“Tyrant” season-opener, 10 p.m., FX.
When all this
started, Barry was a Pasadena pediatrician, far removed from his
family's brutal legacy. He returned home for a wedding ... and hasn't
left since. At one point his brother, the dictator, left him to die
in the desert. Rescued by a young Bedouin woman, he became a
Now the brother
(shot by his own daughter-in-law) is barely alive; Barry might take
over. In other hands, this could all be absurd; “Tyrant,”
however, gives each character depth and believability. Barry is
deeply layered; he's a good man in an awful situation, a reluctant
hero who would rather be home.
“American Gothic,” 10 p.m., CBS.
The first two
episodes have offered a well-crafted portrait of the Hawthornes –
bright, attractive people with, of course, deep secrets. Alison is a
strong candidate for mayor, but one brother (Garrett) disappeared for
years; the other (Cam) lies about having overcome his drug addiction.
There's more. Their
mother manipulated a hospital machine, killing their dad. And in
their storage room are silver bells ... like the ones used by a
serial killer. Tonight, police start to suspect the family; Cam tries
to erase his past, while Garrett wants to re-connect with his. And
the mayoral campaign continues.
ALTERNATIVE: “Royal Pains” finale, 10 p.m., USA.
For seven seasons,
this was a prime example of the “blue-sky” shows that propelled
USA and TNT – pretty people in pretty places, with stories that are
resolved quickly. As networks stretch for grittier shows and
continuing stories, “Pains” was given an eight-episode
mini-season to wrap things up.
Hank still has his
“concierge doctor” practice in the Hamptons, but now his patron,
Boris, is moving and wants him to come with. Meanwhile, Hank's
brother and sister-in-law ponder a life-changing step. And Divya, who
started as Hank's physician assistant, makes a key discovery.
cable. It's a good night to be a kid, with the fun “Bolt” (2008)
at 7:15 p.m. on Disney and a marathon on FXX. “The Lorax” (2012)
is 4 p.m., followed by “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2”
(2013) at 6 p.m. and “Despicable Me 2” (2013) at 8 and 10.
p.m., Fox. In a change from the usual style, Gordon Ramsay offers a
quick lesson before each challenge. First, he shows how to
deconstruct a lobster; then he shows how to make lobster tortellini
in a seafood broth. Contestants have 25 minutes for the first part,
45 minutes for the second.
Hungry,” 8 p.m., Freeform. With his new app ready to go, Josh hires
an assistant who happens to be diligent and efficient. This is, of
course, a sharp change from what the others (Gabi, Elliot and
Yolanda) got him accustomed to; they conspire to get the new guy
9 p.m., Fox. Leaders have assumed that the “abbies” (aberrant
creatures) have little intelligence. Now – after their well-planned
attack that destroyed crops – Dr. Yedlin has his doubts and tries
to communicate with their leader. Also, CJ (Djimon Hounsou) reflects
on his long, difficult life.
9 p.m., ABC. As the retirement of her father nears, Claire wants to
clear the clutter from her own house, before taking over the family
closet business; the others resist. And post-retirement? Gloria wants
to learn how to golf, so she can spend time with him.
“The Night Shift,”
10 p.m., NBC. TJ and Topher race to a concert site, where a fireworks
explosion has created chaos and devastation; then there's a second
explosion. Meanwhile, Syd (Jennifer Beals) is back from Afghanistan
and trying to find a new life for her and her daughter.
p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. You can catch up on the three
most-recent episodes at 7 p.m., then catch more troubles for this
church family. As Lady Mae (Lynn Whitfield) tries to smooth a dispute
with a deacon, her children face marital problems. Her son Jacob
continues his cheating, pushing his wife to the limit; and the
husband of her daughter Charity is questioning his sexuality.