“Last Days in Vietnam,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Forty years ago
today, Saigon was in chaos. North Vietnamese troops were close; for
government loyalists, the ragged exit of April 29-30 seemed like
their only chance.
makeshift plans; by truck, boat and helicopter, they reached the
American ships. And hundeds were simply abandoned, when a White House
order arbitrarily ended the evacuation early. It's a dramatic story,
beautifully told by Rory Kennedy (Bobby's daughter), in an
“Weird Loners,” 9:30 p.m., Fox.
These two people are
truly frightened of commitment: Stosh can't handle two days with his
son; Zara withers at the notion of “taco Tuesday” coming every
So they both lie.
Stosh has experience and skill in such things; Zara doesn't. That's
in an episode that keeps the show's best habits – sharp dialog,
handed to skilled actors – and avoids its worst ones.
ALTERNATIVE: “Dancing With the Stars,” 8 p.m., ABC.
On June 1, 2005, ABC
tried a modest summer fling, based on a British show. There were only
six contestants, none of them stars; it was all over in six weeks,
with Kelly Monaco edging John O'Hurley.
Now, five weeks
early, “Stars” celebrates its 10th anniversary. After
a 45-person opening number, it anges from Monaco to a duel of the
most-recent champs, Meryl Davis and Alfonso Ribeiro. One bit has
seven football stars, three of them – Donald Driver, Hines Ward and
Emmitt Smith – champions.
“The Voice,” 8
p.m., NBC. It's time to trim the field from eight to six.
“The Day the '60s
Died,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Continuing the two-night
Vietnam emphasis that started Monday, PBS views the 1970 day when
four Kent State students were killed.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. The murder of a Naval Intelligence officer brings back two
previous characters: Matt Jones plays Ned Dorneget, formerly a
probationary agent and now a cyber expert; Jamie Bamber (“Battlestar
Galactica”) plays Jake Malloy, a federal attorney.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. Lasalle's brother is back, under
less-than-ideal circumstances: He can't remember what happened last
night and his girlfriend's body is in the trunk of his car. Despite a
mountain of evidence, Lasalle (Lucas Black) scrambles to prove him
“New Girl,” 9
p.m., Fox. Forever fumbling in romance, Jess somehow considers
herself to be a “love doctor.” She's not, but that propels a
fairly good episode involving Coach and his classy girlfriend.
“One Big Happy,”
9:30, NBC. Last week's episode ended in mid-crisis. The original
marriage was invalidated and Prudence reluctantly revealed secrets
... including a past marriage. Now Nick refuses to re-wed, as she
nears her deadline for leaving the country. It's a so-so episode, but
10 p.m., NBC. An apartment fire is linked to a rape and attempted
murder ... and to a crime from a decade ago. That brings Det. Olivia
Benson from New York, launching a crossover. This reruns at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, leading into “Chicago P.D.” and “Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit.”