Tuesday TV: Making Vows Work

newlyweds-season-2-cast1-e1421731723144The premise of “Newlyweds: The First Year” (Bravo, 10 p.m.) is that only half of marriages survive the first year. By putting cameras on four of couples, it forces viewers into a kind of parlor game to guess which among them will last.

There are certainly cracks among the couples chosen this season; many of them have previous marriages. One woman is son of Larry Troutman of the band Zapp, who infamously killed Roger Troutman before killing himself in 1999. There’s a couple from Bethesda who immerse themselves in spending and then worry about it and a pair of women tying the knot in New York. There is a bubbly makeup blogger and her beau, both of whom have strong allegiances to their parents.

Since the first episode concerns the days right around their weddings, it plays like a slightly more chill episode of “Bridezillas,” but life will only get more complicated for them, they will find out. Especially with cameras on them. But if they’re lucky, they will survive into a second year, as has this reality show, a relatively tame one for Bravo.

A couple of interesting shows are on somewhere in the extremes of television, but I don’t know if I could ever find them. “Powers” (PlayStation Network, streaming) — not to be confused with “Power” on Starz — is the first scripted drama from the game deck — unless you count their complicated games as scripted drama too. It stars Susan Heyward and Christian Walker on a police force who specialize in crimes in the superhuman realm. Eddie Izzard, Michelle Forbes and Noah Taylor also pop up in the 10-episode adaptation of the comic book by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.

There’s also a documentary about a filmmaker’s wife’s descent into early dementia. “Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury” concerns the actress Laury Sacks whose life is upended by something called frontotemporal dementia. Eric Sacks’ film appears on “America Reframed” (World Channel, 8 p.m.), which is apparently on a channel that used to be known as PBS World and is one of its deep cable offshoots. It’s not available everywhere, but many of its offerings are available free online.

Similarly hard to find (unless you are a subscriber) is Neil LeBute’s romantic comedy “Billy & Billie” (DirecTV, 8 p.m.), that just started, starring Adam Brody and Lisa Joyce as dating step-siblings.

Miles O’Brien talks about the story that cost him an arm on “Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: A Life Lost & Found” (CNN, 9 p.m.).

Danny’s confession kills his priest on “The Mindy Project” (Fox, 9:30 p.m.).

Crab cakes are on the menu for the 17 chefs on “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

Eddie finds the only other Chinese kid in class to be quite unlike him on “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

I’m thinking someone could learn more from Lionel Richie than Nick Jonas on “The Voice” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

A coach is finally disciplined on “Friday Night Tykes” (Esquire, 9 p.m.).

Need another show about Alaska? Here’s one, a three-part nature series narrated by Dougray Scott, “Wild Alaska” (BBC America, 10 p.m.).

Championship week in men’s college basketball continues with Boston College vs. Georgia Tech (ESPN2, 1 p.m.) and Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forest (ESPN2, 3 p.m.) in the first round of the ACC tournament; Robert Morris at St. Francis (ESPN2, 7 p.m.) in the Northeast Conference championship; Wisconsin-Green Bay at Valparaiso (ESPN, 7 p.m.) in the Horizon League championship and South Dakota State vs. Oral Roberts (ESPN2, 9 p.m.) in the Summit League Conference championship.

In women’s games, it’s South Dakota vs. South Dakota State (ESPNU, 2 p.m.) in the Summit League championship, and BYU vs. San Francisco (ESPNU, 4 p.m.) in the West Coast conference championship.

Hockey action includes Rangers at Islanders (NHL, 7 p.m.) and Los Angeles at Colorado (NBC Sports, 9 p.m.). In basketball, Cleveland at Dallas (NBA, 8:30 p.m.).

Spring baseball includes Detroit at Philadelphia (MLB, 1 p.m.) and Texas at Angels (MLB, 4 p.m.).

Howard Stern sidekick Robin Quivers is guest programmer on Turner Classic Movies and she picks both “A Place in the Sun” (8 p.m.) and “A Raisin in the Sun” (10:15 p.m.), followed by “Born Yesterday” (12:30 a.m.), “The Philadelphia Story” (2:30 a.m.) and “The Shopworn Angel” (4:30 a.m.). But not “Private Parts.”

Daytime Talk

Kelly & Michael: Elizabeth Hurley, Richard Madden, Chris Soules. The View: Cynthia Nixon, Antonio Sabato Jr., Garcelle Beauvais. The Talk: Robert Wagner, Brooke Anderson, Sunny Anderson, Kelly Osbourne. Ellen DeGeneres: Amy Poehler Bill Hader, Walk the Moon. Wendy Williams: Stacy London, Tahj Mowry. Meredith Vieira: Kathie Lee Gifford. Queen Latifah: Toni Braxton, Mark Cuban (rerun).

Late Talk

David Letterman: Patricia Arquette, Keith Olbermann, Will Butler. Jimmy Fallon: Kevin Hart, Jay Baruchel, Meghan Trainor (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr., Ryan Seacrest, Eric Andre. Seth Meyers: Wanda Sykes, Angie Harmon, Two Gallants (rerun). Late Late Show: Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, Britt Robertson, Owen Benjamin (rerun). Carson Daly: Jermaine Clement, Sweat Lodge, Damien Chazelle (rerun). Tavis Smiley: Ai-jen Poo, Garrett Morris (rerun). Jon Stewart: Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer. Conan O’Brien: Jennifer Aniston, Bill Burr (rerun).

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