter as the consummate rebel with
a cause. UP has contemporary Christian films, including Kirk
Cameron's “Fireproof” (2008) at 2 p.m. ET and “Courageous”
(2011) at 4:30.
p.m. and about 8:40 p.m. ET, TBS. By the end of the night, the NCAA
will have its final four, ready to collide next Saturday. CBS had two
of the games Saturday, now it's TBS' turn.
7:30 p.m., Freeform. This animated gem provides a perfect way to wrap
up a family weekend. It has dashes of humor, alongside strong drama,
gorgeous visuals and the soaring “Let It Go.”
Secretary,” 8 p.m., CBS. A mysterious plane crash stalls
India-Pakistan peace talks.
“The Family,” 9
p.m., ABC. Last week's powerhouse showe that Hank -- the neighbor who
spent 11 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit – was
savagely beaten. Now he blames Adam's family.
10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). In the first seasons, we savored
the full-throttle life of Selfridge (Jeremy Piven), an American who
was shaking up London's stores and its society. But now that approach
seems almost suicidal, with his unfiltered gambling and womanizing
and investment schemes. “Selfridge” continues to be well-made,
even if this final season is less fun.