“The Bachelor” finale, 8 p.m., ABC, with follow-up at 10:01.
It's time to choose
between two women with opposite roots. Raven Gates, 25, is a
Southerner from Hoxie, Ark.; Vanessa Grimaldi, 29, is a
way-Northerner from Montreal.
Gates is a former
prom queen who played some high school basketball (three games, seven
points) and owns a boutique. Grimaldi is a special-ed teacher with a
modest TV resume -- three small acting roles and co-hosting two
episodes of “Can Your School Rock?” Like her, Viall, 36, is a
Northerner; he grew up near Milwaukee, went to the University of
Wisconsin, Milwaukee and sold technology in Chicago.
“Superior Donuts,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Let's give this an
“A” for effort and a “C” for execution. It ponders bias –
logical for a show whose characters (three black, five whites)
include two cops, an Arab businessman and a Jewish shopowner.
Franco is fuming,
after being frisked for no reason; a forum is held ... and an
accusation is leveled. At times, this is just a standard sitcom,
inserting its most buffoonish character for no reason. At other
times, it makes a passable swipe at a solemn subject discussed by
ALTERNATIVE: “The Most Powerful Man in the World,” 9 p.m. ET, CNN
(barring breaking news), repeating at midnight.
opposite worlds, these men lead giant nations. Vladimir Putin grew up
in Soviet poverty, Donald Trump in American wealth. Trump has the
assets of a rich nation ... but has checks and balances; Putin has
few of those, as he leads a nation with great resources and a
Now Fareed Zakaria
views the Russian leader's unfettered power. He uses his own
interview with Putin, plus ones with reporters, with Robert Gates (a
defense or CIA director with three presidents) and with Henry
Kissinger, now 93 and recalling his 15 one-on-one meetings with
Australia,” any time, www.acorn.tv.
Martin Clunes is a British actor, best known to Americans as the “Doc
Martin” star. Now, however, he offers a charming tour of islands.
That includes one founded by Bounty mutineers and another whose
population is tiny (one person) and eccentric.
All-Star Comedy Gala,” 8-10 p.m., CW. Here's a rerun of a Montreal
special. Some people (including Mandel) brought weak material, but
Alonzo Bodden and Matt Donaher were great and others – Tom Papa,
Iliza Shlesinger, J.B. Smoove, Russell Peters – were fairly good.
“24: Legacy,” 8
p.m., Fox. Carlos Bernard returns as Tony Almeida, one of the best
“24” characters. This episode, the seventh of 12, finds both
Rebecca and Carter needing help.
Hungry” and “Baby Daddy” season-openers, 8 and 8:30 p.m.,
Freeform. For a network once called “ABC Family,” the first show
is a jolt – a loud blur of jokes about impersonal sex, STD's and
body-part texting, punctuated by bad puns and lame jokes. Afterward,
it's a relief to see “Baby Daddy” offer a fairly skillful version
of a farce, with cascading misunderstandings.
“Man With a Plan,”
8:30 p.m., CBS. Adam and Andi finally meet the wife of his employee
Lowell – and are surprised. She's played by Jenna Dewan Tatum, the
“APB,” 9 p.m.,
Fox. While his police precinct is looking for an auto-theft
mastermind, Gideon finds that his father needs help.
p.m., CBS. You don't really expect to see these young geniuses on a
jungle safari. But now they're in the Amazon, looking for a rare
monkey that has the antibody for a cure.