Wednesday TV: Arquette is At It Again

Episode 101Patricia Arquette, who won awards for one portrayal of one real-life, frumpy middle-aged woman with criminal tendencies in the limited series “Escape at Dannemora,” now plays another one in the new limited series, “The Act” (Hulu, streaming).

She’s the overly-protective mom who may be keeping her daughter sick in order to gain sympathy and funds, copying the case that was already told pretty well in the 2017 HBO documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest.” Joey King, once Ramona in “Ramona and Beezus” does a good job as the daughter, as does Chlöe Sevigny as a suspicious neighbor. The eight-episode series is the first story in what plans to be a true crime anthology.

The recent star on bubbly water ads has his eighth concert special, “Bublé” (NBC, 10 p.m.), wearing a suit and singing a whole lot of standards.

A new spinoff series has a new murder to obsess about on “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” (Freeform, 8 p.m.), with Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish returning from the original cast.

Here’s the musical episode of “Riverdale” (CW, 8 p.m.) as rehearsals begin for “Heathers: The Musical.”

There’s no time for music on a new episode of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.).

The Edge of Extinction is getting crowded on a two hour “Survivor” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

On “The Goldbergs” (ABC, 8 p.m.), Adam has to designs own video game.

“Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” has a premiere on “Schooled” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.).

“The Voice” (NBC, 8 p.m.) reviews its auditions so far.

Spencer gets a setback just before the championships on the season finale of “All American” (CW, 9 p.m.).

On “Modern Family” (ABC, 9 p.m.), an elopement plan goes awry.

Quentin eats a quesadilla on “The Magicians” (Syfy, 9 p.m.).

“Star” (Fox, 9 p.m.) intensifies her situation with the law.

Will seeks fans on “Single Parents” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.).

“Whiskey Cavalier” (ABC, 10 p.m.) goes to Paris, where Will and Frankie have to portray a married couple.

Kingsley has made a mess on “Empire” (Fox, 8 p.m.) but not as much as some of the actors might have off screen.

Nina Garcia wants silk ball gowns from the “Project Runway All Stars” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.).

“The Real Housewives of New York City” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) continues the clambake.

Chester manor is raided on “Deadly Class” (Syfy, 10 p.m.).

“SEAL Team” (CBS, 10 p.m.) goes after a militia group in the Congo.

It’s down to the final four on “American Beauty Star” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.).

“Drop the Mic” (TNT, 10 p.m.) has Mark Cuban vs. wrestlers Rusev and Lana, and SWV vs. tag team duo New Day.

Antonio Brown, Wiz Khalifa are on “Snoop Dogg Presents the Joker’s Wild” (TNT, 10:30 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies has everything but Wonderland tonight with “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” (8 p.m.), “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (10 p.m.), “Alice” (midnight), “Alice Adams” (2 a.m.) and “Alice in the Cities” (4 a.m.).

During the day on TCM, it’s about families and homecomings with “The Miniver Story” (10 a.m.), “The Happy Years” (noon), “Some Come Running” (2 p.m.), “All Mine to Give” (4:30 p.m.) and “Young Man with Ideas” (6:30 p.m.).

NBA action includes Boston at Philadelphia (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and Toronto at Oklahoma City (ESPN, 9:30 p.m.).

Hockey has Tampa Bay at Washington (NBC Sports, 7:30 p.m.) and Winnipeg at Anaheim (NBC Sports, 10 p.m.).

Baseball includes the first game in an early morning series from Japan, Seattle vs. Oakland (ESPN, 5:30 a.m.) as well as the spring training games of Yankees vs. Houston (MLB, 1 p.m.), Boston vs. Baltimore (MLB, 6 p.m.) and Dodgers vs. Cubs (MLB, 10 p.m.).

In the men’s NCAA basketball tournament it’s N.C. Central vs. North Dakota State (truTV, 6:40 p.m.) and St. John’s vs. Arizona State (truTV, 9:10 p.m.) in the First Four.

In first round NIT action, it’s Norfolk at Alabama (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Harvard at Georgetown (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Sam Houston at TCU (ESPNU, 9 p.m.) and Butler at Nebraska (ESPN2, 9 p.m.).

In the women’s curling world championships, it’s U.S. vs. Sweden (NBC Sports, 2 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Jennifer Lopez, Morris Chestnut, Colin Jost, Anna Kaiser. The View: Will Packer, Venus Taylor. The Talk: Danny DeVito. Ellen DeGeneres: Sen. Cory Booker. Wendy Williams: Katie Couric.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Paul Giamatti, Sen. Doug Jones, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Jimmy Kimmel: Rob Lowe, Joey King, Catfish and the Bottlemen. Jimmy Fallon: Armie Hammer, Jermaine Clement, Schoolboy Q. Seth Meyers: Amy Schumer, Natalie Morales, PUP. James Corden: David Boreanaz, Cam Newton, Daddy Yankee. Carson Daly: Pablo Shreiber, Robert DeLong, Madeline Brewer. Trevor Noah: Rep. Will Hurd. Conan O’Brien: John Mulaney.

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