Wednesday TV: Examining the Canvas

Dave-HolmesThere’s no shortage of quirky travel shows across cable but the new “American Canvas” (Ovation, 10 p.m.) brings a more artistic intent as it finds the less well known corners of popular cities. The first stop by the host and former MTV dude Dave Holmes is San Francisco, where he tours Alcatraz mainly because an Ai Weiwei exhibit there. He stops at North Beach to catch up with the Beats and (there is now a museum). He also talks to a aerial dance company from Oakland and has fun at a museum of pre-pinball wonders, with side trips to Chinatown and a crab shack. The other upcoming stops for the series are Austin and Miami.

The second season of “Broadchurch” (BBC America, 10 p.m.) has already been surprising; now in addition to the trial of last season’s case, another even older case begins to emerge to hector David Tennent’s Det. Hardy and Olivia Colman’s Ellie Miller.

Cookie announces her agenda on “Empire” (Fox, 9 p.m.), a show that’s gotten more popular by the week.

The Top 12 are unveiled on “American Idol” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

The White Collar tribe is just the worst, but the Blue Collars face a new division of labor on “Survivor” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

“The 100″ (The CW, 9 p.m.) reaches its second season finale.

A weird episode of “Blackish” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.) shows bloopers from the season so far.

Abbi grabs the wrong coat on “Broad City” (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.).

Odd to see an Oscar winner not live up to her potential on a procedural, but Patricia Arquette is doing so on the new “CSI: Cyber” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies continues its month-long, 37-film, Wednesday night salute to Ann Southern with her comic character “Maisie” (8 p.m.) and its many sequels, “Congo Maisie” (9:30 p.m.), “Gold Rush Maisie” (11 p.m.), “Maisie was a Lady” (12:30 a.m.), “Ringside Maisie” (2 a.m.), “Maisie Gers Her Man” (3:45 a.m.) and “Swing Shift Maisie” (5:15 a.m.).

Championship week heats up in advance of March Madness with Clemson vs. Florida State (ESPN, noon), North Carolina vs. Boston College (ESPN, 2 p.m.), North Carolina State vs. Pittsburgh (ESPN2, 7 p.m.) and Miami vs. Virginia Tech (ESPN2, 9 p.m.) in the ACC tournament second round; Nebraska vs. Penn State (ESPN2, 4:30 p.m.) in the Big Ten tournament; Marquette vs. Seton Hall (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.) and Creighton vs. DePaul (Fox Sports 1, 9:30 p.m.) in the Big East tournament; TCU vs. Kansas State (ESPNU, 7 p.m.) and Texas Tech vs. Texas (ESPNU, 9 p.m.) in the Big 12 tournament; and American at Lafayette (CBS Sports, 7:30 p.m.) in the Patriot League tournament final.

NBA action includes Clippers at Oklahoma City (ESPN, 8 p.m.) and Houston at Portland (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.). Hockey has Rangers at Capitals (NBC Sports Network, 8 p.m.).

Spring baseball includes Red Sox vs. Yankees (MLB, 1 p.m.) and Dodgers vs. Cubs (MLB, 4 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly & Michael: Common, Abbi Jacobson, Olly Murs. The View: Mary J. Blige, Vincent D’Onofrio, Garcelle Beauvais. The Talk: Kenneth Branagh, Piers Morgan, Gesine Bullock-Prado, Kelly Osbourne.  Ellen DeGeneres: Mindy Kaling, Earth Wind & Fire. Wendy Williams: Kevin Nealon, Chassie Post. Meredith Vieira: Bevy Smith, Dev Patel. Queen Latifah: Goldie Hawn (rerun).

Late Talk

David Letterman: Kelsey Grammer, Stevie Wonder. Jimmy Fallon: Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Young, Doc Severinsen (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Liam Neeson, Octavia Spencer, AwolNation. Seth Meyers: Mary J. Blige, Stephen Amell, Misterwives (rerun). Late Late Show: Sean Hayes, Marion Cotillard, Dame Edna, Darrin Rose. Carson Daly: Taron Egerton, the Acid (rerun). Tavis Smiley: Kimberle Crenshaw, Sharon Isbin (rerun). Jon Stewart: Common. Conan O’Brien: Cast of “Sons of Anarchy,” First Aid Kit (rerun).

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