“Jessie,” 2-4 p.m., 7 p.m., 8-10 p.m. and 11 p.m., Disney.
Fridays are short of
laughs, so we might try reruns of this tween-oriented show about a
Texas teen (Debby Ryan) working as a New York nanny. The night even
includes a three-part comedy miniseries.
That starts at 8:30
p.m., with a family cruise; a girl is discovered, stranded at sea. At
9 p.m., Jessie's on an island when she hears that the necklace she
bought has been cursed, dooming her to bad luck in love. At 9:30,
there's a maritime problem: The boat is floating at sea, with no crew
II: “MasterChef” and “Gotham,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox.
Settling into its
summer plan, Fox will rerun these shows each Friday. For
“MasterChef,” that means a quick repeat of Wednesday's episodes.
This is a fairly good one, celebrating the 100th episode;
things go wrong, with Gordon Ramsay pondering a cake that's
simultaneously ugly and delicious.
And for “Gotham,”
it's an episode from the middle of the season, with Cobblepot (the
future Penguin) assembling his army. At theArkhan Asylum, Gordon
probes a murder and meets the imposing Dr. Thompson, played by Morena
Baccarin of “V,” “Homeland” and more.
ALTERNATIVE (kids): Pilot films, www.amazon.com/AIV.
The holiday weekend
might be a good time to try the six pilot episodes that Amazon
recently made available. Two are live-action, with similar themes –
teens moving to a new school, where few people share their obsession.
“Kicks” (about soccer) is OK; “A History of Radness” (music)
Then there are the
animated shows. One is pleasant for pre-schoolers; two (“Bear in
Underwear,” “Lily the Unicorn”) are neatly offbeat. But the
best surprise is “Lost in Oz,” with Dorothy's daughter pulled
into the world her mom found long ago. The result mixes large
adventure with small dabs of humor.
ALTERNATIVE (grown-ups): “”The National Mall: America's Front
Yard,” 9 p.m., PBS.
Think of this as a
warm-up for Saturday, when monuments will offer a stunning backdrop
to the “Capitol Fourth” concert on PBS. First, we learn how this
area became so pivotal.
There were slow
points, including a 24-year pause in building the Washington
Monument. Eventually, the Mall became a vocal point; there was the
March on Washington in 1963, the Vietnam memorial in '82, the AIDS
quilt in '87. Many stations (check local listings) will follow this
with an Annie Lennox concert rerun, including stunning work on
“Summertime,” “Georgia On My Mind” and more.
7:45 p.m., AMC. On Sunday, two channels – Discovery and National
Geographic – will lauch their annual cascade of shark shows. To get
in the mood, we can watch this Steven Spielberg classic, followed by
its sequels at 10:45 p.m. (1978) and 1:15 a.m. (1983).
p.m., Syfy. Datak and Stahma try for a decisive move against the
Summer Pool Party,” 9 p.m., CW. Kelly Clarkson opens this rerun.
There's also music from Nick Jonas (who hosts) and Shaggy, plus David
Guetta with Nicki Minaj and Bebe Rexha.
9 p.m., CBS. The island is in lockdown, as a terrorist uses
weaponized drones. Also in this rerun, McGarrett and Danny are
required to undergo what seems like couples therapy.
10 p.m., CBS. This rerun has a murder victim who was living in a
luxury apartment building, due to a requirement that 20 per cent of
the units go to lower-income people.
10 p.m., Syfy. It was tough enough for the crew to wake up with no
idea who they are or what their mission is. But now that one man is
convinced he's Jake Corso, he meets someone else who has the exact
same face and name.