TV column for Monday, July 13


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Elementary,” 10 p.m., CBS.

This is the second
straight day with a new “Elementary” episode. There are plenty to
spare, it seems; CBS ordered 21 hours for this season and didn't
start showing any until April 30.

Tonight, Holmes and
Watson probe the murder of a robotics engineer; they soon find that
his research on teleportation was groundbreaking ... and may have
been the reason he was killed. Also, Bell is blocked from a course he
needs to become a U.S. marshal; he's shocked when he learns the
reason.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Mom,” 8 p.m., CBS.

Over its first five
years, “Mom” has managed a rare feat: It's consistently, sharpy
funny, at the same time that it lets lives change and evolve.

A big boost came
with the arrival of Adam (William Fichtner), a former stuntman who's
the boyfriend of Bonnie (Allison Janney, an Emmy- and Oscar-winner).
Another came with the addition of Adam's richer brother. He arrives
in this rerun, stirring both resentment and romance, and stays for
six episodes.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: Reality shows, 8 p.m., ABC, NBC and Fox.

As soon as
“Bachelorette” finished, “Bachelor in Paradise” zooms in to
take its place on ABC. It started its season last Tuesday and now
will do two nights a week.

It joins a night
overstuffed with reality shows, from the excellent “So You Think
You Can Dance” (8-10 p.m., Fox, with the top nine performing
tonight) to the truly awful “The Proposal” (10:01 p.m., ABC). In
between is “American Ninja Warrior” (8-10 p.m., NBC), tonight
with Philadelphia finals.

Other choices
include:

“Forrest Gump”
(1994) and “The Notebook” (2004), 4:30 and 8 p.m., Freeform. This
double-feature offers two immensely popular films – a whimsical
fable that won six Academy Awards and then a vibrant portrait of new
and old love.

“The Town”
(2010), 6 and 8:30 p.m., BBC America. This gritty crime tale drew
praise for director-star Ben Affleck and an Oscar nomination for
supporting actor Jeremy Renner. For a different sort of crime film,
Eddie Murphy's thoroughly entertaining “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984)
is 8 and 10:30 p.m. on CMT.

“Penn &
Teller: Fool Us,” 8 p.m., CW. The show has offered some terrific
magicians this summer. Tonight, it has Damien James, Kelvin Chow,
Joshua Lozoff and Murray Sawchuck.

“Life in Pieces,”
8:30 p.m., CBS. In a change-of-pace, one segment of this rerun uses
animation to show Matt and Colleen struggling to have a baby.

“Frontline,”
9-11 p.m., PBS; concludes Tuesday. In a two-night, four-hour film,
Thomas Erdbrink, a New York Times correspondent, journeys through
Iran. He meets people often at odds with the clerics and leaders,
discussing such things as martyrdom, visits to the U.S. and protests
about headscarves.

“Better Call
Saul,” 9 p.m., AMC. Jimmy – the low-life lawyer who will become
the scheming Saul – seeks a new job. Meanwhile, Gus faces the
fall-out from Hector's collapse.

“Lodge 49,”
10:05 p.m., AMC, rerunning at 12:13 a.m. In the opener, Dud – a
surfer with vague ambitions – met the strange guys in this lodge.
As he gets to know them, they argue about the declining health of one
of the guys, Larry.