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March TV Calendar

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The following list provides the dates of the returning cable and major network dramas as well as new cable and major network dramas, made-for-TV movies and mini-series that will air during March:

March 1 – Once Upon a Time will return to ABC at 8 PM, after its extended break, followed by the two-hour debut on the new drama Secrets and Lies at 9 PM

Show Synopsis (Secrets and Lies): This is the American version of the Australian series that follows Ben Garner (film star Ryan Phillippe), a family man who discovers the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime suspect in his death. Ben then goes in search of the real killer in order to clear his name. The cast includes Juliette Lewis (The Firm), Kadee Strickland (The Practice), Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome), Dan Fogler (Fan Boys) and Indiana Evans (Home and Away).

NOTE: Secrets and Lies will move to 9 PM, its regular timeslot, next Sunday

March 1 – The two-hour Christmas episode of Downton Abbey will air on PBS at 9 PM

Downton Abbey

March 1 – The new CBS drama Battle Creek will debut at 10 PM

Show Synopsis: Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas) and Dean Winters (Oz) star as two mismatched law enforcement officers whose polar opposite views of the world and crime-solving breed frustration, disdain, humor and possibly a grudging respect as they clean up the hardscrabble streets of Battle Creek, Michigan. The cast includes Janet McTeer (The White Queen), Kal Penn (House), Aubrey Dollar (Women’s Murder Club), Damon Herriman (Justified) and Liza Lapira (NCIS).

March 2 – The season premiere of The Following will air on FOX at 9 PM

March 3 – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return from its extended break on ABC at 9 PM

March 4 – CSI: Cyber is the latest incarnation on CBS to debut at 10 PM

Show Synopsis: The FBI’s team of cyber-crime investigators, headed by Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette from Medium), works to solve cases involving the dark-net. The series will also star James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek), Peter MacNicol (Ally McBeal and Numb3rs), Shad Moss (formerly rapper Lil Bow Wow), Hayley Kiyoko (The Fosters) and Charley Koontz (Community).

March 4 – The second season of Broadchurch will air on BBC America at 10 PM

March 4 – The season finale of Suits will air at 10 PM on the USA Network

March 5 – The new ABC drama American Crime will debut at 10 PM

Show Synopsis: A young couple in Modesto, California were brutally attacked in their home leaving Matt Skokie, a war vet, murdered, and his wife, Gwen, unconscious, barely hanging on. The crime sends shock waves throughout the community stirring up tensions across socio-economic and racial lines. The cast includes Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Timothy Hutton (Leverage), Penelope Ann Miller (Mistresses) and Benito Martinez (Sons of Anarchy and Supernatural) [among others].

March 5 – The new USA Network event series Dig debuts at 10 PM

Show Synopsis: The series centers on Peter (Jason Isaacs from the Harry Potter franchise), an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating a murder of a woman archaeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2000 years in the making that threatens to change the course of history. The cast includes Anne Heche (Men in Trees), Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) and David Costabile (Suits).

March 8 – After more than a month’s break, Revenge will be back with a new episode on ABC at 9 PM

March 9 – The Originals and Jane the Virgin will both be back after a two week break on The CW and 8 and 9 PM respectively

March 9 – Bates Motel will be back for its third season on A&E at 9 PM followed by the debut of the American version of The Returned at 10 PM

Show Synopsis (The Returned): This Americanized version of the French series focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. As families are reunited, the lives of those who were left behind are challenged on a physical and emotional level. Interpersonal relationships are examined with intrigue and depth as strange phenomena begin to occur. The cast includes Mark Pellegrino (Lost and Suupernatural), Kevin Alejandro (Golden Boy and Ugly Betty), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory), Michelle Forbes (The Killing), Carl Lumbly (Alias), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Agnes Bruckner (The Bold and the Beautiful), Sandrine Holt (House of Cards) and Sophie Lowe (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland).

Power

March 10 – Powers, the first original live-action series on PlayStation Network, will debut the first three episodes today

Show Synopsis: The series is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities, where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder. It follows detectives Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley from District 9 and The A-Team) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward from The Following), who are assigned to protect humans like us and investigate cases involving Powers, who can glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below. The cast includes Michelle Forbes (The Killing), Eddie Izzard (The Riches and Hannibal), Noah Taylor (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider), Logan Browning (Hit the Floor) and Olesya Rulin (Greek).

NOTE: A new episode will then air every Tuesday.

March 10 – The spring finale of Switched at Birth will air on ABC Family at 9 PM

March 11 – The 100 will air its season finale on The CW at 9 PM

March 11 – The season finale of Hindsight will air on VH1 at 10 PM

March 12 – The Vampire Diaries and Reign will be back on The CW after a short break at 8 and 9 PM respectively

March 14 – The new movie Portrait of Love will debut on the Hallmark Channel at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: A well-known fashion photographer visits her hometown and reconnects with her former high school sweetheart. The dynamic duo pair up for the first time in years to compete in the town’s centennial art competition, rekindling their artistic inspiration and the romance they left behind. The movie stars Bree Williamson (Haven and Deception) and Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars and Moonlight).

March 14 – The new telefilm Hear No Evil will debut on TV One on March 14 at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: A freak accident jolts Shelby Carson (newcomer Jahnee Wallace, who played teen Abbie on Sleepy Hollow), a 15-year-old hearing impaired student, from her peaceful world of silence and seclusion into the world of the hearing. When she begins to hear messages from God, Shelby discovers that more than just her hearing was restored in the accident. Filled with chaos and confusion, Shelby struggles to cope with her newfound circumstances. She battles with what she should do with the knowledge of startling realities, including compromised health and well-being, facing the people around her. What initially seems to be a blessing on the surface could very well be a curse that unravels the bond between her dearest loved ones. Relationships are tested and secrets are revealed in this compelling story of family, faith and the resolve of a young girl. The film also Jill Marie Jones (Girlfriends), Richard T. Jones (Judging Amy) and Jackie Long (ATL).

March 15 – The new scripted drama The Royals will debut at 10 PM on E!

Show Synopsis: The series focuses on the lives of a fictional modern-day monarchy in England, starring Elizabeth Hurley (Gossip Girl) as Queen Helena, Vincent Regan (Atlantis) as King Simon, William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia franchise) as Prince Liam, Alexandra Park (Home and Away) as Princess Eleanor and Merritt Patterson (Ravenswood) as Ophelia, Liam’s American lover.

March 16 – Castle will be back after a three week break on ABC at 10 PM

March 16 – The season finale of the new MTV thriller Eye Candy will air at 10 PM

Royals

March 17 – The Flash will be back with new episodes on The CW at 8 PM followed by the debut of the new series iZombie at 9 PM

Show Synopsis: (iZombie): Olivia “Liv” Moore (Rose McIver from Once Upon a Time) was a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out, until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. Afterward, she has become part zombie and currently works at a coroner’s office so she can eat brains so she can survive, which gives her a useful ability to get the memories from said brains to help solve homicide mysteries. The cast includes Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings) and David Anders (Alias).

March 17 – Perception will air its series finale on TNT at 10 PM

March 18 – The two-hour season finale of Empire will air on FOX at 8 PM

March 18 – Arrow will be back with new episodes at 8 PM followed by Supernatural moving to its new night on The CW at 9 PM

March 20 – Glee will air its two-hour series finale on FOX at 8 PM

March 20 – The new Netflix 13-episode series Bloodline will debut online

Show Synopsis: When the eldest brother and black sheep of the Rayburn family returns home, he exposes the emotional demons that lie at the core of the family, threatening to tear them apart. The cast includes Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks and ER), Norbert Leo Butz (The Deep End), Jacinda Barrett (Suits and Zero Hour), Jamie McShane (Murder in the First and The Fosters), Enrique Murciano (Without a Trace) and veteran actors Sissy Spacek, and Sam Shepard.

March 20 – Grimm will be back with new episodes on NBC at 9 PM after a short winter break

Grimm

March 21 – The season finale of The Musketeers will air at 9 PM on BBC America

March 22 – The original UP Channel movie Noah’s Ark will debut at 7 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Noah, a farmer and family man, is instructed by an angel to build an ark in the middle of a desert in order to save both his family and the faithful from a devastating flood. The cast includes David Threlfall (Shameless) as Noah and Joanne Whalley (The Borgias) as his steadfast wife Emmie.

March 23 – The spring finales of The Fosters and Chasing Life will air on ABC Family at 8 and 9 PM respectively

March 24 – The remainder of the first season of If Loving You Is Wrong is expected back on OWN at 9 PM

March 25 – The DirecTV series Full Circle: Chicago Payback will debut at 8 PM

Show Synopsis: This version of the series centers on Jimmy Parerra (Terry O’Quinn from Lost), a Chicago cop, who 18 years ago, inspired by Frank Serpico’s similar act in New York City, blew the whistle on police corruption in Chicago. His actions wound up sending his own father-in-law Bud O’Rourke (Stacy Keach), the Chief of Detectives, to federal prison for life. The cast includes Eric McCormack (Perception and Will & Grace), Calista Flockhart (Brothers & Sisters), Kate Burton (Grimm and Grey’s Anatomy), Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect), Chris Bauer (True Blood), Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous), Rita Wilson (From the Earth to the Moon) and David Koechner (The Office).

March 26 – Bones will be back with its spring premiere at 9 PM on FOX

March 27 – The SERIES finale of Hart of Dixie should air on The CW at 8 PM

March 29 – The 8-part PBS mini-series Mr. Selfridge and the 8-part British drama Call the Midwife will return their fourth and third seasons at 8 and 9 PM respectively

March 29 – The three-hour TV event Killing Jesus will debut on National Geographic at 8 PM

EVENT SYNOPSIS: Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) stars as King Herod the Great, the unrelenting and ambitious Roman-appointed King of Judea, who notoriously ordered the murder of all baby boys in Bethlehem. Stephen Moyer (True Blood) will play Pontius Pilate; Haaz Sleiman (The Visitor) will play Jesus, Rufus Sewell (Hercules) as Caiaphas; Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage) as Herodia; Eoin Macken (The Night Shift) as Antipas; John Rhys Davies (Lord of the Rings franchise) as Annas; Stephanie Leonidas (Defiance) as Salome; Aneurin Barnard (The White Queen) as James and Tamsin Egerton (The Look of Love) as Claudia [among others].

March 31 – Finding Carter will return for its second season on MTV at 10 PM

March 31 and April 1 – The two-night event The Dovekeepers will air at 9 PM (both nights) on CBS

Mini-Series Synopsis: The four-hour miniseries event is based on the acclaimed historical novel by Alice Hoffman about four extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. The cast includes Cote de Pablo (NCIS), Rachel Brosnahan (Manhattan), Kathryn Prescott (Finding Carter), Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages and Pretty Little Liars) and veteran actor Sam Neill.

Mark your calendars!

Using her favorite online handle, Rueben is an East Coast-bred gal who is now a permanent Californian and a lifelong tv-oholic. She watches at least 25 TV shows a week, goes to the movies as often as possible, listens to music every waking moment, reads every day and “plays” on the internet every chance she can. Some of her current favorite TV shows are Outlander, Arrow, Grimm, The Blacklist, Teen Wolf, Killjoys, Dark Matter, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Switched at Birth, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash and The Fosters (among others). She is looking forward to the limited-run returns of Prison Break and 24: Legacy as well as the debuts of Emerald City and Midnight, Texas. Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at rueben@nicegirlstv.com.