“Masterpiece: Endeavour,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local
listings). Beyond “whodunnit” turf, we're into “whatdunnit?”
People have been clawed and killed. Are wild animals loose in 1967
Oxford? Is a cult using steel claws? In the usual style, Morse pokes
slowly through endless possibilities – then suddenly concocts a
hugely complicated (but correct) assumption.
That's a frequent flaw
in these mysteries, but stick around: Once he figures it out, there's
a tense action scene that gives a sleepy story some final life. And
let's give PBS credit; in a holiday weekend overloaded with reruns,
most stations have new, scripted dramas from 8-11:30 p.m. today.
II: Game shows, 8-11 p.m., ABC.
It's an admirable
notion – taking old game shows, adding some new touches (from
flashy lights to double entendres) and sparking our summer Sundys.
Feud” (8 p.m.) has a great concept and a sharp host (Steve Harvey);
this time, he has football stars, including Super Bowl MVP Von
Miller. “$10,000 Pyramid” (9) requires great quickness; this
week, it has Ana Gasteyer, Rachel Dratch, Mario Cantone and Robin
Roberts. And “Match Game” (10)? Last week, it stretched for
laughs, but had poor game structure, with wildly uneven questions.
ALTERNATIVE: “Roadies,” 10 p.m., Showtime.
This quiet night –
with no HBO series to worry about – offers the perfect time to
discover one of the best shows in a long time. The brilliant opener
reruns at 8 p.m., with an excellent, new hour at 10.
The road crew for a
fictional band is floundering since the arrival of a money man (the
terrific Rafe Spall) and the firing of the tour manager. Now Bill
(Luke Wilson) is reluctantly in charge. Don't expect big plot moves;
scattered about is great dialog, strong music (this time Reignwolf),
humor (especially when asking for the bandleader by his fake hotel
name) and a delightful set of mismatched characters.
Olympic trials, 7
and 8 p.m., NBC. Trials continue for track-and-field and swimming.
After today, they'll be confined to the NBC Sports Network until
“Dancing on the
Edge,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings). For Louis, leader of a
jazz band in 1933 London, there are encouraging signs – a lush gig,
an influental fan (Jacqueline Bisset), a promising romance (Janet
Montgomery) and two great singers. Then this hour (the second of six)
ends with a jolt.
Lies,” 8 p.m., Fox News. Geoge Washington struggles to build an
army using untested soldiers and limited supplies. This hour views
his first victory ... and a plot by his guard to kill him.
Nine-Nine,” 8:30 p.m., Fox. In a rerun, Jake and Amy convince the
captain to let them work a case together ... then find that their
relationship gets in the way.
Games,” 9 and 11:02 p.m., Discovery. After all these years, it
seems, great white sharks still develop new predatory skills. This
film sees them leave the water to snatch seals on the shore. It's the
last new hour of “Shark Week,” sandwiched around a 10 p.m. “Naked
and Afraid” preview.
“Last Man on
Earth,” 9:30, Fox. This rerun is from the stretch when the tiny
remaining population included two guys named Phil. One (Will Forte)
is now dubbed Tandy; the other (Boris Kodjoe) is handsome and often
flawless ... until now, when he causes trouble for the group.
p.m., CBS. This is the rerun that was scheduled for last week, then
delayed. A fertility-lab technician has been killed and her secret
life leaves an abundance of suspects.