Wednesday TV: Cute ‘Life Sentence’

lifesentence-pilot-lCan a series succeed on cuteness alone? If so then there is a life for “Life Sentence” (The CW, 9 p.m.). Lucy Hale stars as a young woman who thought she had cancer but doesn’t any more. Which sounds great, except that people had been keeping a whole lot of bad news from her during her illness and now she has to adjust. Also she married a guy on a whim thinking she didn’t have much time left anyway, and now here he is.

The cast includes Dylan Walsh and Gillian Vikman as her parents, Brooke Lyons and Jayson Blair as her siblings, and Elliot Knight as the hubby.

New online is the stylish British apocalyptic crime series “Hard Sun” (Hulu, streaming), starring Agyness Deyn and Jim Sturgess as almost diabolically fighting detective partners working in impossible circumstances. Inspired by David Bowie’s song “Five Years,” the series is from Neil Cross, who was behind “Luther” and had his hand in a few “Doctor Who” episodes.

The longtime comedy team of David Mitchell and Robert Webb of “Peep Show” are paired again in the British sitcom “Back” (Sundance, 11 p.m.), about a brother who suddenly appears and upends a family business. The comedy from Simon Blackwell first showed on the network’s online platform Sundance Now last fall.

It’s paired with the third season start for “Hap and Leonard” (Sundance, 10 p.m.), the adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale’s novels about down on their luck pals in East Texas, played by James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams.

Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett and Lewis and Clark are among those profiled on the four part documentary series “The Men Who Built America: Frontiersman” (History, 9 p.m.), produced in part by Leonardo DiCaprio.

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX, 10 p.m.) looks back at Andrew Cunanan’s family life.

Two episodes in, and they’re switching tribes on “Survivor” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.) goes after the NRA.

The latest movie parody on “The Goldbergs” (ABC, 8 p.m.) is of Indiana Jones.

Mulder and Scully respond to an animal attack in Connecticut on “The X-Files” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

John gets Jake and Matt to help him move a grandfather clock on “Corporate” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.).

Veronica and Archie take Betty and Jughead to the Lodges’ lake house on “Riverdale” (The CW, 8 p.m.).

Liz keeps looking for Tom’s killers on “The Blacklist” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

Kim Raver is reunited with former “24” costar Kiefer Sutherland on a new episode of “Designated Survivor” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

“SEAL Team” (CBS, 9 p.m.) finds money in a poppy field.

The Philadelphia Mainline is suddenly “Homicide City” (Investigation Discovery, 10 p.m.) in a true crime portrait.

On “Speechless” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.), Ray is miserable after breaking up with Taylor.

There are also love life issues for the kids on “American Housewife” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.).

Spanking is an issue on “Modern Family” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

Carisi’s niece reports a classmate for sexual assault on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC, 9 p.m.).

“If Loving You is Wrong” (OWN, 10 p.m.) reaches its third season finale.

Zoe finds something else living in the summer house on “Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block” (Syfy, 10 p.m.).

There are questions following a blood drive on “9-1-1” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

Esther throws a sober sleepover on “Alone Together” (Freeform, 8:30 p.m.).

Juicy gets a health scare on “Little Women: Atlanta” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.).

Three try to convince Josh to return home on “The Magicians” (Syfy, 9 p.m.).

“Expedition Unknown” (Travel, 9 p.m.) goes to Greece.

An FBI assistant director of national security joins the team on “Criminal Minds” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

They’re bombing the news media on “Chicago P.D.” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

“Secret Lives of the Super Rich” (CNBC, 10 p.m.) just sounds depressing.

Giuliana Rancic and Taye Diggs visit “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry” (E!, 9 p.m.).

The American actress Anne Jeffreys, who died in September at 94, is featured tonight on Turner Classic Movies with “Dick Tracy” (8 p.m.), “Riffraff” (9:15 p.m.), “Dillinger” (10:45 p.m.), “Return of the Badmen” (12:15 a.m.), “Trail Street” (2 a.m.), “Step by Step” (3:30 a.m.) and “I Married an Angel” (4:45 a.m.).

NBA action includes Toronto at Detroit (ESPN, 8 p.m.) and Cleveland at Denver (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

Hockey has Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.).

Spring baseball has Yankees vs. Mets (MLB, 1 p.m.), Dodgers vs. Angels (MLB, 4 p.m.) and Cubs vs. Cleveland (MLB, 8 p.m.).

In men’s college basketball, it’s Louisville vs. Florida State (ESPN, noon), N.C. State vs. Boston College (ESPN, 2 p.m.), Virginia Tech vs. Notre Dame (ESPN2, 7 p.m.) and North Carolina vs. Syracuse (ESPN2, 9 p.m.) in ACC second round play; St. John’s vs. Georgetown (Fox Sports, 7 p.m.) and DePaul vs. Marquette (Fox Sports 1, 9:30 p.m.) in Big East first round action; Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State (ESPNU, 7 p.m.) and Iowa State vs. Texas (ESPNU, 9 p.m.) in Big 12 first round play; and Colgate at Bucknell (CBS Sports, 7:30 p.m.) in the Patriot League final.

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Arie Luyendyk Jr., Lucy Hale. The View: Ava DuVernay, Justin Hartley, Elaine Welteroth. The Talk: Kristin Chenoweth. Harry Connick: Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber (rerun). Steve Harvey: Kirk Cameron, Duff Goldman (rerun). Ellen DeGeneres: Chadwick Boseman, Jeff Garlin, Kalen Allen (rerun). Wendy Williams: Russell Brand (rerun). The Real: Cory Hardrict, Remy Ma.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Reese Witherspoon, Adam Rippon, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite. Jimmy Kimmel: Charlize Theron, Josh Duhamel, Lord Huron. Jimmy Fallon: John Cent, Katherine Langford, JD & the Straight Shot. Seth Meyers: Hoda Kotb, Nick Robinson, Old Dominion, Zach Danziger. James Corden: Lindsey Vonn, Jim Gaffigan, Albert Hammond Jr. Carson Daly: Anna Paquin, Absofacto, Ryan Hansen. Trevor Noah: Terese Marie Mailhot. Jordan Klepper: Christian Picciolini. Conan O’Brien: David Oyelowo, Jimmy Pardon, Margo Price.


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