TV column for Friday, June 15


TONIGHT'S MUST-TRY:
“12 Monkeys” season-opener, 8-11 p.m., Syfy.

We don't expect big
things in summer TV, but this one is downright epic. The entire final
season -- all 11 hours – will run over the next four Fridays.

Tonight flashes to
ancient days and the search for a superweapon, then leaps to 2043,
with disaster imminent. Katrina Hope is near death and her time
machine is broken; James Cole and Dr. Cassandra Railly have no way to
get back and prevent the plague. The terrific first hour is dominated
by a long battle scene, but also flashes to 2018 and the
mad/brilliant Jennifer Goines, scrambling for answers.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Life Sentence” finale, 9 p.m., CW.

The network calls
this the “season finale,” but has no plans for a second season.
So let's hope the show, which started wonderfully, is able to wrap up
some things tonight.

Stella (the luminous
Lucy Hale) spent years being told death was imminent. She rushed
through life – including marriage to Wes, a near-stranger –
without noticing that her family was crumbling. Now her dad's health
scare pushes him to a realization. Her brother, after years of
drifting, pushes his dream of opening a bar. And when Stella and Wes
go on social media, their relationship is under attack.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Goliath” and more, any time, streaming.

Any Friday tends to
be strong on the streaming networks, but this one has the second
season of “Goliath,” one of last year's best dramas. It opened
with Billy Bob Thornton as a brilliant lawyer whose career had
crumbled; he won a mega-case, but still needs challenges in a
drifting life.

That joins a typical
Friday burst on Netflix – a comedy series (Ashton Kutcher's “The
Ranch”), a movie (“Set It Up,” with schemes and maybe-romance
in the workplace) and a sci-fi cartoon series (“Voltron”). And on
Thursday, Hulu took over the quirky “Dirk Gently's Holistic
Detective Agency.”

Other choices
include:

“Finding Nemo”
(2003), 7-9 p.m., Disney. Families can savor a cartoon classic.
Grown-ups might try “The Truman Show” (1998), 7 and 9:30 p.m. on
Viceland, or “Goodfellas” (1990), 9:30 on Paramount.

“Quantico,” 8
p.m., ABC. This season, the show added Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin as
Jocelyn, a former FBI undercover agent. Tonight, she tells about the
bomb explosion that destroyed her hearing. The team takes on the
person responsible.

Competition reruns,
8-10 p.m., NBC and Fox. NBC reruns Wednesday's “American Ninja
Warrior” try-outs in Miami; Fox reruns the season's first “The
Four” ... one day after the second one aired.

“Celebrity
Undercover,” 8 p.m., CBS. Some people know Stephanie McMahon as a
wrestling villain and an executive with WWE, which her dad (Vince)
founded. Chances are, they won't recognize here here as an amiable
soul with blonde wig and Southern accent. McMahon, 41 and married to
Paul Levesque (known in wrestling as Triple H), uses the disguise to
help aspiring wrestlers and a fan.

“Great
Performances,” 9 p.m., PBS. A new production of Puccini's classic
“Tosca” stars Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Grigolo and Zeljko Lucic.

“Hawaii Five-0,”
9 p.m.,. CBS. In a rerun, the murder of two tourists leads the team
to a man who has multiple personalities, one violent and another
childlike.

“Blue Bloods,”
10 p.m., CBS. In this rerun, Baez has an accidental overdose after
she joins the narcotics task force with her police partner Danny.