“Cancer” opener, 9-11 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
filmmakers – Barak Goodman (“Clinton,” “My Lai”) and Ken
Burns (“Civil War”) link, backed by the rich research of Dr.
Siddhartha Mukherjee's book.
The result sprawls
over three nights and six hours, juggling opposite styles. On one
hand, cameras tonight follow current kids with cancer; each story is
disturbing, some are heartbreaking. On the other, there is the sort
of history that Burns masters: People have written about cancer for
4,000 years, but didn't understand it enough to mount a concerted
effort until the 1960s. It's a big story, beautifully told.
“Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber,” 10 p.m., Comedy Central.
The nice thing about
being a star is that you get to mock Justin Bieber to his face. “I
feel like I'm roasting you for the entire world,” comedian Jeffrey
Ross tells him.
Other comics also
savor the opportunity, including Kevin Hart (who hosts), Hannibal
Buress, Chris D'Elia, Natasha Leggero and “Saturday Night Live”
newcomer Pete Davidson. There are also some non-comics taking shots,
includikng Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Martha Stewart and Shaquille O'Neal.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Returned,” 10:01 p.m., A&E.
Like the French
series this is based on, this series beautifully captures muted
emotions. Small-town people quietly reflect pain and confusion, as
loved ones return unchanged, years after they died.
Simon died on his
wedding day. Camille was 15 when she died four years ago; now she
pretends in public to be a cousin, enraging her twin sister. Now we
learn more about little Victor; we also meet a woman who offers an
eloquent view of the agony of a life that simply never ends.
any time, www.acorn.tv. Here's a
fairly good finish to this dark, Daphne du Maurier tale starring
Jessica Brown Finlay. Beginning today, this streaming service has all
“Keeping Up With
the Kardashians,” 7 a.m, to noon, 4-7 p.m., 8-10 p.m., E. The 9
p.m. spot was supposed to go to “Fashion Police” ... until that
show imploded after a stray comment about dredlocks. Kelly Osborne
and Kathy Griffin quit; “Police” was yanked until fall.
“Dancing With the
Stars,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Last week, Redfoo became the first star
ousted. Chris Soules (“The Bachelor”) and Charlotte McKinney
survived, but they're in trouble. Judges gave them a 21 and 26 out of
40. Those were the bottom scores; others went as high as a 34 for
8-10:01 p.m., NBC. Here's the second of three “knock-out” nights.
p.m., CBS. Protecting a key witness, the team is on the run, with the
cartel in pursuit.
“Bates Motel,” 9
p.m., A&E. “Chaos seems to swirl around you,” a cop (and
ex-lover) tells Norma tonight. Last week, a hotel resident died in
her arms, while handing her a flashdrive. In a good episode tonight,
some scary types want to retrieve it.
Inheritance,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., Fox Business. What happens to odd
collections? The first half-hour involves 140 vintage tractors; the
second has 72 portraits of Battle of Little Big Horn warriors.
p.m., ABC. When a larger-than-life lawyer is killed, the list of
suspects is enormous.