“Red Nose Day,” 9 p.m., NBC.
This two-hour burst
of comedy (mostly), music and emotion is designed to raise money for
children's causes worldwide. Screenwriter Richard Curtis (“Love
Actually,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral”) started this and
“Comic Relief” in England and “Idol Gives Back” in the U.S.,
Craig Ferguson hosts
and is surrounded by other comedy people – Ellen Degeneres, Jack
Black, Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan, Seth Rogen, Ron Funches, Adam
DeVine and the Key & Peele duo. Others include Zac Efron, Kristen
Bell, Anna Kendrick, Emma Thompson, Steve Buscemi and Ludacris.
“Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox.
For 11 seasons, this
show has delivered what's rare for Fox – an adequate mystery that
wraps up its story each week. Now it also helps avert summer reruns.
There are six new episodes, before “Bones” (in a late switch)
waits until mid-season to begin its final season.
Tonight's show is –
no surrpise here – sort of adequate. A Secret Service agent has
been killed, shortly before a presidential caravan; for a time, Booth
is barred from working the case. That's followed by the usual twists
and turns, plus – in the final minutes – some action, sentiment
and even humor.
ALTERNATIVE: “500 Questions” season-opener, 8-10 p.m., ABC.
TV's summer starts
with a quick quiz event – eight hours, on five of the next seven
days. The two-hour opener is followed by one hour Friday and Saturday
and two each on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Concocted by two of
TV's better brains – Mark Burnett (the “Survivor” producer) and
Mike Darnell (head of Fox's reality shows during their boom time) –
this has people trying to answer 500 questions without three straight
mistakes. This season, the second, includes “Jeopardy” champion
(2015), 7:24 p.m., Starz. This animated delight – witty enough for
kids and grown-ups – leads a strong movie line-up. Another all-ages
gem is “Charlie and the Chocolate Family,” at 8:15 on Freeform.
Also: At 8, HBO repeats its “All the Way,” with Bryan Cranston as
Lydon Johnson; at 9, Starz has Jimmy Fallon as a baseball zealot, in
the amiable “Fever Pitch” (2005).
Tomorrow,” 8 p.m., CW. In the first half of the show's pilot film,
evil Vandal Savage is close to controlling the world in 2166. Rip
Hunter goes back in time to stop him. He assembles a mismatched team
that's fun to watch, complete with a forner movie Superman (Brandon
Routh) and with the “Prison Break” stars (Wentworh Miller and
Dominic Purcell) as Captain Cold and Heat Wave.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Until next fall, the CBS comedies will be
reruns, Fortunately, these are good shows, fun to re-see. Tonight,
Sheldon is sick and everyone else suffers.
“The Odd Couple,”
8:31, CBS. No experts on relationships, Oscar and Felix still try to
help their neighbors, after eavesdropping on their bickering.
p.m., CBS. Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn guests in a terrific rerun. She
plays the mom who abandoned Bonnie. Christy – who's been slow to
forgive Bonnie's many sins – suggests forgiveness.
10 p.m., ABC. In a transplanted rerun, Gloria gets a family seminar
at a school auction. This is not greeted with universal enthusiasm.
10:31 p.m., ABC. This rerun finds Dre wondering why no one in his
family has been invited to one of the neighbors' pool parties.