“The Night Shift” season-finale, 10 p.m., NBC.
Here is a TV hybrid
– an action-adventure medical show. Set at a San Antonio hospital,
most of its doctors and some of its patients are former or current
Last week, Scott and
Jordan – who used to be engaged to each other – headed into a
wildfire. Tonight, the flames are getting closer as they perform
field surgery. Meanwhile, Syd (Jennifer Beals) is along the
Syria-Turkey border; she's caught typhus (as have many of her
patients), so TC goes to extremes to get medication. Back home, the
effort continues to find a buyer for the hospital.
“American Gothic,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Shift” is wrapping up, another ambitious show sets up next week's
on the Hawthornes – rich, respectable ... and maybe housing the
“silver bells killer” from years ago. The matriarch (Virginia
Madsen) killed her husband in his hospital bed; her children range
from a mayoral candidate to a guy who had simply vanished for years.
Tonight, they catch each other's lies and revisit a crucial night in
ALTERNATIVE: “You're the Worst” season-opener, 10 p.m., FXX,
reruning at 10:30.
What happens when
two immensely cynical people actually say “I love you”? That
happened at the end of last season, but Jimmy was drunk at the time;
now he can neither remembr or acknowledge it.
Skeptical love is at
the core; as are the woes of their friends: Edgar is an ex-soldier
with post-traumatic troubles; Lindsay simply has a dippy husband.
“Worst” is smart and funny, but be warned: The sexual talk (and
action) is extremely frank; some viewers will be delighted; others
will depart quickly.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Tyrant,” 10 p.m., FX, rerunning at 11:14.
In three seasons,
this has gone from overwrought to good to – in a darkly disturbing
way – great. The final transition began when terrorists killed the
daughter of Bassam (“Barry,” when he lived in the U.S.), the
temporary president of his homeland. He became harder; his wife
tightens on Daliayah (an idealist loved by Bassam and by his
ex-friend Fauzi) ... Leila (presidential candidate and widow of the
previous dictator) ... Cogswell (American general in love with Leila)
... and more. Forces converge, including a surprise in the final
minutes of this expanded episode.
a.m. to 11 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. You can catch the entire
season, starting with strong episodes that brought a big-city TV
reporter back to her family-run church. The finale, at 10, has a
confrontation between sisters, played by Winfrey and Lynn Whitfield.
Then the last three hours rerun.
8-10 p.m., Fox. Last week eliminated both blue-colllar New Yorkers,
Eric Howard and Terry Mueller. That leaves two guys from Las Vegas
(David Williams and front-runner Shaun O'Neale), plus a waiter (Dan
Paustian), a tuxedo salesma (Nathan Barnhouse) and three women filled
with Southern charm (Brandi Mudd, Katie Dixon and Tanorria Askew).
Tonight, their challenges involve limited utensils, then a picnic
platter and a pop-up restaurant.
Talent,” 8 and 9 p.m., NBC. First is a trimmed down version of
Tuesday's episode, with 10 acts performing. Then we learn which
ones will comprise the first half of the season's top-10.
9 and 10 p.m., ABC. The first rerun finds the boys babysitting for
little Lily; things soon go wrong. The second sees Gloria buy a
family seminar at the school auction.
9:31 p.m., ABC. For the second straight year, the show closed its
season with an elaborate dream scene, transporting everyone into a
past era. This time, they're “Good Times” characters.
10:01 p.m., USA. By now, Elliot and his sister Darlene aren't sure if
Dark Army is for or against them. Meanwhile, Angela realizes E Corp
can't give her what she wants.