Wednesday TV: Saluting ‘The Apollo’

ApolloIt may be most famous for its hook and its democratic way of dealing with newcomers, but the New York landmark served as the stage for giants from Billie Holiday and Ray Charles to Aretha Franklin and James Brown. Roger Ross Williams’ documentary “The Apollo” (HBO, 9 p.m.), shows examples of each, but also preparations for a stage version of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me” it presented last year.

A longer-than-usual World Series has backed up the episodes of “The Masked Singer” (Fox, 8 and 9 p.m.) so much that they play two episodes tonight to try and catch up.

The 10th season of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (Bravo, 8 p.m.) begins with Teresa awaiting Joe’s release from prison and transfer to a detention facility. It must make producers wonder whether they’ve cast the right people.

“Nature” (PBS, 8 p.m.) looks at the dry plains of the Lower Okavango River in Southern Africa, where zebra and Wildebeest search for salt.

A new “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.) may take a moment to savor elections in Virginia and Kentucky.

Can’t decide if the Island of the Idols ploy on “Survivor” (CBS, 8 p.m.) helped or hurt the season.

Lainey has to direct a production of “The Lion King” on “Schooled” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.). Good thing it’s a Disney property.

On “The Goldbergs” (ABC, 8 p.m.), Murray buys fake tickets to WrestleMania.

Angie’s one night stand is connected to the group on “Single Parents” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.).

A crawfish boil is held on “Chicago Med” (NBC, 8 p.m.); Severide considers his future on “Chicago Fire” (NBC, 9 p.m.); “Chicago P.D.” (NBC, 10 p.m.) investigates a dangerous drug.

Betty joins the Junior FBI Training program on “Riverdale” (CW, 8 p.m.).

On “Modern Family” (ABC, 9 p.m.), Gloria hopes to secretly baptize the twins before Haley gets home.

George is possessed by Tiffany’s spirit on “Nancy Drew” (CW, 9 p.m.).

On “The Oval” (BET, 9 p.m.), Barry takes the law in his own hands.

LeeAnne and Rich get hitched on “The Real Housewives of Dallas” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

“SEAL Team” (CBS, 9 p.m.) fights off enemy attackers while protecting a U.S. ambassador.

Can’t believe “American Horror Story” (FX, 10 p.m.) is still going, like an eight-hour slasher movie. 4

“S.W.A.T.” (CBS, 10 p.m.) looks for an abducted Middle Eastern human rights activist.

Karen wants to put her past behind her on “Sistas” (BET, 10 p.m.).

On “Stumptown” (ABC, 10 p.m.), Dex’s ex, a famous musician, comes to town to play.

David Alan Grier, Will Forte and Chelsea Peretti place calls on “Crank Yankers” (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.).

To mark the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers, Turner Classic Movies is spending Wednesdays this month showcasing the best work from cinematographers over the decades. It features a new documentary, “Image Makers: The Adventures of America’s Pioneer Cinematographers” (8 p.m. and midnight) and plenty of examples, starting with “The Magnificent Ambersons” (6 a.m.), “Casablanca” (8 a.m.), “On the Waterfront” (10 a.m.), “North by Northwest” (noon), “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (2:30 p.m.), “The Searchers” (5:30 p.m.), “The Grapes of Wrath” (9:45 p.m.), “Sunrise” (1:45 a.m.) and “Metropolis” (3:30 a.m.).

There’s a lot more men’s college basketball in its opening week, including Wake Forest at Boston College (ESPNU, 6 p.m.), Mercer at St. John’s (Fox Sports 1, 6:30 p.m.), IUPUI at Butler (Fox Sports 2, 6:30 p.m.), Mount St. Mary’s at Georgetown (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.), Florida State at Pittsburgh (ESPNU, 8 p.m.), Cincinnati at Ohio State (Fox Sports 1, 8:30 p.m.) and Chicago at DePaul (Fox Sports 2, 8:30 p.m.).

And there’s one college football game: Miami, Ohio at Ohio (ESPN2, 8 p.m.).

NBA action includes Golden State at Houston (ESPN, 7:30 p.m.) and Milwaukee at Clippers (ESPN, 10 p.m.).

Hockey has Detroit at Rangers (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.).

In soccer’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup, it’s Japan vs. Mexico (Fox Sports 2, 2:30 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Kristen Stewart, Vivica A. Fox, Public. The View: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. The Talk: Hootie & the Blowfish. Ellen DeGeneres: Kerry Washington, Meghan Trainor. Kelly Clarkson: Patricia Heaton, Shane McAnally, Sam DeRosa. Wendy Williams: John Leguizamo. The Real: Adam Rippon, Eva Marcille.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, “MasterChef Junior” contestants. Jimmy Kimmel: Shia LaBeouf, Lil Rel Howery, Grace Potter. Jimmy Fallon: Henry Golding, Noomi Rapace, Dan White. Seth Meyers: Jim Gaffigan, Jenny Slate, Muna, Brendan Buckley. James Corden: Wiz Khalifa, Zach Woods, Sara Bareilles. Lilly Singh: Ashley Graham. Trevor Noah: Julián Castro. David Spade: Jen Kirkman, Jessica Kirson, Greg Fitzsimmons. Conan O’Brien: Willem Dafoe, Emily Catalano.

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