The familiar "tale as old as time" has survived and even thrived in a number of different adaptations, but this ghastly 2011 teen-friendly version may be the worst of them all. Alex Pettyfer stars as the callous young hunk cursed by a witch (Mary-Kate Olsen) to be hideously deformed until he wins the love of a young beauty (Vanessa Hudgens, whose zombielike performance reconfirms that her career is a triumph of marketing over talent). Skip it.
In this new series, wildlife ecologist and hunting enthusiast Karl Malcolm leads a team on missions to stop dangerous animals that are encroaching on human territory. In the opener, "Invasion of the Swamp Monsters," they're in Florida on the hunt for a giant Burmese python, the Nile monitor lizard and a small but deadly snail. Another episode follows immediately.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
A effective prequel that sets up the series' preceding entries, this 2011 sci-fi tale casts James Franco as a scientist seeking a cure for his Alzheimer's-afflicted father (John Lithgow). He tests a possible solution on chimps, not realizing he's setting the stage for a simian uprising that eventually brings San Francisco to a standstill. Andy Serkis, who has aided the "Lord of the Rings" films and "King Kong," also contributes here.
Danny and Jackie (Donnie Wahlberg, Jennifer Esposito) investigate when an injured woman recants her claim that she's a victim of domestic violence, and they discover she is secretly involved with a powerful councilman (Richard Burgi, "Desperate Housewives") who's also a friend of Frank's (Tom Selleck). At home, Danny has to adjust when Linda (Amy Carlson) re-enters the work force in "Domestic Disturbance."
Live From Lincoln Center
In the season finale, "Audra McDonald: Go Back Home," the five-time Tony Award winner and series host takes a turn as the featured performer, singing songs from her new album and other favorites in a special spring concert at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.
Airing as part of a "Storage Wars" marathon, "Nobody's Vault but Mine" finds the buyers in Chatsworth, Calif., for a massive auction of 100 vaults. Barry scores two of them for $750 and hopes to cash in on the antiques inside. The action continues in the following episode "Still Nobody's Vault but Mine."
Right after her comedy success in "Wedding Crashers," Rachel McAdams turned intensely dramatic as a threatened airplane passenger in director Wes Craven's tidy thriller. The young woman is horrified to discover her supposedly charming seatmate (Cillian Murphy, "Batman Begins") is a villain who intends to use her as a pawn in an assassination scheme; if she doesn't cooperate, he'll target her father (Brian Cox).
The husband-and-wife owners of N'awlins Cafe, a restaurant in -- surprise! -- New Orleans, ask Charles to help them figure out why the place is struggling. Nicole and Tom go under cover as customers, and it doesn't take them long to find the answer: The manager is hiring her buddies with no regard to their competence in the new episode "Friends With Benefits."
VOCES on PBS
The new episode "Rebel: VOCES Special Presentation" explores the mysterious true story of Loreta Velasquez, a Cuban immigrant who was one of the estimated 1,000 women who secretly served as soldiers during the Civil War. Why has her story been erased from the history books?
Morgana and Mordred (Katie McGrath, Alexander Vlahos) prepare to attack Camelot after sending a giant slug to rob Merlin (Colin Morgan) of his magic. As Arthur (Bradley James) leads his forces out to meet the invaders, Merlin goes to the Crystal Cave, where an apparition of his father helps him regain his powers in the opener of a two-part tale, "Diamond of the Day."