TV column for Monday, Aug. 10

“So You Think You Can Dance,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.

Now things get
serious. Instead of dropping two people, the show dumps four of the
remaining 14 dancers. Whoever survives, it will be a terrific and
varied top 10.

In each previous
week, the show has dropped one “stage” dancer and one “street”
dancer. The street side lost two breakers and a “waaker”; the
stage side has lost a ballet dancer and two from jazz or
contemporary. Tonight, viewers will save some by Twitter ... and will
see some talented people leave.

“Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise,” 9:01 p.m., ABC.

Other serie – from
“American Idol” to “The Walking Dead” -- have had
after-shows, talking about what just happened. Those, however, were
latenight or Online; this one is in prime time.

There should be
plenty to talk about after “Bachelor in Paradise” (8 p.m.) --
much of it centering on Tenley Molzahn. She was a divisive force
twice in 2010 – as the runner-up in “The Bachelor” and then in
the first “Bachelor Pad.” Now she's back: If you add up the
episodes Sunday and today, she has three suitors and two-mega-dates;
one of them, tonight, is poolside, backed by 100 mariachi musicians.

ALTERNATIVE: Movies, cable.

The choices tonight
are strong and varied. For a popular action film, there's the
“Transformers” sequel (2011) at 8 p.m. on FX. For strong drama
mixed with taut action, Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford are superb
in “The Fugitive” (1993), at 6 p.m. on AMC. And for family fun,
“Enchanted” (2007) is a smart and, yes, enchanting tale of a
cartoon princess turned flesh-and-blood human.

Then again, we could
try a new documentary, “I am Chris Farley,” at 9 p.m. on Spike.

Other choices

“Chasing Shadows,”
any time, This
launches the second of two two-part movies about a missing-persons
team. The first was terrific, this one is fairly good; after it
concludes next week, the streaming service will make all four parts

“American Ninja
Warrior,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC. The show returns to Pittsburgh, where
the top 30 contestants from the qualifying round compete for a spot
in the Las Vegas finals.

“The Odd Couple,”
8:30 p.m., CBS. In a funny rerun, Oscar (Matthew Perry) is tempted to
jump from radio to a TV show. His agent says no, Felix says yes;
oddly, he listens to Felix.

“Scorpion,” 9
p.m., CBS. This rerun finds the team working quickly: The governor's
daughter has been “bio-hacked” with a virus and only has 24 hours
to live.

“Major Crimes,”
9 p.m., TNT. Wrapping up the summer half of its season, “Crimes”
probes the murder of a judge's son. The team sifts through his cases,
searching for likely suspects.

“The Whispers,”
10:01 p.m., ABC. What can be done to stop this fierce force called
Dril? One plan is to trap it and drain its energy. But if that fails
will there be retribution?

“Running Wild with
Bear Grylls,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. From “Girlfight” and “Lost”
to the “Fast and Furious” movies, Michelle Rodriguez keeps
playing tough, daring people. Now she gets a real-life challenge –
descending dangerous slot canyons, then trying to survive on the
floor of a Nevada desert.

TV column for Sunday, Aug. 9

MIGHT-SEE: Football, 8 p.m. ET, NBC.

football in early August. Most teams wait until next weekend, but the
pre-season starts with the annual Hall of Fame game, in Canton, Ohio.

Pittsburgh Steelers -- whose former star Jerome Bettis is one of the
new Hall inductees – face the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings
finally have their own star running back, Adrian Peterson; however,
he's not expected to carry the ball in the pre-season.

MIGHT-SEE II: “Bachelor in Paradise,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC.

may be the exact opposite of football, providing a wedge to send
people to different TV sets.

episode (the third) plays kind of like a teen's diary. Lauren wants
Josh, but he goes on a date with Tenley ... which upsets JJ. Also,
Jared must choose between Ashley and Clare, creating a commotion.
Paradise, like junior high, is kind of complicated.

ALTERNATIVE: James Bond films, Ion and BBC America.

Bond buffs, this is a feast, with two marathons. BBC America focuses
heavily on the first three films -- “Dr. No” (6:30 a.m. ET),
“From Russia With Love” (9 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.) and “Goldfinger”
(11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.); it also has “For Your Eyes Only” at 2
p.m. and “GoldenEye” at 5.

also has “GoldenEye” (at noon ET), but then goes newer. It has
“Tomorrow Never Dies” at 2:30 p.m., “The World is Not Enough”
at 5, “Casino Royale” at 7:30 and “Quantum of Solace” at

Other choices

“The 40-Year-Old
Virgin” (2005) and “Knocked Up” (2007), 6 and 8 p.m., TBS.
Here's director Judd Apatow at his best. Both comedies are a tad
inconsistent, but mostly just very enjoyable.

“The Simpsons,”
8 p.m., Fox. In a rerun, we learn about Grampa's days in the Air
Force. Also, Bart takes up smoking to impress a girl.

Wild,” 9 p.m., NatGeo Wild. Baby fur seals may look cute and eager,
but they face constant peril. Only half survive their first year,
this film says. Some are eaten by sharks; a few are crushed by
overzealous males who rush to mate their moms. Beautifully filmed in
New Zealand, this follows two pups in sharply different settings.

“The Last Ship,”
9 p.m., TNT. Rachel's efforts to find a spreadable cure depend on two
things – help from the scientist who started this crisis and
efforts to overcome scaventers and re-build her lab.

“Last Man on
Earth,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. Phil has been misbehaving a lot lately –
running off with the new women and claiming that his wife Carol is
dead. In this rerun, he claims it was all a prank.

Skies,” 10 p.m., TNT. An old flame of Captain Weaver runs a
functional military base. Now that could be the launching point for a
final assault on the aliens.

My Life, Boston Trauma,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. The network keeps making
last-minute shifts on Saturdays and Sundays. Now a “Trauma”
originally set for tonight has moved to Sunday; a medical student is
hit on a bicycle, surviving because she borrowed a helmet from her
boyfriend's daughter.

TV column for Saturday, Aug. 8

“Cedar Cove,” 8-10 p.m., Hallmark.

On a night when many
networks retreat, Hallmark tries harder. It has a fresh, two-hour
episode of a show that putS likable people in gorgeous settings, for
adequate drama.

In this seaside
town, Olivia (Andie MacDowell) invites friends to a dinner to welcome
the new district attorney (Colin Ferguson). The timing is shaky: Her
brother is seething and her relationship with her boyfriend is
wobbling. Meanwhile, her friend Grace reaches a key decision, Luke
learns a secret about Justine and Warren's wife wants a divorce. Life
is complicated, it seems.

II: “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.

Jim Carrey started
his TV career mastering sketch comedy on “In Living Color.”
Still, he's only had three scattered times hosting “Saturday Night
Live” -- in 1996, in 2011 and this one.

It aired Oct. 25,
promoting Carrey's “Dumb and Dumber” sequel. Iggy Azalea is the
music guest.

ALTERNATIVE: “Aquarius,” 9 p.m., NBC.

Think of this show
as the precise opposite of “Cedar Cove”; it's a dark, dreary
world with bad people on both sides of the law. Tonight, Hodiak
(David Duchovny) and other cops track someone who's been killing
gays. Also, a record producer takes a fresh interest in Charlie

That's the
second-to-last episode, but no one seems to be in a hurry to show (or
see) the last one. NBC will pause for gymnastics next Saturday, with
“Aquarius” concluding a week later.

Other choices

“Bullseye” and
“Home Free,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox. Here are two reruns – first a
light game show and then a surprisingly good home-improvement show
... with couples unaware that they'll win one of the houses they're

“Hawaii Five-0,”
8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, an artist targets couples in Oahu; a federal
official (Melina Kanakaredes, formerly of “CSI:NY”) arrives from
California to help the probe. Two athletes -- golfer Michelle Wie and
former martial-arts champion Randy Couture – are also guest stars.

“Running Wild With
Bear Grylls,” 8 p.m., NBC. Ed Helms admits he's afraid of heights.
In this rerun, alas, he faces steep cliffs and crumbling rocks in the
Colorado Mountains.

“Power,” 9 p.m.,
Starz. A week from the season-finale, we find that Ghost's drug
empire is wobbling. Tommy, his friend and business partner, is in
jail and being pressured to testify.

“Boston EMS,” 10
p.m., ABC. The two medical shows from ABC News keep being shuffled
around, until viewers aren't sure what's when. In a late change, ABC
has moved this show back an hour ... and moved the other one (“Save
My Life, Boston Trauma”) to 10:01 p.m. Sunday.

“Hannibal,” 10
p.m., NBC. Even behind bars, Hannibal Lecter is a key figure. Francis
Dolarhyde, the “Red Dragon” killer, finds ways to communicate
with him. Will Graham – trying to catch Dolarhyde – feels drawn
to Lecter; he confers with Bedelia (Gillian Anderson), who knows the

TV column for Friday, Aug. 7

“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS.

A two-night rerun
streak begins, offering some interesting guest stars. Tonight is
Barkhad Adbi, an Oscar-nominee for “Captain Phillips”; he plays
a Congolese warlord who's assumed dead ... but actually is living in
Oahu. At 8 p.m. Saturday is Melina Kanakaredes (“CSI:NY”) as a
federal agent from California, helping track a serial arsonist who
targets couples.

Both episodes also
have personal problems for Danny (Scott Caan). Tonight, he
over-reacts when his daughter's Valentine-time texts show up on his
cell phone.

II: “Killjoys,” 9 p.m., Syfy.

Any time the choices
are weak on Friday – yes, that's often – you can try the three
new scripted shows on Syfy. Tonight, “Killjoys” puts our
outer-space bounty-hunters in deep peril.

A black rain pours
down, stranding Dutch and D'avin onboard. John and Pawter take
shelter in the Royale ... which, alas, is currently overrun with
dangerous criminals.

ALTERNATIVE: Katharine Hepburn films, all day, Turner Classic Movies.

Yes, Hepburn was
superb in dramas. That doesn't show up here, however, until the end
of this marathon; in “The Lion in Winter” (1968) at 10 p.m. ET,
she spars fiercely with Peter O'Toole.

Instead, we see her
comedies, starting with “Quality Street” (1937) at 10 a.m. ET.
Two great Spencer Tracy pairings are back-to-back, with “Pat and
Mike” (1952) at 1:15 p.m. and “Adam's Rib” (1949) at 3. There's
much more, including a “Dick Cavett Show” at 6:45 p.m. and “Alice
Adams” (1935) at 8.

Other choices

“America's Got
Talent,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. This reruns Tuesday's episode, with the
judges making the final cuts that leave 36 acts to perform live at
Radio City Music Hall.

“Elementary,” 8
p.m., CBS. Watson suddenly needs to contact Elana March (Gina
Gershon), the criminal she helped put in prison. Also in this rerun,
Sherlock probes a theft at a zoo.

“MasterChef,” 8
p.m., Fox. In a rerun, the home chefs tackle a flambe and then a
Southern dish.

“Gotham,” 9
p.m., Fox. This rerun finds a biology teacher harvesting the glands
of murder victims. Also, young Bruce Wayne takes a dangerous hike.

(2010), 9 p.m., TBS. Ashton Kutcher learns what most of us already
knew: Hit men don't really get to retire,

“Blue Bloods,”
10 p.m., CBS. On a show filled with passionate cops from the Reagan
family, it's hard for Det. Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez) to get the
focus. In this rerun, a distraught man holds her hostage in the
interrogation room. Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg), her police
partner, tries to help.

“Dark Matter,”
10 p.m., Syfy. Crew members aren't sure whether to pursue Four, who
left the ship.

TV column for Thursday, Aug. 6

“Mom,” 8:31 p.m., CBS.

Back when this aired
in January, CBS programming chief Nina Tassler called it “one of
the best episodes of television anywhere this year.” Surprisingly,
she was telling the truth.

“Mom” has the
rare ability to leap from big, broad comedy to subtly moving drama.
Now it amps up the drama – there's a death – without losing the
laughs. Allison Janney – an Emmy-winner in comedy and drama – and
Anna Faris are superb, as a mother and daughter, each a recovering

“Project Runway” season-opener, 9-10:32 p.m., Lifetime; preview
at 8.

Sprawling across two
networks and 11 seasons, “Runway” has remained classy and, of
course, fashionable. Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn even won an Emmy (best
reality host) two years ago; they're nominated again this year.

In tonight's
preview, Gunn will introduce the 14 contestants, ages 23 to 37. Then
the rush begins: At Madison Square Garden, each designer must quickly
grab four fabrics for the first project.

ALTERNATIVE: Republican presidential debate, 9-11 p.m. ET, Fox News.

This is billed as
the first official debate of the election season ... unless you count
one Monday on C-SPAN. Invited were the 10 candidates who ranked
highest in a national poll.

Barring any
decisions to skip it, that should mean some colorful forces will
collide – Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rand Paul and
more. And to keep everyone happy, Fox has

a separate forum (5
p.m. ET), for candidates – as many as seven of them – not in the
top 10.

ALTERNATIVE II: “The Daily Show,” 11-11:52 p.m., Comedy Central.

Jon Stewart ends a
brilliant run, choosing an ironic night to leave. There are all his
favorite targets – Trump, Fox, Republicans – in one lump; Stewart
– who tapes his show earlier in the evening – will leave before
he can mock them anew.

He's mocked plenty
of people, with wit and skill. Stewart has been anchoring since 1999;
in one stretch, “The Daily Show” won 10 straight Emmys as best
variety show. Now a rerun marathon starts at 9:20 a.m.; after a new
“Review” at 10 p.m., there's one more rerun at 10:30 and the
expanded finale.

Other choices

“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. After years of failed acting autitions, Penny
took a good-paying job as a drug rep. In this rerun, she's tempted to
drop that for one more audition.

“The Astronaut
Wives Club,” 8 p.m., ABC. JoAnna Garcia Swisher has had plenty of
upbeat roles, but now she's at the core of dark drama, taken from
real life. She plays Betty Grissom, whose husband Gus (her high
school sweetheart from small-town Indiana) died during an Apollo 1
test. Tonight she mourns ... then takes action after hearing this may
have been preventable.

“Mistresses,” 9
p;.m., ABC. Joss tries to get evidence against Calista ... who
schemes to put all the blame on her. Also, Karen gets shocking news
(again) from the doctor.

“Rookie Blue,”
10 p.m., ABC. Consumed by a sensitive missing-child case, Oliver is
oblivious to the fact that he's the prime suspect in the
evidence-room exposions. Sam and Andy scramble to clear him.

“Under the Dome,”
10 p.m., CBS. Christine (Marg Helgenberger) has increasing control
over the townspeople as she pushes a massive excavation project. Big
Jim, Julia and others form a resistance.

“Rectify,” 10
p.m., Sundance. After landing a job painting a swimming pool, Daniel
damaged the pool; now he tries to undo that. Meanwhile, the sheriff
intensifies the questions about his Florida trip