“So You Think You Can Dance” season-opener, 8-10 p.m., Fox.
One of TV's best
competition shows is back, with key changes. Each year, this offers
gifted dancers covering the full range – from hip-hop to ballet,
from jazz to tap to ballroom and beyond.
Nigel Lythgoe is in
charge, as usual, now with Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo joining him
as judges. A bigger change is having two brilliant (but opposite)
talents – each a former “Dance” runner-up -- as
coaches: Travis Wall
is studio-trained and contemporary; “tWitch” Boss is
street-trained and hip-hop. They'll guide opposite teams, in a
II: “American Genius” debut, 9 and 10 p.m., National Geographic.
When minds are sharp
and stakes are big, explosive things can happen. Tonight's second
film gets fairly monotone, as the Wright Brothers blindly sue anyone
who flies; the first hour, however, is a dilly.
empires at stake, people take brash action. Bill Gates steals from
Steve Jobs who steals from Xerox. Gates claims he has an operating
system ... then buys one cheap. Jobs soars, flops, is fired from the
company he started, then leads its comeback. This is a great story,
told with re-enactments and sharp commentary, especially from Jobs'
colleague (Steve Wozniak) and biographer (Walter Isaacson).
ALTERNATIVE: “The Whispers,” 10:01 p.m., ABC.
Strange things are
happening.. Kids, advised by disembodied voices, cause tragedy; a man
wanders, unaware of who he is. Then there's the plane-eating
monolith, in the middle of the Sahara Desert.
By the end of this
opener, we're hooked ... and worried. Like “Wayward Pines”
(Thursdays on Fox), this is a great summer series – if it really
has a plan for tying this all together. If not ... well, from “Twin
Peaks” to “The Killing,” we're used to great starts and weak
Maria Bartiromo” debut, 6-9 a.m., Fox Business Channel. One of the
stars of the business-reporting world, Bartiromo moves up three hours
from her “Morning Bell” show.
any time, www.acorn.tv. Oscar
Kightley brings a fresh, distinctive voice to TV drama. A Samoan
native who has lived in New Zealand since he was 4, he wrote this
sharp, six-part mini-series and stars as a cop, recovering from
personal tragedy and trying to stop a skittish young gunman.
Bachelorette,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. This hour includes snakes,
spiders, sumo wrestlers (really) ... and a guy who simply refuses to
leave. Ah, romance.
Molly,” 8:30, CBS. In this rerun, Molly has trouble finishing her
book. She keeps piling up drafts and annoying her family.
“Jane the Virgin,”
9 p.m., CW. Despite praise and awards, this show has never drawn
decent ratings. It will have a second season, though, so here's a
chance to catch up, starting with this charming opener.
season-opener, 9 p.m., Lifetime. The second season ended with the
wedding of Spencer (Grant Show) and Rosie (Dania Ramirez). Except you
kind of knew it couldn't be that easy. Viewers learned that Rosie's
first husband is alive in Mexico. Also, Ty fired shots at the wedding
and hit someone, possibly the bride. Now we learn who's shot and
10 p.m., Lifetime. Rachel (Shiri Appleby) is almost ideal for her job
at a “Bachelor”-style show. She's smart and manipulative, but
(alas) may have a conscience. That caused her to implode while
cameras were rolling; now, after rehab, her cunning boss (Consance
Zimmer) rehired her. Here is a hugely cynical hour, with occasional
comedy, dark drama and – at times – no one to root for.