“American Masters,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
provided a staggering convergence. “They were the Dream Team of
country music ... the Mount Rushmore,” Toby Keith says here. Each
man brought an epic story, says another country star, Marty Stuart.
“They were four movies, four folk heroes, four great lives being
Which is too much
for one hour. Laced with great music, this merely eyes intersection
of those lives. Johnny Cash launched Kris Kristofferson's career;
mellow Willie Nelson and intense Waylon Jennings were opposites ...
but they brought depth, Ray Benson says, at a time “when Nashville
had no soul.”
“Masters of Illusion” (8 and 8:30 p.m.); “Penn & Teller:
Fool Us” (9), CW.
Last week, CW opened
its summer season a tad early, with two new “Illusion” episodes.
Now – with low viewership during the holiday weekend, it retreats
slightly, with a pair of reruns from last season. It follows with a
rerun hour in which people try to stump the Penn & Teller duo.
At least, CW keeps
finding ways to offer offbeat fun in the summer. The magicians on
these shows are unknown to most of us, but they tend to be talented
and, especially, entertaining.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Simpsons,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., Fox; and beyond.
In a TV business
where comedies dream of having 100 episodes, “Simpsons” will pass
the 600 mark next season. That gives it plenty of reruns to show
So tonight, Fox
reruns two episodes – a Valentine one, with Prof. Fink inventing an
algorithm to have lonely people fall in love, and one with a gifted
folk singer struggling with substance abuse. There's much more:
“Simpsons” shows up today on cable's FXX (6 p.m. to midnight) and
on local stations.
(1999) and “The Matrix Reloaded” (2003), 6 and 9 p.m., AMC. This
double-feature launches a fantasy Friday. The second “Harry Potter”
film (2002) is at 6:30 on Freeform, with “Ant-Man” (2015) at 7 on
Starz and “The Avengers” (2012) at 8 on FX.
8 p.m., ABC. Here's the second night of this quiz show, with people
trying to answer 500 questions without three straight mistakes. It
continues Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Wonderland” (2010), 8 p.m., TNT. On the night when its sequel
reaches theaters, this film reflects the immense talent of director
Tim Burton, composer Danny Elfman and actor Johnny Depp. Still, the
ending – a battle scene, for some reason – doesn't match the
p.m., Fox. In a rerun of Tuesday's episode, the second guy makes his
decision ... and we see how the first couple did in the time
9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, a rich recluse is found dead, surrounded by
10 p.m., CBS. Two convicts have escaped. Danny is involved in the
search, but he also feels he helped one of them be wrongly convicted.
Prize,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Before he was a star,
Willie Nelson had already written one of Nashville's greatest songs,
“Crazy.” Now he gets this annual songwriting award; we'll hear
his music performed by Paul Simon (a previous winner), Rosanne Cash,
Alison Krauss, Neil Young, Raul Melo, Jamey Johnson and more,
including Nelson's son Lukas.