“BrainDead,” 10 p.m., CBS.
“This town has
changed,” a Washington insider says here. “It's toxic now.” And
“BrainDead” -- the summer's dandy surprise – is the cure for
On one hand, it's a
sharp satire of a world unable to compromise; both sides care about
gamesmanship, not progress. On the other, it's goofy sci-fi. In the
first two weeks (summarized by the clever opening song), worm-like
creatures crawled into several heads, changing behavior. Laurel, an
idealistic newcomer, suspect something; she's also interested in a
charming-but-sneaky guy from the other party.
“The Bachelorette,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC.
Moving quickly, this
show is down to eight guys. Now they're in Buenos Aires, with mixed
Wells gets a
one-on-one stroll with JoJo, with a chance to be in a performance-art
piece. Chase and Derek are unhappy about being in a two-on-one date.
The other five try some neighborhood fun that soon becomes too
competitive. And at one point, ABC says, JoJo walks out of the rose
ALTERNATIVES: Shark shows, all day, Discovery; 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.,
In the midst of
summertime joy, cable smacks us with its annual shark attack. On
Sunday, Discovery launched its 29th “Shark Week”; Wild
countered with its fourth “Shark Fest.”
The latter has six
days of mostly reruns, including today's “Blitzkrieg Sharks” at 8
p.m., “Shark Alley” at 9 and “Shark Kill Zone” at 10.
Discovery has eight busy days, starting today at 9 a.m. At 7 p.m., a
scientist studies the declining number of great whites near an
Australian island. (This is a problem?) At 8 and 9, we're near
Guadalupe; at 10:04, ““Sharks Among Us” discusses simply
"Very British Problems," any time, www.acorn.tv. Christmas, it seems, is a real problem for Englishfolk; by nature, they find gift-giving uncomfortable and greeting strangers worse That's discussed in the first of four fun hours, with comments by people who are famous in England and sometimes (James Corden, David Tennant) in the colonies.
6-9:30 p.m., BET. If you missed this show Sunday (an overcrowded
night), here's a second chance. Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis
Ross (the “Black-ish” stars) host a night that has music by
Usher, Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Future and Bryson Tiller ... plus a
tribute performance to Prince, by his former colleague Sheila E..
plus D'Angelo, Janelle Monae and The Roots.
Swimming, 8 p.m.,
NBC. Over the next five nights, NBC will have finals to determine the
U.S. Olympic swim team. Preliminary heats will be on the NBC Sports
Network, tonight starting at 6:30 p.m.; add “American Ninja
Warrior” (9-11 p.m., NBC) and it's a high-adrenaline night.
“Mom,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Now that “Big Brother” is borrowing its Thursday slot, this
is the only night CBS has for “Mom,” one of TV's best comedies.
In this rerun, Candace (Sara Rue), who's living with Christy's
ex-husband, fumes: Her rich father (Harry Hamlin) is attracted to
p.m., CBS. In a rerun, we meet Sylvester's estranged dad (Jeff
Fahey). A retired general, he says an African dictator has a
dangerous weapon from World War II.
Doyle,” 9 p.m., Fox. In his 70s, Thomas Edison told two magazines
that he would like to invent a “necrophone” -- a device to talk
to spirits on the other side, if they exist. Now this episode
imagines he had already created such a device, earlier in his life.
He joins a haunted-house probe.
p.m., Lifetime, rerunning at 11:03. After a lot of work has been
done, Darius tells Rachel his secret and is ready to leave the show.
She's desperate to change his mind.
10:01 p.m., ABC. Joss pushes hard to get a public-relations client,
but her past brings trouble. And Kate (Harry's sister) isn't finding
the carefree American dating life she'd expected; now she's unhappy
that her former fiance is dating someone else.