TV column for Sunday, June 17


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Shades of Blue” season-opener, 10 p.m., NBC.

Clearly, Jennifer
Lopez is NBC's summertime star. She's the producer and a judge for
“World of Dance,” a ratings success on Tuesdays. And she stars
here, doing Emmy-worthy work tonight.

Lopez is Harlee
Santos, a police detective who has drifted into the wobbly ethics of
Lt. Wozniak (Ray Liotta). She was almost killed by Stahl, a
cop-and-stalker; now she thinks she sees him everywhere. Swirl that
all together and you have deep emotion. Tonight's opening scene is
powerful; the final minutes -- including a great scene with Wozniak
and Santos – are even better.

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE
II: “Claws,” 9 p.m., TNT, rerunning at 10.

Desna (Niecy Nash)
has big problems now. She's working for a fierce Russian woman who
just killed her own sister. She's been told to take over Jennifer's
mega-house. And she's about to learn that her autistic brother
(Harold Perrineau) has impregnated clueless Virginia.

That sounds serious,
which it sometimes is; Perrineau has a couple of great scenes. But
“Claws” also can be wild and wildly funny. There are hilarious
moments, as the pain clinic shoots a commercial ... and wonderfully
hectic ones, when a mother-daughter moment leads to a massive brawl.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Masterpiece: Man In an Orange Shirt,” 9 p.m., PBS.

Flora has always
hated homosexuality. Her husband was gay; “we will never talk about
it,” she announces, sinking into a blandly restrained existence.
Now her grandson – who knows nothing about the family history –
is also gay. The old Flora (Vanessa Redgrave) is shattered.

It would be easy to
simply show changes and progress: The grandfather's love was a
felony; the grandson's is simply part of society. But this story goes
deeper, because the young man is riddled with doubts and denial. It's
a quietly involving story, albeit one that some people will find
tough to watch.

Other choices
include:

“Instinct,” 8
p.m., CBS. Dylan and Lizzie scramble for a connection, when several
people – seemingly average and unrelated – use suicide bombs.

“Celebrity Family
Feud,” 8 p.m., ABC. The network really wanted to have basketball
tonight. The season ended early, though, so it has its popular game
shows. One has basketball commentators (including Charles Barkley and
Shaquille O'Neal) against former baseball people (including Johnny
Damon). The other has the families of rapper Eve and football player
Rashad Jennings.

“The $100,000
Pyramid,” 9 p.m., ABC. Just before hosting “To Tell the Truth,”
Anthony Anderson guests here; he faces Jenifer Lewis, who plays his
mom on “Black-ish.” Also, director Kevin Smith faces Joy Behar of
“The View.”

“The Affair”
season-opener, 9 p.m., Showtime. All of this started with Noah
(Dominic West) cheating on his wife Helen (Maura Tierney) with
Alison. Now Helen has moved west with a boyfriend ... but Noah has
moved there too. Alison is still in New York; so is her ex-boyfriend,
married to someone else.

“Good Witch,” 9
p.m., Hallmark. With their ceremony approaching, Cassie tries to find
a long-lost wedding dress and Sam works on the guest list.

“Ghosted,” 9:30
p.m., Fox. Someone has bugged Leroy's office, so he brings in a
psychic.

“To Tell the
Truth,” 10 p.m., ABC. We meet a record-breaking “headbanger,” a
prize-winning lint artist and someone who was accepted into every Ivy
League school (presumably by avoiding lint and headbanging). The
panel has Bill Hader, Natasha Leggero, Joel McHale and 91-year-old
Mel Brooks.