The second scripted show on TV that is totally not about Scientology (after Hulu's "The Path") is "The Arrangement" on E!, about a hugely popular Hollywood actor who enters into a contract marriage with a wannabe actress that is orchestrated by his calculating BFF, who heads the totally-not-Scientology-sounding self-help group Institute for the Higher Mind. Josh Henderson plays Kyle West, who is totally not a stand-in for Tom Cruise, the high-powered actor who wines and dines aspiring actress Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista) after she auditions for a role in his next film. She was auditioning alright, but for a $10-million role as his wife. This is E!'s second scripted show, but unlike the over-the-top "The Royals" (let alone its Kardashian-infested reality offerings), "The Arrangement" is a more conventional romantic drama with some soapy suspense. (March 5, 10 p.m.)
What else is new this week:
It will be all Chicago, all the time on Wednesday with a three-hour crossover event starting with "Chicago Fire" (it will feature action at Chicago Med), continuing with "Chicago P.D." and ending with "Chicago Justice," the latest of Dick Wolf's Windy City procedurals. "Chicago Justice," which makes its standalone premiere March 5 at 9 p.m., stars Philip Winchester as Assistant State Attorney Peter Stone -- the son of Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty), a prosecutor on Wolf's "Law & Order" -- and Carl Weathers as State's Attorney Mark Jefferies, with "Chicago P.D." alum Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) moving over as an investigator. (Wednesday, 8 p.m.)
ABC upended its entire primetime schedule for a week for "When We Rise," the ambitious and extremely timely four-part miniseries about the history of the gay rights movement written by "Milk" screenwriter and Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black. Starring Guy Pearce, Mary Louise-Parker and Michael K. Williams with a raft of guest actors including David Hyde Pierce, Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell, it follows gay activist Cleve Jones and his San Francisco compatriots from the fight to vote down Proposition 6, which would have barred gays and lesbians from teaching in California public schools, through the AIDS crisis and into the 2000s. (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 p.m.)
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