Laureus World Sports Awards
A fixture since 2000, this awards show taped April 15 in Shanghai honors remarkable individuals and achievements in sports over the past year. Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch hosts for a second straight year as honors are distributed in six categories, including Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, Team of the Year and Comeback of the Year. Serena Williams, the San Antonio Spurs and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton are among those up for hardware.
The fourth race of the 2015 season takes IndyCar to the Deep South, where a field including Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan will vie in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham is a 17-turn, 2.38-mile road course that features elevation changes and a 45-foot-wide racing ribbon that requires patience when passing. Will Power has won here twice, as has Ryan Hunter-Reay, who took last year's contest.
Can Gene (voice of Eugene Mirman) retain his love of music? That's a big question after he's ejected from the band he founded in the new episode "Itty Bitty Ditty Committee." Tina and Louise (voices of Dan Mintz and Kristen Schaal), two of those who still are in the group, try to make sure Gene doesn't give up his pursuit of all things melodic. Linda (voice of John Roberts) has a rash that no one else in the household wants to face -- in every sense.
Once Upon a Time
Will Emma (Jennifer Morrison) cross over to the dark side? The question is on the minds of many, but her decision may be delayed -- if not made moot -- by a revelation about Lily (guest star Agnes Bruckner) in a new episode actually titled "Lily." Emma realizes the two of them were childhood friends, prompting her to try to reunite Lily with her mother Maleficient (guest star Kristin Bauer), helped in the quest by Regina (Lana Parrilla). Robert Carlyle also stars.
Marsha Mason ("The Goodbye Girl") guest stars in the new episode "The Kill List" as Elizabeth's (Tea Leoni) therapist, and it's little surprise that Madam Secretary needs someone to talk to. She discovers the about-to-visit Iranian president is targeted for assassination while he's in America, a plot that coincides with a human-rights protest against his country. Hill Harper ("CSI: NY") and Tony Plana ("Ugly Betty") also guest star.
The 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards
Disney Channel star Zendaya ("K.C. Undercover") hosts this two-hour special taped Saturday, April 25, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, where awards are presented in categories such as Best Breakup Song and Best Song to Rock Out to With Your BFF. Scheduled presenters include actress Chelsea Kane ("Baby Daddy"), singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, pop trio Sweet Suspense, country singer Kelsea Ballerini and the casts of "blackish" and "Teen Beach 2."
New York's "Subway Series" gets another chapter tonight in the Bronx, where Carlos Beltran and the Yankees close out a three-game home series against David Wright and the Mets. With a deep pool of young pitching talent, the Amazins hope to break a streak of six-straight losing seasons in 2015. The Bombers, meantime, might not be so lucky. An aging roster and a lackluster lineup could place them closer to the bottom than the top of the AL East this season.
What turned Bart and Lisa (voices of Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith) into antagonists in the very beginning? The new episode "The Kids Are All Fight" supplies the details, prompted by Homer's (voice of Dan Castellaneta) discovery of an old roll of film that he gets developed. It's interesting to see that the situation between the siblings then isn't much different from how it is now. Julie Kavner and Hank Azaria also are in the voice cast.
Call the Midwife
The refusal by some people to take medicine because of their religion applies to modern times, but the new "Season 4: Episode 5" indicates that it also occurred in the time this series is set in. A Christian Science couple won't let medicine be given to their newborn, prompting Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) to have a literal crisis of faith. Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie) attempts to connect with a pregnant, non-English-speaking woman via the latter's son.
The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
From the Warner Bros. Studios, Tyra Banks hosts the festivities saluting excellence in daytime television. Among the highlights, actress Betty White, 93, will add yet another lifetime achievement award to her collection. Nominees for outstanding morning show include "CBS Sunday Morning," "Good Morning America" and "The Today Show"; "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Live! With Kelly and Michael," "The Talk" and "The Wendy Williams Show" are nominated in the talk show category.
An inactive Jake (Andy Samberg) is an edgy Jake, as the new episode "AC/DC" confirms. He hurts himself during an investigation, prompting Terry (Terry Crews) to insist that he take some time off. Holt and Rosa (Andre Braugher, Stephanie Beatriz) also have reason to be on edge, since their double date with their respective significant others prevents them from addressing their feelings for each other. Melissa Fumero and Joe Lo Truglio also star.
Secrets and Lies
Ben's (Ryan Phillippe) domestic situation doesn't get any better -- quite the opposite, in fact -- as Christy (KaDee Strickland) won't let the children near him in the new episode "The Mother." He manages to spend time with Abby (Belle Shouse) at a holiday event, but things ultimately don't go as he hoped they would. Detective Cornell (Juliette Lewis) refuses to be deterred by the inadmissibility of earlier evidence against Ben and tackles her probe anew.