What to watch on Tuesday, March 8...
SEASON 3 FINALE, 8pm, PBS
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates
In “Map of Stars,” Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow explore their family histories, which include tragic deaths that had a profound impact on later generations.
Pretty Little Liars
“Did You Miss Me?” sees the Liars going on the offensive after the latest threat targets Alison. Meanwhile, Hanna and Caleb devise a cunning plan to confront the tormentor, Emily and Spencer explore Monica’s possible role in the murder, and Aria and Ezra continue to work on the book. Do you think Aria and Ezra feel like they’re getting shortchanged since everybody else’s plots include words like “tormentor” and “murder,” and theirs centers on the word “book”?
“Goosebumps Walkaway” welcomes back Jess, who’s on a mission to learn the identity of a juror she was sequestered with, and bids adieu to Reagan, who must figure out where to leave things with Nick. Meanwhile in the series’ 100th episode, Winston and Cece help Schmidt overcome his phobia of dancing in public.
Fresh Off the Boat
After prodding Louis to make some pals of his own, Jessica becomes jealous of the attractive women he befriends in “Keep ‘em Separated.” In other troubling new friendships, Eddie gets flummoxed when Alison and Nicole get chummy.
TIMESLOT PREMIERE, 8:30pm, ABC
The Real O’Neals
In “The Real Lent,” the family goes along with Eileen’s admonition to observe Lent but struggles with the whole “self-sacrifice” part. Meanwhile, Kenny bumps into his first same-sex crush object, and Pat comes to terms with the fact that Shannon is growing up.
Relationship responsibilities bedevil Jimmy in “Some Guy I’m Seeing,” and the Archie comics from which he seeks wisdom aren’t proving to be much help. Gerald and Vanessa are having personal problems of their own as they try to strike the right work/life balance.
SEASON 5 FINALE, 9pm, MTV
What’s this? That baleful Big Bad the Beast bearing down on Beacon Hills? Scott and his friends are the hamlet’s last hope—but can the Hirsute Hero and his Lupine Legion match their bête noire’s devouring power? Tune in to “Apotheosis” and find out—same Wolf-time, same Wolf-channel!
SPRING PREMIERE, 9pm, ABC
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
“Bouncing Back” sees Daisy and Mack assembling powered individuals into an elite team of secret warriors. Their official team name? The Clandestine Combatants! (Okay, they’re still workshopping the name.) While they set out in search of Inhumans amid a tense public climate, Coulson redoubles his campaign against Hydra and the new, even skeevier incarnation of Ward.
Rizzoli & Isles
The team races the clock to solve a potentially combustible murder case in “Bomb Voyage.” On the personal front, Angela has misgivings about Ron’s offer of a romantic getaway.
9pm, WGN America
A treacherous road trip leaves Asa and Houghton too close for comfort in “Decomp of a Stuck Pig.” Though I’m not sure which of them is Ted Knight and which is Jim J. Bullock in this scenario.
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, ABC
Of Kings and Prophets
Centering on the reign of King Saul and the rise of young shepherd David, this biblical epic opens with the king arranging a strategic marriage for his daughter Merav, while his humble successor-to-be travels to Gibeah looking to square family debts. Elsewhere in “Offerings of Blood,” the Prophet Samuel arrives with a command from God to destroy the Amalekites.
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, NBC
Little Big Shots
Steve Harvey hosts and co-produces (with Ellen DeGeneres) this kid-centric variety show. Among the talented tykes in the opener are a 4-year-old hoops phenom, a 5-year-old martial arts prodigy, an eager spelling bee champ, a gifted singing duo, and a dancer who took the internet by storm. The series moves to its regular timeslot this Sunday, March 13, at 8pm.
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson
Marcia Clark balances family and career responsibilities even as she becomes the target of malicious and misogynistic press coverage in “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.”
After Brian and Rebecca are exposed to a mystery substance during their investigation of a citywide blackout, they’re forced into quarantine together in “Close Encounters.” The strain of their close confines only intensifies after Rebecca catches Brian dipping into his private NZT stash.
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, TBS
Iliza Shlesinger hosts this relationship-based game show with a twist that’s hidden from contestants until the very end. I know what that twist is, but I dare not reveal it here in case any of you are current/future contestants.
– Animal expert Dave Mizejewski upermodel Behati Prinsloo and Shane Torres on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Ellen Page on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Cedric the Entertainer on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Helen Mirren, J.J. Abrams, and DMA’S on Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 11:35pm, CBS
– Ray Romano and Mitt Romney on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Neve Campbell, Jay & Mark Duplass, and Gwen Stefani on The Late Late Show with James Corden, 12:37am, CBS