TV column for Monday, July 16


TONIGHT'S MUST-TRY:
“The Bachelorette,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC.

Amid the glitz and
goofiness of the “Bachelor” world, the final-four episodes tend
to be interesting. That's when we visit the hometowns and families,
sometimes getting a glimpse of real lives.

Now Becca Kufrin
heads to the homes of Blake Horstmann of Bailey, Colo; Jason Tartic
of Buffalo; Garrett Yrigoyen of Manteca, Cal.; and Colton Underwood
of Washington, Ill. ... who told her he's a virgin at 26, partly
because he focused on his football career. Still, it's been a quiet
career, never getting beyond practice squads – the 2014 season with
the Chargers, then mini-stops with two other teams.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox) or “American Ninja Warrior”
(NBC), both 8 p.m.

On a night of
reality-competition overload, each show is reaching a turning point.
On “Dance,” this is the end of the two-Monday “Academy”
round; tonight, judges pick the top 10 men and top 10 women.

And on “Warrior,”
the finals begin. In each city – starting with Los Angeles tonight
– we have the top 30 people from the qualifiers. They can face 10
obstacles, two of them new, for a shot at the finals.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Elementary,” 10 p.m., CBS.

Hey, life can't be
confined to reality shows; on summer Mondays, CBS is our one sure
spot for scripted shows. And even that became shaky last week, when
the network suddenly yanked “Elementary.”

Now the show is
back, with the same episode that was planned for last week: A lawyer
has been killed, while reviewing a cigarette company's finances. And
to protect his father, Sherlock faces an old foe.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE II: “Hidden,” any time, www.acorn.tv.

This is for people
who want a scripted show AND have some spare time – lots of it. It
feels like the longest, slowest, darkest drama ever ... but
ultimately is worth it.

Cadi had returned to
her bleak home town, to help her sisters care for their father. She's
a detective, in the same police department where he used to work. And
now the murder of a young woman seems to reflect past cases. This is
a grim, eight-hour tale, with some characters speaking Welsh (with
English sub-titles). It strains your patience, but gradually becomes
compelling.

Other choices
include:

“Penn &
Teller: Fool Us,” 8 p.m., CW. Where do magicians come from? Hakan
Berg is from a tiny, one-store town in Sweden; Danny Cole is from the
many-store town of Beverly Hills. Both have created neatly off-kilter
acts. Then there's John Michael Hinton, who has fresh approaches to a
Rubik's cube ... and Kostyn Kimlat, with amazing dexterity. They add
up to an entertaining hour.

“Mom,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun of the season-opener (a good one), Bonnie – who's
never been great with commitment – has second thoughts about Adam.
And to help someone, Christy risks failing a test.

“Robin Williams:
Come Inside My Mind,” 8-10 p.m., HBO. From concert specials to
“Comic Relief,” Williams was a dynamic force on HBO. Now his life
is profiled; that's followed at 10 p.m. by Williams' Oscar-winning
supporting role in the brilliant “Good Will Hunting” (1997).

“Man With a Plan,”
8:30 p.m., CBS. In this rerun, Adam (Matt LeBlanc) frets that his dad
(Stacy Keach) is increasingly forgetful.

“Salvation,” 9
p.m., CBS. Grace (Jennifer Finnigan) heads out on a dangerous
mission.

“Big Sharks Rule,”
9 p.m., NatGeo Wild. “SharkFest” -- not to be confused with
“Shark Week,” starting Sunday on Discovery – continues. This
hour sees hungry giants devouring a dead whale, a giant turtle (shell
and all) and even some cute seals. At times, it gets quite nasty.

“POV,” 10 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). After being on a jury that sent a man to
death, Lindy Wells was shaken. She wept; she visited him in prison.
And 20 years later, she went on a road trip to meet the other jurors.
This meandering documentary mostly reminds us of the human dimension
of any jury.