“Roots” debut, 9 p.m., History, A&E, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie
Back in 1977, the
original “Roots” caused a sensation. Passionately tracing Alex
Haley's family back to pre-slavery Africa, it gave many viewers their
first deep look at the black experience.
Now that's being
remade into a quicker version, continuing through Thursday. Like the
original, this has a newcomer as Kunta Kinte, but backs him with
familiar stars. Laurence Fishburne plays Haley; others include Anika
Noni Rose, Anna Paquin, Mekhi Phifer, Forest Whitaker, James Purefoy
and T.I. The opener reruns instantly, at 11:15 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
II: “So You Think You Can Dance,” 8 p.m., Fox.
At 10, Merrick has a
house full of robots, some of which he designed himself. When he saw
robotic-style dancing, he jumped in ... at a good time: This year,
“Dance” switches to ages 8-13.
There ate plenty of
talented kids, including Lev – French-born, Russian roots, living
in California by way of the Czech Republic; he's studied dance for
half his 10 years. Or Ava; at 13, she's 5-foot-10 ... an inch above
host Cat Dooley (who towers over most adult dancers) and 10 inches
above judge Paula Abdul. These kids aren't as good as the grown-ups
in years past, but they're likable and entertaining.
ALTERNATIVE: “Mistresses” season-opener, 10:01 p.m., ABC.
Let's credit ABC for
delivering a lush-looking (albeit terribly soapy) summer series
centering on likable women. As the season starts, all three find
their lives at turning points.
Karen is adjusting
to being a mom ... but her nanny (Jerry O'Connell) is making
advances. Joss is taking her romance with Harry (her sister's
ex-husband) to the next level ... but is still haunted by memories of
Wilson and the murder trial. April is living with Marc (Harry's
colleague) ... but worries that he can't find steady work and that
her daughter is growing up too fast.
“World War II in
Color,” 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., American Heroes Channel. The 13-hour
series reruns, followed by the two-part “Storming Normandy,” at 9
and 10 p.m. Also on this Memorial Day, PBS (check local listings)
views the impact on soldiers, at 9 (“TED Talks”) and 10 p.m.
Ryan” (1998), 5-9 p.m., History. Making a truly great war film,
Steven Spielberg gave a sober respect to soldiers, but also crafted a
stirring adventure. Other films fitting Memorial Day include “Lone
Survivor” (2013) at 8 p.m. on FX; “Where Eagles Dare” (1969),
at 8 p.m. ET on Turner Classic Movies and, logically, “Memorial
Day” (2012), at 8 p.m. on CW.
Bachelorette,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. In last week's opener, JoJo
Fletrcher ousted six guys and kept the other 20 – including Jordan
Rodgers (a former college quarterback, like his big brother Aaron),
who got her “first impression rose.” Now she dates Derek, a
banker; others go on group activities, including firefighter training
and a trip to ESPN's “SportsNation.”
p.m., CBS. After planning to return “Supergirl” to Mondays, CBS
switched. Tentatively slated is the episode in which a computer virus
turns the team's “smart house” into a death trap.
“Lost in the
West,” 8 p.m., Nickelodeon. Here's the final chapter of a
three-night, three-hour comedy mini-series, with time-traveling teens
in the Old West.
Doyle,” 9 p.m., Fox. Emily Hampshire has already been doing great
work in two series – as troubled Jennifer in “12 Monkeys” and
untroubled Stevie in “Schitt's Creek.” Now she guests as a beauty
who claims to be a medium. Houdini is frustrated that he can't figure
out how she does it.
Interest,” 9:59 p.m., CBS. Reese and Fusco find themseles trapped
inside their police precinct station, along with armed gang members.
Also, Root makes a jolting discovery