TV highlights: ‘The Story of the Jews’ begins


NEW GIRL: The gang, from left, Damon Wayans Jr., Lamorne Morris, Max Greenfield, Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson and Hannah Simone get ready to play the "True American" drinking game. (Adam Taylor/FOX)
March 24

Historian Simon Schama’s “The Story of the Jews” (MPT and WETA at 8 p.m.) explores the many effects Jewish history and culture has had on the world. This two-part special begins 3,000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and the writing of the Hebrew Bible. The second part of the story, which will be three hours, will air April 1.

April and Holly team up to try to fix glee club on “Glee” (Fox at 8), while Santana and Rachel try to reconcile after a tumultuous past few episodes.

The first episode of a two-part “NCIS” (CBS at 8) has a high-profile murder of a congressman, who was a former NCIS agent, in New Orleans. Gibbs joins the investigation team as it tries to determine whether the man’s political activity is to blame or whether his death is linked to a serial killer.

“Carson on TCM" (TMC at 8) airs a conversation with Dudley Moore from 1979.

“New Girl” (Fox at 9) takes on the “True American” drinking game, which has the whole gang basically passing out before dark.

FINALE WATCH: The first season of the sleeper hit “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox at 9:30) wraps up with Jake investigating a civic leader for a case that gets shut down by Commissioner Podalski. Jake then turns to Amy and Captain Holt for help.

SERIES PREMIERE: The eight-episode reality competition “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge” (Syfy at 10) provides a fascinating window into the imaginative and wildly creative environment of world-class creature design, fabrication and mechanization. Ten hopeful creature designers travel to Los Angeles to land a job working in Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

“Frontline” (WETA at 10) examines the battle against tuberculosis, which was once deemed a disease of the past but is making a comeback. The crew goes to Africa and the country of Swaziland, which has the highest incidence of the disease.

RETURNING SHOW: “Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan” (BBC America at 10) is back for a second round with the “Lord of the Rings” actor tracking down the giant spitting cobra in Kenya.

Former president Jimmy Carter is on “The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central at 11:30).

Actor Jude Law comes to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35), along with musical guest Shakira.

Actress Emma Watson and actor Nick Offerman are on the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), with a musical tribute to Johnny Cash.

Actresses Nicole Kidman and Alyson Hannigan swing by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), with music from Jerrod Niemann.

Rachel Lubitz

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