TV column for Tuesday, July 3


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “NCIS: Los
Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS.

When this series started three years
ago, it gave Chris O'Donnell a neatly vague character.

Callen had been plunked into an
orphanage and then foster homes. He never had a birthday party and
doesn't know when his birthday is; he doesn't know his first name,
except that it stars with a “G.”

This rerun of the season-opener shed
some light. Trying to rescue Hetty, Callen recognize Romania from his
childhood. There's danger ahead, with a family history that's much
deeper than he'd imagined.

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Gone With the
Wind (1939), 8 p.m. to midnight, Turner Classic Movies.

When this channel says “classic,”
it means it. “Wind” still works after 73 years, because it
combines intimate character drama with sprawling visuals.

This result won eight Academy Awards,
including best picture, plus two more technical or honorary Oscars.
Vivien Leigh and Hattie McDaniel won for best actress and supporting
actress; Olivia de Havilland was another supporting-actress nominee
and Clark Gable was nominated for best actor.

TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The Story of
England,” 8-10 p.m., PBS (check local listings).

Kibworth might not seem like a place
for TV crews to converge. Its two villages (split by a major road)
total 6,000 people in the east midlands, about 100 miles from London.

But the entire area was bought in 1274
by the founder of Merton College in Oxford. That's why the college
has seven centuries of information on the area, from a butcher's
letter in 1447 to a complete list of 23 pubs and inns. The history
ranges from mass tragedy – the black plague killed two-thirds of
the Kibworth people – to individual crises. In this series
(continuing on two more Wednesdays), historian Michael Wood weaves
between local and national events.

Other choices include:

– “NCIS, 8 p.m., CBS. A homecoming
party was planned for a young Marine. He arrived, however, with a
fatal stab wound; now the team investigates.

– “MasterChef,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Contestants keep facing the challenge of a “mystery box” of
ingredients. Now Graham Elliot tackles the same task. Of course,
he'll still have his job as judge; two of the 11 contestants will be
going home.

– “America's Got Talent,” 9 p.m.,
NBC. The results show will usually be on Wednesdays, but things were
nudged ahead one day to avoid the 4th of July. Tonight,
four of Monday's 12 acts will advance.

– “Rizzoli & Isles,” 9 p.m.,
TNT. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), the medical examiner, has always
had lots of odd information; one thing she hasn't known, however, is
who her biological mother is. Now we meet her: As played by Sharon
Lawrence (“NYPD Blue”), she's a doctor with lots of spare
knowledge.

– “Franklin & Bash,” 10 p.m.,
TNT. Sometimes bright and fun, this lawyer show often tries too hard,
turning goofy. That's what happened here: One case involves a judge
accused of soiling his record by an affair with a lawyer; the other
has a guy trying to prove he's gay. Both are badly strained.

– “Retired at 35,” 10 p.m., TV
Land. In last week's season-opener, David's parents (George Segal and
Jessica Walter) got back together and his sister Amy (now played by
Marissa Jaret Winokur) visited. Now things get tough: David and Amy
try living together; their parents try a therapist (Robin Givens).