What’s On TV? – Thursday (3/14/2019) – iHeartMusic Awards Features Some Great Performers

While we’re out of the awards season for film, the music industry never sleeps. The 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards air tonight at 8 PM on Fox. The show features many of the best performers who skipped out on the Grammys, including Arianna Grande. Afterward,  National Geographic takes a trip through “Egypt with the World’s Greatest Explorer,” hosted by Joseph Fiennes and his cousin Sir Ranulph Fiennes. “Project Runway” returns after a two-year hiatus, with all new hosts in tow. Finally, “Walk Hard,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” put a focus on comedy, action, and excellent production design.

Pick of the Day

“2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards” on Fox at 8 PM

After the disastrous Grammys, where many of the top performers in music sat out, the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards are looking to capitalize. A blast from the past will be hosting and the T-Pain revival is in full effect. He released his album in years late in February. He also beat Donnie Osmond and Gladys Knight in “The Masked Singer” just weeks ago. Arianna GrandeJohn LegendThe Backstreet Boys, and Alicia Keys are all set to perform as well. Packed into only two hours, the iHeartRadio Music Awards could be the must-watch music event of the year.

What’s Premiering?

“Egypt with the World’s Greatest Explorer” on National Geographic at 10 PM

The Fiennes family has been known film circles for years with the success of both Ralph Fiennes and Joseph Fiennes. Each performer has been a critical darling, earning Oscar and Emmy nominations over their long careers. However, their accomplishments might be overshadowed at family dinners when compared to their cousin Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Sir Ranulph might be one of the most important explorers of the modern era, earning himself several spots in the Guinness Book of Records. Now Joseph Fiennes and Sir Ranulph are going to recreate one of the explorer’s most famous trips, a 1969 expedition down the Nile River, for Nat Geo. You can check out Joseph Fiennes discussing the experience on Today Show here.

What’s Returning?

“Project Runway” at 8 PM on Bravo

The popular reality competition show returns for its seventeenth season. The fashion series became one of the highpoints on Bravo during its run and continues to carry a strong following. However, this season has a new look and attitude. Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum left the show for a new project at Amazon, leaving “Project Runway” off the air for two years. Bravo recruited Karlie Kloss to fill in for Klum, and Christian Siriano takes over for Gunn. A new era for “Project Runway” begins tonight, and Bravo hopes it can be as strong as the seasons that came before it.

Movies on TV

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story on STARZ at 9:20 PM

With the success of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the upcoming “Rocketman,” musical biopics are back. The subgenre has been a staple of the Oscars for decades. However, little respect has been given to “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” the ultimate parody of the form. Starring an excellent John C. Reilly, “Walk Hard” plays into the tropes of musical biopics, and skewers them relentlessly. Coming just years after “Ray” and “Walk the Line,” “Walk Hard” became a cult comedy. More than a decade after its release, the Golden Globe-nominated comedy still sings as the best musical parody since “This Is Spinal Tap.”

“Sleepy Hollow” on Syfy at 9 PM

Tim Burton makes his way back into theaters with “Dumbo” in the next few weeks. Let’s revisit one of his most underrated features. “Sleepy Hollow,” tells the story of Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp), a detective sent to a small New England town. He has been asked to investigate a series of murders and finds a supernatural curse has stoked fears. Depp delivers an interesting performance, years before he became a caricature of himself. The production design, costumes, and cinematography are the real treats, and visually “Sleepy Hollow” shines. It never hurts when Emmanuel Lubezki shoots your picture. Another all-star group of actors assembled for Burton, including British thespians Richard Griffiths and Michael Gambon, who made themselves known in America years before “Harry Potter” would recruit them. Speaking of which…

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” on USA at 9:55 PM

Easily my favorite of the “Harry Potter” films, Alfonso Cuarón brought the franchise into the modern filmmaking landscape. The Chris Columbus “Harry Potter” ventures were caught in 1990’s filmmaking, drawing more from “Gremlins” than pop culture of the 2000s. At times, they felt more like period pieces than modern stories. Cuarón’s use of color and contemporary clothing made the kids feel alive for the first time. It also set the visual palette for the next five films to follow. Critics often cite frustration with the fact that “Azkaban” diverts furthest from the novels. That is certainly the case. Cuarón’s reorientation of the franchise also set the template for films outside the “Harry Potter” universe, and its influence can be seen in the MCU. I ranked the whole franchise a while back, so let us hear your thoughts!

New Episodes

There are plenty of other shows airing new episodes. Make sure you don’t miss the latest episodes of your favorite shows. Times may vary by local area. Please check your guide for the most accurate times.

  • “Fam” (CBS) at 8:30 PM & 9:30 PM
  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) at 8 PM
  • “Station 19” (ABC) at 9 PM
  • “For the People” (ABC) at 10 PM
  • “Superstore” (NBC) at 8 PM
  • AP Bio” (NBC) at 8:30 PM
  • “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) at 9 PM
  • “Will & Grace” (NBC) at 9:30 PM
  • “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC) at 10 PM
  • “2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards” (Fox) at 8 PM
  • “Supernatural” (CW) at 8 PM
  • Legacies” (CW) at 9 PM
  • 60 Days In” (A&E) at 9 PM & 10 PM
  • Project Runway” (BRAVO) at 8 PM
  • “Top Chef” (BRAVO) at 9:30 PM
  • Broad City” (COMEDY) at 10 PM
  • The Other Two” (COMEDY) at 10:30 PM
  • “Building Off the Grid” (Discover) at 9 PM
  • “Alaskan Bush People: Off the Grid” (Discovery) at 10 PM
  • Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry” (E!) at 8 PM
  • Beat Bobby Flay” (FOOD) at 10 PM
  • Siren” (Freeform) at 8 PM
  • Better Things” (FX) at 10 PM
  • “Flip or Flop: Nashville” (HGTV) at 9 PM
  • “House Hunters” (HGTV) at 10 PM
  • “House Hunters: International” (HGTV) at 10:30 PM
  • “Swamp People” (HISTORY) at 9 PM
  • “Truck Night in America” (HISTORY) at 10 PM
  • “Bring It!” (Lifetime) at 8 & 9 PM
  • “The Rap Game” (Lifetime) at 10 PM
  • “Ex on the Beach” (MTV) at 8 PM
  • Game of Clones” (MTV) at 9 PM
  • “Egypt with the World’s Greatest Explorer” (National Geographic) at 10 PM
  • “Flack” (Pop) at 10 PM
  • “The Dead Files” (Travel) at 10 PM
  • “Kindred Spirits” (Travel) at 11 PM
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1) at 9 PM

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