TV column for Friday, April 20


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Live From Lincoln Center,” 9 p.m., PBS.

Most networks skip
music, except for award shows, but not PBS. At 10 p.m., it has a
high-octane will.i.am concert; at 9, it launches this four-Friday run
of intimate concerts by Broadway stars.

That starts with
Sutton Foster, who has a musical-theater knack for gorgeous sounds
that evoke deep emotion. She has two Tony awards; Leslie Odom Jr.
(next week's star) has one, for “Hamilton.” Stephanie J. Block
and Andrew Rannells have two nominations each. All four are also TV
actors. Foster starred in “Bunheads” and “Younger”; her guest
star tonight is Jonathan Groff of “Glee.”

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Jane the Virgin” season-finale, 9 p.m., CW.

For a moment, it
might seem like everything is in place. Jane is happy with Rafael ...
which is fortunate because (due to a clinical error) they already
have a son. Her mom Alba passed her citizenship test. Her dad Rogelio
is finally turning his telenovela into a U.S. mini-series.

Alas, this season –
a good one – ends with new complications. Rafael has a secret. Alba
rejects plans for a celebration. And Rogelio's co-star (played by
Brooke Shields) spends a week with him, so they can be believable as
a married couple; she soon takes that role-playing too far.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Great Performances,” 10 p.m., PBS.

This probably wasn't
what Queen Victoria expected when she dedicated the Royal Albert Hall
in 1871, naming it after her late husband. Yes, the hall has hosted
the English National Ballet for 20 years, summer classical concerts
for 75, Handel's “Messiah” for 142 years. But this is something
else.

There's an
electronic host, flashing lights, then will.i.am, working solo and in
the Black Eyed Peas. Fergie is no longer with the group, but British
singer Lydia Lucy steps in. The upbeat, dance-pop sound gets a bit
repetitious, but you'll agree with the familiar lyrics: “Tonight's
gonna be a good, good night.”

Other choices
include:

“Cars” (2006),
5:45 p.m., Freeform. This launches a fun film night. Its sequel
(2011) is at 8:25 ... The first Indiana Jones films (in reverse
order) are at 6 (1984) and 9 p.m. (1981) on the Paramount Network ...
“Big” (1988) is 8 p.m. on CMT. And “The Thrill of It All”
(1963), with Norman Jewison directing James Garner and Doris Day in a
witty Carl Reiner script, is 8 p.m. ET on Turner Classic Movies.

“MasterChef
Junior,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox. With 12 kids left, the challenges
involve speed (making as many egg benedict dishes as possible in 15
minutes) and pleasure (unique dishes with chocolate).

“MacGyver,” 8
p.m., CBS. Did you ever notice how often TV heroes manage to be
kidnapped or taken hostage? Now it's Mac's turn, when his friend's
bank is robbed.

“Futurama,” 8
p.m. to 2 a.m. Hypnotoad will show up throughout the night, with his
habit of putting people into dangerous trances. He's in some of the
episodes (starting with the “Bender's Big Score” movie, from 8-10
p.m.) and will also show up with his logo and hypnotic interruptions.

“Agents of
SHIELD,” 9 p.m., ABC. People are wary of Ruby (Dove Cameron), the
genetically engineered teen who describes herself as “the destroyer
of worlds.” Now the team tries to stop her.

“Hawaii Five-0,”
9 p.m., CBS. Lady Sophie, a teenage British royal, is missing. Harry
Langford, who was supposed to be protecting her, is desperate to find
her.

“Meghan Markle: An
American Princess,” 10 p.m., CBS. A month before the royal wedding,
CBS News profiles the actress who is marrying Prince Harry.