Basketball and/or baseball, all day.
One season ends,
another begins and sports fans (plus beer companies) will be giddy.
That peaks with the college championship game, at 9 p.m. ET on TBS
(which has a preview at 7), TNT and TruTV.
Meanwhile, this is
opening day for most of major league baseball. There were four
season-openers Sunday and one will be Tuesday, but that leaves 10
today (weather permitting), including a tripleheader on ESPN –
Houston at the Yankees at 1 p.m. ET, Seattle at Texas at 4 and the
Dodgers at San Diego at 7:10. At 10 p.m. ET, the packed day wraps up
with the Cubs at the Angels.
“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., CBS.
The bad news is that
many networks retreat into reruns on a big sports night. There are no
new episodes schedued on CBS, Fox or CW.
And the good? This
lets us re-see funny episodes of TV's best comedy. Both of these
episodes are from the tenuous time when Sheldon and Amy had broken
up. In the first one, Barry Kripke mentions he wants to date her;
also, the women try to help Stuart attract female customers. In the
second, everyone is shocked to know Sheldon had been ready to
ALTERNATIVE: “The Voice” (NBC) and “Dancing With the Stars”
(ABC), 8-10 p.m.
Even on the
basketball day, these two boom ahead. “The Voice” wraps up its
“knockout rounds,” getting its top 20. Next week (after a recap
Tuesday), the live rounds begin.
Geraldo Rivera – who got all the way to the finals of “Celebrity
Apprentice” -- had the opposite luck here; last week, he became the
first celebrity ousted. In the judges' scores that carry over to this
week, Mischa Barton is at the bottom, with Paige VanZant and Wanya
Morris tied at the top.
“The Detectorists,” any time, www.acorn.tv.
Slow and droll (even
by British standards), this show scattered moments of humor and drama
in the lives of two guys who spend their empty time – they have a
lot of it – with metal detectors. This six-episode season starts
with a visual rush, then has a quiet tale with impressive stars.
Toby Jones – who
has ranged from Truman Capote to Karl Rove – is Lance, who may try
to restart his dating live. Mackenzie Crook is Andy, with an
anthropology degree, no job, a working wife (Rachael Stirling) and an
imperious mother-in-law ... played by Dame Diana Rigg, Stirling's
Presidential interviews, 7-11 p.m., Fox News. Back in 1912, Wisconsin was one of the first states with a presidential primary. Now, 104 years later, it has regained some of its importance this. Fox takes the rare step of talking to each Republican candidate for an hour, with a separate audience -- John Kasich (with Greta Van Susteren) at 7 p.m., Ted Cruz (with Megyn Kelly) at 9, Donald Trump (with Sean Hannity) at 10.
p.m., Fox. In a rerun, Galavan tries to strike a deal with young
Bruce Wayne ... and sends Barbara Kean after Jim Gordon.
p.m., Fox. Here's the third run of the pilot film. It's a fairly good
one, with Lucifer visiting from Hell. When a woman he knows is
killed, he starts working with police.
p.m., CBS. Sylvester, not the tough-guy type, goes undercover in
prison ... then must be rescued. Alana De La Garza (now in “Beyond
Borders”) is the Homeland Security chief in this rerun.
10 p.m., NBC. After chemical weapons are stolen from a truck, the
team races to stop a terrorist plot. And as shards of memory return,
Jane has a perplexing one involving Weller.
Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Leith, N.D., had a
population of 16 in 2010, swelling to 24 after the oil boom. It has a
mayor, a council and a bar. Then a man who proclaimed himself “one
of the most famous racists in the world” arrived, bought a dozen
parcels (sometimes for $500 apiece) and invited white supremacists to
move in. In a county of only 2,400 people, the sheriff and his three
deputies were overwhelmed. As the town fights back, it becomes a
p.m., ABC. The murder of an armored-car driver leads to an old case.
The problem: The case was handled by Esposito, who may have withheld