What to watch on Tuesday, April 1...
SPECIAL, 8pm, 9pm, & 10pm, National Geographic
Total Riff Off
In a three-hour bloc, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett apply the time-tested Mystery Science Theater 3000 and RiffTrax method to snippets of Nat Geo programming, including excerpts from Unlikely Animal Friends, Swamp Men, Man v. Monster, and Honey Badgers.
In “Crescent City, Part II,” Gibbs and Pride (Scott Bakula) pursue a copycat of the Privileged Killer throughout the Big Easy, while DiNozzo, McGee, and the FBI explore the case’s connections to the Beltway. At CBS headquarters, Les Moonves sits in acute meditation and contemplates whether this backdoor pilot shall earn a full-blown spin-off.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Garrett and Triplett lend a hand as the team hunts down the Clairvoyant in “End of the Beginning.” But are the extra agents enough to help them overcome a fully loaded Deathlok?
“New New York” welcomes more New Directalumni to the Big Apple, where Blaine and Sam find lodging with Kurt, Mercedes works on her album, and Artie has trouble getting acclimated.
8pm, 9pm, & 10pm, PBS
The Story of the Jews With Simon Schama
Tonight’s final three installments span four centuries of success and struggle. “A Leap of Faith” examines the way old prejudices took new forms during the Enlightenment. “Over the Rainbow” chronicles the shtetl as a crucible of Jewish culture in Central and Eastern Europe. “Return” tackles the Holocaust, the creation of modern Israel, and the conflicts and controversies that have followed.
SPRING PREMIERE, 9pm, Fox
The Mindy Project
“French Me, You Idiot,” demands The Mindy Project upon its return from a nine-week hiatus, as Mindy and Danny grapple with what their liplock might mean. Then in “Indian BBW,” Mindy turns to Peter for help with containing an embarrassing video of her that’s escaped onto the internet.
SEASON 1 FINALE, 9pm, ABC Family
Danger and intrigue are afoot as Kyle’s investigation hits a turning point in “A Tale of Two Confessions.” In more romantic pursuits, the Danny-Jo-Charlie triangle reaches a climax, which, yeah, I heard it the second I said it.
About a Boy
A snafu with a knife sends Marcus to the ER in “About a Bublé,” where Will tends to the lad while also making time to meet magnetic doctor Adrianne Palicki. Who is not, apparently, playing Tyra Collette, thus throwing the careful balance of the Katimsverse into utter disarray.
“The President’s Fitness Test” stresses Adam, loathe as he is to disappoint the Gipper with a lethargic performance on the field, and Beverly’s attempts to get him out of the challenge don’t go as planned. In more ambitious endeavors, Barry tries to learn français in anticipation of a visst from Erica’s French pen pal.
Growing Up Fisher
Mel stumbles upon pot in Katie’s bag in “Drug/Bust,” but she may not actually be the one getting buzzed. Meanwhile, Henry grows anxious as he approaches the age when his father lost his sight.
Kate comes to a choking Diane’s rescue, and thereafter assumes control of the PTA in accordance with its admittedly odd succession rules. Elsewhere in “The Minutes,” Pete and Jackie disapprove of Hillary’s preferred date for a dance, while Warren hopes to escort Vanessa Hudgens to the shindig.
SEASON 5 FINALE, 10pm, TBS
As the Cul de Sac Crew Trivia champ, Tom is charged with planning the group’s traditional season-ending vacation in “We Stand a Chance.” But they’re none too enthused when he chooses a destination close to home. Meanwhile, Jules gets a surprise at her yearly check-up, and Bobby and Grayson score a solid 9.5 on the Sitcom-O-Meter when they stumble into a breakdancing contest.
Person of Interest
With Finch and Fusco reconnoitering Vigilance in D.C., Reese and Shaw follow their latest number (Nestor Carbonell) to a high school reunion in “Most Likely To....” I imagine he’ll be posing as the former school play headliner and she as the ex-captain of the pep squad.
Raylan vows to throw Darryl Crowe behind bars in “Starvation,” even if that means pressuring every scoundrel and lowlife in Kentucky. Speaking of scoundrels and lowlifes, Boyd and Wynn recruit help in unexpected places as they try to stay one step ahead of the cartel.
“He's a No-Good, Lyin', Cheatin', Honky-Tonk Man!” minces no words as Jason strives to get back in Chardonnay’s good graces after his indiscretion. Elsewhere, a fire at her apartment forces Keira to lodge with Blue, and news about Tasha’s baby inspires Malik to make some changes.
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 10:30pm, Comedy Central
Inside Amy Schumer
“You Would Bang Her?” asks the sophomore season debut, in which Amy gets hitched, gets herpes, and gets beaten on the tennis court.
– Isaiah Washington and August Alsina on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Seth Rogen and Phillip Phillips on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Demián Bichir on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Author Michael Lewis on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– John Malkovich on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Samuel L. Jackson, Minnie Driver, and Pitbull on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Kristin Chenoweth, Amy Schumer, and JOHNNYSWIM on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– David Duchovny, Danai Gurira, and Pete Davidson on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Anna Kendrick, Nick Cannon, and Brett Eldredge on Late Night with Seth Meyers, 12:35pm, NBC
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?