“Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials” and “Scorpion,” 8 and 9
p.m., CBS. This popular special is in its 15th year, now
with the public voting. Boomer Esiason, who has played in a Super
Bowl (his Bengals lost to the 49ers, 20-16), hosts with Katharine
McPhee, who hasn't.
around to see McPhee in a “Scorpion” rerun. She's Phoebe, a
waitress who brings normality to a team of geniuses; tonight, she
prepares her son for the arrival of his dad (Brendan Hines). Also,
three people – one of them a brilliant hacker – have escaped from
II: “Sons of Liberty” mid-section, 9-11 p.m., History.
If you missed
Sunday's opener, catch it at 7 p.m.; or see the full mini-series,
from 5-11 p.m. Tuesday.
The opener gave us a
hot-headed Sam Adams, ignoring the caution of his cousin John and a
mealy-mouthed John Hancock. Now things get serious; tonight starts
with the Boston Tea Party and ends with the ride of Paul Revere and
Dr. Joseph Warren ... a key figure in this version. There are
excesses – an escape during the ride seems way too easy – but
it's a ripping-good tale of righteous underdogs.
ALTERNATIVE: “Night Will Fall,” 9-10:30 p.m., HBO.
As Allied troops
liberated the World War II death camps, their cameramen caught
jolting views of human horror. Soon, top filmmakers were crafting a
documentary; even Alfred Hitchock was involved.
intervened and the film was scrapped. Almost 70 years later,
restorers finished it; now this documentary skillfully weaves
elements. Portions of the film are merged with memories of the people
involved, plus a history of the film. The result is brutal to watch,
8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Yes, brash people tend to get noticed; at a lake
party, two women each shed half their bikinis. Still, Chris Soules'
three sisters pick a shy woman for a one-on-one date.
Apprentice,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. The first hour, fortunately, avoids
the heavy-handed question of who can get rich friends to donate the
most money. Instead, each team arranges a boat tour, with the
customers choosing a winner.
season-opener, 8:30-10 p.m., BBC America. Backed by the droll wit of
writer-producer-star Jeremy Clarkson, this car show has long been
popular in the U.S. and England. A rerun marathon started at 6 a.m.
Sunday, setting up the new episode.
“Jane the Virgin,”
9 p.m., CW. Jane is juggling jobs as a teacher, a waitress ... and
now an aspiring scriptwriter on her dad's telenovela. Meanwhile, her
mom regrets an uncharacteristic vow of chastity ... and Jane's
ex-boyfriend (a cop) is spying on her current boyfriend, Less
humorous than the earlier episodes, this packs together a busy night
“Mud, Sweat and
Gears” debut, 10 p.m., BBC America. Two British car buffs are
organizing odd competitions in the U.S. -- starting with makeshift
cop cars. The result is sort of like “Top Gear,” except louder,
faster and much less clever.
p.m., ABC. Fresh from the season-opening episodes that saw Castle on
the lam, this rerun has him trying to return to normal life with
Beckett. Meanwhile, they probe a slain pool shark.