TV tonight: John Stamos in 'Big Shot'; 'Van Helsing' returns

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TV tonight: John Stamos in ‘Big Shot’; ‘Van Helsing’ returns

Also, on ’20/20′ and ‘Dateline,’ new wrinkles in old murder cases

John Stamos coaches a girls basketball team in "Big Shot."
John Stamos coaches a girls basketball team in “Big Shot.”

TV and streaming picks for Friday, April 16


“MacGyver” (8 p.m., CBS): As the series nears its end, Mac and Desi travel with Bozer to his childhood home when his aunt dies in a tragic accident, however, they soon discover she may have been murdered for trying to expose the city’s contaminated water supply. Also, Riley, Matty and Russ continue to follow leads on their nano-trackers investigation.

“Washington Week” (8 p.m., PBS): Nancy Cordes, White House Correspondent for CBS News, moderates this week’s panel with topics including President Biden’s  foreign policy moves, policing controversies in Minnesota, and the suspension of the Johnson & Johnson covid vaccine in the U.S.

“20/20” (9 p.m., ABC): Mark and Donnah Winger were a picture perfect Midwestern family with a 3-month-old baby. But tragedy struck when Mark said he shot an intruder who he discovered killing Donnah. The case was quickly closed and in an attempt to move past the horrific loss, Mark started a new life and married his daughter’s new nanny. But years later, a startling admission from Donnah’s close friend cracked open Mark’s perfect façade, exposing his deadly secret. Now, 26 years after the horrific crime, “20/20” has exclusive interviews with Mark’s ex-wife, Rebecca Simic, and their four children Bailey, Anna, Maggie and Ben Simic. For the first time the story is told through their eyes as they speak out about the perfect husband and father they thought they lived with for years and their feelings toward Mark today.

“Dateline NBC” (9 p.m., NBC): When Kathleen Schroll makes a phone call that names her killer right before her death, it leads to the arrest of a father for murder. But two trials and 12 years later, authorities begin to wonder if he was the victim, not the villain. Featuring interviews with Kathleen’s daughter Blair Hadley, Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree and more.

“Van Helsing” (10 p.m., Syfy): The fifth and final season of the fantasy drama series finds vampire hunters Vanessa, Violet and Jack risking everything to finally bring an end to the Dark One once and for all. The Van Helsings must figure out ways to escape and evade the various obstacles in their path to prevent them from their mission, leading to an epic final showdown between the Van Helsings and the Dark One. Who will win the battle between light and dark?

“OWN Spotlight: Viola Davis” (10 p.m., OWN): Continuing conversations surrounding issues impacting Black lives, Oprah talks to Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award-Winning actress Viola Davis about her role as fearless blues singer Ma Rainey in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” available on Netflix now. In the film, tensions and temperatures rise at a Chicago music studio in 1927 when fiery blues singer Ma Rainey joins her band for a recording session.

“Big Shot” (Disney+): John Stamos returns to series television in this new saga. He plays a temperamental men’s basketball coach who, after getting bounced by the NCAA, gets a chance for redemption at an elite girl’s private school. Will he still have game? He soon learns that the teen players require empathy and vulnerability — foreign concepts for the stoic coach. By learning how to connect with them, he starts to grow into the person he’s always hoped to be. Meanwhile, the girls learn to take themselves more seriously, finding their footing both on and off the court.

“Mythic Quest” (Apple TV+): This “bonus Season 1 standalone episode,” titled “Everlight,” was directed by co-creator, executive producer and star Rob McElhenney and written by star Ashly Burch. Consider it an appetizer for Season 2, which will premiere on May 7. In “Everlight,” the team behind the biggest multiplayer video game of all-time faces the emotional difficulties of returning to normalcy as they go back to their offices for the annual Everlight party, with Poppy and Ian rigging a LARP (Live Action Role-Play) tournament in an underdog’s favor.

Also on Friday:

“The Blacklist” (8 p.m., NBC)

“Shark Tank” (8 p.m., ABC)

“WWE Friday Night SmackDown” (8 p.m., Fox)

“Whose Line Is It Anyway” (8 p.m., The CW)

“Gold Rush” (8 p.m., Discovery)

“Tanked” (8 p.m., Animal Planet)

“Raven’s Home” (8 p.m., Disney Channel)

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (8 p.m., VH1)

“Mark of a Serial Killer” (8 p.m., Oxygen)

“Magnum P.I.” (9 p.m., CBS)

“Great Performances” (9 p.m., PBS)

“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (9 p.m., Food Network)

“Blue Bloods” (10 p.m., CBS)

“Real Time With Bill Maher” (10 p.m., HBO)