WEDNESDAY, APR. 11:
MLB Extra Innings – starting April 16 on digital Pay-Per-View:
Baseball fans — it’s back! The 2012 Major League Baseball season of the MLB Extra Innings package starts on April 16, and will feature more than 2,000 baseball game telecasts during the regular season, including up to 80 games each week. Cost is $210 for the full season.
The Best Thing I Ever Made – Sundays at 12.30pm, on Food Network:
Returning for a second season, this show features award-winning chefs demonstrating how to prepare what they consider the best dishes they ever made. Since these experts think of little else but food in life, it should be worth tuning in as some share secret family recipes, while others show us how to create their personal favourites developed over the years. Busy parents should tune in on April 15 for Chicken Dinners, and on April 29 for One-pot recipes from renowned chefs Alton Brown, Anne Burrell and Melissa d’Arabian. Food Network’s web site is also a treasure chest of wonderful recipes and how-to information. Visit http://www.foodnetwork.com.
Ten Best Outdoor Projects – Saturdays at 8.30pm on DIY:
With the fine weather now upon us, this is the season to start enjoying more time outdoors. DIY Network’s 10 Best Outdoor Projects is a one-hour show in which a team of experts share ideas, how-to information and other nuggets of wisdom on how to improve your outdoor space. Their expertise plus your elbow grease can help you make your house more like a home.
Upcoming episodes include Water, Curb Appeal, and 10 Best Outdoor Living Spaces. You’ll find full schedules and loads of tips at http://www.diynetwork.com.
Randy Jackson presents America’s Best Dance Crew – Season premiere, Wednesday, April 11, at 11pm on MTV:
Back for a seventh season, Randy and his crew bring new talent to the stage once again. Who knew there was so much of it out there? For sneak peeks at some of the outrageous talent on tap this year, go to http://www.mtv.com/shows/dance_crew/season_7/series.jhtml.
Baggage Battles – Debuts Wednesday, April 11, at 11pm, on Travel Channel:
Following on the success of Storage Wars, in which people bid on the abandoned contents of storage lockers, Baggage Battles features auctions of unclaimed luggage left behind at various airports around the world.
The special one-hour season opener starts at Miami Airport, where many a bag has gone astray, never to be reunited with its owner, then on to London where nearly half a million bags get lost or left behind each year. I’ll be watching to see if the bag I lost in 2008 reappears somewhere.
Jacob’s Cross – Season 6 Premiere, Monday, April 16 at 11pm on The Africa Channel:
Filmed in Nigeria and South Africa, this dramatic series takes us into a world shrouded in mystery, where family dynasties battle for control of the continent’s rich oil resources. Glamour and wealth collide with danger and moral conflicts as the drama is played out at the highest levels. The lead character, Jacob Makhubu, finds himself unexpectedly drawn into this world, and risks everything as he tries to establish the next great African empire.
The Great American Manhunt – Series Premiere, Thursday, April 19 at 10pm, on National Geographic:
In this new, eight-part series, forensic experts are challenged with the task of revealing the identity of living individuals who have made a special mark on society through their work and achievements. The experts will be employing the latest advances in forensic science, but also their legendary intuition and clue-busting skills. The team consists of forensic anthropologist Dr Natalie Shirley, forensic psychiatrist Dr Dan Shapiro and veteran police officer Bill Erfurth. “This series is like a real-life CSI episode, with a great twist,” says Kathleen Cromley, executive producer for National Geographic. “In this instance, all of the clues lead to a living, breathing person - and the journey along the way is great fun.”