Action continues today in the most grueling tournament in all of sports, the Stanley Cup playoffs, with this contest in the conference quarterfinals. The winners of these eight best-of-seven series advance to the conference semis next week. NBC and NBC Sports Network will have coverage.
Talk to any Sprint Cup driver and they'll tell you that running on short tracks such as the site of today's Food City 500, Bristol Motor Speedway, is the fun part of the job. The slower speeds forced by the .533-mile Tennessee oval allow for a more aggressive style of driving than is seen on the superspeedways, where cars must run in packs at high speeds. Carl Edwards bumped, sideswiped and traded paint on his way to victory in last year's race.
One of the signature events on the IndyCar schedule fires up today in Southern California in the form of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The 1.968-mile, 12-turn temporary street course that encircles the Long Beach Convention Center offers numerous overtaking opportunities, including a hairpin turn just before the frontstretch. Last year's victor, Mike Conway, has won here twice, as has Will Power.
Working as a cook at a fraternity house, Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) is surprised by how much at home he feels in "My Big Fat Greek Bob." He inserts himself into pranks conducted against another frat, with a celebrated alum (voice of guest star Ken Jeong, "Community") also in on the fun. Bob's children eventually want to take part as well. Dan Mintz, John Roberts and Kristen Schaal also are in the voice cast.
Once Upon a Time
The background of Cruella de Vil (guest star Victoria Smurfit) is traced in the new episode "Sympathy for the De Vil," with a younger Cruella (played by guest star Milli Wilkinson) seen in flashbacks. She's terrorized by her mother's dogs ... Dalmatians, wouldn't you know. Regina's (Lana Parrilla) efforts to keep Gold (Robert Carlyle) out of her rescue scheme involving Robin Hood goes awry upon the discovery of Henry's (Jared S. Gilmore) abduction.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
In the new episode "Atlanta Twirls On," the season finale, Riley and Mama Joyce are startled by a surprise announcement from Kandi. As Peter and Joyce bid farewell to Bar One, they're surprised by a phone call from Apollo in prison. Kenya invites everyone to a screening of her new TV pilot, while Nene frantically rushes through final preparations for her Broadway debut in "Cinderella."
The 50th Academy of Country Music Awards
If there's any question a 50th anniversary is a major milestone, consider that this event gets an extra half-hour and a new location -- AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas -- for the occasion. Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton return as co-hosts for the third consecutive year, and several artists receive special Milestone Awards for their ACM achievements: Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, George Strait and Taylor Swift.
A clash of NL Central rivals is in the offing tonight at Busch Stadium, where Matt Holliday and the St. Louis Cardinals close out a three-game home series against Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds. The defending division champs added a significant piece in ex-Brave phenom Jason Heyward over the winter and expect to contend again. As for the Reds, they're hoping comeback seasons from Votto, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips can offset a suspect pitching staff.
Not buying Bart's claim (voice of Nancy Cartwright) that he was in an accident that also involved a bulldozer, Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) sets out to catch him at his own game in the new episode "Peeping Mom." She tails him everywhere, determined to have him confess to his fib. Flanders' (voice of Harry Shearer) new dog has an impact on Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta). Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria also are in the voice cast.
Call the Midwife
A meeting with a pregnant, syphilis-afflicted woman leads Sister Winifred (Victoria Yeates) into a big task as she tries to convince a group of prostitutes to start using contraception in the new "Season 4, Episode 4." Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie) counsels a man who has a deeply personal reason for wanting his forthcoming child to be a boy. An emergency puts Sister Monica Joan and Shelagh (Judy Parfitt, Laura Main) to the test. Jenny Agutter also stars.
The detectives are looking forward to a weekend at Charles' (Joe Lo Truglio) beach house -- until Jake (Andy Samberg) becomes the spoiler by inviting Holt (Andre Braugher) to attend, too -- in "Beach House." Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) spends the occasion texting her new beau Marcus (guest star Nick Cannon). Gina (Chelsea Peretti) has her own brand of fun by trying to get Amy (Melissa Fumero) intoxicated. Terry Crews also stars.
Secrets and Lies
Ben (Ryan Phillippe) works harder than ever on Christmas Eve to remember the details of the night of Tom's death in the new episode "The Son." If he doesn't succeed, he's likely to be charged, given visual evidence that Detective Cornell (Juliette Lewis) has found. Attorney John Garner (guest star Timothy Busfield, also one of this show's executive producers) has another theory that could implicate some people close to Ben. Laura Innes ("ER") directed the tale.