Wednesday, May 11: ‘NOVA’ Sheds New Light on the Dinosaur Apocalypse
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Wednesday, May 11
NOVA: “Dinosaur Apocalypse”
PBS, beginning at 9pm
In two back-to-back hourlong episodes, Sir David Attenborough looks at how scientists are uncovering clues about the demise of the dinosaurs. First, in “Dinosaur Apocalypse: The New Evidence,” see how discoveries at a fossil dig site in North Dakota are helping paint a more detailed picture about the day an asteroid struck Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Then, in “Dinosaur Apocalypse: The Last Day,” fossils from the site reveal how the dinosaurs and other Cretaceous creatures died following the asteroid impact.
Striking new fossils paint a picture of life right before the asteroid impact.
— NOVA | PBS (@novapbs) April 29, 2022
Messy History of American Food
Dive mouth-first into the history of America’s most iconic foods as experts shine a light on the messiest origin stories of our country’s food and food culture.
Marvel Studios Assembled: “The Making of Moon Knight”
Get a behind-the-scenes peek at the creation of Marvel’s most recent live-action series, Moon Knight, led by Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke.
Producers of The Lord of the Rings, The Amazing Race and Queer Eye are behind this eight-episode immersive, hybrid fantasy/competition series that drops eight real-life teenagers into the fictional world of Everealm, where they must save a kingdom by fulfilling an ancient prophecy. These heroes are immersed in a fantasy world come to life, complete with a castle, royals, ethereal fates, mystical creatures and a sorceress intent on destruction and power.
42 Days of Darkness (42 Días en la Oscuridad)
Netflix’s first series made in Chile is a fictional crime thriller that is inspired by real events. It concerns the disappearance of a woman, Verónica (Aline Küppenheim), and her sister Cecilia’s (Claudia Di Girólamo) race against time to find her. In her search, Cecilia will have to fight against the authorities’ negligence, society’s prejudices and harassment from the media.
Feature Film Exclusive!
Oscar nominee John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) directed this British war drama starring Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Penelope Wilton, Johnny Flynn and Jason Isaacs. It is based on the true World War II story of the titular 1943 deception effort used to keep the planned Allied invasion of Sicily hidden from the Axis powers via the most inspired and improbable disinformation strategy of the war, centered on the most unlikely of secret agents: a dead man.
The Challenge: All Stars
The reality competition series returns for Season 3 with back-to-back episodes. For the first time ever, this season requires past contestants to have qualified for or won a Challenge final, featuring the franchise’s fiercest competitors from every era of the show.
Catch a Classic!
Director Robert Mulligan’s 1972 adaptation of Thomas Tryon’s novel is one of the more unnerving big-screen examples of the “creepy kid” genre of psychological thriller, and with its use of superstition and a bit of the supernatural, combined with its dark themes set amid a pastoral setting, it could also fall into the “folk horror” category. Set in rural Connecticut in the 1930s, the film follows identical twin brothers Niles and Holland Perry (played by real-life twins Chris and Martin Udvarnoky), who live on their family’s farm. Like most 12-year-olds, Niles and Holland occasionally get into mischief; the only trouble is that when Holland gets into mischief, people tend to “accidentally” die. Niles is the only one who knows that Holland is the “evil twin” responsible for the gruesome misfortunes suddenly befalling the area over one summer … or is he? Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, Norma Connolly, Victor French, Lou Frizzell and John Ritter in an early role also headline the cast of this little-remembered, slow-burning creeper.
The Goldbergs: “One Exquisite Evening With Madonna”
After a mold issue at home forces Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and Geoff (Sam Lerner) to stay at the Goldberg house, Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) senses tensions in their marriage and seizes the opportunity to impart a little marital advice.
Music’s Greatest Mysteries: “Hendrix, Chicken Fries and Cult”
AXS TV, 8pm
Jimi Hendrix’s bizarre abduction and Slipknot’s battle with Burger King are among the musical mysteries explored in this episode.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Returning for a season of exhilarating highs and shocking lows are housewives Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Erika Jayne, Dorit Kemsley, Garcelle Beauvais, Sutton Stracke and Crystal Kung Minkoff. New to the season, but well-established in the glittering 90210, are housewife Diana Jenkins and friend Sheree Zampino. Resident socialite Kathy Hilton also returns as a friend.
The Masked Singer: “Road to the Finals”
Relive the best performances and the most jaw-dropping moments from Season 7 in the new “Road to the Finals” recap special.
Married at First Sight: “Got My Mind Made Up”
The couples finally reach their Decision Day. Which duos will stay together, and which will call it quits?
Chicago Med: “End of the Day, Anything Can Happen”
Dylan (Guy Lockard) helps the daughter of a mob boss; a grandmother comes to Med desperate to save her grandson; Ethan (Brian Tee) struggles with some shocking news about his father; and Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Vanessa (Asjha Cooper) care for Maggie’s (Marlyne Barrett) high school classmate.
Providencia: March of the Crabs
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
Follow a female crab’s journey down steep terrain, across busy highways and past predators on her epic trek to sea.
The Wonder Years: “Where No Dean Has Been Before”
Dean (Elisha “EJ” Williams) tries to impress Keisa’s (Milan Ray) cool new boyfriend, Broderick, by inviting him and his friends over for a party Kim (Laura Kariuki) is throwing while Bill (Dulé Hill) and Lillian (Saycon Sengbloh) are away for the night. Things get out of hand just as Bill and Lillian arrive home, and Dean is forced to admit he isn’t being true to himself.
Season 1 of the domino toppling and chain reaction competition series concludes with “Finale: The Sky’s the Limit,” in which the winners claim the $100,000 prize and the title of Domino Masters.
Why the Heck Did I Buy This House?: “A House Divided”
After years of working around each other to accomplish basic tasks, a couple is desperate to find more room in their small starter home. With limited space and a tight budget, Kim Wolfe steps in to rework their dream home before they get squeezed out.
Chicago Fire: “Halfway to the Moon”
A family friend asks Herrmann (David Eigenberg) for some advice on opening a bar; tensions run high between Emma (Caitlin Carver) and Violet (Hanako Greensmith); and Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) struggles to keep her team together.
A Million Little Things: “Out of Hiding”
Maggie (Allison Miller) receives some much-needed support from an unexpected source, Katherine (Grace Park) grapples with her history with Shanice (Nikiva Dionne) and her future with Greta (Cameron Esposito); Rome (Romany Malco) faces off with his childhood bully and Sophie (Lizzy Greene) uncovers new information about Kai’s relationship with Peter (Andrew Leeds).
Chicago P.D.: “Memory”
Voight (Jason Beghe) and the team delve into a cold case in search of clues to solve a shocking new crime. With its focus on buried memories, the case sparks concern for Burgess (Marina Squerciati) and Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) about Makayla’s (Ramona Edith Williams) mental healing.
Thursday, May 12
À La Carte
This half-hour millennial dramedy series follows 25-year-old Mahogany Rose (Pauline Dyer), an overachiever with a high moral standard her whole life … until now. After adopting a more “liberal” approach to sex and dating, she finally lands the man of her dreams. There is just one tiny problem — he has a girlfriend. With the help of her friends, Mahogany must decide if she will stick to her preference of being the one and only, or step out of her comfort zone and learn to play No. 2.
Sheriff Karl Leonard’s law enforcement career in Chesterfield, Virginia, has spanned four decades, with the last one spent as sheriff with oversight to the county’s two jails. After learning that a staggering 80% of the men and women who enter his prisons are heroin addicts, Leonard made the bold move to step out of bounds and create a first-of-its-kind recovery program so the deadly cycle of arrests, time served with no treatment, release and repeat could end. This series documents the program Leonard created, Heroin Addiction Recovery Program (HARP), and follows his team, who forge a path to recovery for addicts while running the day-to-day operations of HARP at the Chesterfield County Jail.
The Emmy-winning and critically acclaimed comedy/drama returns for its second season. The dark mentorship between legendary Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance (Emmy winner Jean Smart) and her young, entitled writer Ava (Hannah Einbinder) continues to evolve as the two travel across the country workshopping Deborah’s new stand-up act. Joining the cast this year are Laurie Metcalf, Martha Kelly and Ming-Na Wen as recurring guest stars and Margaret Cho as a guest star.
Station 19: “The Road You Didn’t Take”
Vic (Barrett Doss) and Theo (Carlos Miranda) respond to a domestic disturbance between the parents of a trans teenager; Jack (Grey Damon) learns shocking new details about his childhood, and Ben (Jason George) and Travis (Jay Hayden) help a clinic patient who is long overdue for medical treatment.
Young Sheldon: “White Trash, Holy Rollers and Punching People”
As the church congregation gossips about Georgie (Montana Jordan), Missy (Raegan Revord) stands up for her brother in the new episode “White Trash, Holy Rollers and Punching People.”
NBA Playoffs: Conference Semifinals
ESPN, beginning at 8pm Live
The NBA playoffs continue with a pair of conference semifinal matchups tonight on ESPN.
MasterChef Junior Edition: “The Big Bake Sale”
The eight remaining junior chefs split into teams to make four different types of tasty treats in the new episode “The Big Bake Sale.”
Law & Order: “The Great Pretender”
Bernard (Antony Anderson) and Cosgrove (Jeffrey Donovan) must sift through fact and fiction to find the killer of a young Manhattan socialite. The murder trial takes a turn that becomes personal for Price (Hugh Dancy) and puts Maroun (Odelya Halevi) in a compromising situation.
This Old House: “Saratoga Springs: Old Woes”
From no wiring to BX wiring, electrical in the 1864 house in Saratoga Springs is addressed, but first there is a visit to the tracks. Also, unfortunate demo discoveries mean changes to framing and living plans, and a temporary buttress wall supports the old foundation.
Star of the Month: Anna May Wong
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!
Enjoy three more memorable films featuring pioneering Chinese American movie star Anna May Wong tonight on Turner Classic Movies. First is the drama Piccadilly (1929), which was Wong’s last silent film and one of the British productions she made. It certainly made a splash in Britain thanks to Wong’s sensual performance and dance scenes. The film wasn’t as sensual as originally intended, however; a planned scene involving a kiss between Wong’s character and her white love interest was cut to appease American movie censors of the time, who would not allow interracial intimacy to be depicted onscreen (this was among the racist practices that frustratingly tended to keep Wong outside of the leading-lady status she clearly should have had). The rediscovery and restoration of Piccadilly roughly 20 years ago aided in the rediscovery and restoration of Wong’s reputation as well, with some modern critics considering it to be her best film. A Variety review at the time of Piccadilly’s release pointed out that Wong outshines the movie’s top-billed actress, Gilda Gray, and tonight’s next film features another instance where Wong has generally been seen to have upstaged her higher-billed costar. This time, it is in her sexually charged scenes with the legendary Marlene Dietrich in Best Director Oscar nominee Josef von Sternberg’s Best Picture Oscar-nominated romantic adventure Shanghai Express (1932). Concluding the triple feature tonight is another of Wong’s early sound features, Daughter of the Dragon (1931), which costars Sessue Hayakawa, who, with Wong, was one of the few well-known actors of Asian heritage during that time. Here, Wong, in one of the last of the stereotypical scheming “dragon lady” roles she was frequently offered early on, portrays Princess Ling Moy, the vengeful daughter of Dr. Fu Manchu (played by Swedish American actor Warner Oland in another example of the racist “yellowface” practice common to that era). Beyond the typecasting based on race, Wong also faced discrimination of another sort on Daughter of the Dragon when it came to her paycheck versus those of her male costars; despite being the top-billed cast member, she was paid $4,000 less than Hayakawa for her work, and $6,000 less than Oland, who is in the film for just under 25 minutes.
United States of Al: “Desire/Khwast”
Problems arise when Al (Adhir Kalyan) starts skipping classes to spend more time with Cindy (guest star Jayma Mays) in the new episode “Desire/Khwast.”
Grey’s Anatomy: “I’ll Cover You”
A former patient of Link’s (Chris Carmack), Simon (Cedric Sanders), is in the ER with his pregnant wife, and Bailey (Chandra Wilson) receives an offer from Nick (Scott Speedman).
Legacies: “By the End of This, You’ll Know Who You Were Meant to Be”
The CW, 9pm
Alaric (Matthew Davis) briefs the Super Squad on what comes next. Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) has a heart-to-heart with Lizzie (Jenny Boyd). MG (Quincy Fouse) helps Ethan (Leo Howard). Cleo (Omono Okojie) continues to test her new powers and figure out her purpose. Meanwhile, Landon (Aria Shaghasemi) takes on a new role.
Welcome to Flatch
Back-to-back new episodes of Welcome to Flatch air tonight. In “The Devil’s Backbone,” Shrub and Kelly (Sam Straley and Holmes) plan to record a surprise reunion with Father Joe (Seann William Scott) and another former member of his religious boy band, A-men. Then in “On the Hooky,” Shrub gets a new job detailing cars.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Confess Your Sins to Be Free”
When the only evidence in a crime is a church confession, Carisi (Peter Scanavino) must find another way to prove his suspect guilty. Meanwhile, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) agrees to meet with an old friend seeking to make amends for past transgressions.
How We Roll: “The Big Secret”
Tom (Pete Holmes) discovers that Archie (Chi McBride) has been keeping a huge secret in the new episode “The Big Secret.”
Bull: “The Envelope, Please”
A mysterious delivery causes Bull (Michael Weatherly) to blackout for hours, leaving him with no memory of his movements.
Law & Order: Organized Crime: “Streets Is Watching”
When the task force discovers a threat to Stabler’s (Christopher Meloni) life, the pressure is on to gather all the evidence to put Webb (Mykelti Williamson) away for good. Meanwhile, Donnelly (Denis Leary) gives the Brotherhood surprising news, and Nova (Nona Parker Johnson) is forced to take a drastic step to keep her brother safe.
Commit or Quit With Judge Lynn Toler
WE tv, 10pm
Couples in crisis turn to the honorable Judge Lynn Toler for a life-altering decision to get married or break up for good. In the eight one-hour episodes, eight couples are under Judge Toler’s microscope. Secrets are exposed, core issues are uncovered, and those closest to them give shocking testimony. When it’s all said and done, ultimately, it’s up to the judge to have them … commit or quit!
Friday, May 13
The Essex Serpent
Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston lead this six-episode limited drama based on Sarah Perry’s bestselling and award-winning novel of the same name. Set in England during the Victorian era, the series follows London widow Cora Seaborne (Danes), who moves to a small village on the Essex coast to investigate reports of a mythical sea serpent. She forms an unlikely bond with the town’s vicar (Hiddleston), but when tragedy strikes, locals accuse her of attracting the creature. Frank Dillane, Hayley Squires and Clémence Poésy also star. The first two episodes are available today; subsequent new episodes are available Fridays.
The sports documentary series that shares the real-life stories of some of the most accomplished athletes in the world returns for Season 2. Featured this season are English professional footballer Marcus Rashford; NFL quarterback Russell Wilson; pro street skateboarder Letícia Bufoni; Parapan American track and field champion Scout Bassett; pioneering Black NASCAR star Bubba Wallace; and alpine skiing icon Lindsey Vonn. All six episodes are available today.
Set amid the avant-garde street-sneaker subculture of New York City, this high-energy and music-driven movie puts a gender-flipped twist on the Cinderella fairy tale. El (Chosen Jacobs) is an aspiring sneaker designer from Queens who works as a stock boy in the shoe store that once belonged to his late mother. He hides his artistic talent from his overburdened stepfather, Trey (Bryan Terrell Clark), and two mean-spirited stepbrothers, Zelly and Stacy (Kolton Stewart and Hayward Leach), who constantly thwart any opportunity that comes his way. When El meets Kira King (Lexi Underwood), the fiercely independent daughter of legendary basketball star and sneaker tycoon Darius King (John Salley), sparks fly as the two bond over their mutual affinity for sneakers. With a little nudge from his best friend, Sami (Devyn Nekoda), and a sprinkle of Fairy Godfather magic, El finds the courage to use his talent to pursue his dream of becoming a “legit” sneaker designer in the industry.
Magnolia Network on discovery+
In Season 2, Zoë François is back baking and cooking her favorite recipes, from easy main dishes to delicious desserts, with a little help from her friends and family.
The Lincoln Lawyer
David E. Kelley created and executive produces this legal drama based on Michael Connelly’s bestselling series of novels about iconoclastic idealist Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), a Los Angeles defense attorney who runs his practice out of a chauffeur-driven Lincoln Town Car rather than an office, taking on cases big and small. The first season is based on Connelly’s second book in his Lincoln Lawyer series, The Brass Verdict. The series costars Neve Campbell, Becki Newton, Jazz Raycole, Angus Sampson and Christopher Gorham.
In this comedy, Rebel Wilson plays Stephanie Conway, a high school cheerleader who fell into a coma before her prom. Awakening 20 years later, the now 37-year-old Stephanie wants to return to high school to reclaim her status and become prom queen. Angourie Rice plays Stephanie as a teenager, and the film also stars Justin Hartley, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao, Chris Parnell and Alicia Silverstone.
Feature Film Exclusive!
This new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel comes from the producers of The Invisible Man and also premieres in theaters today. It follows a girl (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) with extraordinary pyrokinetic powers as she fights to protect her family and herself from sinister forces that seek to capture and control her. Zac Efron, Sydney Lemmon, Michael Greyeyes and Kurtwood Smith also star in the film, whose musical score includes horror legend John Carpenter among the composers.
The Kids in the Hall
The iconic Canadian comedy troupe — comprised of Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson — is back with a new incarnation of their groundbreaking sketch comedy series, featuring eight episodes of new sketches that include a fresh batch of offbeat characters along with beloved favorites.
Children Ruin Everything
The Roku Channel
This lighthearted half-hour family comedy from Canada was created by Schitt’s Creek alum Kurt Smeaton. The series follows Astrid (Meaghan Rath) and James (Aaron Abrams) as they live with the worst roommates ever: young children. The couple struggles to find a balance between being “mom and dad” to two kids and being who they were before the offspring.
“Quantum Leap” Marathon
Syfy, beginning at 6am
Beginning today, and continuing the next two Fridays in May (20 and 27), Syfy airs 24-hour marathons of episodes from the beloved 1989-93 time-travel series Quantum Leap, led by Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell.
“A Haunting” Marathon
Travel Channel, beginning at 9am
Celebrate Friday the 13th with a 19-hour marathon of the paranormal series A Haunting.
“Friday the 13th” Movie Marathon
AMC, beginning at 10am
Today’s your lucky day if you are a fan of the original Friday the 13th slasher movie franchise. Over 14 hours, AMC will be airing the following seven films, in order: Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986), Friday the 13th (1980), Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) and Friday the 13th Part III (1982).
A Baby at Any Cost
When a surrogate grows too fond of the baby she carried for a young couple, they try to disengage from her. But the surrogate starts poisoning the mother (with no danger to the child) in a scam that will keep the surrogate around, and then, when mom is gone, get her the child, the husband and the suburban life she so earnestly covets. Stars Sarah Fisher, Brianna Cohen, Christy Tate and Johnny Ramey.
The Blacklist: “Caelum Bank”
In an effort to reveal his true enemy, Red (James Spader) turns to the task force to help ground a flying fortress bank.
The docuseries that gives viewers an authentic look at weekly therapy sessions returns for Season 3, as Dr. Orna Guralnik guides couples through honest confrontation with each other about real-life struggles.
The Night of the Hunter
Catch a Classic!
Robert Mitchum is absolutely chilling as tattoo-knuckled corrupt religious fanatic/serial killer Harry Powell, one of the screen’s most unforgettable villains, in Charles Laughton’s superb 1955 thriller, the only film Laughton, most remembered as an actor, directed. In the movie, Powell marries a fragile widow (Shelley Winters) to try to learn where her late husband hid a large sum of cash from a robbery. When his plans are uncovered by her terrified young children (Billy Chapin and Sally Jane Bruce), it begins a pursuit that becomes a mesmerizing allegory for the battle between good and evil. Lillian Gish costars in a terrific performance. The Night of the Hunter is one of those classics that was not recognized as such during the time of its release, flopping with critics and audiences. Over the decades, its reputation has grown, and it is now considered one of the greatest films ever made; it was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 1992.
Vacation House Rules: “Four Season Funhouse”
After buying a lakefront fixer-upper, a father and son realize they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. Expert home renovator Scott McGillivray and design guru Debra Salmoni step in to help them update their boring investment into a moneymaker that’s all about the fun and games.
Great Performances: “Anything Goes”
Great Performances’ fifth annual “Broadway’s Best” lineup begins tonight with a performance from the 2021 London production of Cole Porter’s classic musical Anything Goes, starring Sutton Foster in a reprisal of her Tony-winning role as Reno Sweeney. With a score that includes timeless favorites such as “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top” and “Anything Goes,” the musical tells the story of two unlikely couples who veer off course aboard the S.S. American to find true love.
Mama June: From Not to Hot: “Road to Redemption: Behind Closed Doors”
WE tv, 9pm
Sobriety wasn’t easy, but Mama June did it. And when her longtime boyfriend Geno continues to let her down, she finally calls it quits. Now, can the family reconcile and move forward?
A Black Lady Sketch Show
Stars Robin Thede, Gabrielle Dennis, Ashley Nicole Black and Skye Townsend wrap up Season 3 of the Emmy-winning sketch comedy series.
Saturday, May 14
Pennzoil Presents The Club
This documentary, filmed last summer, brings together the four men who’ve won the Indianapolis 500 four times — Helio Castroneves, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears — for a once-in-a-lifetime conversation. The program includes a dedication to Unser, who died in December.
NTT IndyCar Series: GMR Grand Prix
NBC, 3:30pm Live
The NTT IndyCar Series is at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as drivers battle it out in the GMR Grand Prix on the Brickyard’s 14-turn road course.
Major League Baseball: San Diego at Atlanta
FS1, 4pm Live
Manny Machado and the San Diego Padres go up against Austin Riley and the 2021 World Series champion Braves at Atlanta’s Truist Park.
America’s Funniest Home Videos: Animal Edition
Nat Geo Wild, 7pm
Alfonso Ribeiro returns to host Season 2 of this series that spotlights hilarious videos featuring furry friends and scaly celebrities. Back-to-back episodes air Saturday evenings beginning tonight.
Murdoch Mysteries: “There’s Something About Mary”
Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) investigates the suspicious death of a stage manager after a going-away party for Mary Pickford (Peyton Kennedy).
Ahead of the theatrical release of Top Gun: Maverick, CBS airs the 1986 classic Top Gun starring Tom Cruise as Navy fighter pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Tom Skerritt and Kelly McGillis also star.
Renovation Goldmine: “Upstairs, Downstairs”
Joe and Meg Piercy help a couple who love the quirks of their historic Chicago home add sophisticated style to their main bedroom suite. Then, the pair completes a basement hangout space for two busy doctors by reusing a pool table and other affordable finds.
Fit to Kill
Landing a dream job has deadly consequences in this shocking thriller. A young woman who dreams of working in the fashion industry jumps at the chance to work for a celebrity model turned fashion designer. But after a series of extreme outbursts and bizarre events, she begins to question whether her job is worth it after all. Stars Revell Carpenter, Sarah Voigt and Maeve Quinlan.
The Poseidon Adventure
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One of the most-remembered, and best, of the epic, all-star disaster movies made during the 1970s, this 1972 film from producer Irwin Allen features one of the most “all-star” of those casts, with an ensemble comprised of five Oscar winners: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Albertson, Shelley Winters and Red Buttons. Unlike some of those other movies, The Poseidon Adventure works and is a lot of fun in spite of (or maybe because of?) its kind of silly premise: A New Year’s Eve party aboard a luxury ocean liner is literally turned upside down when a tsunami capsizes the ship. Led by a determined preacher (Hackman), a small group of survivors attempts to escape by making their way up to the bottom of the boat, hoping that it hasn’t been completely submerged. A popular blockbuster in its time, the film was nominated for eight Oscars (including Best Supporting Actress for Winters), and won for Best Original Song (“The Morning After” by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn). The impressive visual effects by L.B. Abbott and A.D. Flowers were honored with a Special Achievement Award by the Academy.
I Bought a Dump … Now What?: “Break-ins and Breakdowns”
As the homeowners continue working on their renovations, major stress over money and time brings things to a boiling point. Progress is further stalled when permits don’t come through, and a break-in leaves one couple questioning everything.
Critter Fixers, Country Vets: “Hogs and Hisses”
Nat Geo Wild, 9pm
The docs at Critter Fixer rush to save a fox’s leg after a brutal attack and help a black lab with a severe case of pyometra; Dr. Hodges comes face-to-face with an albino Chinese cobra and an African bush viper whose lethal bite has no known anti-venom; a K-9 police dog has a case of the birds and the bees; and a little pig has a big hernia.
Love & Marriage: D.C.
This spinoff of the reality series Love & Marriage: Huntsville is the first ever franchise spinoff for OWN and focuses on The Real Housewives of Potomac alumni Monique and Chris Samuels. They are joined by their friends Erana and Jamie Tyler, and Ashley Silva and her husband, on-air personality DJ Quicksilva. In the series premiere episode, “Welcome to the Chocolate City,” Monique and Chris struggle with communication; Erana and Jamie celebrate their 26th anniversary; and Ashley wants Quick to stop being a workaholic.
Heartland Docs, DVM: “Lights, Camera, Auction!”
Nat Geo Wild, 10pm
Dr. Erin gets a crash course on showing steer from a budding farmer before competing at the state fair; at the clinic, Dr. Ben performs cryotherapy on a vizsla with skin cancer, while Dr. Erin helps a three-legged cat with kittens on the way; together, the docs save a horse with a life-threatening injury; out on the farm, sparks fly when Dr. Ben rescues a heifer who has her head stuck in a gate.
The Nightcap With Carlos King
This weekly half-hour late-night series is hosted by Carlos King, creator and executive producer of OWN’s Love & Marriage franchise. In each episode, King invites guests from the network’s most popular shows to let their hair down and break down their juiciest storylines. The series will also feature surprise guests from King’s “little black book” of celebrity friends, who will dish on pop culture headlines and participate in fun games and revealing challenges.
Portals to Hell: “Missouri State Penitentiary”
Travel Channel, 10pm; also streams on discovery+
The team heads to the infamous Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri, a place with a history of suffering and violence that goes back over a century. Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman look to finally unlock what may be haunting this legendary location.
Life Under Renovation: “Making Good on Promises”
With wedding season fast approaching, Will and Ross race to transform their mansion into a high-end events space. Then, the Cuviljes restart renovations on their main bedroom suite, and after weeks of living at home, the Adkinsons reach a breaking point.