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What to watch on TV for the week of March 11 - March 17: “American Idol” returns, March Madness begins, and much more

March 11, 2018 Updated: March 11, 2018 at 9:55 am
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AMERICAN IDOL - ABC's "American Idol" judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan with host Ryan Seacrest. (ABC/Eric Liebowitz)

Sunday 
“American Idol” (7 p.m., ABC, Series Premiere) - The series premiere of a reboot of the reality series in which aspiring pop stars compete for a record deal. Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie set out to discover a new crop of inspiring talent with a touch of Disney magic. 

“OJ Simpson: The Lost Confession?” (7 p.m., Fox, Crime Special) - In 2006, OJ Simpson sat down with Judith Regan for a no-holds-barred interview in which he gave a hypothetical account of what happened on the night his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were brutally murdered. The taps of that interview were lost, until now. 

“Wicked Tuna” (7 p.m., NatGeo, Season Premiere) - On the opening day of the bluefin tuna season, the captains fight to and the first tuna in the season seven premiere. 

“Timeless” (9 p.m, NBC, Season Premiere) - In the season two premiere, after barely escaping an explosion at Mason Industries, Wyatt and Rufus chase the Mothership back to a French battlefront during World War I to rescue Lucy from Rittenhouse. 

“Deception” (9 p.m., ABC, Series Premiere) - The series premiere of the crime drama about a magician who uses his skills to help the FBI after his superstar career is tarnished. Based on the true story of Carrot Top. Okay, I made that last sentence up, just wanted to see if you were paying attention. 

Monday 
“Jane” (6 p.m., NatGeo, Documentary Film) - This intimate and charming portrait of anthropologist Jane Goodall features previously unseen footage of her earliest research trips, which include expeditions to Africa in the 1960s. The film also includes an interview with Goodall in the present day, as she discusses her life and work. 

“The Resident” (8 p.m., Fox) - Conrad goes head-to-head with Lane when he disagrees with her over a treatment plan for a terminal cancer patient. 

Tuesday
“Ricky Gervais: Humanity” (Netflix, Comedy Special) - Filmed at the Apollo Hammersmith in London, the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning British comedian returns to the stage in London with a scathing special that touches on aging, becoming spoiled, his perspective on having kids and more.

“This is Us” (8p.m., NBC, Season Finale) - Season two wraps up tonight with Kate and Toby’s wedding. 

“For the People” (9 p.m., ABC, Series Premiere) - This latest Shondaland drama focuses on six talented young lawyers who work on opposite sides of the law and handle the most high profile and high stakes federal cases in the country. 

Wednesday 
“9-1-1” (8 p.m., Fox) - The first responders race to help a homeless man crushed in a garbage truck, a mother and son in a crashed elevator and extreme hoarders entombed in their house. 

“Designated Survivor” (9 p.m., ABC) - When a video of the president visiting prison leaks to the media, his team works to minimize the fallout. Meanwhile, a surprise White House demonstration has deeper ties to the president than anyone first realizes. 

Thursday 
“NCAA Basketball Tournament” (10 a.m., CBS) - The first games of the first round of the men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament start at 10 a.m. After a break, evening action picks up at 5 p.m.

“Tough Mudder: Tougher Together” (7 p.m., The CW, Sports Special) - The series will focus on a group of “everyday heroes” who make up a team with the single purpose of coming together to accomplish completing a Tough Mudder. Deemed as “probably the toughest event on the planet,” Tough Mudder tests teamwork skills and pushes one’s physical abilities and mental grit. Shot in a documentary style, the series will feature the rawness of real human experience and the high-stakes, unscripted drama of each team members’ own personal stories as they face different obstacles and fears not only on the course, but also in life.

Friday 
“NCAA Basketball Tournament” (10 a.m., CBS) - The first games of the first round of the men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament start at 10 a.m. After a break, evening action picks up at 5 p.m.

“The Secret Life of Kids” (7 p.m., USA, Series Premiere) - It’s the first day of school for these 5-year olds, and love is in the air for Halen and Harlo, while Gia P emerges as queen bee among her girl peers. 

Saturday 
“NCAA Basketball Tournament” (10 a.m., CBS) - The first games of the first round of the men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament start at 10 a.m. After a break, evening action picks up at 5 p.m.

“Aaron Hernandez Uncovered” (5 p.m., Oxygen, Multiple part documentary) - Aaron Hernandez is a millionaire athlete with a fiancée and a baby who was shockingly convicted of murder. New details and never before seen interviews explain his troubled past and murder allegations. 

“The Beguiled” (6 p.m., HBO) - In this Civil War drama, a deserter from the Union Army seeks refuge at an all female boarding school in Virginia. His presence at the school slowly poisons the relationships between the various women, who eventually turn on the soldier. Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst star. 

Gazette media columnist Terry Terrones is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @terryterrones.

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