“Superstore,”10:30 p.m., NBC.
In the midst of its
mega-rated Olympic coverage, NBC pauses to show off a micro-rated
comedy. It's a special episode of the likable (if erratic)
“Superstore,” set in a time prior to last spring's season-finale.
The store plans an
Olympic-themed sale... something that triggers Glenn's frenzied
patriotism and Dina's plans for an epic closing ceremony. There's a
fictional gold medalist (played by Cecily Strong of “Saturday Night
Live”), plus several real ones – figure-skater Tara Lipinski,
speed-skater Apolo Anton Ohno and gymnast McKayla Maroney. And along
the way, Mateo reveals an important secret.
II: Olympics, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8-10:30 p.m., 11:35 p.m. to 3 a.m.,
two-and-a-fraction days left, Usain Bolt has a shot at yet another
gold medal, this time with his Jamaican team in the four-by-100-meter
relay. That's in prime time, where NBC (mixing live and tape) also
has the men's hammer, the women's pole vault and 5,000-meter and
The cable channels
start live coverage early – 6:30 a.m. ET on Golf, 7 a.m. on the NBC
Sports Network and 9 a.m. on USA. CNBC starts at 5 p.m. ET, wth the
men's basketball semi-finals at 6.
ALTERNATIVE: Movies, cable.
The bad news is that
cable is playing it safe, with movies it shows often. The good?
They're shown so much because they're popular, mainstream and
well-made, maybe worth seeing again.
That starts with the
first and third “Austin Powers” movies, at 6 p.m. (1997) and 8
p.m. (2002) ET on IFC; AMC has “The Breakfast Club” (1985) at
6:30 and 8:30. And at 8, there;s “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013)
on FX, “The Help” (2011) on CMT, “You've Got Mail” (1998) on
Pop and more.
8-10 p.m., Fox. In the first part of this rerun, the losers of a
previous challenge now have 90-minutes to create a three-layer
birthday cake. Then everyone is hauled to a vegetable field for the
next challenge – 75 minutes for teams to prepare a meal for 100
Angeles,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, a fire broke out near a
top-secret government container and key information was stolen. To
learn what happened, Sam and Callen go undercover as firefighters.
9 p.m., CBS. Shades of Iron Man: This rerun says the government has
developed a suit that is high-tech and indestructible. It's been
stolen and the team races to find it.
Performances at the Met,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). A
decade ago, Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient”) directed an
acclaimed “Madama Butterfly.” He died two years later, but is
still listed as the producer of this version. Directed and
choreographed by his widow Carolyn Choa and starring Kristine
Opolais, it drew raves when it opened at the Met in March.
p.m., Syfy. Dutch, D'avin and Alvis head to an old research facility
on Arkyn. Meanwhile, Johnny and Pawter are trying to rally support in
the impending battle for Westerly.
10 p.m., CBS. This rerun puts the spotlight on Erin, an assistant
district attorney. After a case ends with a hung jury, she takes it
over; working with the department's detective (Steve Schirripa of
“The Sopranos”), she searches for the witness who disappeared.
10 p.m., Syfy. Don't you hate it when your vehicle's tech devices
blink out, flinging you into an alternate reality? That happens to
the Raza tonight.