Two O.J. Simpson miniseries, FX and ABC.
One of the greatest
shows of the just-departed season was “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
Looking back to a trial that fascinated the world in 1994, FX found
fresh depth and detail. It had vivid portraits of the eccentric
defense team and (especially) overworked prosecutors Marcia Clark and
Now that reruns from
2 p.m. to midnight on FX ... on the same night that a second
mini-series – this one a documentary – begins. “O.J.: Made in
America” shows its first chapter from 9-11 p.m. on ABC; then the
entire thing will be shown over four nights on ESPN, starting Tuesday.
“The American West” debut, 10:10 p.m., AMC.
The story is 150
years old, but it seems like current events in the Middle East. After
a war, the victors have trouble keeping control; guerrilla fighters
are fueled by rage, revenge and (sometimes) religion.
harnesses the skills and hatred he acquired as a Confederate soldier;
Crazy Horse is sparked by a vision that said he was invincable. Gen.
U.S. Grant – a winner in war, is perplexed in this “peacetime.”
This starts a strong documentary series, filled with re-enactments,
plus brief comments by historians, actors (including Robert Redford,
who produced the series) and Sen. John McCain.
ALTERNATIVE: More cowboys, noon to 10:10 p.m., AMC.
AMC softens us up by
showing how the West was fun in John Wayne films -- the rowdy
“McLintock” (1963) at noon, the tough “True Grit” (1969) at 3
p.m. and “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965) at 6.
Then it goes the
other way, showing us that this was a brutal, bitter time. “Hell on
Wheels” -- returning for its final seven episodes – starts with
“The Swede” (a Norwegian, actually), Cullen's enemy. We see him
as the victim (via flashback) and then the villain. It's
well-crafted, but excrutiating to watch.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944), 8 p.m. ET, Turner
On a night stuffed
with cowboys, soldiers, lawyers and ninjas, we need s cheery tale of
a family during the 1904 World's Fair. Vincente Minnelli, 42,
directed Judy Garland, 22. The next year, they married.
Minnelli gave the
film a glowing palette and Garland soared with great music. In its
list of the best movie music, the American Film Institute put one of
the film's songs (“The Trolley Song”) at No. 26 and another
(“Have Yourself a Merry Christmas”) at No. 76.
“Roots,” 4 p.m.
to midnight, A&E. Here's another chance to see the epic remake in
one gulp, on one of the four networks that simulcast it, beginning on
debut, 8 p.m., ABC. People magazine and ABC News combine for a summer
series that plans to look at celebrities, social-media stars and,
we're told, regular people.
Warrior,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. Here's a rerun of Wednesday's try-outs,
p.m., CBS. This rerun finds the team heading to Cuba, after a woman
from Cabe's past asks for help catching a Serbian war criminal. Alana
De La Garza (“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”) guests as the head
of Homeland Security.
p.m., Starz, rerunning at 10 and 11. Sometimes, there's a military
advantage to having a spouse who time-traveled. Leading his men into
battle, Jamie takes advantage of Claire's knowledge of history.
Meanwhile, she uses her nursing skills ... and is reminded of the
fierce cost of warfare.
“Maya and Marty,”
10 p.m., NBC. Here's a rerun of Tuesday's hour, filled with “Saturday
Night Live” favorites: Tina Fey and Steve Martin join regulars Maya
Rudolph, Martin Short and Kenan Thompson.