“America Divided” debut, 9-10:30 p.m., Epix.
consume our elections, here's a reminder that real issues squeeze
lives. In the opener, Common (the rapper-actor) returns to Chicago,
amid protests over a police shooting of a 17-year-old.
That report is
concluded, bringing few answers but strong passion. Two other stories
begin – actress Rosario Dawson on the water crisis in Flint, Mich.;
producer Norman Lear on New York's housing crises. Those two will
continue in the weeks ahead, along with others – from education to
immigration -- by Amy Poehler, America Ferrara, Jesse Williams, Peter
Sarsgaard and Zach Galifianakis.
“Great Performances,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
This is classic turf
-- the Vienna Philharmonic, performing its annual concert on the lush
grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace, a 270-year-old, 1441-room reminder
of Austria's imperial age.
there's little else Austrian about this, except for a closing Strauss
waltz. Semyon Bychkov, a Russian native, conducts a night of French
composers. He has pieces by Bizet and Offenbach, plus Ravel's popular
“Bolero”; there's also a two-piano Poulenc concerto with Marielle
Labeque (Bychkov's wife) and her sister Katia. It adds up to an
II: “MacGyver,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Last week's opener
left us with lots of questions. Yes, it was slick and sleek; like the
original “MacGyver,” it had an inventive and handsome hero. But
can it be human and make us care?
The show tries, by
offering frayed relationships. In the opener, MacGyver learned his
lover is a crook; tonight, Jack (George Eads) finds that his former
girlfriend and CIA partner is missing in Venezuela.
ALTERNATIVE: Three shows, Netflix and Amazon.
The first weeks of a
TV season used to be the sole domain of the big networks; not any
more. Today, Netflix alone debuts a big series (Marvel's “Luke
Cage”) and a documentary (“Amanda Knox”).
And Amazon has Woody
Allen's entry into this streaming world. “Crisis in Six Scenes”
is a six-parter set in the 1960s, with a free-spirit (Miley Cyrus)
disrupting the lives of Allen, Elaine May and more.
8 p.m., Fox. Welcome to the “Crepe Grand Prix,” a two-team race
to come up with 10 acceptable crepes. Later, there's a dinner service
and an elimination.
Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. For Mike (Tim Allen), this is the ultimate
conflict – his daughter's wedding shower is at the same time that
the Broncos are on “Monday Night Football.” He and Joe (Jay Leno)
hatch a solution – separate events for men and women.
“Dr. Ken,” 8:31
p.m., ABC. On the first day that Ken and his wife work in the same
clinic, they promptly disagree about a patient. Meanwhile, their son
wants a new image for middle school.
9 p.m., CBS. As the search for a vigilante serial killer contiues, a
retired FBI profiler (Claire Forlani) helps. Also, the team helps
track a terrorist who plans nuclear meltdowns in Europe.
10 p.m., CBS. Frank (Tom Selleck) faces criticism in his police
department, after he disciplines a distrespectful cop. Meanwhile, his
son Danny probes the death of an old woman hit by a stray bullet; his
daughter Erin helps her detective (Steve Schirripa) with a case
that's personal to him.
10 p.m., Syfy. The only way to keep the vampires out of the hospital
is with ultraviolet lights ... but now the power source is damaged
and only three reserve hours remain. Vanessa “Van” Helsing and
Axel head into the ruins to scavenge parts.