TV highlights: CW’s ‘The 100’ premieres


THE AMERICANS: Elizabeth (R) is visited by an old friend. (Patrick Harbron/FX)
March 18

SERIES PREMIERE: In the same vein as the Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible,” “Save My Bakery” (Food at 8 p.m.) has cake expert Kerry Vincent touring America and pinpointing bakeries in need of a revamp. In the opener, she’s at Viking Pastries near Philadelphia in Ardmore, Pa. where she suggests the owners use glitter to entice the local college crowd.

The Top 10 “American Idol” (Fox at 8) contestants perform songs from Billboard’s Hot 100 that have reached the top 10 on the charts.

A string of random stabbings in Upstate New York have the “Criminal Minds” (CBS at 9) crew on investigative duty, but once they think they have the case solved, Morgan stumbles upon a telling piece of evidence.

SERIES PREMIERE: Reviewed by TV critic Hank Stuever, the sci-fi drama “The 100” (CW at 9) introduces viewers to a host of descendants of space-station inhabitants who are sent back to Earth 97 years after a nuclear apocalypse.

Elizabeth and Phillip embark on a rogue mission after a visit by an old and slightly threatening friend on “The Americans” (FX at 10).

SERIES PREMIERE: Also reviewed by Stuever: the semi-improvised “Doll & Em” (HBO at 10), written by and starring real-life best friends, Emily Mortimer of “The Newsroom” and Dolly Wells. The show explores what happens when a Hollywood actress hires her childhood friend as a personal assistant while making a film in Los Angeles.

SERIES PREMIERE: “Money Talks” (CNBC at 10) is an eight-part docu-series about the world of sports betting that follows Steve Stevens, the self-proclaimed Michael Jordan of sports handicapping.

RETURNING SHOW: The hidden-camera show “Deal With It” (TBS at 10:30) is back for its second season with Nick Cannon and Howie Mandel as guests.

Abbi is stoked after selling some of her art, so stoked that she is looking to immediately move out of her apartment, which she shares with the grotesque Bevers, on “Broad City” (Comedy Central at 10:30).

Actors Greg Kinnear and Emilia Clarke are on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35), with comedy from Natasha Leggero.

Show fave George Clooney stops by the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), with a musical performance from Sting.

Actors Jeremy Piven and Zoë Kravitz come to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), with music from YG.

— Rachel Lubitz

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