Republican convention, 10 p.m. ET, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and cable.
presidential season has drawn huge ratings. Now comes a key step,
with Donald Trump's acceptance speech. Will it be the muzzled Trump,
reading a Teleprompter? The chaotic one, meandering about? People
will be watching variously with fondness, disgust or mere curiosity.
The big networks
will limit coverage, but PBS will fill primetime. The cable news
networks will focus heavily and Comedy Central adds a fresh touch –
tonight's “Daily Show” (11 p.m.), will be live.
“Life in Pieces,” 8:31 p.m., CBS.
Ann Guilbert's TV
comedy career spanned 56 years, peaking with regular roles on top
series. She was Laura's friend Millie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show”
and Fran's grandmother Yetta on “The Nanny.”
Before her death
last month at 87, Guilbert's final two roles were on “Life in
Pieces,” as the kids' great-grandmother. Tonight, Tyler takes his
sexy girlfriend to see her. Also, his annoying Uncle Mikey (Greg
Grunberg of “Heroes”) visits, setting everyone on edge.
ALTERNATIVE: “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” 10 p.m., FX.
At first, this seems
like your typical episode – lots of brash talk, lots of attitude, a
little music, a fair amount of humor. Then, in the midst of it, is a
truly brilliant scene.
The bass player,
Rehab, has written a 29-song cycle about the potato famine. He and
Bam Bam (yes, the drummer) meet with actor Campbell Scott. The scene
starts with a fairy-tale coloring book, evolves into a “Hamilton”
obsession; playing a perverse version of himself, Scott is perfect.
The rest – Johnny Rock (Denis Leary) being overwrought – is
clever, but familiar; the Scott scene is dryly hilarious.
season-finale, 8 p.m., Fox. This oft-pleasant drama dives deep into
the darkness tonight. “The Puppeteer,” who turns his corpses into
marionettes, is back and seems to obsess on Brennan. It's a good
story – especially for viewers who have been with “Bones” from
the start – but a frustrating one. There are lots of red herrings
and false alarms, followed by a cliffhanger until next season.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. A small dispute between Sheldon and Leonard
keeps growing, forcing everyone else to take a side.
Comic-Con,” 8 p.m., Syfy. Once just a specialized oddity, San
Diego's event has become a centerpoint of pop culture For each of the
next three days, Will Arnett wiil interview stars on an outdoor stage
and introduce clips.
9 p.m., ABC. This jumps to 1990-95, complete with Boyz II Men's
“Motownphilly,” En Vogue's “Free Your Mind,” Seal's “Kiss
From a Rose” and Montell Jordan's “This Is How We Do It.” Then
there are newer stars: Alessia Cara does U2's “One” and Little
Big Town does Oasis' “Wonderwall”; Bonnie Raitt and Audra Day
have cross-generation duets -- Raitt's “Love Sneakin' Up On You”
(a 1995 Grammy-nominee) and Day's 2016 “Rise Up.”
“Beauty and the
Beast,” 9 p.m., CW. Annalynne McCord (“90210”) guests as a sey
operative. Vincent is undercover with her when Cat, his wife, learns
she's an assassin.
“Home Free,” 9
p.m., Fox. This is down to its final four contestants. Each will win
a home for a personal hero, but on Aug. 4, the winner will get the
best home AND $100,000.
“Queen of the
South,” 10 p.m., USA. After seeing a horrific event, Teresa must
push her plans forward. Also, her friend Brenda has reached Dallas
safely, but needs money; she creates a makeshift drug ring.