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TV Highlights for April 4: New 'Masterpiece' starts tonight
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TV Highlights for April 4: New 'Masterpiece' starts tonight

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The newest “Masterpiece” (8 p.m., PBS, channels 10 and 11) makes the most of a historical footnote, exploring the dramatic implication of wartime refugees who just happened to have been royalty. Set during World War II, “Atlantic Crossing” stars Sofia Helin and Tobias Santelmann as Crown Princess Martha and Crown Prince Olav of Norway.

They’re first seen in 1939, visiting President Franklin Roosevelt (Kyle MacLachlan) and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt (Harriet Sansom Harris) at Hyde Park at the end of a triumphal tour of the United States. The 1940 German invasion of their country sends the royal family into exile in the United States, where they form a close attachment to the Roosevelts.

MacLachlan, best known for “Twin Peaks,” and Harris, who played Frasier’s bossy agent Bebe on “Frasier,” may seem odd choices to play the Roosevelts, but they do a good job presenting them as a long-married pair who never allowed a romantic estrangement to conflict with their official roles or their abiding affection.

TONIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS

One of perks that comes with being a celebrity is attending red carpet events, award shows, movie premieres, galas, etcetera. On many red carpets, you’ll see movie stars accompanied by their significant other, but sometimes they want the comfort of home at these impressive events and bring their family with them to join in at the premiere. We’re going to share with you some of these precious moments.

Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (6 p.m., CBS): Florida’s COVID vaccine distribution comes under scrutiny.

Mel goes undercover as a volunteer on a political campaign on “The Equalizer” (7 p.m., CBS).

Angela Bassett narrates the National Geographic natural history documentary “Malika the Lion Queen” (7 p.m., Fox).

Ryan Seacrest hosts “American Idol” (7 p.m., ABC).

Handing out trophies on the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (8 p.m., TBS, TNT).

All heck breaks loose on “NCIS: Los Angeles” (8 p.m., CBS).

Hitting the big three-oh on “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (8 p.m., NBC).

Pride’s bar gets torched “NCIS: New Orleans” (9 p.m., CBS).

A missing infant sparks an Amber Alert on “The Rookie” (9 p.m., ABC).

The mysterious death of a crime boss scrambles a family hierarchy on “Gangs of London” (9:10 p.m., AMC).

CULT CHOICE

Fred Astaire and Judy Garland star in the 1948 musical “Easter Parade” (7 p.m., TCM), featuring songs by Irving Berlin.

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