Today’s Top 5 TV Picks – Sunday March 10


Today’s Top 5 Picks


1

American Gods

8:05 p.m. ET on STARZ – Season Premiere

The destinies of gods and men collide as Neil Gaiman’s sprawling fantasy epic returns for Season 2, which comprises eight new episodes. As Mr. World (Crispin Glover) hatches a scheme to avenge himself on those who attacked him in Season 1, Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) allies himself with Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) as the latter tries to persuade his fellow Old Gods that war with the newer divinities is inevitable. Other returning cast members include Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber and Orlando Jones.


2

Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul

9 p.m. ET on CBS

Iconic Grammy winner and Motown legend Smokey Robinson pays affectionate tribute to the childhood friend who likewise became a towering figure on the American music scene during her long career in this new two-hour special, which was taped in January at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry serves as host for the festivities. The glittering talent roster also includes Celine Dion, Alessia Cara, Common, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monae and BeBe Winans, among many others.


3

Buddy Vs. Duff

9 p.m. ET on FOOD – Series Premiere

Created in part to settle one of the most intense “feuds” in baking history, this new reality competition pits “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro against Duff “Ace of Cakes” Goldman in a six-part series of exacting challenges designed to prove which is the greatest baker in the world. In the series premiere, “The Battle Begins,” Buddy and Duff are tasked with creating their most beloved personal family recipes. In the episode’s “cake-off,” a challenge to create car-inspired birthday cakes for gearhead Richard Rawlings turns heated.


4

Crossword Mysteries

9 p.m. ET on HMM – Series Premiere

Legions of fans know him as the puzzle master on NPR’s popular “Weekend Edition,” but New York Times puzzle editor Will Shortz also co-created this new mystery franchise, which stars Lacey Chabert as Tess Harper, crossword editor at the fictional New York Sentinel. In the first adventure, “A Puzzle to Die For,” Tess finds herself drawn into a mystery surrounding the death of a gallery owner after she discovers some art heists are linked to clues in one of her paper’s weekly puzzles. Brennan Elliott also stars.


5

Now Apocalypse

9 p.m. ET on STARZ – Series Premiere

From creator/executive producer Gregg Araki and Steven Soderbergh comes this new 10-episode half-hour series about four individuals and their pursuit of love, sex and fame in Los Angeles. Avan Jogia (“Tut”) stars as Ulysses, who explores questions of identity, sexuality and artistic expression on his personal journey. As he does so, he finds himself beset by foreboding dreams. The ensemble also includes Kelli Berglund (“Lab Rats”), Beau Mirchoff (“Awkward.”) and Roxane Mesquida (“Gossip Girl”).

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