“Home Free” finale, 8-10 p.m., Fox.
TV's most generous
show lets each contestant win a house for a personal hero. Tonight,
however, a champion will get the best house for the hero ... plus
$100,000 for himself or herself.
These are easy
people to root for. Maggie is a long-haired blonde whose hero is the
older brother who took care of her after their father left. James is
a white-bearded guy whose heroes are his parents, who have lost
everything. Nick is a wouded war veteran whose hero is the guy who
saved his life.
II: “Greatest Hits” season-finale, 9-11 p.m., ABC.
The previous hours
were carefully packaged, each bringing back music from a five-year
stretch. Now the finale loosens up; it's live, with music from the
1980s, '90s and 2000s.
Ariana Grande will
do a Whitney Houston tribute; from Montreal, Celine Dio will sing “My
Heart Will Go On.” There's much more, with Arsenio Hall and Kelsea
“Code Black,” 10 p.m., CBS.
After taking a
couple weeks off, “Code Black” returns with a rerun of its
excellent pilot film. Based on the Los Angeles hospital that has the
nation's busiest emergency room, it has energy and passion. Melissa
Gay Harden plays the residency director and Luis Guzman is the senior
nurse, Now they have four new residents, including Christa (Bonnie
Somerville, 42), making a mid-life switch. At times, this sinks into
daring-rulebreaker cliches; more often, it's a strong look at good
people under pressure.
ALTERNATIVE: Olympic warm-up, three channels.
On the eve of the
Olympic ceremony, NBC has an 8 p.m. hour that includes past and
present stars – swimmers Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky, sprinter
Usain Bolt, beach-vollyeball star Kerri Walsh Jennings and the U.S.
Meanwhile, a soccer
round is already starting; the women were Wednesday and the men are
today. That's on the NBC Sports Network at noon, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m.
ET and on USA at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. ET.
(2012) and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005), 6 and 8:30
p.m., Freeform. Here's a Johnny Depp double-feature; “Charlie,”
in particular, is brilliantly crafted. Depp also appears briefly in
“21 Jump Street” (2012), a fun film based on the TV show that
launched his career.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”)
guests as a psychiatrist who's session with Leonard brings surprises.
Also in this funny rerun, Sheldon and Raj make a science discovery;
Howard and Bernadette have “empty-nest syndrome” with Stuart
“Life in Pieces,”
8:31 p.m., CBS. This rerun comes after the temporary break-up of Matt
and Colleen; Heather and Jen try to comfort him. And John (James
Brolin), who tends to be a bit goofy, is feeling bad about his
granddaughter growing up; he buys a rather silly pet.
“Beauty and the
Beast,” 9 p.m., CW. The show pauses to rerun its season-opener,
with Vincent and Cat expecting a regular life. Naturally, it's soon
“Queen of the
South,” 10 p.m., USA. Both friends face crises in their
drug-dealing. Teresa is sent out on a midnight mission that's
life-threatening. Brenda puts her crew in danger, due to a lack of
10 p.m. ET, BBC America. Wrapping up a story that started last week,
Drake tries to solve a case involving the murder of an Indian-born