TV column for Sunday, July 15


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Masterpiece: Endeavour,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS.

After a couple so-so
movies this summer, the “Inspector Morse” prequel has bounced
back. For the second straight week, Inspector Sergeant Endeavour
Morse gets a first-rate mystery.

Last week, the
oft-lonely Morse met an attractive Frenchwoman. Now they're dating
and he's oddly cheery ... until he's called away to a murder probe,
against a backdrop of racial bias in 1968 England.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To the Altar,” 9-11 p.m., Hallmark
Movies & Mysteries.

Martha Williamson's
“Touched By an Angel” was a TV powerhouse; it ran nine seasons,
three of them in Nielsen's top 10. But the show departed 15 years ago
and Williamson almost disappeared.

This was her
comeback series, with people changing lives by following up on
undelivered mail. It had 10 episodes in 2014, but has been confined
to movies ever since. Here's the 12th film, with the lead
characters trying a good deed, as their own wedding nears. Carol
Burnett and Keb' Mo' appear briefly.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: All night, NBC.

In a late switch
last week, NBC moved “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” from Mondays
to Sundays. The timing was bad – why not give viewers some warning?
-- but the result strengthens Sundays.

Tonight, Uzo Aduba
(“Orange is the New Black”) is in Spain's Pyrenees, confronting a
flash flood, a poisonous viper and the prospect of field mice for
dinner. An “American Ninja Warrior” rerun is at 8 p.m., followed
at 10 by “Shades of Blue,” which is having a terrific summer.
Tonight, Harlee (Jennifer Lope) learns that the crooked cops are
deeply embedded in crime.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE II: “Shark vs. Tuna,” 9 p.m., NatGeo Wild; rerunning
at midnight.

Next Sunday,
Discovery launches its annual “Shark Week,” an idea it created 30
years ago. But Wild arrives a week earlier, with its “Sharkfest.”
Reruns start at 11 a.m., with new hours from 8-11 p.m.

At 8 p.m. (rerunning
at 11), “Mayhem in Mexico” discusses six attacks, from 2011 to
2013. At 10 (rerunning at 1 a.m.) is “The Whale That Ate Jaws.”
And at 9, we see a yellowfish tuna having a VERY bad day: A fishermen
tries to pull it onboard, before sharks finish chomping it. This
tends to be one-note, with end-of-the-world narration and music; some
of the stories, however, are fascinating.

Other choices
include:

“The Revenant”
(2015), 5:30 p.m., FX. The good films start early tonight, as
lead-ins to Sunday series. This one – with Leonardo DiCaprio's
superb, Oscar-winning performance – leads into “Pose” at 9 p.m.
On HBO, “Battle of the Sexes” (2017) -- an amiable view of the
Riggs-King tennis match – leads ito “Sharp Objects” at 9 p.m.
and “Succession” at 10.

“One Strange
Rock,” 7 p.m., Fox. Mike Massimino has been an astronaut in real
life (repairing the Hubble Space Telescope) and in fiction (six “Big
Bang Theory” episodes). In this rerun from a terrific

documentary series,
he discusses how microbes, plants and animals create and destroy
life.

“Celebrity Family
Feud,” 8 p.m., ABC. Speaking of sharks, Ian Zeiring – star of the
goofy “Sharknado” films – has his family oppose the family of
Sherri Shepherd. The other match has Tommy Chong and his kids
(including actress Rae Dawn Chong) against the family of basketball
star Derek Fisher.

“$100,000
Pyramid,” 9 p.m., ABC. Kathy Najimy has already shown she's
terrific at this game. Here, she faces Yvette Nicole Brown. The
other match has Gary Cole and Vanessa Williams.

“Ghosted,” 9:30
p.m., Fox. Sharing a case with the FBI and the FAA, the people in the
Bureau Underground realize that they really don't get much respect.

“NCIS: Los
Angeles,” 10 p.m., CBS. A killer puts on shows for high-paying
voyeurs.