“Masterpiece: Arthur & George,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local
Getting an early
jump on the season, PBS offers an involving blend of fact and
In 1903, George
Edalji – then a a lawyer and a vicar's son -- was convicted of
maiming a pony. Convinced this reflected small-town bias against
someone with Indian roots, Arthur Conan Doyle -- the Sherlock Holmes
creator – pushed for a pardon. Based on a novel, this three-week
tale gives the true story enough fictional twists to hold our
interest. Martin Clunes (“Doc Martin”) plays Doyle.
“Castle,” 10:01 p.m., ABC.
It was a tough
summer for this well-made show, as ABC fiddled with its Sunday
line-up. Now – while waiting for its Sept. 21 season opener --
“Castle” gets one chance to rerun the seventh-season finale.
A death in the woods
reminds Rick Castle of a childhood crisis; he soon obsesses, hoping
to answer questions from decades ago. That happens while Kate Beckett
is at a personal crossroads.
ALTERNATIVE: Movies, all day, cable.
You can catch the
dandy “Back to the Future” trilogy today on Syfy; that's at 4
p.m. (1985), 6:30 p.m. (1989) and 9 p.m. (1990). Or try the
“Gremlins” films on CMT, at 5:30 (1984) and 8 p.m. (1990).
There happen be an
abundance of good 8 p.m. choices: Families can try “Descendants”
(2015) on Disney. Others might prefer James Bond's “Casino Royale”
(2006) on BBC America .... early Tom Cruise in “Risky Business”
(1983) on Reelz ... or the epic, Oscar-winning “Titanic” (1997)
Animation, all day,
ABC Family. A three-day marathon concludes with great choices.
There's “Tarzan” (1999) at 7:30 a.m., the “Cars” films at
9:30 a.m. (2006) and 12:15 p.m. (2011), “Ratatouille” (2007) at
2:45, “Tangled” (2010) at 5:15, “Finding Nemo” (2003) at 7:30
and “Mulan” (1998) at 10.
“Fear the Walking
Dead,” 6 and 7:20 p.m., AMC. Even zombies take a holiday break, it
seems. Tonight, AMC simply reruns its first two episodes, both of
them subtle and well-crafted; they also run at 8:30 and 9:59 p.m. and
at 11 p.m. and 12:29 a.m.
8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Ashley I. figures she has the solution to her iffy
romance with Jared: She whisks him away for an overnight date in a
luxury hotel. Guys tend to like that idea.
Sherlock,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Alongside its
new film about Sherlock Holmes' creator, PBS will air reruns from the
2014 season. This one is “The Empty Hearse”; Sherlock's brother
calls him back to London to probe a terrorist group.
“The Last Man on
Earth,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. This rerun brings another setback for Phil:
The four survivors on the cul de sac decide to have a new vote for
president of the United States.
“The Strain,” 10
p.m., FX. With AMC in reruns tonight, some viewers will feel a
zombie/vanpire gap. Not to worry; here's a new hour, with Justine
battling a surprise invasion and Eph and Setrakian facing an old foe.
And at 1 p.m. Monday, Syfy will rerun the first season of “Z
p.m., PBS (check local listings). The gang tries ballroom dancing,
leading to the usual – lots of sniping, lots of jokes that would be
way too broad, if they weren't handled by such gifted pros. And stick
around, because the half-hour ends with a surprisingly warm, pivotal