Compared to the past few weeks, this one is pretty quiet in terms of new programming. It’s bookended by the NCAA Championship tonight and the start of Mad Men’s final season on Sunday. In between? PBS and old movies. (Also, this week’s column marks a year that I’ve been compiling these, and it’s been interesting to see it evolve.)
Monday, April 7
In Performance at the White House (8-9 pm, PBS)
“Women of Soul” features Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe, Jill Scott, and others.
Tuesday, April 8
Frontline (10-11 pm, PBS)
“Secret State of North Korea” takes a look inside the isolated nation through interviews with defectors and some footage obtained covertly inside the country.
Wednesday, April 9
Nature (8-9 pm, PBS)
Advances in animal prosthetics are examined in “My Bionic Pet.”
Thursday, April 10
RoboCop (8-9:45 pm, Encore)
The sharp satirical edge was sanded off this year’s remake, robbing it of any chance of coming close to the original, and again proving the argument that certain movies should not be remade. Ridiculously watchable and full of good performances large and small (seriously, whatever happened to Nancy Allen?), it’s one of the best action movies of the ‘80s.
Friday, April 11
Late Sixties Double Feature
Settle in for a classic movie night on Sundance with 1969’s The Wild Bunch (5:45-9 pm), sort of its era’s analogue to The Expendables. Following it is Bullitt (9-11:30 pm), with a famous and still impressive car chase that tends to overshadow Steve McQueen’s turn as a detective going after an underworld boss.
Saturday, April 12
Orphan Black: The Cloneversation (8-9 pm, BBC America)
The show returns next week, so get ready for season two with this special. Host Wil Wheaton and cast members discuss the first season and preview what’s coming up this year.
Sunday, April 13
Years of Living Dangerously (10-11 pm, Showtime)
This new docu-series explores issues around climate change by pairing celebrities with journalists. Tonight’s premiere features Harrison Ford, Don Cheadle, and Thomas Friedman. Preceding the show, the season premieres of Nurse Jackie (sixth) and Californication (seventh and last) are at 9 and 9:30 pm.
One of the most impressive one-season series I’ve ever seen, Terriers is about a pair of down-and-out friends, one an ex-cop and recovering alcoholic, the other a former criminal, who become private investigators in their southern California beach town without bothering to get licensed. The show has a marvelous sense of place and a just-right raggedness to it. (13 episodes; there is closure on the major story lines but the show will surely leave you wishing there was more.)
(Note: this information is accurate as of publication time, but programming is subject to change at the discretion of channels and networks. All times listed are Eastern time.)