Starz Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle as seen in “American Gods” on Starz.
TV picks for Sunday, April 30
“Sexual Assault in College: Tamron Hall Investigates” (8 p.m., Investigation Discovery): In this special, Hall sits down with two sexual assault survivors from the University of Minnesota and the University of Maryland to hear their heart-breaking stories of survival, the pained aftermath of their attacks, and the inspiring steps they’re taking to reduce the number of sexual assaults between college students. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, an estimated one in five women will experience sexual assault during college.
“American Gods” (9 p.m., Starz): Neil Gaiman’s seminal novel roars to life in this riveting fantasy series about an impending war between old gods and new. The traditional old deities, with mythological roots from around the world, fear irrelevance as their believers die off or are seduced by the money, technology, and celebrity offered by the new supreme beings. Viewers enter this strange world through the eyes of Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), an ex-con who, left adrift by the recent death of his wife, becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to a grifter named Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). But in truth, Mr. Wednesday is a powerful old god, on a cross-country mission to build an army and reclaim his lost glory. (Check out our review of “American Gods”).
“Madam Secretary” (9 p.m., CBS): As the U.S. hunts for the person believed to be behind the CIA arms smuggling case, Elizabeth and her team must work to save Jay when he’s kidnapped in Nice, France, during a fact-finding mission into the suspect. Also, Henry suspects the doomsday cult is planning an attack in Israel, and Jason dupes his parents into giving him money for an expensive calculator when he’s really using it to impress a girl.
“Silicon Valley” (10 p.m., HBO): As the new season continues, Richard butts heads with Dinesh, whose lofty new position immediately goes to his head. Later, Richard discovers troubling data about PiperChat’s users. Erlich makes a play to be involved in Jian-Yang’s new app; Jared (Zach Woods) sets ground rules in his friendship with Richard; Gavin’s paranoia over Jack’s enthusiasm causes him to make a rash decision.
“United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” (10 p.m., CNN): The Emmy-nominated documentary series launches its second season. It continues to follow the Berkeley-based sociopolitical comedian as he explores subcultures across the country, using comedy to start a conversation about race and how our differences unite and divide us. In the opener, Bell visits the D.C. Metro area and meets a cross-section of immigrants who have come to the U.S. from all over the world to make a better life. (Also, read here about W. Kamau Bell’s new book).
“Gaycation: United We Stand” (10 p.m., Viceland): In this special presentation of the series, Ellen Page and Ian Daniel focus on the new challenges faced by the LGBTQ community under Donald Trump. They’re on the ground for Trump’s Inauguration and the subsequent Women’s March, meeting with queer activists, inspiring leaders and marginalized communities to find out what’s at stake under the new administration.
“60 Minutes” (7 p.m., CBS)
“America’s Funniest Home Videos” (7 p.m., ABC)
“Radio Disney Music Awards 2017” (7 p.m., Disney Channel)
“The Simpsons” (8 p.m., Fox)
“Little Big Shots” (8 p.m., NBC)
“NCIS: Los Angeles” (8 p.m., CBS)
“Call the Midwife” (8 p.m., PBS)
“Once Upon a Time” (8 p.m., ABC)
“The White Princess” (8 p.m., Starz)
“Guy’s Grocery Games” (8 p.m., Food Network)
“Making History” (8:30 p.m., Fox)
“Match Game” (9 p.m., ABC)
“The Leftovers” (9 p.m., HBO)
“Chicago Justice” (9 p.m., NBC)
“Guerrilla” (9 p.m., Showtime)
“Good Witch” (9 p.m., Hallmark)
“Family Guy” (9 p.m., Fox)
“Real Housewives of the Potomac” (9 p.m., Bravo)
“The Last Man on Earth” (9:30 p.m., Fox)
“Elementary” (10 p.m., CBS)
“Shades of Blue” (10 p.m., NBC)
“Billions” (10 p.m., Showtime)
“Into the Badlands” (10 p.m., AMC)
“Naked and Afraid” (10 p.m., Discovery)
“Hawaii Life” (10 p.m., HGTV)
“Veep” (10:30 p.m., HBO)
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