Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup are back to save the day.

Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup are back to save the day.

Cartoon Network
Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup are back to save the day.

Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup are back to save the day.

Cartoon Network

The Powerpuff Girls are back on Cartoon Network starting April 4 at 5 p.m.

Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup are three sisters who save their town -- a lot. Villains are slyly subversive.  Take Man Boy, for instance, who has all the powers of a man but the body of a little boy. 

And villains are plentiful. But with the help of Professor Utonium and the Townsville mayor, the girls get it all done and in time for bedtime and school. (You gotta love that Buttercup has anger issues. Do not call her princess.)

The reboot of the Emmy award-winning series that aired on the network starting in 1996 with a movie in 2002 has a snazzy new opening and lots of updates, but it's still full of "sugar and spice" and -- lower your voice here -- "Chemical X."  The network is placing big bets on the cartoon's already intact and fanatical base; new episodes will air Monday through Friday at 5 p.m. through April 15.

Episodes will then air on Thursdays at 5.

Cartoon Network knows its audience. The reimagined series premiered at South by Southwest on March 14, right in the lap of hipster-dom. Of course, toys and even a fashion line are right on the heels of this series, easily one of Cartoon Network's most profitable.

And one of its most missed.


Academy of Country Music Awards: Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley host. And Aunt Dolly -- Dolly Parton to the rest of you -- and Katy Perry perform a duet. 7 p.m., CBS

The Walking Dead: It's the season finale, so that means that the gang will be intentional about the danger as they leave relative safety to go on a rescue mission. 8 p.m., AMC

iHeartRadio Music Awards: Justin Bieber and Meaghan Trainor will be among the performers. 7 p.m., simulcast on TBS, TNT and truTV


The Voice: The Knockout Rounds, Part 3. 7 p.m., NBC5

Dancing With the Stars: Tune in to see if North Texas' slick-footed Von Miller makes it through again. And if he gets more fines from his dance partner. 7 p.m., Fox


American Idol: American Dream: Behind-the-scenes footage from seasons past and present. 7 p.m., Fox

The Voice: Not to be outdone, The Voice tries on a retrospective. Trip back on how the Top 20 made it through. 7 p.m., NBC5.

2016 Black Girls Rock!: Rihanna and Shonda Rhimes are included in the honorees during the awards telecast that recognizes inspirational achievements of black women. 7 p.m., BET


American Idol: The top three, which includes Sunnyvale's Dalton Rapattoni, take it to a bigger venue: Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre. 7 p.m., Fox

Empire: Will Hakeem make good on his plan to bring the family back together? Will Lucious make good on his promise to deal with Hakeem if Cookie can't get the company back? Was that Boo Boo Kitty in an ambulance? Whew. 8 p.m., Fox

This might be her signature pose: Taraji P. Henson as Cookie.

This might be her signature pose: Taraji P. Henson as Cookie.

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Supernatural: This should be good: Lucifer tries to assert himself in Heaven. 8 p.m., The CW

Nashville: Juliette comes back to town. 9 p.m., ABC


American Idol: The conclusion of the two-part series finale includes crowning of the winner, performances from Idols past, including first winner and Burleson native Kelly Clarkson, and other surprises for fans. Wouldn't it be something if North Texas natives bookended American Idol? 7 p.m., Fox

The Blacklist: It's the first of two parts as the group rushes to avert a nuclear disaster. 8 p.m., NBC5

The Odd Couple: It's the Season 2 premiere for this fearless reboot starring Matthew Perry as Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as Felix Unger.


Sleepy Hollow: In the season finale, all hell is about to break loose if Abbie and Ichabod can't stop it. As usual. 7 p.m., Fox

The Originals: Original vampires Elijah and Finn visit spinoff town Mystic Falls. 8 p.m., The CW

All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records: The title speaks for itself. 7 p.m., Showtime


Outlander: The season premiere, "The Etiquette of War," finds Claire and Jamie trying to find entry into the rebellion and learning that Paris has its own kind of problems for them. Claire mulls her future in the 20th century. 8 p.m., Starz

Oprah: Where Are They Now?: Actress Makenzie Phillips, former pro baseball player Jose Canseco and Broadway and TV stalwart Audra McDonald are featured. 9 p.m., OWN

Saturday Night Live: Peter Dinklage hosts; Gwen Stefani is the musical guest.

This week in home entertainment

Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally bows on Blu-ray next week.

It's complete with deleted scenes and all the extras you can shake a stick at. That includes "The Story Awakens: The Table Read," "building BB-8," and "John Williams: The Seventh Symphony."

This is historic home entertainment done right, my friends, and streaming just won't do. But if you roll that way, it's available in Digital HD today.

Also out this week: AnguishMojave; Stealing Cars; Tumbledown; and Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York.

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