“My Last Days” opener, 9 p.m., CW.
Claire Wineland is
19 and bubbly, a sweet-face teen who seems luminous on her podcast.
Darth Vader – yes, that's now his legal name – is none of those
things. After surviving a brutal childhood decades ago, he became a
tough and imposing force, plowing through “mudder” survival
Exact opposites ,
they have one thing in common: Both learned they'll die early. Justin
Baldoni (a “Jane the Virgin” co-star) has beautifully crafted
this first of consecutive three nights of documentaries about people
facing death. Claire (with cystic fibrosis) and Darth (leukemia) are
II: “The A Word” season-finale, 10 p.m., Sundance.
After a fairly slow
start, “A Word” ends its seaon superbly. Even if you've skipped
the first five episodes, you'll be engrossed with this one. All you
need to know is this:
Paul and Alison are
struggling in small-town England. His widowed father owns the local
brewery, where Paul's brother (who's had job and marital troubles)
works. Now Paul is opening his pub today. His teen daughter will be
there; so will Joe, the 5-year-old whom Paul and Alison have never
publicly acknowledged is autistic. Then a crisis stirs emotions,
transforms lives and grips viewers.
ALTERNATIVE: Olympics, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8 p.m. to midnight, 12:35
to 4:30 a.m., NBC; also, cable.
Much of NBC's
coverage is tape-delayed, but the network plans to go live with the
women's beach-volleyball gold-medal match. That's the event Kerri
Walsh Jennings of the U.S, has won (with her previous partner) in
three straight Olympics, during a 112-match winning streak.
There's more in
prime time, including men's decathlon and women's finals in 200-meter
run, 100-meter hurdles and long jump. On cable, live coverage starts
at 6:30 a.m. on Golf, 8 a.m. on NBC Sports Network, 9 a.m. on USA and
11 a.m. on MSNBC.
(2015), 7:55 p.m., HBO. Amy Schumer's comedy – sometimes raunchy,
often clever -- leads a good movie night. For kids, there are
animated movies -- “Monsters vs. Aliens” (2009) at 7 p.m. on AMC,
“Ratatouille”(2007) at 8:30 on Freeform. And for any age, “We
Bought a Zoo” (2011) -- an amiable trifle based on a true story –
is 8 p.m. on FXX.
O'Neals,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. In four straight reruns, these amiable
people try to adjust to sudden changes, after Kenny came out as gay
and his parents separated. The trickiest part comes at 9 p.m., when
they hope to keep all of this secret from the visiting grandmother
and 9 p.m., Fox. Retreating to reruns during the Olympics, this
ranges from a mystery-box challege to splitting into teams to help 30
teens celebrate sweet-16 birthdays.
Experience,” 9-11 p.m., PBS. Here's the second half of a rerun,
profiling Ronald Reagan.
10 p.m., CBS. Garrett is finally forced to reflect on the 14 years he
spent in solitude. The result reveals family secrets.
p.m., FX. This started as a tale of a good American, overwhelmed by
evil when he visits his native land. But now it has flipped: Consumed
by rage over the murder of his daughter, Bassam (Barry when he's back
in the U.S.) overstepped tragically. An upcoming election has brought
tough posturing on all sides. Until then, Bassam remains president,
plunging into deeper trouble.
10:01 p.m., USA. By now, Elliot (Rami Malek) knows that Mr. Robot
(Christian Slater) is just in his imagination, a figment taking the
image of his late father. He's quit trying to resist him, however,
and simply tries to get along. Meanwhile, Joanna faces an ultimatum.