Feeling stressed after a long Monday? Let TV help end your day on a high note. The theme of tonight’s programming is stress. HBO tries to explain our culture’s obsession with stress with their latest documentary. Meanwhile, other channels just seek to be a stress reliever, whether it be through original, female led projects, reality TV or the story of Christ. Take a look and see what’s new on TV tonight.
PICK OF THE DAY
“One Nation Under Stress” (HBO) at 9 p.m. ET
What makes us so stressed? HBO’s latest documentary, “One Nation Under Stress,” spotlights an epidemic of stress that has cut down our life expectancy. Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at American society’s relationship to stress. Can the rise of drug overdose, chronic liver disease and suicide all be linked to our cultural relationship to stress? Are there secrets we can learn from other developed countries that could save our people? Feeling stressed after a long Monday at work? Maybe this HBO documentary fits perfectly as a remedy. Tune in for its premiere on HBO at 9 p.m. ET.
“Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” (VH1) at 8 & 9 p.m. ET
There are other ways to de-stress rather than watch an HBO documentary. Some might choose two hours of brand new episodes of “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” on VH1. The Atlanta brand was the second released of the franchise, following the New York version. The show courted controversy when it started filming this past October. Star Tommie Lee was arrested for drunkenly attacking her daughter. With 54 years behind bars on the table, Tommie confirmed this past April she will not be returning to the show. After appearing in every season of the show so far, Kirk Frost has become a series regular with Scrapp DeLeon, Spice and Tokyo Vanity. Tune in at 8 p.m. ET tonight for two episodes with everyone’s favorite Atlanta hip hop moguls.
“Jesus: His Life” (History) at 8 p.m. ET
The Gospels gave four different perspectives on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Similarly, the History Channels latest four week miniseries, “Jesus: His Life,” focuses on eight different perspectives of Jesus from those closest to him. Each episode will look through the lens of a different person – Joseph, John the Baptist, Mary Mother of Jesus, Caiaphas, Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene and Peter. The show interviews various different theologians, faith leaders and Biblical scholars to bring together these unique points of view around Jesus. Tonight, the first two episodes (Joseph and John the Baptist) air back to back at 8 p.m. ET. on the History Channel.
“Women, War & Peace” Season 2 (PBS) at 9 p.m. ET
With female directors still a minority in Hollywood, PBS has assembled an evening of female directed stories. “Women, War & Peace” gathers an all-female director roster to present four stories of women changing the world. Tonight features two of the four – “Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs” by Eimhear O’Neill and “The Trials of Spring” by Gini Retiker. “Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs” profiles the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, founded in 1996 to bridge the gap between working and middle class women. “The Trials of Spring” focuses on Hend Nafea, a young woman who organizes a movement of protests following her torture while arrested. Tune in tonight at 9 p.m. for these first two movies, with the remaining two airing tomorrow.
“Knightfall” Season 2 (History) at 10 p.m. ET
It’s a completely new night on the History Channel tonight. The Season Two premiere of “Knightfall” begins at 10 p.m. ET, right after “Jesus: His Life.” Journey back to the middle ages as “Knightfall” takes us through medieval politics and warfare of the Knights Templar. The show picks up as Landry (Tom Cullen) has been exiled from the Knights Templar following his affair with Queen Joan (Olivia Ross). Still, King Philip’s (Ed Stoppard) plot to overthrow the Knights Templar only intensifies with the return of Prince Louis (Tom Forbes). Most excitingly, Mark Hamill joins the cast as Talus, a veteran member of the Knights Templar who trains the next generation of “God’s executioners.” Looks like Luke Skywalker isn’t done being a mentor.
MOVIES & SPECIALS ON TV
Did you catch the horror bug while watching “Us” this weekend? Sundance TV has programmed a horror marathon tonight. First up tonight is Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece “The Shining” at 6 p.m. ET. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes his family to stay at the Overlook Hotel for an extended period. However, those who enter this hotel never check out in the traditional manner. Jack soon becomes disturbed by the supernatural forces at hand. All work and no fun makes Jack a dull boy. So take off work a little early and settle in to this unnerving classic. Haven’t been frightened enough yet? Well Sundance TV has another Stephen King adaptation coming directly after. “Misery” starts at 9:30 p.m. ET. The horror film brought Kathy Bates her first Oscar win for her performance as Annie Wilkes, a crazed fan who keeps her favorite author hostage.
Still need something to watch tonight? Check out the rest of these brand new episodes airing tonight.
- “American Idol” (ABC) at 8 p.m. ET
- “The Fix” (ABC) at 10 p.m. ET
- “The Neighborhood” (CBS) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Man With a Plan” (CBS) at 8:30 p.m. ET
- “Magnum P.I.” (CBS) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Bull” (CBS) at 10 p.m. ET
- “The Voice” (NBC) at 8 p.m. ET
- “The Enemy Within” (NBC) at 10 p.m. ET
- “The Resident” (FOX) at 8 p.m. ET
- “9-1-1” (FOX) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Arrow” (CW) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Shadowhunters” (Freeform) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Vanderpump Rules” (Bravo) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Summer House” (Bravo) at 10 p.m. ET
- “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” (Cooking) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Street Outlaws: Full Throttle” (Discovery) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Street Outlaws” (Discovery) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Nightly Pop” (E!) at 10:30 p.m. ET
- “Spring Baking Countdown” (Food Network) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Family Food Showdown” (Food Network) at 10 p.m. ET
- “America Says” (GSN) at 9 p.m. ET
- “House Hunters” (HGTV) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Home Town” (HGTV) at 9 p.m. ET
- “House Hunters: International” (HGTV) at 10:30 p.m. ET
- “Grave Mysteries” (ID) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Betrayed” (ID) at 10 p.m. ET
- “Teen Mom 2” (MTV) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club” (MTV) at 10 p.m. ET
- “Lost Treasures of the Maya” (National Geographic) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Wicked Tuna” (Outdoor) at 9 p.m. ET
- “In Ice Cold Blood” (Oxygen) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Killer Couples” (Oxygen) at 9 p.m. ET
- “How the Universe Works” (Science) at 8, 9 & 10 p.m. ET
- “Counting On” (TLC) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Fear the Woods” (Travel Channel) at 8 p.m. ET
- “Paranormal 911” (Travel Channel) at 9 p.m. ET
- “Haunted Hospital” (Travel Channel) at 10 p.m. ET
- “Those Who Can’t” (TruTV) at 10 p.m. ET
- “For My Man” (TVOne) at 10 p.m. ET
- “Love & Hip Hop Miami” (VH1) at 10 p.m. ET
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