Tuesday TV: Biggie-Tupac Series Starts

unsolved-usa-networkThe latest in the spate of true crime stories turned into scripted miniseries has a hip hop beat.

“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.” (USA, 10 p.m.) focuses on the death’s of two of the biggest rap names based on the investigations of two detectives. Jimmy Simpson, familiar from his role in “Westworld,” “House of Cards” and “Black Mirror,” plays a later investigator; Josh Duhamel an initial one. Marcc Rose and Wavyy Jonez serve as convincing stand-ins for Tupac and Biggie. There isn’t much budget for their original hits, but some creativity in scoring the 10-part series.

It’s Thanksgiving on “Baskets” (FX, 10 p.m.) and Martha is serving tilapia.

Fred Rogers gets his most unusual salute on “Drunk History” (Comedy, 10 p.m.), featuring Colin Hanks, David Harbour and Kimiko Glenn.

Frederick runs for president on “Another Period” (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.).

Jefferson looks for his father’s murderer on “Black Lightning” (The CW, 9 p.m.).

It’s bachelor and bachelorette parties for Kate and Toby in Las Vegas on “This is Us” (NBC, 9 p.m.) and Jack and Rebecca celebrate their anniversary.

Another group of party animals is picked to be debauched for our entertainment on “Winter Break: Hunter Mountain” (MTV, 10:30 p.m.).

Nate returns from a winter at sea on “The Detour” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.) and everything has changed.

Dr. Manning hits her head after witnessing a drive-by shooting on “Chicago Med” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

The city’s gun buy-back program is rammed on “Lethal Weapon” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

The first season of “We’ll Meet Again” (PBS, 8 p.m.) comes to an end, with reunions of people in the early days of the gay rights movement.

“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (HBO, 10 p.m.) updates its camel racing exposé.

Eddie gets in the Honor Society on “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.).

The DA hires “Bull” (CBS, 9 p.m.) to help convict a drug dealer.

Sue celebrates her 21st birthday on “The Middle” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

On “LA to Vegas” (Fox, 9 p.m.), Captain Dave trains for a fight with Captain Stave.

Blind auditions continue on “The Voice” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

There’s an off-the-book opioids theft on “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

Barry meets a woman who could help him fight DeVoe on “The Flash” (The CW, 8 p.m.).

“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) continue to have thin skins.

Whitney walks an 8km on “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” (TLC, 8 p.m.).

“NCIS” (CBS, 8 p.m.) strikes a deal with a convicted murderer.

Stef confronts her demons on “The Fosters” (Freeform, 8 p.m.).

“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (ABC, 10 p.m.) helps Becky become an inventor.

Gambling doesn’t go well for the kids on “The Mick” (Fox, 9:30 p.m.).

“Bethenny & Fredrik” (Bravo. 10 p.m.) look for property in the Hamptons.

The officer who arrested Eva on “The Quad” (BET, 10 p.m.) has a history of racial profiling.

The school year winds down on “Undercover High” (A&E, 10 p.m.).

The seven remaining models compete in a clothing ad on “America’s Next Top Model” (VH1, 8 p.m.).

Best picture Oscar winners and nominees continue on Turner Classic Movies with “The Letter” (7:30 a.m.), “Captains Courageous” (9:15 a.m.), “The Ox-Bow Incident” (11:15 a.m.), “The Sundowners” (12:45 p.m.), “Anatomy of a Murder” (3 p.m.), “Kings Row” (5:45 p.m.), “On the Waterfront” (8 p.m.), “All the King’s Men” (10 p.m.), “Hamlet” (midnight) and “Around the World in 80 Days” (2:45 a.m.).

NBA action includes Washington at Milwaukee (TNT, 8 p.m.) and Clippers at Denver (TNT, 10:30 p.m.).

Hockey has St. Louis at Minnesota (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.) and Los Angeles at Las Vegas (NBC Sports, 10:30 p.m.).

Spring training baseball has Detroit at Philadelphia (MLB, 1 p.m.).

In men’s college basketball it’s Saint Joseph’s at Rhode Island (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.), Florida at Alabama (ESPN, 7 p.m.), Missouri at Vanderbilt (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Oklahoma State at Iowa State (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Davidson at St. Bonaventure (CBS Sports, 9 p.m.), Miami at North Carolina (ESPN, 9 .m.), Oklahoma at Baylor (EPN2, 9 p.m.), Kansas State at TCU (EPNU, 9 p.m.), DePaul at Creighton (Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m.) and Boise State at San Diego State (CBS Sports, 11 p.m.).

Women’s college basketball has Oklahoma at Texas (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Kiefer Sutherland, Christine Baranski, High Valley. The View: Heather Graham, Patton Oswalt. The Talk: David Arquette. Harry Connick: Susan Kelechi Watson. Steve Harvey: Storm Reid, Bridget Kelly, Julissa Bermudez. Ellen DeGeneres: Jimmy Kimmel. Wendy Williams: Karrueche Tran (rerun). The Real: Iyanla Vanzant, Mel B.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Kiefer Sutherland, Zoe Lister-Jones, John McWhorter. Jimmy Kimmel: Meryl Streep, Jason Ritter, Blake Shelton (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Bruce Willis, Retta, Towkio. Seth Meyers: Kelly Clarkson, Kal Penn. James Corden: Chloe Kim, Gordon Ramsay, Vance Joy. Carson Daly: Annalynne McCord, Liam Gallagher, Esther Povitsky, Benji Aflalo (rerun). Trevor Noah: Mima Elbagir. Conan O’Brien: Joel McHale, Anna Paquin, Alex Edelman.


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