“American Idol,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
Two weeks from the
show's finale, only five people remain. Last week, Tristan McIntosh
was sent home; that means the last person to be an “Idol”
champion will be La'Porsha Renae, Trent Harmon, Sonika Vaid, Dalton
Rapattoni or MacKenzie Bourg.
They'll each do two
songs tonight, mentored by Sia (who will also sing) and Steve Van
Zandt. Also, Katharine McPhee will sing “Somewhere Over the
Rainbow.” After being the “Idol” runner-up to Taylor Hicks in
2006, McPhee became a TV star, singing (“Smash”) and not
“The Catch” debut, 10 p.m., ABC.
usually fills our Thursdays with soap-style dramas. Now she's
produced a sleek show with the look of a crime-catcher movie; the
show's stars also get a change-of-pace.
Enos, the forlorn cop in “The Killing”; now she's a glamorous
private eye. And there's Peter Krause, a good-guy type in
“Parenthood” and “Sports Night” and more; now he cons her out
of everything, setting off a slick cat-and-mouse game.
ALTERNATIVE: “Killing Jesus” (2015, National Geographic) or “Hop”
(2011, Disney); both 8 p.m., cable.
Somehow, Easter has
become filled with dizzying extremes. It brings stories of torture,
triumph and persecution, plus bunnies, jelly beans and colorful eggs.
These films take care of both ends.
adapted from Bill O'Reilly's book, does a competent job of covering
Jesus' entire life, from King Herod (Kelsey Grammer) to Pilate
(Stephen Moyer). “Hop” is a clever tale in which an amiable
slacker (James Marsden) meets E.B. (animated, with Russell Brand's
voice), a free spirit who really doesn't want to follow the career of
his dad, the Easter Bunny.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Portlandia” (IFC) or “Baskets” (FX), both 10
Oddly, two shows
directed (and, often, written and produced) by Jonathan Krisel have
been airing simultaneously. Both are billed as comedies, but only one
has remained that way.
with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein doing short bits – keeps
going for big laughs. Tonight has a hilarious moment in which they
deal with a restaurant that simply brings the ingredients. By
comparison, “Baskets” started with humor and then seems
determined to plunge Chip (Zach Galifianakis) into despair. Tonight
brings a few laughs, but mostly shreds the pieces of his life.
Basketball, CBS and
TBS. With doubleheaders today and Friday, the NCAA tournament trims
from 16 teams to eight. Tonight, CBS has Villanova and Miami at 7:10
p.m. ET and Kansas and Maryland at about 9:40; TBS has Oklahoma and
Texas A&M at 7:37 ET, Oregon and Duke at about 10:07.
“You, Me and the
Apocalypse,” 8 p.m., NBC. Setting up next week's season-finale, the
world finally realizes that the government has no plan to prevent the
apocalypse. There's an effort to spring Rhonda (Jenna Fischer) from
jail; Jude's funeral attracts Jamie and Ariel ... who ponders an
8 p.m., ABC. Alex leads a long procedure involving three organ
transplants. Also, Meredith considers dating again and Jackson
finally learn that April is pregnant.
p.m., ABC. There are big moments for Olivia personally – finally,
information on Jake's sleek fiancee – and professionally: She must
fix a big error by Mellie.
All-Stars,” 9 p.m., Lifetime. While McPhee is guesting on “Idol,”
Megan Hilty – who played her nemesis on “Smash” -- guests here.
This week, there's an evening gown competition.
“Shades of Blue,”
10:01 p.m., NBC. Harlee (Jennifer Lopez) had promised officials that
the heist would lead to the arrest of her crooked boss Wozniak (Ray
Liotta). But the heist went bad, the money is missing, Wozniak is
still free and Harlee is scrambling.