TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Mark Twain,” 8-10 p.m., PBS (check local
We’re five weeks from “The Roosevelts,” Ken Burns brilliant,
14-hour tale of three strong and eccentric people (Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor)
who combined to reshape America. It’s one of Burns’ best.
First, however, here’s a rerun of a less-crowded tale. Over
two Tuesdays and four hours, we’ll see the man who went from a Tom Sawyer-like
childhood to offer an appealing blend of wit and wisdom.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “America’s Got Talent,” 9-11 p.m.,
The long audition phase has finally ended and the show has
trimmed (somewhat) to a final 48.
Now the new phase begins, with 12 acts performing tonight
and five of them advancing on Wednesday. That process continues for a month,
until the ratings-powerhouse has its top 20.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Tyrant,” 10 p.m., FX.
Here’s that rare show that keeps getting better. Tonight,
all of the weak sub-plots involving the families have been swept aside; what
emerges is a pivotal hour, with a nation’s future at stake.
Physically recovering and emotionally fragile, Jamal is
clinging to his late father dictatorship. He was close to attacking the masses,
when his brother (until recently, a Pasadena pediatrician) brought back a
long-time opponent to create a temporary peace. Now the crisis builds; Jamal
makes a surprising compromise in public … and takes a jolting step in private.
It’s a stunning hour.
Other choices include:
“The Haves and Have Nots,” all day, Oprah Winfrey Network.
The two-day marathon continues, with all 36 epospes so far. That sets up the 9
p.m. summer finale, which the show says has a twist and a death.
“Extreme Weight Loss,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. After giving up her son
to adoption, a Milwaukee woman put on almost 200 pounds over 18 years. Now, at
347, she wants to shed pounds before meeting him; Donald Driver, the former
Green Bay Packer great, helps.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. In France to retrieve an admiral’s
daughter, Tony enters a controversial crime scene.
“Holes,” 8-10:05 p.m., Disney. In a dandy change-of-style,
Andrew Davis (“Fugitive”) directed this whimsical and clever film about a kid
(Shia LaBeouf) who is sent away to simply dig and fill holes.
“Brooklyn Nine Nine,” 8:30 p.m., Fox. The romance between
Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio, 43) and a fellow food buff (Marilu Henner, 62), was
quick, hot and charming. In this rerun, Jake tries to slow it down.
“New Girl,” 9 p.m., Fox. To impress a date in this rerun,
Coach uses Schmidt’s loft … a plan that goes bad when Schmidt brings his own
“The Mindy Project,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. A disastrous tape of
Mindy is floating around the Internet.
“Celebrity Wife Swap,” 10 p.m., ABC. For Tiffany Burress,
we’re told, responsibilities are steep. With her husband (pro-football star
Plaxico Burress) retreating to his “man cave,” she does the cooking, cleaning
and child-raising; she’s also a law-firm partner and has her own clothing line.
Now she temporarily swaps with rapper DJ Paul’s fiancee, whose life is filled
with parties at home and on the Las Vegas strip.
“Covert Affairs,” 10:01 p.m., USA. Working undercover in
Paris, Annie is invited to the Russian embassy.