'The Voice' is heard again and 'Revolution' returns
OTHER FEATURES CRITIC'S CHOICE SERIES NOTES LATE NIGHT BY KEVIN McDONOUGH,
After having been routed in the ratings and ridiculed by Jay Leno, NBC brings back two of its more popular shows to shore up its anemic schedule.
The fourth season of "The Voice" (8 p.m., TV-PG) returns with blind auditions, red swivel chairs and judges Blake Shelton and Adam Levine as well as Shakira and Usher, who will replace Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green for this season. Carson Daly hosts. "The Voice" will run until June 18, when a new winner emerges.
n No doubt there is more than one Ph.D. thesis being written on why so many of the popular dramas of our time involve post-apocalyptic visions of ordinary citizens besieged by zombies, aliens, conspiracies and other dark forces. From "The Walking Dead" to "Falling Skies" to reality television's "Doomsday Preppers," we just can't get enough of watching individuals or ragtag armies prepare for a struggle of survival and/or rebellion.
NBC's slick fantasy "Revolution" (10 p.m., TV-14) fits into this grim theme and returns for the second half of its freshman season. Tonight, the evil warlords unleash their superior technology -- make that, the only technology -- on rebel forces. Things look bleak until the rebels regroup and reboot the inner "Red Dawn" of every red-blooded American.
n Billy Zane has never been shy about outrageous characters. He was a homicidal psycho in the 1989 thriller "Dead Calm" and the oily, cowardly suitor in "Titanic." He returns tonight in "Barabbas" (9 p.m., Reelz, concluding Tuesday), a two-night miniseries timed to the Easter season.
The story of a thief pardoned by the crowd instead of Jesus on the eve of his crucifixion, "Barabbas" was adapted for the screen in 1961, starring Anthony Quinn. It was also the inspiration for Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie "Give Us Barabbas!" That 1961 movie starred James Daly and Kim Hunter.
This "Barabbas" will probably not be remembered. Created for Italian television, the movie begins with a first-century chase scene as fleet-of-foot Barabbas turns over donkey carts and leaps over stone walls while Roman soldiers pursue. It's a bit frantic.
Things get even more biblically dubious as we flash back three years to when Barabbas tried to purloin the bridal dowry at a certain wedding in Cana, the one where Jesus (Marco Foschi) turned water into wine.
Jesus doesn't think he's ready for the public phase of his life. And he's probably right. When his mom nags him to revive the refreshments, Jesus looks like a scruffy slacker, more suited to working as a barista in Seattle than the lead character in the Greatest Story Ever Told. Help yourself.
A jewel in a corpse on "Bones" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
Omar proposes on "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" (8 p.m., ABC Family, TV-14).
Joe's disciples target Claire on "The Following" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
The new documentary series "Deceived" (9 p.m., TV One) profiles victims of con artists.
Christopher's technology faces a grim test on "Dallas" (9 p.m., TNT, TV-14).
Shark lovers may be behind a series of crimes on "Hawaii Five-0" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
The icing on the cake on "Castle" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
A mistake comes under review on "Monday Mornings" (10 p.m., TNT, TV-14).
Dylan makes his presence known on "Bates Motel" (10 p.m., A&E, TV-14).
An apparent suicide is suspicious on "Top of the Lake" (10 p.m., Sundance, TV-14).
Linda Hamilton guest-stars on "Lost Girl" (10 p.m., Syfy).
A gangster and his wife (Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco) reflect on their years in the mob in the 1990 Martin Scorsese drama "Goodfellas" (7 p.m., Spike).
Future shock on "How I Met Your Mother" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14) ... "Dancing With the Stars" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) ... Bending the rules on "The Carrie Diaries" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
A catering job on "Rules of Engagement" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) ... Caroline's attitude gets her fired on "2 Broke Girls" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) ... Friendly wagers on "Hart of Dixie" (9 p.m., CW, r, TV-PG) ... Spring break madness on "Mike & Molly" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
Peter Dinklage is scheduled on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m., Comedy Central) ... Magic Johnson, Thandie Newton and Langhorne Slim appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS) ... Gesine Bullock-Prado, Ben Gleib, Jen Kirkman and Ross Mathews are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
Brian Williams appears on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Gerard Butler, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Crystal Bowersox on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Dana Delany, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Dustin Lynch appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).
Usher Raymond and Kate Mara visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC) ... Craig Ferguson hosts Morgan Freeman and Vera Farmiga on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).