Thursday TV: Oh, the Madness

Josh HartThe Madness begins in earnest, with much of its interest amplified by the fact so many people are betting on it. There’s no way around it, though, as it eats up one broadcast network’s day and prime time schedule and forces others to finally determine how to find truTV is on the dial.

The NCAA Men’s basketball tournament begins shortly after noon with Notre Dame vs. Princeton (CBS, 12:15 p.m.), Virginia vs. UNC Wilmington (truTV, 12:40 p.m.), Butler vs. Winthrop (TNT, 1:30 p.m.), Gonzaga vs. South Dakota State (TBS, 2 p.m.), West Virginia vs. Bucknell (CBS, 2:45 p.m.), Florida vs. East Tennessee State (truTV, 3:10 p.m.), Minnesota vs. Middle Tennessee State (TNT, 4 p.m.), Northwestern vs. Vanderbilt (TBS, 4:30 p.m.), Maryland vs. Xavier (TNT, 6:50 p.m.), Villanova vs. Mount St. Mary’s (CBS, 7:10 p.m.), VCU vs. Saint Mary’s (Calif.) (TBS, 7:20 p.m.), Purdue vs. Vermont (truTV, 7:27 p.m.), Florida State vs. Florida Gulf Coast (TNT, 9:20 p.m.), Virginia Tech vs. Wisconsin (CBS, 9:40 p.m.), Arizona vs. North Dakota (TBS, 9:50 p.m.), Iowa State vs. Nevada (truTV, 9:57 p.m.).

The MTV Woodies (MTV, 11 p.m.) is held once more at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival. Rick Ross hosts, with performances from Desiigner, D.R.A.M., Lil Yachty, Jidenna, Khalid and Starley. And they give some awards away.

The latest adaptation of a film into a series is “Snatch” (Crackle, streaming), this time starring Rupert Grint, Ed Westwick and Dougray Scott.

A Brooklyn soul food restaurant is followed in the new series “Hustle & Soul” (WeTV, 10 p.m.).

“Braxton Family Values” (WeTV, 9 p.m.) returns after a hiatus.

The third and final season of “Review” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.) begins, with Forrest reviewing a new product at a Mexican restaurant.

Martha learns to haggle on “Baskets” (FX, 10 p.m.).

Julie Bowen and Michelle Obama pop up on “MasterChef Junior” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

Amy moves her parents on “Superstore” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

On “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, 8 p.m.), April and Jackson go to Montana.

Terrorists escape from a black site prison in Manhattan on “The Blacklist: Redemption” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

Somebody on “Chicago Med” (NBC, 9 p.m.) commits suicide.

Olivia has a campaign decision to make on “Scandal” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

An allergic reaction stalls a team on “Kicking & Screaming” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

An assassin is on the loose on “The Catch” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

Friday’s series finale of “The Vampire Diaries” (The CW, 8 p.m.) gets a replay, as does its farewell special at 9.

Turner Classic Movies once more opens its Disney Vault with the Fred MacMurray feature “Follow Me, Boys!” (8:15 p.m.) and a whole lot of “true nature” films from the 60s, including “The Hound that Thought He was a Raccoon” (10:30 p.m.), “The Incredible Journey” (midnight), “Jungle Cat” (1:30 a.m.), “Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar” (2:45 a.m.) and the scripted “Napoleon and Samantha” (4:15 a.m.) with Michael Douglas. It all starts with a Donald Duck cartoon, “Good Scouts” (8 p.m.) and features a trio of Chip & Dale shorts, starting with “Winter Storage” (11:30 p.m.).

In the second round of the NIT, it’s Weber State vs. CSUF (ESPNU, 10:30 p.m.).

Pro hoops has Utah at Cleveland (NBA, 7 p.m.).

Spring baseball, includes Minnesota vs. St. Louis (MLB, 1 p.m.) and Cubs vs. Dodgers (MLB, 4 p.m.).

In second round play of the World Baseball Classic, it’s Venezuela vs. Dominican Republic (MLB, 10 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa: Jessica Lange, Jesse Williams, Jen Widerstrom, Chris Hardwick. The View: Regina King, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Harry Connick: Famke Janssen, Annaleigh Ashford, Alexander Rossi. Ellen DeGeneres: Felicity Huffman, Lea Michele. Wendy Williams: Ice Cube, Tia Mowry. The Real: Ernie Hudson.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Joe Scarborough, Kate Upton, Yvette Nicole Brown (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Tim Allen, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Jimmy Fallon: Elizabeth Banks, J.J. Abrams, Kate Tempest. Seth Meyers: Mike Myers, Erin Gibson, Bryan Safi, Nicko McBrain. James Corden: Vanessa Hudgens, Thomas Sadoski. Carson Daly: James Gunn, Tiger Army, Halston Sage (rerun). Trevor Noah: Donna Brazile. Conan O’Brien: Bill Burr, Ben Zobrist, Fidlar (rerun).

 

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