Saturday TV: New Mahalia Jackson Biofilm

Danielle Brooks of “Orange is the New Black” rises to the occasion playing gospel queen Mahalia Jackson in the bio film “Mahalia” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), produced by Robin Roberts. Jason Dirden and Joaquina Kalukango also star in the film, directed by Kenny Leon, a Tony-winner for “A Raisin in the Sun” in 2014. 

It plays opposite the annual showing of the Cicil B. DeMille’s epic “The Ten Commandments” (ABC, 7 p.m.), — made more epic by commercial breaks, stretching almost 5 hours.  

The men’s final four play today in Indianapolis with Houston vs. Baylor (CBS, 5:14 p.m.) followed by UCLA vs. Gonzaga (8:34 p.m.).

And it’s the season’s first full Saturday of baseball — minus the Mets-Nats matchup canceled by Covid — with televised games that include Atlanta at Philadelphia (ESPN, 1:05 p.m.), Atlanta at Philadelphia (Fox Sports 1, 4 p.m.)  Dodgers at Colorado (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m.) and Chicago at Los Angeles (ESPN, 8:37 p.m.). White Sox at Angels (MLB, 11 p.m.).

A whippet collie cross qualifies as one of the “Embarrassing Pets” (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.). 

This week’s “Law & Order: Special Victims” (NBC, 8 p.m.) crossover episode into the new “Law & Order: Organized Crime” (NBC, 9 p.m.) is repeated. 

Tuesday’s “American Experience” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings), about a Black army sergeant in 1946 who was pulled from a bus after arguing with a driver and savagely beaten and blinded by a local chief of police in South Carolina, is replayed as well. 

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