What to Watch: A Guide to Easter-Themed Shows and Specials

5:00 AM 3/25/2016

by Arlene Washington

Faith-based TV episodes, a Tyler Perry-hosted musical and an 'Ice Age' Easter Special will air this holiday weekend.

  • Saturday, March 26

    Billy on the Street – When The Easter Bunny Attacks!, With Joel McHale 
    truTV, 10 a.m. ET

    Joel McHale joins Billy Eichner to play "Easter Bunny Lightning Round" and the "Mo'lympics."

    Wahlburgers  Family and Faith 
    A&E, 1 p.m. ET

    Mark Wahlberg's family reality series follows the actor as he heads to Philadelphia to honor Pope Francis. Meanwhile, Mark's brothers Paul and Bob and his mother Alma attend a family reunion where nephew Brandon plays his first poker game. 

    Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery 
    CNN 5 p.m.-12 a.m. ET

    The network will air a series of episodes throughout the night exploring biblical characters including Mary Magdalene, Judas and John the Baptist. 

  • Sunday, March 27

    The Pioneer Woman – Easter Weekend 
    Food Network, 10 a.m. ET

    Ree Drummond demonstrates recipes for a family Easter meal. 

    Super Soul Sunday with Joel Olsteen 
    OWN, 11 a.m. ET

    Oprah will interview Influential spiritual leader Joel Olsteen in a new episode of the series. 

    Belief – Acts of Faith OWN, 2 p.m. ET

    The Oprah production explores how faith and religion can help people across the globe overcome the hardest situations. The episode follows a woman who struggles to forgive her son's killer in Texas and a young boy who goes through a near-death experience in his journey into manhood.

    Easter Parade 
    TCM, 5 p.m. ET

    Fred Astaire, Ann Miller and Judy Garland star in the 1948 musical where a Broadway star attempts to turn an inexperienced performer into his next dancing partner, falling in love with her in the process. 

    Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade
    Telemundo, 6 p.m. ET

    Empire's Taraji P. Henson, Family Guy's Seth Green, Grandfathered's Josh Peck and talk show host Wendy Williams lend their voices to the half hour Easter Egg-themed special that follows the Ice Age gang as they set out to find the soon-to-hatch eggs that are taken from an egg-sitting service and hidden throughout the prehistoric land.The franchise sequels Ice Age: Continental Drift and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs will also air on Saturday in celebration of the special. 

    South Park – Fantastic Easter Special  
    Comedy Central, 7:09 p.m. ET

    While Stan discovers how Easter egg decorating came to be.

    Killing Jesus Special 
    Fox News Channel, 8 p.m. ET

    Based on the book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, the special examines the crucifixion of Jesus. 

    The Passion
    Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. ET

    After the Tyler Perry-hosted telecast aired live on Palm Sunday, the Biblical musical will return on Easter night featuring Seal (Pontius Pilate), Chris Daughtry (Judas), and Trisha Yearwood (Mary) amongst the stars who will perform a variety of songs in telling the story of Jesus Christ's life on Earth.