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TV Picks: Live musical of ‘The Passion,’ plus 2 new dramas

Chris Daughtry, left, as Judas and Jencarlos Canela as Jesus in a rehearsal for “The Passion.”
Chris Daughtry, left, as Judas and Jencarlos Canela as Jesus in a rehearsal for “The Passion.” Fox Broadcasting Co.

North Carolina’s Chris Daughtry plays Judas in the modern musical

On Sunday, “The Passion” (8 p.m., Fox) is a live musical retelling of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, but with a modern twist — it is set in present day in the city of New Orleans. The music will also be contemporary.

The all-star cast includes North Carolina native Chris Daughtry as Judas. The rest of the cast: Jencarlos Canela as Jesus; Trisha Yearwood as Mary; Seal as Pontius Pilate; and Prince Royce as Peter. It’s hosted by Tyler Perry and will open and close with songs by gospel singer Yolanda Adams.

Fox last staged a live musical in January, when it aired “Grease.”

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Other highlights

  • If you’ve been thinking the world needs another medical drama, you’re crazy – but you’re not alone. NBC debuts “Heartbeat” Tuesday at 9 p.m. It’s based on Dr. Kathy Magliato’s book “Heart Matters: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon,” and stars Melissa George. The pilot episode is straight from Magliato’s life, recalling an instance when she had to save someone’s life on a plane.
  • On Thursday, ABC fills the “How to Get Away with Murder” timeslot with another Shondaland show: “The Catch” (10 p.m.), starring Mireille Enos (“The Killing”) as a fraud investigator who gets conned by her fiancé, played by Peter Krause (“Parenthood”). It also stars Sonya Walger (“Lost”) and was executive produced by Shonda Rhimes.
  • Also Thursday is the season finale of “Baskets,” which stars Zach Galifianakis.
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