1) Basketball, 5:14 and 8:34 p.m. ET, CBS. The final four collide in the college tournament, with the winners meeting Monday for the championship. Tonight has Houston and Baylor, followed by UCLA and undefeated Gonzaga (shown here).
2) “Mahalia,” 8 p.m., Lifetime, rerunning at 11:03. This is a promising new habit for Lifetime: on the eve of Easter, airing a movie that ripples with gospel music. Last year was the story of the Clark sisters; it reruns at 5:30 p.m. today. Then this film airs twice today and again at 5:30 p.m. on Easter. Mahalia Jackson was a gospel great who sang often at Martin Luther King’s rallies. In Washington, she urged him to “tell them about the dream.” He set aside his prepared text and gave his famous speech.
3) “The Ten Commandments” (1956), 7-11:44 p.m., ABC. Here’s another Easter Week tradition, with ABC airing this film. Cecil B. DeMille’s epic won an Academy Award for itrs special effects (parting the Red Sea, no less) and six more nominations, including best picture. By modern standards, however, it seems quite stiff.
4) More Easter-eve shows. “The Bible,” an ambitious miniseries produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, reruns from 2 p.;m. to midnight on the History Channel, with the Easter portions starting at 8. It’s preceded at noon by “The Jesus Strand.” Also, UPtv has faith-based movies – “Facing the Giants,” 2 p.m.; “Fireproof,” 4:30; “Courageous,” 7; “Fireproof,” 9:30; “Facing the Giants” again, midnight.
5) “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Daniel Kaluuya – an Oscar-nominee (for the second time) hosts, with St. Vincent as the music guest. Kaluuya has a supporting-actor nomination for playing Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Three years earlier, he had a best-actor nod for “Get Out.”