“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” season-opener, 8 p.m., Bravo;
rerunning at 10 and 11.
There's nothing like
a prison sentence to add fresh energy to a reality show. This season
starts during an interlude: Teresa Giudice is returning after 11
months in prison; her husband will soon begin his own. 41-month
sentence, on charges of banking, mail and bankruptcy fraud.
Other crises swirl
around: They have financial troubles. So does her former friend,
Jacqueline Laurita; both families could lose their mega-homes.
Teresa's brother argues with his wife (Melissa Gorga) about her new
business and their dormant sex life. Add two new “housewives” and
it's a noisy opener.
II: Olympic trials, 7-11 p.m., NBC.
In the past,
track-and-field events seized Americans' Olympic attention. From
Jesse Owens to Bruce Jenner to Florence Joyner, those events provided
Lately, they've been
overshadowed by the events – swimming, gymnastics, etc. – that
Americans win. Tonight, the track people conclude their trials from
7-8:30 p.m.; the rest of the night is for female gymnasts, including
gold-medalists Gabrielle Douglas and Aly Raisman and new star Simone
ALTERNATIVE: “Masterpiece: Endeavour,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check
“Endeavour” breaks from its familiar pattern – a long, languid
investigation, followed in the final minutes by an overwrought blitz
of answers. This time, there's much more – shoot-em-up action,
hostage tension, deceitful friends and a hint of possible romance.
This is the cop who
would eventually become Inspector Morse, forever distant and alone
and – even by upper-crust British standards – constricted. In
this prequel, we see the roots of an intriguing character.
9:10 a.m. and 12:40, 6 and 7:30 p.m., Starz. If you missed the
season-finale Saturday, here are new chances. The expanded episode
leaps between 1746 and modern times.
“Dancing on the
Edge,” 8 p.m. Sunday, PBS (check local listings). The first two
episodes offered slices of great music and elegant settings, as Louis
(Chiwetel Ejofor) led his jazz band in 1933 London. But last week
ended with a brutal attack on his singer; Louis is convinced he saw
wealthy Julian fleeing. There are more crises, involving Nazi
officials, in tonight's strong hour.
"Legends & Lies: The Patriots," 8 p.m., Fox News. Tonight's chapter of this Bill O'Reilly-produced series eyes Thomas Jefferson and a pivotal stretch: Loyalists and rebels disagreed, in the time leading up to the Declaration of Independence.
9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, American teens are arrested in Saudi Arabia,
while trying to join a terrorist group. Elizabeth wants to intervene
... but that could jeopardize a key arms pact.
“The Night Of”
opener, 9 p.m., HBO, rerunning at 10:30 and midnight. From “X-Files”
to “Law & Order,” this keeps recurring: A man wakes up
alongside a dead woman, with no idea what happened. Now it's an
eight-part mini-series, a cop (John Turturro) investigates a
“Last Man on
Earth,” 9:30, Fox. Even when there are only a handful of survivors
alive, Christmas customs are important. In a rerun, Carol insists on
having “secret Santa” gifts.
p.m., CBS. In this rerun, a reluctant Sherlock may need his father as
p.m., Showtime, rerunning at 11 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. After two
brilliant episodes (the second rerunning at 7 p.m. today), “Roadies”
settles for one that's merely very good. A venomous blogger (Rainn
Wilson, making the most of a big role) is invited to a rock concert,
where the roadies are expected to – opinions differ here – either
be adoring or vindictive.