(Some scheduling is tenative, because of the late
insertion of the presidential speech.)
“This is Us” return, 10 p.m., NBC.
A month ago, this
show brought surprises, delights ... and then a jolt. Toby – the
upbeat soul Kate needs -- collapsed. “Us” showed doctors trying
to revive him; then it ended abrupty.
Now, four weeks
later, it's back. Dan Fogelman, its creator, promises we'll quickly
learn about Toby. After that, NBC says, we'll look at Kate's brother
Kevin, who split with Olivia (the self-centered actress) and linked
with Sloane (the brainy playwright). Now, alas, Olivia is back. Also,
flashbacks show the young parents-to-be house-hunting ... setting up
a deeply moving episode next week.
II: “American Experience,” 9-11 p.m., PBS.
In 1980, two young
guys, ages 19 and 21, were doing routine work at the Titan II silo.
One dropped a wrench, which fell 70 feet and punctured the missile.
Eventually, there was an explosion; a nuclear warhead – 600 times
more powerful than the one at Hiroshima – was found in an Arkansas
Officials say there
was never a danger it would detonate; this compelling documentary
disagrees. There have been hundreds of small accidents, it says ...
plus what was almost a huge disaster.
ALTERNATIVE: Speech, 9 p.m. ET, many networks.
In Chicago, Barack
Obama gives a speech, discussing highlights of his eight years as
president. Covering it sets off a series of shifts, varying by
network and time zone.
NBC will nudge “This
Is Us” back an hour (to 10 p.m.), resting “Chicago Fire” ...
ABC will shift its comedy episodes in different combinations for each
zone ... CBS will rest “Bull,” inserting at 9:30 p.m. ET a
hilarious “Big Bang” rerun, with families gathering for the
second Leonard-Pennny wedding.
(1989) and “Ferris Bueller's Day Off” (1986), 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.,
Freeform. With network scheduled scrambled by the speech, some
viewers might settle for these amiable comedies. Other light choices,
at 8 p.m., are “Legally Blonde” (2001) on CMT and “Parent Trap”
(1998) on E.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun, two new agents (Jennifer Esposito and Wilmer
Valderrama) settle into their jobs. While probing a death at a
Quantico reunion, the team discovers a long-time theft ring.
“The Middle,” 8
p.m., ABC. Frankie has won free maid service for a month ... but,
alas, her house may defy cleaning. Meanwhile, Mike and his brother
(Norm Macdonald) look for an assisted living facility for their dad.
Also, Axl and his pals want to temporarily move into his sister's
(2006), 8 p.m., AMC. With a potent collision of top actors –
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, more – this terrific
film won Academy Awards for best picture, for director Martin
Scorsese and for its script and editing, plus a nomination for Mark
9 p.m., TNT, rerunning at 10. At times, Letty (Michelle Dockeryt) has
been rescued by Javier, the taut hitman. Now she must take desperate
steps to rescue him.
debut, 9 and 10 p.m., National Geographic. Ever since the pirate
days, we've known that criminals can roam the seas, sometimes
untouched by the law. That reached an extreme, this series says, with
footage that went viral in 2014: Four men, clinging to wreckage, were
shot and killed. This six-houd series probes the case, following a
trail of drugs, human-trafficking and, of course, piracy.
Orleans,” 10 p.m., CBS. During a vibrant funeral procession for one
Navy person, another one is killed.
SHIELD,” 10 p.m., ABC. Coulson and May are getting closer – which
may be a problem, now that some people are being secretly replaced by