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Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for March 19-25



East Bay Times
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Don’t Miss

Empire — Another clash between mama and papa Lyon? Yes, but this time, they’re really playing for keeps. As the hip-hop drama returns from its lengthy hiatus, Lucious and Cookie dig in for their biggest war yet. With Cookie still reeling in the wake of Lucious’s revelation about her boyfriend, Angelo (Taye Diggs), Lucious announces his new music project and puts Cookie on notice. She, in turn, mounts a project designed to knock him off his throne for good. Let the fireworks commence. 9 p.m. Wednesday, Fox.

Other Bets

Sunday: As Season 2 of the martial arts drama Into the Badlands begins, Sunny and M.K. are separated, each imprisoned in unlikely places. While M.K. struggles to control his powers, Sunny is determined to fight his way back into the Badlands to find his family — or die trying. 10 p.m., AMC.

Sunday: Uh-oh, there’s more trouble for Harlee on Shades of Blue. After Wozniak refuses to play ball with the FBI, Stahl turns up the heat on Jennifer Lopez’s character, who lands in the middle of Wozniak’s dangerous plan to free himself from the Feds by reeling in a bigger fish. 10 p.m., NBC.

Sunday: The diva-licious antics on Feud: Bette and Joan continue. As production on Baby Jane winds down, the rivalry becomes physical. Meanwhile, Bette’s relationship with her daughter becomes strained and Joan reveals an intimate detail about her past. 10 p.m., FX.

Monday: Things start to get serious on The Voice as the “Battle Rounds” begin and the coaches bring on some heavyweight talent to aid their causes. Luke Bryan, Celine Dion, DJ Khaled and John Legend all serve as advisers. 8 p.m., NBC.

Monday:Sweet Home Oklahoma is a lighthearted new reality series that follows the shenanigans of four rebellious friends who get a kick out of challenging the conventions of their conservative Bible Belt society. 10 p.m., Bravo.

Tuesday: Super fan girl Yvette Nicole Brown is our host for “Cosplay Melee.” It’s a new competition series that has top cosplayers inhabiting incredible costumes and wildly distinctive characters in a battle for supremacy. 10 p.m., Syfy.

Wednesday:Shots Fired is a compelling miniseries tied to a pair of racially charged shootings in a small Southern town. Sanaa Lathan and Stephan James lead a stellar cast that also includes Stephen Moyer, Richard Dreyfuss and Helen Hunt. 8 p.m., Fox.

Thursday: Here’s another storyline that sounds rather topical: On Superstore, Mateo’s transfer goes off the rails when his undocumented status causes complications. 8 p.m., NBC.

Friday: Rapunzel, the girl with the crazy long hair, can now be seen a weekly basis in Tangled: The Series. Inspired by the 2010 animated film, it features the voice work of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. 7:30 p.m., Disney Channel.

Saturday: The magnificent nature series Planet Earth II finishes up in a place you might not expect: The city. Tonight’s episode looks at how some animals thrive in the urban jungle, while others struggle to cope. 9 p.m., BBC America.