TV tonight: ‘The Americans’ returns for Season 5
Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star as Elizabeth and Philip Jennings in “The Americans.”
TV picks for Tuesday, March 7
“Switched at Birth” (8 p.m., Freeform): Daphne takes a volunteer job at a clinic for extra credit and comes face-to-face with her old mentor, Dr. Jackson (guest star Al White). While eager to mend fences with him, she grows alarmed when it becomes obvious he’s having trouble properly treating his patients. Mingo (guest star Adam Hagenbuch) leads the annual “Kangaroo Krawl,” but Daphne sees his foolhardy behavior as a reaction to the regretful costume party incident. Also, Bay finds Noelle (guest star Valery Ortiz) is plagiarizing her work and uses the discovery to negotiate her own chair.
“Bull” (9 p.m., CBS): When a state governor and the co-owner of a skydiving company die during a jump, Bull helps the co-owner’s brother, Max Hyland (Frank Whaley), and daughter fight a lawsuit filed by the governor’s widow by trying to find who sabotaged the parachute. Also, Bull and his frequent trial collaborator, Liberty Davis (Dena Tyler), find themselves on opposing sides in court for the first time.
“The Americans” (10 p.m., FX): With U.S.-Russia relations making real-world headlines, it seems like a good time to welcome secret Russian spies Philip and Elizabeth back into our lives. In the Season 5 premiere, they embark on an operation unlike any before. The job? Locate and dig up the corpse of the operative who died from exposure to the potential bioweapon and uncover something the KGB badly wants. Meanwhile, on the home front, Philip and Elizabeth struggle to maintain normalcy in their family, especially around their son, Henry. It doesn’t help that daughter Paige’s budding romance with Matthew, the son of their neighbor, FBI agent Stan Beeman, further complicates matters
“People Icons” (10 p.m., ABC): The covers of People magazine come to life in this new series hosted by Lara Spencer (“Good Morning America”). Each week the program will delve into different topics and personalities. It all kicks off with an hour devoted to “iconic celebrity love stories.” Included: the Obamas; Prince William and Kate; Beyoncé and Jay-Z; the Estefans; and Hollywood legends Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
“Amy Schumer: The Leather Special” (Netflix): In this new standup special, the popular funny woman delivers riffs about binge drinking, female beauty, her relationship with her boyfriend and navigating the unknown terrain of being a newly famous woman who looks like someone you grew up with. The show was shot last November in front of a packed house at Denver’s Bellco Theater.
Also on Tuesday:
“The Middle” (8 p.m., ABC)
“NCIS” (8 p.m., CBS)
“New Girl” (8 p.m., Fox)
“The Voice” (8 p.m., NBC)
“The Flash” (8 p.m., The CW)
“WWE Smackdown” (8 p.m., USA)
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (8 p.m., Bravo)
“Bad Girls Club” (8 p.m., Oxygen)
“The Mick” (8:30 p.m., Fox)
“American Housewife” (8:30 p.m., ABC)
“Bones” (9 p.m, Fox)
“This Is Us” (9 p.m., NBC)
“Fresh Off the Boat” (9 p.m., ABC)
“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (9 p.m., The CW)
“Moonshiners” (9 p.m., Discovery)
“Chicago Justice” (10 p.m., NC)
“NCIS: New Orleans” (10 p.m., CBS)
“Being Mary Jane” (10 p.m., BET)
“House Hunters” (10 p.m., HGTV)
“The Detour” (10 p.m., TBS)
“60 Minutes Sports” (10 p.m., Showtime)
“House Hunters” (10 p.m., HGTV)
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