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The best TV programs this week
 

Battles BC
This eight-week series combines live actors with computer-generated graphics to present the stories of ancient military leaders, starting with the Carthaginian general Hannibal, who famously led elephants across the Alps to launch a surprise attack on the Roman Empire. The visual technique, intended to imitate the style of the hit movie 300, comes closer to the look of a video­game. Monday, March 9, at 9 p.m., History

Castle
A self-satisfied mystery writer and a driven New York police detective flirt, banter, and solve crimes together in this new series. In the pilot, they’re thrown together by a killer who copies his murders from the novelist’s best-sellers. The show draws its dynamic from the Moonlighting playbook, and Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic generate some chemistry as the leads. Monday, March 9, at 10 p.m., ABC

Saving Grace
This series, starring Oscar winner Holly Hunter as a hard-living Oklahoma City police detective given a last chance at redemption by an unlikely angel, recently resumed its second season after a six-month hiatus. In this episode, Grace finds that her niece has been arrested after a “scavenger party” at which teenagers took drugs pilfered from their parents—and one guest ended up in a coma. Christina Ricci is Grace’s temporary partner. Monday, March 9, at 10 p.m., TNT

Rhino Rescue
Black rhinoceroses once roamed Africa by the hundreds of thousands, but now there are fewer than 4,000 left on Earth. Cameras follow members of the Botswana Defense Force as they strive to reintroduce the rhino into the wild, transporting 1.5-ton creatures by military airlift and attaching tracking devices to their horns to follow their movements and protect them from predators and their greatest enemy—poachers. Saturday, March 14, at 8 p.m., National Geographic Channel

Masterpiece: David Copperfield
Before he gained fame playing Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe portrayed the young protagonist of Dickens’ most autobiographical novel in this 1999 Masterpiece production. The stellar supporting cast includes Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, and Ian McKellen; Ciaran McMenamin portrays the grown-up David. Sunday, March 15, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Other highlights

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Stephanie March returns as ADA Alexandra Cabot, for the first time since her character went into witness protection three years ago. Tuesday, March 10, at 10 p.m., NBC

Big Love
First wife Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn) faces an emotional excommunication hearing at her old church. Sunday, March 15, at 9 p.m., HBO

Al Roker Reporting: Marijuana, Inc.
As he investigates America’s multibillion-dollar marijuana trade, Roker visits a state that has decriminalized the substance for medical use. Sunday, March 15, at 10 p.m., MSNBC

 

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