(if you get Showtime): “Roadies” debut, 10 p.m., Showtime.
Cameron Crowe has had triumphs (“Jerry Maguire”) and failures
(“Aloha”), but whenever he returns to music, he's been at his
best. From his teen-aged journalism to “Almost Famous” and “Pearl
Jam Twenty,” he's brought depth and passion to the rock world.
Now comes his
perfect vehicle – following the people who make a tour work. We
meet the old boss (Ron White), the new one (Rafe Spall), the cool
heads (Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino), the wide-eyed believer (Imogen
Poots). There's sex, music, humor, drama, idealism and masterful
II: Game show night, 8-11 p.m., ABC.
Feud” was a surprise ratings hit last summer, so now ABC hopes to
triple the impact. “Feud” returns at 8 p.m., wth Steve Harvey
toying with the famlies of Kellie Pickler, Lance Bass, Ernie Hudson
and NeNe Leakes. Then it's “$100,000 Pyramid” at 9 and Alec
Baldwin's “Match Game” at 10.
Najimy soon proclaims, is “the best-constructed game show in the
world.” It is, at least, for those with quick minds. Najimy – a
“Celebrity Poker,” “Weakest Link” and “Gameshow Marathon”
champ – keeps up with Rosie O'Donnell, Anthony Anderson, Sherri
Shepherd and others.
ALTERNATIVE: “BET Awards,” 8-11:30 p.m., BET, MTV, VH1, Spike,
Nickelodeon and Comedy Central.
For five-plus years,
Sheila E. was a star of the Prince world -- variously his
percussionist, singer, opening act and fiancee. Now she'll do a
Prince tribute, with D'Angelo, Janelle Monae and The Roots.
That's part of a
star-stuffed night, with music by Usher, Alicia Keys, Maxwell,
Future, and Bryson Tiller. Then there are all the awards, with
categories for music, acting, videos and sports; Drake leads with
nine nominations. Special honors go to actors Samuel L. Jackson and
Jesse Williams. Six channels combine, but BET is alone for the
red-carpet at 6 p.m., after-party at 11:30 and rerun at 12:30 a.m.
ALTERNATIVE II: Season-finales, 9 p.m. to 11:15 p.m., HBO.
On an overcrowded
night, many viewers will be glued to HBO for three straight finales.
First is an expanded
“Thrones.” At 10:15, “Silicon Valley” has Pied Piper looking
shaky, but Dinesh's chat app thriving; Laurie prepares to leave and
Gavin's comeback is threatened. And at 10:45, “Veep” has Selena
preparing for inauguration; her daughter gets a makeover and Mike
suffers from exhaustion.
Olympic trials, 7-11
p.m., NBC. Here are the finals to determine spots on the U.S. Olympic
team. It's men's platform diving at 7 p.m., swimming events at 8 and
women's gymnastics at 9.
“Dancing on the
Edge” debut, 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings). This richly
crafted, six-week series (which previously ran on Starz) follows a
black jazz leader in 1933 London, facing biases and making great
music. That's followed by an “Endeavour” mystery movie at 9 and
“The Tunnel” at 10:30.
p.m.) and “I Am Rebel” (9), National Geographic. First is a
fairly stark, somber visit to Verunga National Park in the Congo,
where the new warden battles poachers. Then is a fun romp – Kevin
Mitnick describes his transition from a lonely teen hacker to a 1980s
fugitive on the most-wanted list ... and then to an advisor to
companies trying to thwart people like him.
Mystery: Dearly Depotted,” 9-11 p.m., Hallmark Movies &
Mysteries. For the fourth straight Sunday, this channel debuts a
mystery movie. This one also launches a series of films, with Brooke
Shields as a flower-shop owner who, of course, will keep stumbling
p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Sherlock probes the murder of a fertility-lab
worker and finds that her secret personal life leaves an abundance of
“The Jim Gaffigan
Show,” 10 p.m. Sunday, TV Land. Gaffigan is happy to get a movie
audition ... except the character is named “Ugly” and Alec
Baldwin figures Jim won't need any make-up. Add funny stories for his
wife (Ashley Williams) and her colleague (Michael Ian Black) and you
have a dandy episode. An even better one (a rerun, based on his real
Twitter controversy) follows at 10:30.