TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Emmy awards, 8-11 p.m., NBC
Expect lots of laughs tonight. They’ll come from host Seth
Meyers, who prefers monologs instead of elaborate filmed bits. And from some of
the presenters (Andy Samberg, Amy Poehler, Key-and-Peele, Zooey Deschanel). And
from clips of Robin Williams, in a tribute led by Billy Crystal.
Beyond that, cable dominates with four of the six comedy-series
nominees, five of six dramas and all six movies or miniseries. The exceptions
are “Big Bang Theory,” “Modern Family” and “Downton Abbey.”
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Under the Dome,” 10 p.m., CBS.
New complications keep appearing, in lives already messed by
the giant dome covering the town.
Now Dale “Barbie” Barbara (Mike Vogel) has been captured by
mysterious men who question him relentlessly. Also, “Big Jim” Rennie (Dean
Norris) makes a deal that could have a huge effect.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “POV,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local
What happens when a huge resource is found in an
impoverished country? This slow but compelling report traces what one man calls
“a savage struggle for wealth.”
Over five years, we see Ghana’s discovery of oil complicated
by regime change, Wall Street aftershocks and bribery accusations. In Nigeria,
pipelines are diverted or sabotaged. It’s a disturbing portrait of chaos that
still leaves some people wildly rich … and may or may not benefit the average
Other choices include:
“Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case,” any time, www.acorn.tv. David Suchet wrapped up his
triumphant tour of all 70 Poirot stories, logically enough, by doing Agatha
Christie’s final Poirot story. Published in 1975. It re-visits the site of her
first Poirot tale. The detective makes an agonizing decision, while pursuing a
killer who hasn’t actually killed anyone.
“Bachelor in Paradise,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. For Kalin McMahon –
described by ABC as “infamous” – it’s a tough time: Turned down, he becomes the
first person in the show’s history to go on a date alone.
“Friday Night Lights” (2004), 8:30-11 p.m., ABC Family.
Adapting a non-fiction book, writer-director Peter Berg created a vivid
portrait of a football town in Texas, with Billy Bob Thornton as coach. It’s a
good film … but the subsequent TV series was even better.
“America’s Next Top Model,” 9 p.m., CW. After photo shoots
in a subway and at the beach, the finalists – seven men and seven women – are
“Two and a Half Men,” 9:30 p.m., CBS. In this rerun, Lyndsey
is really not happy with the fact that Alan is sleeping with her boyfriend’s sister,
played by Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
p.m., ABC. April helps the FBI find her husband … and tries to keep their
daughter from learning what’s happening with Daniel. Also, Savi’s date with
Zack goes astray.
“The Approval Matrix,” 11 p.m., Sundance. Neal Brennan
grumbles about a world in which people are quickly offended, followed by rote
apologies and forgiveness. It’s not that great a subject, but his guests inject
bits of humor (especially Sherrod Small) and wisdom.