Niecy Nash stars as a guidance counselor-turned-FBI agent in new spinoff series “The Rookie: Feds” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14). Given her end-of-life career change, she has no time to follow the rules. Look for Nash’s signature boldness and sass as she breaks the rules and upends the stilted office with her inappropriate wardrobe. Help yourself.
• Speaking of wardrobe, clothes and fashion take center stage in the sleek new legal thriller/melodrama “Reasonable Doubt,” streaming on Hulu.
Handsome and elegant, Jax Stewart (Emayatzy Corinealdi) is the most sought-after defense attorney in Los Angeles. Her list of struggling sports stars and celebrities puts her on a par with her legal partners, who are all male and mostly white.
At the start of the first of nine episodes, we’re told right away that she’s bound for trouble, possibly death. The season unfolds in flashbacks to the case of an NBA star client facing a possible case of harassment Jax fights as simple extortion. We meet her handsome husband (Michael Ealy), with whom she seems to share a light chemistry. They have no problem discussing their son’s difficult puberty or laughing in church about a charity cancer case that appears to have spent more on Gucci than chemotherapy. But we soon learn that there might be trouble in heaven. Will this lack of domestic tranquility derail his perfect career or just provide gifted Jax just another problem to solve?
Similar to most legal thrillers set in this elite echelon, “Doubt” is certainly slick and unrealistic. But this production, the first scripted series from the Onyx collective and executive producers Raamla Mohamed, Kerry Washington, Larry Wilmore and Pilar Savone, projects stylish confidence. And it can be looked at for the modes alone.
• The short documentary “30 For 30” (7 p.m., ESPN) “Deerfoot of the Diamond” recalls the legend of Native American baseball star Louis Sockalexis. Hailing from the Penobscot Tribe of Maine, he became an instant sensation in Cleveland’s National League franchise.
His story, including the fact that many believe the American League’s Cleveland Indians were named for him, is told in the context of the recent decision to rename the team the Cleveland Guardians and get rid of the logo. cartoon of “Chief Wahoo”, which many found demeaning.
• The four-part documentary series “11 Minutes” airs on Paramount+, recalling the mass shooting at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Music Festival that left 58 dead and more than 800 injured. It includes interview footage with vocalist Jason Aldean, who was on stage when the automatic gunfire started.
• Sundance Now is showing ‘Murder in the Valleys’, a four-part documentary series recalling four murders in 1999 that rocked Wales.
• James Nesbitt (“The Hobbit”) stars in “Suspect”, a British mystery streaming on Britbox. The sinister action begins when a medical examiner (Nesbitt) makes a routine trip to the morgue to find his estranged daughter’s body on the slab. Over the course of eight episodes, he interrogates new suspects, in real time. Richard E. Grant also plays.
TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
• From the Ivy League to a murderous rap on “FBI” (7 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
• The chairs swivel on “The Voice” (7 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
• Predator targets teens on “FBI: International” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
• While searching for her daughter, Eve encounters Stone Age parasites in the second-season premiere of “La Brea” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
• Deaths and taxes on “FBI: Most Wanted” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
• Cost reduction on “New Amsterdam” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
• “American Greed” (9 p.m., CNBC) returns for its 16th season with a tale of fraud and polygamy in Utah’s burgeoning biofuels industry.
A frontier family faces bigotry when neighbors think their adopted daughter (Audrey Hepburn) is of “mixed” or even full Indian blood in the 1960 drama “The Unforgiven” (9:15 p.m., TCM, TV-14), directed by John Huston and starring and produced by Burt Lancaster, with Lillian Gish and Audie Murphy. Based on a book by Alan Le May, author of “The Searchers”.
Heckling in the polls on “The Resident” (7 p.m., Fox, TV-14)… “Bachelor in Paradise” (7 p.m., ABC, TV-14)… An easel rivalry begins on “Leonardo” (7 p.m. , CW, TV-PG) … High Infidelity on “Monarch” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14) … Narrow Minds and Broadband Deal on “Devils” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14) .
Jimmy Fallon hosts Kelly Ripa, Kid Cudi and Ty Dolla $ign on “The Tonight Show” (10:34 p.m., NBC) … Nick Kroll, Stephen “Steve-O” Glover and Dick Ebersol visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (11:37 p.m. , NBC).
“Okay, that was weird. The least anticipated story of the week was the scandal involving Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”) and “When Calls the Heart” star Lori Loughlin (7 p.m. Sunday, Hallmark, TV-G), in a bribery plot / cheating to get their respective daughters into elite universities.
This is obviously an ongoing case, and all parties must have their say, or one day, in court. But the motivation at the center of this story is worth discussing. It implies an overwhelming need to do anything to get children into elite schools. As if something “less” was unthinkable.
Television plays a significant role in this insecurity. I can’t remember how many times I’ve had to describe an ABC legal drama where every character hails from the most exclusive Ivy and spends most of the pilot bragging about it.
There was a time, not so long ago, when John Grisham wrote best-selling books about barely credentialed young lawyers from anonymous institutions who took on impossible cases against big corporations and ultimately won. And I got the girl, to boot.
Thus, the neurotic obsession of our present age with elitism and inequality is hardly entrenched.
If anything stands out from this sordid affair, it’s an appreciation that shoddy efforts at snobbery are still essentially pathetic. Or on classic TV, comedy. Watching “Gilligan’s Island,” we identified with Mary Ann and the Skipper, and felt sorry for the millionaire and his wife.
— CNN debuts the four-hour documentary “Tricky Dick” (8 p.m., Sunday), chronicling the life and times of Richard Nixon’s public career, which spanned decades from the dawn of the Cold War to the Clinton years.
— An anxious new mother joins a solidarity and support group, only to find he has darker plans on his agenda in shock 2019 “Mommy Group Murder” (7 p.m., Lifetime, TV-14).
– The Thunder and Warriors meet in NBA action (7:30 p.m., ABC).
— A former kidnapper returns to form on “Ransom” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
— Program on “60 Minutes” (6 p.m., CBS): embassy employees in China and Cuba complain of mysterious ailments; AOL founder Steve Case and his plans to invest in the future of neglected small towns in America; a visit to Monaco.
— The duels begin on “World of Dance” (7 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
— Auditions continue on “American Idol” (7 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
– Lex Luthor is free on “Supergirl” (7 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
— Mr. Wednesday prepares for battle on “American Gods” (7 p.m., Starz, TV-MA).
— After discovering her royal lineage, an adopted 10-year-old girl becomes a little bully in the 2019 clash “Mommy’s Little Princess” (7 p.m., Lifetime, TV-14).
— A secret room harbors dangers on “Charmed” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
— Hidden secrets revealed in “The Walking Dead” (8 p.m., AMC, TV-MA).
— A new trial continues on “The Case Against Adnan Syed” (8 p.m., HBO, TV-14).
– Ax is determined to destroy Taylor in the fourth-season premiere of “Billions” (8 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).
– Ulysses pursues a conspiracy theory on “Now Apocalypse” (8 p.m., Starz, TV-MA).
— “Unsung” (8 p.m., TVONE) portrays the Jets.
— Peaceful openings on “Madame la secretary” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).
— The tension mounts on “Good Girls” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
— Mo’s past is revealed on “Black Monday” (9 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).
— St. Patrick’s Day inspires many traditions. Syfy offers a marathon of “Leprechaun” movies, from “Leprechaun 5: In the Hood” (Saturday 4 p.m., TV-14) to “Leprechaun 2” (8 p.m.). TCM takes the traditional approach, ladling the Technicolor blarney from director John Ford’s 1952 romance “The Quiet Man” (7 p.m. Sunday, TV-PG).
“Dateline” (7 p.m., NBC, TV-PG)… “NBA Countdown” (7 p.m., ABC)… The kids are fine on “MasterChef” (8 p.m., Fox, r, TV-PG)…” 48 Hours” (9 p.m., CBS) … A vintage portion of “Saturday Night Live” (9 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).
A visit from an old friend inspires Miles in “God Friended Me” (7 p.m., CBS, TV-PG)… Homer can’t leave Bart’s virtual kingdom in “The Simpsons” (7 p.m., Fox, TV-14 ) … Empathy for all things on “Bob’s Burgers” (7:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
A walk down the aisle on “NCIS: Los Angeles” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14)… On two episodes of “Family Guy” (Fox, TV-14), Meg’s Winter Olympics ( 8 p.m.), the fights on a dowager (8:30 p.m., r)… Aches on “Shark Tank” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).