What’s on TV? – Monday (3/18/19) – ‘The Inventor’ Exposes a Fraud and New ‘American Idol’

Tonight is all about unmasking a persons’ bad deeds. Whether its a Silicon Valley scammer, movie star murderer or corrupt politician, Monday night looks to serve justice. We’ve got plenty of content that ranges from HBO documentary, ABC legal premiere, CW superhero show and even a baking competition show to boot. What are you going to watch tonight? Read on to find out.

PICK OF THE DAY

“The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley” (HBO) at 9 p.m. ET.

Elizabeth Holmes was poised to be the next Steve Jobs when her company, Therois, was valued at $9 billion and expected to change the health care world. That was in 2014. Two years later, everything came crashing down when the SEC declared her a “massive fraud.” Oscar winning documentarian Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) documents this downfall using exclusive, new footage. Gibney interweaves this with interviews from journalists who broke Holmes’ story, employees who responded to her visions and behavioral economists. The HBO documentary, “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley,” airs at 9 p.m. tonight.

WHAT’S PREMIERING?

“The Fix” (ABC) at 10 p.m. ET.

How many people have gone from lawyer to television writer? Marcia Clarke has never had an ordinary career. The prosecutor on the O.J. Simpson case is now in the writer’s seat on “The Fix,” ABC’s new legal drama. The show follows Los Angeles District Attorney Maya Travis (Robin Tunney) who relocates to Washington after losing a high profile murder case involving an actor (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Eight years later, the actor is back on trial for another murder. This lures Maya back to Los Angeles to finish what she started. Come to think of it, this sounds like the perfect show for Marcia Clarke to write. The pilot of the show starts at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. 

WHAT’S RETURNING?

How do you know Spring has arrived? Flowers start blooming. The sun starts to shine. Food Network premieres a new season of “Spring Baking Championship.” Tonight sees the first episode of the fifth season of the reality show at 9 p.m. ET. Ten bakers bring their sunny, yet cutting, competitive edge as they face off with their Spring confections. The premiere episode features the bakers making watercolor cakes and animal-themed doughnuts. Who will be the cream of the crop in the competition, and who will get burnt?

WHAT’S ENDING?

It’s not easy getting back in the groove of being a superhero again. Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) had hung up his cape on his superhero persona, Black Lightning, nine years ago. However, the re-emergence of Tobias White (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III) and his gang (“The 100”) coerces Jefferson out of retirement. The season finale, entitled “The Book of the Apocalypse: Chapter Two: The Omega,” finds our favorite characters in peril. Tobias makes major strides towards killing Black Lightning.  Never fear, “Black Lightning” will live to fight another day. The CW renewed the show for a third season on January 31, 2019. Tune back in this September for the next adventures of “Black Lightning.”

MOVIES ON TV

For the Oscar completists out there, Starz just made it easier to catch up on one of this year’s documentary nominees. “Of Fathers and Sons” finds director Talal Derki returning to his home town in Syria where he befriends a radical family. The family takes him through their terrorist training camp the children of the family attend. Derki manages to let the family drop their guard and reveal their jihadist ideology. It’s incredible how in depth Derki gets with his subjects. The access he is afforded is truly remarkable. Catch the Oscar nominated documentary tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Starz.

Are radical jihadists not fitting your Monday mood? Well, TCM has the perfect counter-programming for you. “Singin’ in the Rain, a all-time great musical event, starts at 9 p.m. ET on TCM. With the recent passing of co-director Stanley Donen, what better way to honor his memory than by curling up with his masterpiece? You can’t find yourself a better trio than Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor as a classic movie star, aspiring actress and goofball friend, respectively. Meanwhile, the whole show gets stolen by Jean Hagen as the squeaky voiced diva, Lina Lamont.

NEW EPISODES

Not finding anything so far? Don’t stop now. Keep reading to see what else is new tonight.

  • “American Idol” (ABC) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Man With a Plan” (CBS) at 8:30 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
  • “POV” (PBS) at 9 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
  • “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
  • “Winner Cake All” (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
  • “American Pickers” (History) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Pawn Stars” (History) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “Grave Mysteries” (ID) at 9 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
  • “Buried Secrets of the Bible with Albert Lin” (National Geographic) at 10 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 9 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 New York” (VH1) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Love & Hip Hop Miami” (VH1) at 9 p.m. & 10 p.m. ET

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