“Killjoys” season-opener, 9 p.m., Syfy.
Here is a rich broth
of ... well, almost everything. There's shoot-en-up action, sci-fi
whimsy and one of the best-looking casts on TV. There's also dry
humor; nowhere else does someone ask: “Remember the part where I
was kidnapped by a gang of slaves who cut off my arm and made me a
That's from a great
character who arrives and leaves tonight. Dutch and her colleague,
John, are trying to save his brother D'avin; held by Dutch's old
mentor Khlyen, D'avin is having wild visions. Those bewilder him
(and, at first, us), but they're part of an energetic opener.
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Many fans are
unhappy about Michael Weatherly leaving “NCIS” after 13 seasons
as Tony Dinozzo. They can still see him on most of the show's reruns
and, this fall, in the new series “Bull.” And here's a bonus,
rerunning the only crossover episode he did with this spin-off show.
A prisoner has
escaped after a Shanghai-to-LA flight. Now Tony arrives to search for
ALTERNATIVE: “The Great British Baking Show,” 9 p.m., PBS (check
PBS usually offers
the types of shows we can't get elsewhere. Its president has
discussed her fondness for substance, “rather than another series
about cupcakes.” So it's odd that a prime spot – usually reserved
for performances – goes to this baking competition, starting
tonight with cakes.
Fortunately, it's a
good one, with richly varied contestants, ranging from a 19-year-old
to a greying prison warden. There's a nurse, an accountant, a
firefighter, a band singer and more. They are likable people, in a
fun and slickly filmed show that has everything ... except, perhaps,
a reason to be on PBS.
Cop” (1984) and its sequel (1987), 6 and 8:30 p.m., VH1. Here's the
start of great movie night on cable. At 7, catch “Bill and Ted's
Excellent Adventure” (1989) on IFC or James Bond films -- “Dr.
No” (1962) and “Goldfinger” (1964, 8:55 p.m.) on Starz. At 7:30
is “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” on Freeform. And “Gone
With the Wind” is 9:15 p.m. ET on Turner Classic Movies.
Olympic trials, 8
and 9 p.m., NBC. Swimming continue at 8 p.m., with track-and-field
starting at 9.
p.m., Fox. In a rerun, Sherri Shepherd arrives as a new medical
examiner. Also, Villa's new police partner may get in the way of her
work with Dr. Rosewood.
8 p.m., NatGeo Wild. It's the final night for “Shark Fest” ...
while Discovery's “Shark Week” continues through Sunday. In
“Mega,” we learn of this shark's predator skill. This comes from
a hammerhead expert named (really) Neil Hammerschlag ... which is
German for “hammer blow.”
9 p.m., CBS. This rerun has a plot twist that several shows have
tried lately – sending work partners to couples counseling.
McGarrett and Danny are there, leaving Kamekona to deal with the
aftershocks of his dangerous past.
10 p.m., CBS. Frank feels torn, when a flag-burning tests the limits
of freedom of speech. Also, his son Danny is questioned about a
former partner who may have planted evidence.
season-opener, 10 p.m., Syfy. After the dandy “Killjoys,” this is
a letdown. The first season began with shipmates waking up, unable to
remember who they are. In this dreary hour, they awaken and find
varying fates – business magnate, cop, teen orphan and (mostly)