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And Dick Wolf said, “Let there be Chicago


Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Wednesday, March 1. All times are Eastern.


Top picks

Chicago Fire (NBC, 8 p.m.): The Dick Wolf universe is all connected, so NBC is doing a night of Chicago. It all kicks off over at Chicago Fire in the new episode, “Deathtrap”: “Truck and squad are called to aid in a massive all-city response when an old, ill-equipped factory-turned live/work space quickly turns into a firestorm, trapping countless unsuspecting victims. The dire situation quickly turns personal when it is discovered that one of Chicago P.D.’s own has a family member at the scene.”

Chicago P.D. (NBC, 9 p.m.): Then, in “Emotional Proximity”: “Olinsky’s daughter remains in critical condition following a massive fire—leaving Intelligence on edge, but more determined than ever to track down the suspect. Voight opens up the case, knowing that he has Stone (guest star Philip Winchester) and his team’s full support in the investigation, and all of Firehouse 51 behind him to examine potential origins of the fire.” Dun dun dun.

Chicago Justice (NBC, 10 p.m.): And so begins the fourth series in Dick Wolf’s grand Chicago scheme. Not to be confused with a traditional Chicago scheme. In “Fake,” the official series premiere of Chicago Justice: “Now with someone in custody for both arson and multiple murders, it is up to Peter Stone and his team, including lead investigator Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) to step in to bring some peace and resolution to so many families and friends of those lost—including one very close to home.” Sounds like some Chicago Justice to us, baby.

Premieres and finales

National Treasure (Hulu, 3 a.m.): The entire first season of this British drama series drops on Hulu, all four episodes. Get your Nic Cage jokes out now, because the premise is hardly a blockbuster: “Paul Finchley is a bona fide ‘national treasure,’ one half of a popular, long-running comedy double act. However, the famous comedian’s world is thrown into chaos when he is accused of historic sexual abuse.”


The Goldbergs (ABC, 8 p.m.): As ABC has been advertising, tonight’s The Goldbergs’ annual movie tribute episode is all about The Karate Kid. Actually, “The Kara-te Kid.” “Adam and the other Adam Goldberg face off in a karate match to settle once and for all a long-running feud. Barry and Adam go to Uncle Marvin for training, but the only thing they learn is how to clean an apartment.” We know it’s too much to ask for some shout-out to Karate Kid sequel the Hilary Swank-led The Next Karate Kid. Just know that it (and Walton Goggins’ very small part in that film) are still near and dear to our hearts.

Catfish (MTV, 8 p.m.): Tonight’s Catfish premiere is all about “Shawny & Jack,” and we know what you’re thinking: “If you’re going to use the names of half-brothers from Boy Meets World, of course there’s Catfish-ing involved.” But past that: “Shawny recently split with her husband and calls Nev and Max to help uncover the shadowy identity of her attempt a new love. But things get interesting as they discover that Shawny may have secrets of her own.”


Modern Family (ABC, 8:30 p.m.): Because of When We Rise, Modern Family is on at an earlier time tonight. And it’s bringing back Fizbo, if that’s something that you’re into. “Cam is enraged when he receives an online video showing someone has been desecrating his beloved Fizbo costume, which sets him on a quest to restore Fizbo’s good name.” Can Cam restore Fizbo’s good name, Kyle Fowle? What “good name,” Kyle Fowle?

When We Rise (ABC, 9 p.m.): After last night’s temporary break in the mini-series and tonight’s odd table-setting of The Karate Kid and Fizbo, When We Rise starts back up tonight for two hours of “Part II.” It all begins in 1978, as “Cleve Jones, Ken Jones, and Roma Guy work together to fight Proposition 6, which would ban gays, lesbians, and their allies from working in California public schools.” Then, “just as gays and lesbians are gaining political power in 1981, a disease dubbed ‘gay cancer’ begins taking the lives of gay men and IV drug users.”


Suits (USA, 10 p.m.): Suits’ sixth season feels like it just came back, but now it’s all over again. In tonight’s season finale, “Character And Fitness”: “Mike needs Harvey and Rachel’s help to overcome an impossible obstacle, or his dream of becoming a real lawyer is over.” Mike as a “real” lawyer? What’s next, the show’s going to be called Legit Lawyer Show? (If the show were to just completely change its name in season seven, we completely support such insanity.)

UConn Huskies: The March To Madness (HBO, 10 p.m.): And now for the documentary part of the night, all the way at the 10 spot. This unscripted, six-part documentary series “chronicles the 2016-17 season of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team as it pursues a fifth consecutive national championship.”

TIME: The Kalief Browder Story (Spike TV, 10 p.m.): Spike TV’s six-part documentary series, produced by Harvey Weinstein and Jay Z, tells “the story of Kalief Browder, a 16 year old African-American student who spent three years in jail on Rikers Island without ever being convicted of a crime.”

CONAN Without Borders: Made In Mexico (TBS, 10 p.m.): Conan is traveling again, and this time, it’s personal. Sort of. We’ll see.

Regular coverage

Arrow (The CW, 8 p.m.)

The 100 (The CW, 9 p.m.)

The Magicians (Syfy, 9 p.m.)

Legion (FX, 10 p.m.)

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (FXX, 10 p.m.)

The Expanse (Syfy, 10 p.m.)

Man Seeking Woman (FXX, 10:30 p.m.)

Streaming pick

The Goldbergs, “Kara-te” (Amazon Video/Google Play/Hulu/iTunes/vudu/YouTube): Before you can “Kara-te Kid,” you must “Kara-te.”