Basketball, 7 and 9:30 p.m. ET, CBS. 7:15 and 9:45, TBS.
Here's a new round
of the NCAA tournament starts. That means another week without CBS'
Thursday comedies (“Big Bang” and such) and its Friday cop shows.
The soap operas, however, are safe.
start with one of the surprises – Michigan (seeded No. 7 in its
16-team region) beat No. 2 Louisville; now it faces No. 3 Oregon. The
other games have the expected teams – Gonzaga (No. 1) and West
Virginia (No. 4) at 7:15 on TBS ... Kansas (No. 1) and Purdue (No. 4)
at 9:30 on CBS ... and Arizona (No. 2) and Xavier (No. 3) at 9:45 on
“Superstore,” 8 p.m., NBC.
For the second
straight week, this above-average comedy gets to escape the massive
shadow of “The Big Bang Theory.” Set in a giant store, it can
range from silly to serious.
On the light side,
Glenn is hounded by an Internet “troll”; Amy (America Ferrera)
helps him fight back. On the flip side, Mateo has a chance for a
promising transfer ... until his undocumented-immigrant status gets
in the way. Jonah and Cheyenne offer legal advice; Dina and Garrett
ALTERNATIVE: “Beaches” and “Love By the 10th Date,”
8 and 10 p.m., Lifetime Movie Network.
We're accustomed to
the typical Lifetime movie, the ones with women in jeopardy or
dismay. But at times, the network aims higher. These films, which
debuted in January, are strong examples.
with a clever -- if very adult -- script. Guys don't fall in love
until the 10th date, we're told; these women haven't made
it to 10. “Beaches” didn't have to worry much about the story: It
uses the basics of the 1988 film, this time with Nia Long and Idina
Menzel -- who beautifully sings the songs from that movie (“Wind
Beneath My Wings,” “Glory of Love”) and the new “The Last
(1942), 6 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. Here's a true classic. The
American Film Institute puts it at No. 3 all-time, behind only
“Citizen Kane” and “The Godfather” -- which will air Friday
on AMC, the same night that “Wizard of Oz” is on TCM. Alert your
8 p.m., ABC. Last month, Maggie Pierce's mother breezed in and made a
warm impression on most people – but not on her daughter; she left,
without telling her she has breast cancer. Now she's back, with
Maggie still perplexed. Also, Owen and Amelia work out their
8:30 p.m., NBC. The boss is on a witch hunt and suspects several of
his people (Danny Pudi, Ron Funches, Jennie Pierson). Meanwhile, the
good-spirited Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) tries to help Jackie ... who
doesn't seem to want to be helped.
p.m., ABC. After learning more about the Vargas assassination, Olivia
asks Huck to do one of his most difficult tasks.
“Planet Earth II,”
9 p.m. ET, BBC America. We visit the grasslands, where towering grass
is an advantage – even a caribou can hide – or a problem: A bird
leaps frantically, so its courting ritual can be seen. Consider this
rerun a warm-up for Saturday, when a terrific urban-animal hour
“The Catch,” 10
p.m., ABC. In the season's first two episodes, this too-slick show
was brightened by the ragged scrambling of Alice's hapless younger
brother Tommy (T.R. Knight, the former “Grey's Anatomy” star).
Then we learned he's slicker than we'd thought; he even bugged the
computers, trying to find a way to access the millions strangers put
in his account. Tonight, Alice starts to learn the truth.
“The History of
Comedy,” 10 p.m. ET, CNN. Barring another late change, this will look
at racial humor ... and at the times when comedy bridges cultural