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Cheers & Jeers

Cheers to “Little Fires Everywhere” for reigniting our love for Kerry Washington. As cagey boho artist Mia in Hulu’s adaptation of Celeste Ng’s novel, the “Scandal” vet paints an unvarnished portrait of a mom afraid of losing her daughter to a Donna Reedish suburbanite (Reese Witherspoon) who is everything she’s not. But to us, Kerry, you are everything.

Cheers to “SEAL Team” for completing a tricky mission. The CBS military drama broke ranks from its rescue-of-the-week routine with a movie-caliber mini arc about a botched op that spanned several episodes and shook Bravo leader Jason (David Boreanaz) enough to root out the weakest link within his brotherhood.

Jeers to “Grey’s Anatomy” for writing off Karev … literally. To explain actor Justin Chambers’ exit, the ABC drama spent the March 5 hour showing the staff learning — through a series of Dear John letters — that he’d left his job, his wife and apparently his senses to reunite with ex Izzie (Katherine Heigl) in Kansas. Honestly, death would have been more dignified.

Jeers to “The Bachelor: Women Tell All” for screaming out of both sides of its face. After two hours of Peter’s exes mean-girling one another, ABC’s shrillest reunion show ever then brought out ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay to emotionally address the show’s abusive online trolls. So it’s only OK if they do it on camera?

Pauley Perrette trades retirement for laughs in new CBS comedy ‘Broke’

After 15 years in the NCIS lab, Pauley Perrette was ready to laugh. “I wanted to do a comedy. Either that or retire,” says the actress, who played the CBS procedural’s Abby Sciuto until 2018. Thankfully, she chose the former. As Jackie on “Broke” (Thursdays, beginning April 2), she’s a struggling single mom whose idea of a morning time-saver is blowtorching oatmeal for son Sammy (Antonio Corbo). When her estranged sister, Elizabeth (Natasha Leggero), and brother-in-law, Javier (Jaime Camil), go from riches to rags, Jackie reluctantly lets them crash, along with Javier’s assistant (Izzy Diaz) and a dog. Here, Perrette invites us in.

What caused the rift between Jackie and her sister?

Pauley Perrette: Their dad’s in prison, and mom died. Elizabeth married a rich guy and disappeared. So Jackie’s pissed — she could have used their help raising a child. When they show up, there’s a lot of history. Not all of it’s good. What’s the major conflict? Mostly it’s cultural. Jackie wouldn’t know a Louis Vuitton suitcase. Elizabeth and Javier are cocktails and caviar. But Javier’s not the arrogant-jerk rich guy. He’s lived in a bubble and is naive. His father’s cut him off. Every character is played a little differently than [you’d expect].

Jackie’s a bartender, and so were you. How else are you alike?

She’s also a mechanic and a tool freak. I’m kind of a tool freak. I’m from Alabama, so they raised us like that — and my dad didn’t have any boys, so me and my sister are like dudes.

Did you really consider retiring?

I was going to drink beer with my three dogs and watch television. [Laughs] My family, friends and pastor didn’t think it was the best idea. I didn’t even want to play a mom, but now Antonio is the center of my universe. He brightens my life!

TV Best Bets Week

Friday, March 27



Season Premiere!

As Season 3 of the acclaimed crime drama begins, it is six months later, and the casino is up and running, but Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy (Laura Linney) are fighting for control of the family’s destiny. Marty preaches keeping the status quo, while Wendy plots for expansion, aided by an alliance with Helen (Janet McTeer) and drug cartel leader Omar Navarro (Felix Solis). But when Wendy’s brother Ben (Tom Pelphrey) comes to town, everyone’s lives are thrown into chaos.

The Blacklist: “Newton Purcell”

NBC, 8pm

The Task Force investigates a series of attacks on data centers perpetrated by a blacklister with a peculiar condition, as Liz (Megan Boone) conducts a secret investigation on the side. Meanwhile, Glen (guest star Clark Middleton) desperately tries to prove his value to Red (James Spader) after a shipping mishap.

Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Starz, 8pm

The Oscar-winning comedy/drama makes its debut tonight on Starz. Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed this entertaining gem that follows an aging actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) as they navigate the changing film industry during the end of Hollywood’s golden age. Pitt was showered with Best Supporting Actor awards for his amusing yet compassionate portrayal, and his acceptance speeches created even bigger buzz. In accepting his Screen Actors Guild award, he joked, “Let’s be honest, it was a difficult part. Guy who gets high, takes his shirt off, and doesn’t get on with his wife? It was a big stretch.” Well played.

A Mankiewicz Family Weekend

TCM, beginning at 8pm

Catch a Classic!

Over three nights beginning this evening, Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz will appear with his cousin Alex Mankiewicz and Sydney Stern, author of The Brothers Mankiewicz. They will discuss and introduce movies that Ben’s grandfather, Herman J. Mankiewicz, and Alex’s father, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, had hands in creating. Tonight’s theme is “Early Success,” and features the films Million Dollar Legs(1932, coproduced by Herman and cowritten by Joseph), Dinner at Eight(1933, cowritten by Herman) and Manhattan Melodrama(1934, cowritten by Joseph).

Somewhere South

PBS, 9pm

New Series!

In this new six-part series, chef Vivian Howard (A Chef’s Life) returns to PBS for a culinary journey through the American South. Howard is on the hunt for familiar dishes expressed in different ways. From dumplings to hand pies to porridge, Howard seeks out the home cooks and Southern chefs who are telling the stories of their cultures through their food.

Mama June: From Not to Hot

WE tv, 9pm

Season Premiere!

The fourth season follows the Shannon family trying to cope with the fallout of Mama’s arrest, drug addiction and dysfunctional relationship with boyfriend Geno. Leaning on each other for strength and support, the family struggles together to maintain hope for June’s healthy return.

The Inn at Little Washington: A Delicious Documentary

PBS, 10pm

Meet Patrick O’Connell, a self-taught chef whose restaurant, The Inn at Little Washington, is considered one of the greatest dining experiences in America. Follow Chef O’Connell’s pursuit of the ultimate culinary accolade: a third Michelin star.

Vagrant Queen

Syfy, 10pm

New Series!

Adriyan Rae and Tim Rozon headline this live-action adaptation of the comic book series by Magdalene Visaggio and Jason Smith. The series — which boasts an all-female team of writers and directors led by showrunner/creator Jem Garrard — follows Elida (Rae), an ex-child queen on the run from a new government seeking to eradicate her and her royal bloodline.

20 Women to Watch in 2020

Syfy, 11pm

This original documentary special spotlights rising women among film, TV and comics who will make an impact in the sci-fi genre in 2020.

Saturday, March 28

The Wedding Singer

IFC, 7pm

Catch a Classic!

This is a 1998 rom-com classic starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. In 1985, struggling musician Robbie (Sandler) is making ends meet as a suburban wedding singer when he meets the reception hall’s new waitress, Julia (Barrymore). As the two grow closer, and Robbie’s own romance fizzles, he becomes the world’s worst wedding singer.

A Mother Knows Worst

Lifetime, 8pm

Original Film!

Tragedy strikes when Olivia (Katie Leclerc) and Harry Davis’ (Jeff Schine) newborn baby doesn’t survive the birth. Six months later, the young couple has come to terms with their loss and are rebuilding their lives. But when Olivia meets glamorous Brooke Marsden (Victoria Barabas) and her baby girl, she quickly becomes obsessed.

A Mankiewicz Family Weekend: “Joseph L. Mankiewicz”

TCM, beginning at 8pm

Catch a Classic!

Ben and Alex Mankiewicz, along with author Sydney Stern (The Brothers Mankiewicz), return to introduce and discuss two films written and directed by Alex’s father Joseph L. Mankiewicz: A Letter to Three Wives(1949) and People Will Talk(1951).

Seasonal Wonderlands: “Okavango”

BBC America, 9pm

Series Finale!

The finale of BBC America’s nature series visits Okavango to see how a yearly flood creates the lush wetland of the Okavango Delta in the middle of the vast Kalahari Desert.

Just My Type

Hallmark Channel, 9pm

Original Film!

Hallmark Channel’s latest original feel-good film finds a pop-culture writer and aspiring novelist, Vanessa Mills (Bethany Joy Lenz), landing the interview of a lifetime with an illustrious, elusive and reclusive mystery author (Brett Dalton). Suddenly, she finds herself reevaluating her own life and takes her own advice to “go boldly in the direction of your dreams and live the life you imagine.”

Sunday, March 29

God Friended Me: “Almost Famous”

CBS, 8pm

In the new episode “Almost Famous,” Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall) is reluctant to get involved with the God Account’s latest friend suggestion for fear of hurting Ali’s (Javicia Leslie) chances of being accepted into a trial for a new cancer drug.

Batwoman: “A Narrow Escape”

The CW, 8pm

Batwoman (Ruby Rose) encounters a new challenge when an old villain resurfaces, testing the heroics of Gotham’s most standup citizens. Alice’s (Rachel Skarsten) limits are tested.

The Wall: “Matt and Nick”

NBC, 8pm

Co-pastors and brothers Matt, a firefighter, and Nick, a high school teacher and football coach, from Aubrey, Texas, work tirelessly to feed their community using their church food pantry to feed over 75 families a week. With the all-new Superdrop and millions of dollars just a drop away, there is no stopping where these Texas boys will go on The Wall.

Call the Midwife

PBS, 8pm

Season Premiere!

Season 9 opens with the funeral of Winston Churchill in January 1965, as Nonnatus House enters a bold and innovative era. Unexpected challenges await as the population shifts, rules change, and old diseases come back. Alongside the joy and optimism of birth, the midwives and medics must cope with cases including diphtheria, drug abuse, cancer, tuberculosis and fistula. Meanwhile, their own experiences are fueled by love, loss and doubt — and the very fabric of their lives is jeopardized when Nonnatus itself comes under threat of demolition.


Showtime, 8pm

Season Premiere!

The weekly newsmagazine debuts on its new network. The 13-episode season will continue to pursue on-the-ground reporting from the front lines of global conflicts as well as investigations into the issues that divide America today.

A Mankiewicz Family Weekend: “Herman J. Mankiewicz”

TCM, beginning at 8pm

Catch a Classic!

Ben and Alex Mankiewicz, and author Sydney Stern (The Brothers Mankiewicz), conclude the weekend by introducing and discussing two legendary films cowritten by Ben’s grandfather Herman J. Mankiewicz. The evening begins with the iconic Citizen Kane(1941), which Mankiewicz cowrote with the film’s director, Orson Welles. This is followed by The Pride of the Yankees(1942), cowritten by Mankiewicz and Jo Swerling.

Family Karma: “Sari, Not Sari”

Bravo, 9pm

Diwali may be a time of forgiveness, but some people missed the memo. As an argument between Vishal, Amrit and Bali erupts at the annual Fire Tower celebration, the friend group is fractured. While Amrit welcomes his boyfriend Nicholas to town for a reality check on their future, Monica finally reckons with the truth behind Brian’s unmasked feelings.

NCIS: Los Angeles: “Fortune Favors the Brave”

CBS, 9pm

In the new episode “Fortune Favors the Brave,” Sam (LL Cool J) has to investigate the murder of an Iranian exile while also saving a new agent (guest star Caleb Castille) who accidentally triggers a bomb.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: “Zoey’s Extraordinary Glitch”

NBC, 9pm

After receiving heartbreaking news, Zoey (Jane Levy) suffers a mysterious “glitch” in her powers.

Garth Brooks: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

PBS, 9pm

Country music icon Garth Brooks receives the 2020 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at an all-star tribute in Washington, D.C. The multiple hall of famer is the youngest recipient of the prestigious prize.

Collector’s Call: “Meet Jim Turano”

MeTV, 9:30pm

Jim Turano’s love for Elton John started in 1973, when he was 9 years old and heard “Crocodile Rock” on the radio. In the decades since, he’s proved himself a superfan by attending over 193 concerts and building an unrivaled collection of Elton John memorabilia. Jim proudly shares some of his rarest and most exclusive pieces, including a Captain Fantastic pinball machine from 1976; handwritten lyrics by Elton John’s collaborator Bernie Taupin; and a spectacular costume jacket (with matching glasses) worn by Elton onstage.

The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty: “A New Generation”

CNN, 10pm

Season Finale!

The first season of CNN’s look at the modern history of Britain’s royal family concludes with a look at recent years.

Good Girls: “Vegas, Baby”

NBC, 10pm

The women call on an unexpected ally to help Max (Wesam Keesh) seek revenge. But when their plans go awry, Ruby’s (Retta) life is put in jeopardy. Meanwhile, a directionless Annie (Mae Whitman) tries to find her purpose in life as Stan (Reno Wilson) discovers his side hustle isn’t what it seems.

Race for the White House: “Eisenhower v. Stevenson”

CNN, 11pm

Season Finale!

In 1952, Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower, the heroic World War II general, and Democrat Adlai Stevenson are both persuaded to run for the White House. But as the gloves come off, the election becomes a fierce battle for hearts and minds.

Monday, March 30

The Neighborhood: “Welcome to the Jump”

CBS, 8pm

When Tina (Tichina Arnold) receives some unexpected news, she decides to learn how to skydive in the new episode “Welcome to the Jump.”

9-1-1: “Pinned”

FOX, 8pm

The 118 responds to accidents at a bowling alley and a home renovation, and Athena (Angela Bassett) pursues a car thief in the new episode “Pinned.”

The Voice: “The Battles Part 2”

NBC, 8pm

The Battle Rounds continue, and the coaches enlist music industry powerhouses Jonas Brothers (Team Nick), Dua Lipa (Team Kelly), Ella Mai (Team Legend) and Bebe Rexha (Team Blake) to prepare their artists to go head-to-head in the hopes of advancing to the Knockout Rounds. Each coach has one steal and, in a new twist, one save that will enter their saved artist into a Four-Way Knockout.

TCM Spotlight: Life at Sea — Under the Sea

TCM, beginning at 8pm

Catch a Classic!

Turner Classic Movies’ monthlong Monday night salute to ocean-related films ends tonight, with a primetime lineup featuring movies set largely underwater. Titles include Captain Nemo and the Underwater City(1970), The Incredible Mr. Limpet(1964), Beneath the 12-Mile Reef(1953), Atlantis, the Lost Continent(1961) and Underwater!(1955).

Bob (Hearts) Abishola: “Angry, Happy, Same Face”

CBS, 8:30pm

Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku) must draw the line when Bob’s (Billy Gardell) ex-wife, Lorraine (returning guest star Nicole Sullivan), tries to maneuver her way back into Bob’s life in the new episode “Angry, Happy, Same Face.”

Below Deck Sailing Yacht: “Parker’s Big Adventure”

Bravo, 9pm

Jenna and Adam pick up the pieces of Madison and Ciara’s botched beach picnic while Georgia steps up to surprise the guests. Jenna discovers why Madison is so exhausted all the time. Parker tries to prove himself by executing a mission for the guests, while Ciara steps aside to let him make his own mistakes. After Jenna reaches a breaking point with Madison, she talks to Glenn about how to best proceed with or without her.

All Rise: “In the Fights”

CBS, 9pm

Emily’s (Jessica Camacho) composure and compartmentalization nosedives when she defends a young man charged with felony domestic violence in the new episode “In the Fights.”


Discovery Channel, 9pm

New Series!

In this new entry in Discovery’s Monday night automotive programming block, Galpin Motors Inc. president and COO Beau Boeckmann, custom car builder Dave Shuten, and customization specialist “Mad Mike” Martin are revving up engines to save automotive history and rescue car culture from oblivion. In the series premiere, Boeckmann and the Galpin crew resurrect a one-of-a-kind Pantera that Carroll Shelby hot-rodded for a secret project with Lee Iacocca.

Prodigal Son: “Scheherazade”

FOX, 9pm

The NYPD dives deep into the rigorous world of dance after an up-and-coming ballet dancer is mysteriously poisoned in the new episode “Scheherazade.”

The Plot Against America: “Part 3”

HBO, 9pm

In the early days of the Lindbergh administration, Herman (Morgan Spector) decides the family will continue with their planned trip to Washington, D.C., despite Bess’ (Zoe Kazan) desire to visit Canada, where Jewish families are migrating. After paying a visit to Evelyn (Winona Ryder), Sandy (Caleb Malis) shows interest in an assimilation program targeting Jewish youth and spearheaded by Bengelsdorf (John Turturro). In London, Alvin (Anthony Boyle) stands out during his military training and is selected for a special mission.

The Good Doctor: “I Love You”

ABC, 10pm

Season Finale!

In the second episode of the two-part finale, our doctors work against time and their own personal safety to save the lives of those around them.

Fast N’ Loud

Discovery Channel, 10pm

Season Premiere!

With builds bigger than ever before, Richard Rawlings and his team of hot rod builders wrestle with intricate projects, impossible deadlines and demanding standards while Gas Monkey Garage solidifies its elite status in the hot rod world. Throughout the new season, Richard, Russell J. Holmes and the crew push the boundaries on some of the most complex builds the garage has ever taken on.

Manifest: “Call Sign”

NBC, 10pm

Ben (Josh Dallas) is drawn to help absolve a passenger of his guilt, while Saanvi (Parveen Kaur) enlists help in protecting herself from the Major (Elizabeth Marvel). Jared (J.R. Ramirez) and Drea (Ellen Tamaki) attempt to extract a confession from a trio of ruthless meth dealers who would do anything to exact revenge on Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh).

Almost Paradise

WGN America, 10pm

New Series!

Former DEA agent Alex Walker (Christian Kane) has been forced into early retirement by a combination of his partner’s betrayal and a life-threatening battle with hypertension. Now running the gift shop at a luxury hotel on a small tropical island in the Philippines, things are still not entirely tranquil for Alex, as the rich, powerful — and sometimes criminal — elite drawn to the island from around the world pull him back into a world of dangerous people and situations.

Tuesday, March 31

The Innocents FXM,

9:40am Catch a Classic!

Truman Capote was a cowriter of the screenplay, with William Archibald, for this 1961 adaptation of Archibald’s stage play that itself was an adaptation of Henry James’ classic novella The Turn of the Screw. The film is one of the finest (and spookiest) psychological horror/ghost movies ever made. Deborah Kerr stars as a governess hired to watch over two children who she comes to believe are being possessed by the malevolent spirits of former servants. But could she actually be losing her mind?

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Freeform, 5:30pm

Catch a Classic!

Ferris Bueller has cut a dangerous amount of classes during his senior year — which is why he wants to make his last unexcused day off count. With an overzealous principal on his trail, Ferris remains determined to take his girlfriend Sloane and his best friend Cameron on a wild ride through the city of Chicago. Stars Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey and Charlie Sheen.

NCIS: “Blarney”

CBS, 8pm

Kasie (Diona Reasonover) and Jimmy (Brian Dietzen) are held hostage in a diner after a jewelry store robbery goes awry in the new episode “Blarney.”

Suffragettes: Celebrating 100 Years of the 19th Amendment

TCM, beginning at 8pm

Catch a Classic!

This year marks the centennial of women attaining equal voting rights in America following the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920. Turner Classic Movies celebrates with an evening of films about suffragettes and other women fighting for their rights in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The night begins with The Shocking Miss Pilgrim, a 1947 musical comedy starring Betty Grable as the title character, who becomes involved in the women’s suffrage movement in 1874.

Empire: “Love Me Still”

FOX, 9pm

As their wedding day arrives, Teri’s (Meta Golding) fears concerning Andre’s (Trai Byers) temper continue to surface in the new episode “Love Me Still.”

The Scheme

HBO, 9pm

This documentary tells the tale of Christian Dawkins, who was convicted in federal court in the biggest criminal case in collegiate sports history. The film chronicles the two-year undercover FBI investigation into college basketball corruption that came to a dramatic climax in 2017 when Adidas executives and assistant coaches at major college programs were arrested in a pay-for-play scheme.

Little People, Big World

TLC, 9pm

Season Premiere!

It’s been 14 years now that we’ve been following the Roloff family, and we’ve seen them through many of life’s ups and downs. The new season brings plenty of changes for all of the Roloffs — from a pregnancy to farm renovations to a new house and everything in between. After Matt partially buys out Amy’s stake in Roloff Farms, she decides it’s time to distance herself from her ex and sets out to find a new home, and by extension, a new life. Meanwhile, her boyfriend Chris has a different milestone in mind — one that involves a diamond ring. As for Zach and Tori, a new pregnancy proves far more difficult than their last, as they await the news of whether or not their baby will be a little person. On the other side of the farm, Matt and his girlfriend Caryn are figuring out what their future together looks like.

The Biggest Loser

USA Network, 9pm

Season Finale!

The reboot of the reality competition series that challenges 12 contestants to transform their lives by achieving better overall health ends its first season tonight.

For Life: “Do Us Part”

ABC, 10pm

Aaron (Nicholas Pinnock) struggles to balance the demands of his own case with the needs of an inmate who’s fighting for the right to marry his dying girlfriend. Safiya (Indira Varma) defies the prison board, effectively jeopardizing Anya’s (Mary Stuart Masterson) campaign as well as their marriage.

FBI: Most Wanted: “Silkworm”

CBS, 10pm

In the new episode “Silkworm,” the team must track down a former counterintelligence officer who is leaking classified information to a foreign government.

The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch

History, 10pm

New Series!

This nonfiction series has gained full, unprecedented access to one of the most secretive hot spots of paranormal and UFO-related activities: Skinwalker Ranch, an infamous property in an area of Utah that has been dubbed “UFO Alley.” The series comes from executive producer Kevin Burns, the man behind similar History favorites like Ancient Aliens.

7 Little Johnstons

TLC, 10pm

Season Premiere!

The adorable Johnstons family is back. This season finds parents Trent and Amber and their five kids — Jonah, Anna, Elizabeth, Emma and Alex — hitting major milestones in their lives, as they navigate their differences in an average-sized world (they are the largest known family living with achondroplasia dwarfism) and share the ups and downs that all families deal with.

Wednesday, April 1

Toshiro Mifune 100th Birthday Tribute

TCM, beginning at 6am

Catch a Classic!

Turner Classic Movies offers a daylong tribute to the work of the late, legendary Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, who was born on this day in 1920. Included in the 10-film lineup are some of Mifune’s notable teamings with equally iconic director Akira Kurosawa, including Seven Samurai, the 1954 epic that was remade as the classic 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven; Throne of Blood(1957); Rashomon (1950); and The Hidden Fortress, the 1958 adventure film that was one of George Lucas’ inspirations for Star Wars.

The Masked Singer: “The Super Nine Masked Singer Special: Groups A, B & C”

FOX, 8pm

The finalists from all three groups come together as the Super Nine in the new two-hour episode “The Super Nine Masked Singer Special: Groups A, B & C.”

The Challenge

MTV, 8pm

Season Premiere!

The explosive new season returns to a solo game format where no one is safe and it’s every traitor for themselves. Twenty-eight players will face strenuous challenges in pursuit of the $1 million prize with a shocking twist, unleashing mental warfare like never before.

Nature: “Cuba’s Wild Revolution”

PBS, 8pm

In the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, Cuba is an island teeming with exotic biodiversity: from coral reefs pulsating with life to 5-foot-long Cuban rock iguanas. As international relations thaw, what will become of this wildlife sanctuary?

Modern Family: “I’m Going to Miss This”

ABC, 9pm

Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) is having a hard time letting go of his old life and Gloria (Sofía Vergara) steps in to help him say goodbye. Meanwhile, Haley (Sarah Hyland), Luke (Nolan Gould) and Alex (Ariel Winter) decide to throw a party at the Dunphy house when Claire (Julie Bowen) and Phil (Ty Burrell) leave for a trip, and Dylan’s mom takes the twins for the night.

SEAL Team: “Drawdown”

CBS, 9pm

As Bravo Team begins their deployment in Afghanistan during peace negotiations, Sonny (A.J. Buckley) reports to an Air Force base in Texas to serve his disciplinary training action in the new episode “Drawdown.”

Bering Sea Gold

Discovery Channel, 9pm

Season Premiere!

Following a record-breaking heat wave in Nome, the clock is ticking for those seeking gold in the depths of the Bering Sea as the sediment on the ocean floor begins to kick up, putting all of their known claims at risk. The Eroica’s Capt. Emily Riedel has a secret weapon — she’s brought diver Daryl Galipeau back into the game in the hopes of venturing into untouched areas and rising up against her competitors. Later in the season, when winter sets in and the sea freezes over, for the first time in years the miners will dive under a solid sheet of ice.

See No Evil

Investigation Discovery, 9pm

Season Premiere!

The series that looks at deadly crimes solved by surveillance camera footage returns for Season 6. In the premiere episode, “The Good Samaritan,” when young professional Sasha Samsudean disappears after a night out in downtown Orlando, detectives turn to video surveillance footage to unravel the mystery and bring her killer to justice.

Tournament of Champions

Food Network, 10pm

Season Finale!

It started with 16 of the greatest chefs in the world competing head-to-head in the arena. Now, one gladiator will stand above the rest.

The Magicians

Syfy, 10pm

Series Finale!

Season 5 of the fantasy drama based on Lev Grossman’s novels comes to a close tonight.

Thursday, April 2

Young Sheldon: “A House for Sale and Serious Woman Stuff”

CBS, 8pm

When Sheldon (Iain Armitage) learns the house next door is for sale, he takes it upon himself to find the perfect neighbors. Guest star Jason Alexander returns as Mr. Lundy in the new episode “A House for Sale and Serious Woman Stuff.”

TCM Spotlight: New York in the ’70s

TCM, beginning at 8pm

Catch a Classic!

Every Thursday evening in April, Turner Classic Movies devotes its lineup to various aspects of New York City in the 1970s as seen through notable films made in that decade. Tonight’s titles seem to focus on the seediness, drugs and crime for which the Big Apple was notorious in the ’70s, as the lineup features films like The Panic in Needle Park(1971), The Taking of Pelham One Two Three(1974) and Klute(1971).

Man With a Plan

CBS, 8:30pm

Season Premiere!

Matt LeBlanc is back as husband, father and contractor Adam Burns for Season 4 of this sitcom. Liza Snyder, Kevin Nealon, Stacy Keach and Grace Kaufman also star.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Admiral Peralta”

NBC, 8:30pm

Jake (Andy Samberg) and his father deal with unsettled family business, while Amy (Melissa Fumero) and Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) work a high-profile case and Terry (Terry Crews) wants to join the NYPD band.

Grey’s Anatomy: “Sing It Again”

ABC, 9pm

Owen (Kevin McKidd) and Link (Chris Carmack) treat an older woman who wakes up from surgery and can’t stop singing, while Teddy (Kim Raver) helps Koracick (Greg Germann) stay afloat after an estranged loved one from his past comes to the hospital looking for help. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Maggie (Kelly McCreary) focus their efforts on a difficult patient with a tricky diagnosis.

The Real Housewives of New York City

Bravo, 9pm

Season Premiere!

Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley and Tinsley Mortimer return for another season, only this time they’re joined by new housewife Leah McSweeney, a streetwear designer and edgy downtown girl who has the ladies clutching their pearls.

Mom: “Texas Pete and a Parking Lot Carnival”

CBS, 9pm

In the new episode “Texas Pete and a Parking Lot Carnival,” Bonnie (Allison Janney) worries about her therapist, Trevor (returning guest star Rainn Wilson), when his life hits a serious rough patch.

Total Bellas

E!, 9pm

Season Premiere!

Season 5 finds Nikki and Brie finally reconnecting with their father while working on their memoir. While they want to learn more about him, his family and their Mexican American roots, the sisters worry about how it will affect their mother.

If I Should Die

Investigation Discovery, 9pm

New Series!

This series examines shocking murders with no viable suspects and no solid leads. The baffling homicides can only be solved with help from the victims themselves, speaking from beyond the grave through their own words. In the premiere episode, “Unfinished Business,” 15-year-old Candice Parchment goes missing from her home and is found dead months later. The investigation hits a dead end until the discovery of Candice’s diary reveals a shocking assault and points to the person who killed her.


CBS, 9:30pm

New Series!

NCIS’ Pauley Perrette turns to comedy, starring as a single suburban mother who’s shocked when her estranged sister, Elizabeth; her sister’s outrageously wealthy, big-hearted, Latin husband, Javier; and Javier’s fiercely loyal assistant/driver/friend land on her doorstep in need of a place to live after the couple’s money dries up.

Indebted: “Everybody’s Talking About Neighbors”

NBC, 9:30pm

After realizing Debbie (Fran Drescher) and Stew (Steven Weber) are forcing the neighbors to socialize, Dave (Adam Pally) and Rebecca (Abby Elliott) try to convince them to keep to themselves, insisting neighbors should just be neighbors.

How to Get Away With Murder: “We’re Not Getting Away With It”

ABC, 10pm

New Episodes!

Annalise’s (Viola Davis) disappearance is uncovered, and the fallout affects everyone. Following Asher’s (Matt McGorry) death, Michaela (Aja Naomi King) and Connor (Jack Falahee) are booked on murder charges and forced to make the most difficult decision of their lives. Bonnie (Liza Weil) reveals a secret about Tegan (Amirah Vann), and Gabriel (Rome Flynn) becomes a potential murder suspect.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Garland’s Baptism by Fire”

NBC, 10pm

Chief Garland (Demore Barnes) must put friendship aside when a pastor at his church is arrested.

Mysteries of the Deep Science Channel, 10pm New Series! FormerRiver Monstershost, biologist and angler Jeremy Wade is back in a new series to search for answers behind the most baffling underwater mysteries known to science. From the Loch Ness monster, to gruesome discoveries washing up on the shores of British Columbia, to how a man managed to stay alive for three days trapped in a shipwreck at the bottom of the sea and more, no topic is off limits for Wade, no matter how strange it may sound.

Ask Matt: Why are season finales now in March?

Question: Why are some season finales in March instead of May?

— Rodney

Matt Roush: There are several factors behind early spring finales of certain shows: shorter episode orders, which could be either a creative or economic decision, and/or fewer repeats meaning that some shows that might once have stretched out their run into May now end sooner. The networks are also into sharing time periods during midseason, which either interrupts a show’s run by trying out a new series in its time slot or ending the season earlier than before. While there still exists a traditional broadcast-network season from late September to midMay, the networks are a lot less tied to this timetable than they once were.

Question: “Year of the Rabbit” on IFC had me laughing out loud. Can you tell me anything about it?


Matt Roush: This Victorian era detective spoof really is a hoot. (Some episodes are available on IFC’s website; it ran through March 25 on Wednesdays.) The six-episode series first aired in the UK last summer, and its star Matt Berry can also be seen in FX’s uproarious vampire comedy “What We Do in the Shadows” (returning for a second season on April 15). Best news: Rabbit has been picked up for a second year.

To submit questions to TV Critic Matt Roush, go to: tvinsider.com @TVGMMattRoush.

Aspen Food & Wine Classic canceled due to coronavirus

The coronavirus’ sweeping impacts to Aspen have included the cancellation of the rest of the ski season, and now another favorite local past-time has been nixed — this summer’s Food & Wine Classic. 

Organizers of the decadently festive event, which signals the start to the summer tourism season, announced Monday they were cancelling it because of health concerns and uncertainties surrounding COVID-19. This year’s Food & Wine was scheduled for June 19-21.

“We made this decision out of concern for the safety of our community and the world beyond it,” Food & Wine Editor in Chief Hunter Lewis said in an announcement. 

Those who have tickets, which go for thousands of dollars, can get full refunds by calling 877-900-WINE by May 15, or their tickets will be transferred to the Food & Wine Classic scheduled June 2021 in Aspen.

When it comes to Aspen’s high-profile marquee events, Food & Wine stands alongside the Aspen Music Festival, the JAS Labor Day Experience, Aspen Ideas Festival and Winter X Games. 

With sundresses and lanyards de rigeur, Food & Wine has held special significance to Aspen for 37 years, growing to an event that last year featured 80 cooking demonstrations, events and seminars; as well as more than 2,000 brands of wine, spirits and food for consumption. The event has drawn the likes of such culinary celebrities as Giada De Laurentiis, Martha Stewart, Bobby Flay and others. 

All of that provides a recipe for raising Aspen’s profile, while restaurants and hotels pencil in Food & Wine as one of their busiest times of the year. 

“We love kicking off the summer with Food & Wine,” said Mayor Torre. “It’s been part of our community for so many years and it’s a great opportunity to start our summer. It will be sorely missed coming out of the winter. I’m saddened it’s not going to be here, but under these circumstances, I understand.”

The city and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association help produce the event.

ACRA President Debbie Braun said the decision to cancel Food & Wine rested with the New York-based publication. The event had a $3 million economic impact on Aspen over the course of three days a decade ago, she said. 

“We’re very supportive of Food and Wine’s decision,” she said. “We were in talks about this last week, all of us working to see if there were was a way we could postpone the event and that’s just not possible.”

With the impacts of COVID-19 remaining to be seen, Braun it would be difficult to disagree with Food & Wine’s decision.

“We are saddened to hear the news, but the health of the community and visitors is of paramount importance,” she said. 

Braun said Food & Wine’s cancellation will have “a huge impact on businesses and employees.”

Aside from the international talent the event attracts, it’s also a chance for local restaurants and other purveyors of alcohol and food to shine. 

“It’s a tremendous event that we love participating in,” said Bill Doherty, general manager of Kenichi, an Asian restaurant. “For the last four or five years we’ve been in the tent at least a couple of times, and we’ve taken part in the local vendor program, which has been awesome for us to get that kind of exposure.”

Like Torre and Braun, Doherty said he understands Food & Wine’s decision. 

“I think what we’re all seeing is unprecedented,” he said. “That’s the kind of the word keeps coming to mind. Nobody’s ever seen anything like this.”

Terry Butler, who owns and operates the boutique Residence Hotel on Galena Street downtown, said Food & Wine’s cancellation could cripple her business. 

“I depend on Food & Wine,” she said. “It’s my anchor for the summer. I’m so tiny that Food & Wine can make or break me, and this really upsets me.”

Butler, who described herself as a “cheerleader for Aspen,” said she is questioning the thought-process behind all of the closures, shutdowns and executive orders.

“It bothers me so much how people can change our lives,” she said. “I’m not trying to be cavalier, stupid or naive, but at the same time, I don’t want us to ruin our country over this. I really feel we can deal with this as it comes.”

With Food & Wine’s announcement, Bob Morris, who runs Aspen Mountain Lodge, said he won’t open the Main Street property until July 1. 

“June is gone,” he said. “It’s history, it’s toast.”

But at least, Morris said, Aspen’s notorious summer gridlock on Main Street won’t be an issue.

“The last argument any of us are going to have for the next three months is how to solve the congestion through the S-curves,” he said. 


Glenwood Chamber compiles restaurant take-out directory from Rifle to Carbondale and everywhere in between

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is gathering a restaurant directory for Rifle, Silt, New Castle, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale.

Current restaurant listings can be found here — there’s a link at the top of the list to get on it if you haven’t already.

Restaurants can still send their delivery and carryout hours to news@postindependent.com and we’ll then forward them on to the chamber.

You can also use the Chamber’s online form directly to be added to the list, or email tara@glenwoodchamber.com

Weekend Dish: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Plagues have written our history books from the beginning. They have brought civilizations to their knees or cleared an entire continent for European expansion. Ancient viruses are buried in our DNA.

The word plague has several meanings: contagious and causing trouble.

Sometimes plagues seem like yet another malady that our unsophisticated ancestors faced. During World War I, my great-grandfather wore Asafoetida around his neck to ward off the mysterious killer later to be known as the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918.

It is easy to look back in time and snicker at how silly and ignorant the people of history seemed. We certainly don’t have those kinds of problems today with our iPhones and Facebook. We’re so smart and modern, and we would never have to face those kinds of issues.

Yet today, in 2020, the world is facing another viral storm. As most of you hopefully know, a novel coronavirus identified as SARS CoV-2 is circulating the globe and is causing the COVID-19 disease. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that include SARS, MERS, and even some kinds of common cold. They usually start in animals such as bats and then transfer to other animals that can spread them to humans.

The last few months have seemed like a horror movie such as “Contagion.” SARS CoV-2 first emerged in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 and has since gone on to become a global pandemic. Millions are quarantined, while entire nations have shut off to the outside world. There is much misinformation on the internet, and even some of the highest public officials seem confused or more concerned with stock performance.

We are told that it is already contained, or it’s “just the flu.” It is not just like the flu. The fatality rate of COVID-19 is many magnitudes higher than the flu, which kills thousands every year. The virus is not contained and should be taken seriously with informed, concrete steps of action.

As of this writing, there are 72 cases in Colorado. Many of those cases are in our backyards in Eagle and Pitkin counties. The storm is undoubtedly blowing in. Can’t you feel the chill in the wind?

Fear in these times is healthy, but this is not the time to panic. We can all still take steps to help mitigate the virus while ensuring our safety in the event of widespread quarantines. While we may think our ancestors were less informed and more superstitious, we can still fall victim to the same disinformation via memes shared by our grandmothers on Facebook.

Information is the weapon we need to win the war against the virus. Top organizations from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control to leading epidemiologists recommend simple steps to protect yourself and your family.

  1. Clean your hands often.
  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you can’t wash your hands, then use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol.
  3. Do not touch your face. We all do it, but it’s one of the easiest ways for a virus to infect us.
  4. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or in the crook of your elbow.
  5. Stay home if you are sick, and maintain at least 20 feet of distance from those who appear sick.

As simple as these guidelines are, they can significantly slow down the advance of the virus. If you are feeling sick, then you should call your doctor ahead of time instead of coming in. Please be mindful of yourself and others in our shared community.

In the event of any quarantine, you need to make sure you can live in a comfortable home for a few weeks. We need food to survive, especially while ill. Are your pantries and medicine stocked to last a few weeks?

You want food with a longer shelf life. You also want to get enough nutrients if fresh foods are less available. The best options include pasta, rice, stocks and broths, beans, cured meats, and eggs. With these ingredients, you can keep it entertaining and healthy. Don’t forget the spices and seasonings. 

Most of us already have these ingredients in our pantries. If you don’t have some of these things, maybe grab a couple the next time you’re at the store. This is crucial: Do not panic buy 50 cans of soup. If people panic and buy way more than they need, then we risk the plague of scarcity. Again we must think of others as well.

Whether you will be asked to self-isolate or not, it is also essential to keep your house as disinfected as possible right now to prevent infection further. You can make homemade cleaners using bleach and alcohol. Any alcohol will work as long as it is 60 percent, but can’t be diluted.

Prepare a bleach solution by mixing five tablespoons bleach per gallon of water. It’s fine to add some essential oils to improve the scent of bleach. Be sure to clean doorknobs, light switches, handles remotes, phones, keys, counters, and bathrooms primarily.

We have faced pandemics before, and we can hope that this isn’t the big one. We can actually even do more than hope. We can be proactive in protecting ourselves, our loved ones and our communities by taking the most simple steps possible: wash your hands vigorously for 20 seconds; don’t touch your face; cover your cough correctly, stay away from people if sick and make sure your house is prepared.

If our ancestors knew these things, I can bet they would have followed them. If they believed hanging Asafoetida and rabbit’s feet around their necks would save them, then they would do anything. Imagine how things could have turned out if they had correct information? We do have accurate information through all the noise. Don’t take your safety or preparedness for granted. Don’t wait for “them” to fix this. With knowledge in hand, you can make a difference. If enough of us are proactive, then this virus will not be able to turn the next page of history.

Canceled: Yarn spins a pair of shows at Steve’s this weekend

Editor’s note: This event is canceled.

After more than a decade of touring, playing over 1,000 shows and logging more than half a million miles, Blake Christiana and the band Yarn have earned the right to be called road warriors.

The band, which hails from Raleigh, North Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York, plays upwards of 170 shows a year and has graced the stages at South by Southwest, Rhythm and Roots, and Meadowgrass, among others.

“With a little band like ourselves, we’re not getting the record sales anymore, so you’ve got to sell tickets and T-shirts,” he said. “But that’s what it’s all about; that’s where you really communicate the most to the audience and to your fans. Being onstage and having a full house, there’s nothing better than that.”

Yarn will play two shows this weekend at Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale, both Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8:30 p.m.

Christiana said that the best part about being on the road is meeting people and making friends. He said he’s been most surprised by the generosity of fans and their willingness to open their lives up to the band.

“When we first started out we were staying in a lot of people’s spare bedrooms and sleeping on their couches, and they were cooking us food,” he said. “Those people have become our best of friends. To me that’s the biggest surprise. People are really generous and really cool.”

Yarn honed their musical chops with a Monday night residency at the legendary Greenwich Village nightclub Kenny’s Castaways in 2007-’08.

“Pat Kenny had passed away by the time we were doing it, but his daughter (Maria Kenny) was running the club,” Christiana said. “When we started we didn’t even have a band name, we were just up there practicing tunes.”

“What was cool was everyone who was coming through was going back to wherever they were from, and we see them sometimes at shows and they’ll say, ‘Hey, I saw you at Kenny’s Castaways in 2008.’”

What followed were several studio albums including Yarn (2007), Empty Pockets (2008), Come On In (2010), Almost Home (2012), Shine the Light On (2013), This is the Year (2016), Lucky 13 Vol. 1 (2018) and Lucky 13 Vol. 2 (2019).

Although Yarn’s music has been described as “Americana” and “roots rock,” Christiana says it doesn’t fit easily into any one genre.

“It just kind of took its shape from all the members in the band,” he said. “What we’ve grown into today, it’s all a melting pot of the four of us and our visions coming together.”

Christiana said his own influences run the gamut from ’80s rock’n’roll to Townes Van Zandt, and from Tom Waits to Simon & Garfunkel.

In 2012 Christiana collaborated with a musician who is familiar to Roaring Fork Valley audiences — John Oates. Yarn was playing a show in Nashville and introduced their song, “Annie” as sounding like “a Hall and Oates tune.”

“John Oates was backstage and we hadn’t met him yet, so I told that story, that we were trying to write a Hall and Oates tune, and he just sat sidestage where we could see him with a big smile on his face,” Christiana said. “Right after that we talked and he said, ‘Let’s get together and write some tunes,’ so I went down to Nashville. We wrote a bunch of stuff — we had a pile of tunes.”


Weekend Planner March 13-15

Art in the Stacks opening reception

5 p.m. Friday — Glenwood Springs Art Guild’s annual show follows the theme “Home” — which could be a house or hearth, a barn or burrow, nest or den, trailer or tree, mountains or lake, etc. Vote for your favorite at the opening reception, which is open to all with snacks provided.

Glenwood Springs Library, 815 Cooper Ave. | 970-945-5958 | free

Elk Creek Elementary Carnival & Silent Auction

5:30 p.m. Friday — Games, prizes, and tacos. A fun (and free) family night of crazy cake walks, paper airplane contests and carnival games. Bid on an array of items at the silent auction.

Elk Creek Elementary, 804 W. Main St., New Castle | free

‘Into The Woods’

6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday — James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece.

Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, 915 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs | $35/adults, $31.50/seniors, $25/kids

POSTPONED: 12th Annual Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza

Carbondale Recreation Center

Chris Bank & Mark Johnson

7 p.m. Friday — Chris Bank, vocals, bass, sax, guitar and blue blowing, has performed in the Aspen area for 21 years. Mark Johnson, saxophonist, has released three recordings of his own on the JVC record label.

Heather’s Savory Pies and Tapas, 166 Midland Ave., Basalt | free

Shady Lane

9 p.m. to midnight Friday — Shady Lane plays acoustic rock.

Rivers Restaurant, 2525 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs | no cover charge

Freaky Friday Party

9 p.m. Friday — Celebrating four years at the Brew Garden with a Friday the 13th dance party featuring DJ Rebel.

Glenwood Springs Brew Garden, 115 Sixth St., Glenwood Springs | free

CANCELED: Standup Comedy

The New Ute Events Center, Rifle

Get Lucky Dance Party

9 p.m. Saturday — Celebrating four years at the Brew Garden. Get a head start on St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday night with DJ Javi G.

Glenwood Springs Brew Garden, 115 Sixth St., Glenwood Springs | free

Karaoke with Sandman

9 p.m. Sunday — Come sing with Sandman on Sunday nights.

Patina Bar + Grille, 1054 Highway 133, Carbondale

Following ‘The Outsider’ finale, Dennis Lehane comes to Aspen Winter Words

EDITOR’S NOTE: On Monday morning, Aspen Words announced it had canceled Dennis Lehane’s Winter Words event scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

Novelist Dennis Lehane also has been a bard of the prestige TV era, from its beginnings on “The Wire” to its latest entry, “The Outsider,” which had its finale Sunday night on HBO.

A master of the literary thriller, Lehane — who will give a talk on his life and work at the Winter Word author series Tuesday — is one of a handful of crime writers who ushered in the Peak TV era. Alongside authors like Richard Price and George Pelecanos, he’s been the bridge between the period when novels remained at the center of the popular culture and the prestige television era, when America’s proverbial watercooler conversation shifted from the bestseller list to premium cable.

“If I was seeing ‘Breaking Bad’ when I was 20, would I say, ‘Oh, I gotta move to LA?’ Probably,” he said in a recent phone interview from his home in Los Angeles.

But Lehane, 54, who first broke out with Boston-based whonunits in the 1990s, still believes in the novel. He’s writing one now, alongside his screenwriting work.

“The book I’m writing now is different than anything I’ve written before,” he said. “Though it exists in the world I usually stay in with the Irish political machine in a parochial neighborhood and the very tribal world of cops. So it has enough of the DNA, but it’s going very slowly, and I’m actually enjoying it.”

He estimates he’s writing about a page per week — while also working on several television projects for HBO, unsure of which will make it into production next.

Lehane broke out in the 1990s with his Kenzie-Gennaro private-eye series — the best-known of which is “Gone Baby Gone,” also the first of many to be adapted into a film — about a streetwise couple working cases in his native Boston. 

His first five books poured out of him effortlessly, he recalled. But the next five were “torturous.”

“I found writing novels grew increasingly more difficult as I did it, not less,” he explained. “I started thinking, ‘Oh my god, I may have a finite number in me.’ … It’s still the best job in the world. It still beats the hell out of selling shoes, but it was getting progressively harder to do for me.”

The pace of prose slowed as he finished his initial burst of Kenzie-Gennaro novels from 1994 to 1999, and coincided with the early days of the prestige TV era.

David Simon and Edward Burns recruited Lehane to join the writing team for “The Wire.” His contributions would include writing the death episode of fan-favorite street tough Omar.

Following the Kenzie-Gennaro mysteries, he began playing with genre in his novels — subverting and exploiting the reader’s expectations of a given form. He turned to tragedy for “Mystic River,” to gothic horror for “Shutter Island.” He played with the Doctorow-styled historical epic in a trilogy that concluded with 2015’s “World Gone By.” And, most recently, he tried his hand at Hitchcockian thriller for 2017’s “Since We Fell.”

“Since We Fell” does ramp up into the twisty and violent territory readers expect from Lehane, but the first 100 pages or so are mostly a character study of Rachel Childs, a woman rising in the ranks of Boston TV news while also searching for the father she never knew.

Between the novels, he’s worked on TV shows like “Boardwalk Empire,” “Mr. Mercedes” and “The Outsider,” and wrote the screenplay for “The Drop.”

“I leaned into writing for television a little more than I might have if (novels) were still coming out easily,” he said.

Working in television writers’ rooms, he believes, has led him to tighter plotting in his novels.

“Plot is the last thing I bring to the party when I’m writing a book,” he said. “I’m always just wandering around with characters. Writing for television is the exact opposite. You are constantly trying to advance the story, which is in service of the character.”

But his novels have never been about the empty thrills of a well-plotted page-turner. His characters, from the imperfect couple at the heart of the Kenzie-Gennaro books to the tortured agoraphobic in “Since We Fell,” are complex humans facing awful moral quandaries and bad options. The books are full of dirty cops and children in peril and adults in crisis, but his true subject throughout has been morality. The first of his two “Outsider” episodes — working with Richard Price to adapt a novel by Stephen King — includes a classic Lehane scene: a long, tense and talky car ride where a morally conflicted bad guy and a morally conflicted detective subtly work out what each of them must do to save or destroy the other.

His subjects are unerringly dark and grim, but leavened frequently with welcome splashes of wit and humor. It is no wonder that the film adaptations have drawn some of the best actors of our time and led to some of the most indelible performances by Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Casey Affleck and James Gandolfini.

He’s taken a hands-off approach to the film adaptations of his novels, staying away from the sets and letting directors, screenwriters and actors do their work. But he has committed to only work with the best. It’s been an astounding run, seeing his books adapted for the screen by Academy Award winners Clint Eastwood (“Mystic River”), Ben Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone” and “Live By Night”) and Martin Scorsese (“Shutter Island”).

“That’s not luck,” he said. “It’s absolutely by design. … I only work for premium cable and I work in prestige TV, and when I work in film I work with really good people.”