Survivor stories

KSTP reporter Beth McDonough provides her expertise in "Smart Justice: The Jayme Closs Case," hosted by Elizabeth Smart. Those who have been closely following the story won't learn anything new, but a roundtable featuring seven former kidnapping victims packs more of an emotional wallop than a full season of "The View."

7 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime

To Bee or not to Bee

Feel free to check out the Trump-less "White House Correspondents' Dinner" (6 p.m., CNN) with presidential historian Ron Chernow standing in for the traditional stand-up comic. But if you're looking for laughs, switch over to "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner" (9 p.m., TBS) in which Samantha Bee will once again make sure irreverent comedy is on the menu.


Cry, cry, cry

"The Red Line" is the kind of a "miniseries with a message" that network TV used to program on a regular basis. CBS deserves credit for breaking from its onslaught of crime procedurals to turn over eight hours of prime-time real estate to this story about the aftermath of a police-involved shooting. Unfortunately, the writers are so intent on playing with our emotions that the actors, who include Noah Wyle, seem to have been hired for their ability to cry on cue.

7 p.m. Sunday, WCCO, Ch. 4

All apologies

In each episode of "The Redemption Project With Van Jones," an inmate sits down with someone close to their murder victim. It's a premise seemingly designed to set up bitter confrontations, but Jones and the series' other advocates for restorative justice have nobler aspirations.

8 p.m. Sunday, CNN

Neal Justin