TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Baseball all-star game, 8 p.m. ET, Fox.
Baseball’s best players meet in Minneapolis, after lots of
last-second moves. Both starting catchers (Yadier Molina and Matt Wieters) are
out with injuries. Also out are two National League pitchers -- Jeff Samardzija
(traded across leagues) and Jordan Zimmerman – plus lots of American Leaguers.
Yankee ace Masahiro Tanaka is out, along with David Price,
Victor Martinez, Alex Gordon and Edwin Encarnacion. Re-stocked and ready, the
teams collide; at stake is World Series home-field advantage.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Night Shift” season’s finale,
10:01 p.m., NBC.
Last week’s overwrought hour ended with Dr. Topher Zia being
shot. Now he faces life-or-death surgery, while other patients – including the
shooter – fill the emergency room.
All of this happens while the doctors face emotional and
physical fatigue during double shifts. Already near a breaking point after his
war years, Dr. T.C. Callahan seems shattered. Like previous episodes, this one
is blunt and noisy; still, it does provide strong emotions, in a show that’s
been a ratings success.
TODAY’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Hotwives of Orlando,” any time, www.hulu.com.
For years, the “Real Housewives” shows have been ripe for
satire. This show – big and broad and quite clever – does it thoroughly. We
meet the “best friends” who fight constantly, the clueless sister, the woman
who seems convinced that her older husband is dying; it is, alas, just wishful
Casey Wilson (“Saturday Night Live”), Angela Kinsey (“The
Office”) and Kristen Schaal (“The Daily Show”) lead a cast of talented people
who know how to get the big laughs without going overboard.
Other choices include:
“America’s Got Talent,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC. Here’s a “best of
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, the team probes a Navy
officer’s death. Was it the result of a simple bar fight or a plan to get rid
of him when he knew too much about another case?
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. This rerun finds that a
vaccine project has been compromised.
“Matador” debut, 9 p.m., El Rey (via cable or DirecTV);
repeats at 10 and midnight. A soccer player by day and spy by night? That sounds
goofy, but the script makes it believable and director Robert Rodriguez – who
runs this English-language, Hispanic-oriented network -- adds his usual, ragged
energy. “Matador” has flaws, but it also has zest, action and (as the team
owner) the talented Alfred Molina.
“Tyrant,” 10 p.m., FX. After a strong start, “Tyrant” faces
harsh realities. Barry. a Pasadena pediatrician, is back in his homeland after
19 years, trying to ease his older brother’s first days as ruler. But the
legacy is fierce. The 20th anniversary of their father’s genocide is
near and rage builds; the brother is trying, but his son seems to have all the
old sins. This OK hour ends mid-crisis.
“Celebrity Wife Swap,” 10 p.m., ABC. On the night when the
“Real Housewives” series is skillfully skewered, we meet one of the originals
from that show’s New York edition. Jill Zarin has an ocean-view summer home
with five bedrooms, a pool, a sauna and household help. She switches with Jenna
Van Oy, the former “Blossom” co-star, now living quietly in Nashville with her
husband and daughter.