Democratic convention, 10 p.m. ET, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and cable.
Now the spotlight
shifts away from Donald Trump (yes, it does that occasionally) and
Cleveland and over to Hillary Clinton and Philadelphia. Cable news
channels will pay attention all day, PBS will start at 8 p.m., but
the biggest networks will wait until 10 p.m. nightly, through
As a result, all of
the key speakers will be crammed into that hour. Tonight, tentative
plans include Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama and immigration activist
Astrid Silva. Also, “The Daily Show” has its second “the road
to” special at 11 p.m.; last Monday's was quick and slick and
“The Bachelorette,” 8-10 p.m., ABC.
Last week, JoJo
Fletcher, 25, visited the home towns of the final four -- Chase
McNary, 27; Luke Pell, 31; Robby Hayes, 27; and Jordan Rodgers, 27,
the brother of star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Now she dumps one of
them and takes the others to Thailand.
In the show's
tradition, she'll invite each to stay overnight with her in the
“fantasy suite”; traditionally, the guys say yes. There's a
“bachelors tell all” special Tuesday and the finale next Monday.
ALTERNATIVE: “MadTV 20th Anniversary Reunion,” 8 p.m.,
For 14 years,
“MadTV” provided sketch humor, some of it clever and some not.
Six years after it was cancelled, the show re-assembled many of its
people. Now – on the night before it's relaunched with new stars,
CW reruns the reunion. This was, it turns out, a talented bunch.
Keegan-Michael Key, who went on to the brilliant “Key and Peele.”
And Alex Borstein, of “Getting On” and “Family Guy.” And Ike
Barinholtz, a “Mindy Project” writer and co-star. And Nicole
Sullivan, Artie Lang, Aries Spears, Michael McDonald, Will Sasso and
other funny and/or odd souls.
“A Merry Murdoch
Christmas,” any time, www.acorn.tv.
“Murdoch Mysteries” have prospered for nine seasons in Canada
(reaching the U.S. as “The Artful Detective”), with an 1890s
elegance. So it's strange to see just how clumsy this Christmas movie
is. It reduces two men to cartoonish absurdity and makes Murdoch
unable to grasp that someone might wear a mask. Even Scooby Doo knows
“So You Think You
Can Dance,” 8-10 p.m., Fox. Nine young dancers remain; tonight, one
“Mom,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Allison Janney has another Emmy nomination in this role; she
already has six Emmys, two for “Mom.” You can see why tonight, as
Bonnie (Janney) faces a health scare.
“2 Broke Girls,”
8:31 p.m., CBS. This rerun has Caroline in Hollywood, where people
want to portray (and revise) her life story. Since this is Hollywood,
Caroline (played by Beth Behrs, 31) ends up on a date with a studio
mogul (George Hamilton, 76).
p.m., CBS. The show returned to Mondays last week, when CBS suddenly
shipped “BrainDead” to Sundays. In this rerun, an earthquake has
the team scrambling to prevent an explosion.
“The Making of the
Mob: Chicago,” 10 p.m., AMC. With their tenuous peace shattered,
Italian and Irish mobs are at war with each other. Al Capone emerges
p.m., Lifetime, rerunning at 11:03. Quinn tries to deal with both the
show's chaos and her interest in John. Also, Rachel reveals a big
secret to Coleman.