“BrainDead,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Yes, we know thaty
the big thing today – and two weeks after htat – is the Olympic
coverage; we'll get to that in a momenty. But if you've maxed-out on
Olympians, remember that the summer's best show offers it all –
satire, science-fiction, even a hint of romance.
Laurel (the terrific
Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has been one of the few people to realize
that alien bugs are invading the brains of our leaders in Washington,
D.C.; now, alas, she's under investigation. Also, Gustav and Rochelle
may have found a new way to communicate with people infected by the
“Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local
For almost 30 years,
with occasional gaps, we've had stories about these Oxford cops.
There have been 12 seasons of “Inspector Morse,” nine of
“Inspector Lewis,” even three of early Morse in “Endeavour.”
begins its final, three-movie season. Rob (Kevin Whately) and
Hathaway (Laurence Fox) probe a body in the well and the death of an
artist. They try to find a connection.
ALTERNATIVE: Olympics, all day, NBC and cable.
The first Sunday of
the games has the cable channels stirring, with specialized events.
These are live, varying with each time zone; In the Eastern zone, NBC
Sports starrts at 6 a.m., Bravo at 9:30 a.m., USA at noon and MSNBC
at 2:30 p.m.
Then there's NBC,
which grabs the highest-interest events and does some time-shifting.
Today, it goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 p.m. to midnight and 12:35
to 4:30 a.m. In primetime, it focuses on swimming, diving and women's
Dead,” 10 a.m. to 3 a.m., AMC. Over the next two Sundays, AMC will
rerun the two most-recent “Dead” seasons. That paves the way for
the second half of the “Fear the Walking Dead” season (starting
Aug. 21) and then some new “Dead” (Oct.23).
7 and 8 p.m., Fox. In the first rerun, Lisa helps a homeless woman
who's a great singer; the role is voiced by Kate McKinnon and sung by
Natalie Maines. In the second, Lisa volunteers for a one-way trip to
Lies” season finale, 8 p.m., Fox News. The story of Alexander
Hamilton already fascinates people through books and a Broadway hit.
Now comes another look at it, focusing on Aaron Burr, the man who
killed Hamilton in a duel.
Pyramid,” 9 p.m., ABC. One ABC gameshow (“Celebrity Familty Feud”
at 8 p.m.) will retreat into reruns, but “Pyramid” is new. It has
Steve Schirripa of “Sopranos” facing Melissa Peterman and Teri
Polo facing Zacary Levi.
9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Elizabeth's India-Pakistan peace talks are
interrupted by a mysterious plane crash.
Cable shows, 9 and
10 p.m. One channel – TNT, with “The Last Ship” and “Murder
in the First” -- will simply rerun last week's episodes. There are
new episodes battling the Olympics, however, on HBO (“The Night
Of,” “Ballers,” “Vice-Principals”), Showtime (“Ray
Donovan,” “Roadies”) and Starz (“Power,” “Survivor's
“Match Game,” 10
p.m., ABC. The panelists are Jack MacBrayer, Niecy Nash, Ellie
Kemper, David Alan Grier, Natasha Lyonne and Jerry O'Connell.