“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” return, 10 p.m., CBS.
Back in 2000, CBS
was wheezing from old age; then two shows -- “CSI” and “Survivor”
-- changed everything. Sleekly edited, they brought a sense of
urgency to a tired network.
and CBS are doing well, but “CSI” is leaving after 15 years,
tying it with “ER” as the fifth-longest-running primetime drama
in U.S. history. It gets a final movie in September, before Ted
Danson slides over to “CSI: Cyber.” First, we can catch its
return for summer rerun. Tonight, the spread of a deadly pathogen
causes Sara and Greg (Jorja Fox and Eric Szmana) to be quarantined.
II: “Black-ish,” 10:30 p.m., ABC.
A fairly good first
season ended with this clever detour. Pops (Laurence Fishburne) spins
a story about his kin. Soon, we see a speakeasy, with roles for the
regulars, plus Alicia Keys, Sean Combs and more.
It's a fun episode,
wrapping up a rare Sunday of comedy reruns. “The Middle” (9 p.m.)
has Dick and Jerry Van Dyke as brothers (which they are) who are
feuding (they're not). “The Goldbergs” (9:30) has a scramble to
get Barry a date; “Modern Family” (10) has Haley's 21st
ALTERNATIVE: “Halt and Catch Fire” season-opener, 10 p.m., AMC.
Things start with an
offbeat flashback, one likely to confuse us: It's 1985 and Joe is
still an intense compter pioneer; Cameron, his lover, just wants to
Then we jump to '87,
where this season really begins. The company (Cardiff) was sold and
those two split. Joe wandered off; Cameron and Donna stayed to start
a videogame company (Mutiny) filled with chaotic energy. Now Gordon
(Donna's husband) and Joe wait to collect their share of the sale.
The Mutiny scenes flash with fun and frustration; other scenes are
pretty good, giving “Halt” a sharp start.
Television Awards” red-carpet (7 p.m. ET) and ceremony (8-10 p.m.
ET), A&E. Last year, Allison Janney was the only double winner
(for “Mom” and “Masters of Sex”) ... then did the same at the
Emmys. Now she's a presenter. Others include Johnny Galecki, Anna
Faris, Scott Bakula and more – with Charlize Theron giving a Genius
Award to “Family Guy” creator Scott MacFarlane.
“The Secret Life
of Marilyn Monroe” conclusion, 8-10 p.m., Lifetime. In the opener,
Marilyn (Kelli Garner) began telling her story to a therapist. Now
she's describing a peak – a soaring career and a love for baseball
great Joe Dimaggio. But her mother (Susan Sarandon) is shaky, her
foster mother is dying and her own perspective is warped. “Secret
Life” is a steep, downward slope, yet remains interesting.
8 and 10 p.m., History. Here are reruns of the first chapters,
showing the start of the Texas revolution. They'll also air at 5 and
7 p.m. Monday, leading into the third part at 9.
“A.D.,” 9 p.m.,
NBC. Last week brought good news -- the persecuting Saul of Tarsus
transformed into the future Saint Paul – and bad: The old emperor
is dead; his far-worse son Caligula takes over. Tonight, Caligula
demands his statue be in the temple; that cannot go well.
Insatiable” debut, 9:30 p.m., Fox. Like many kids, Dylan is goth
and grim, with dark make-up and darker outlook. That's not easy in
Minnesota, where most people – except a few mean kids – are
relentlessly nice. Then Dylan inadvertantly summons a dark spirit,
with the power to wreak havoc. Expanding on an “Animation
Domination” series, this is a clever cartoon for grownups.
Odyssey,” 10 p.m., NBC. Odelle and her young friend confront
bandits; back in New York, her daughter is being spied on ... Bob
warns Harrison ... and Peter finds the elusive Yusef."
"The Greg Gutfeld Show" debut, 10 p.m., Fox News Channel. Here's an interesting detour in the cable-news world -- a humor-oriented hour. Gutfeld has monologs, parodies and conversations.
p.m., HBO. Even while ill, the president desperately pushes for her