“American Masters,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
August Wilson, we're
told here, was the quiet guy in the corner of the bar, always
listening. He grew up in a tiny Pittsburgh apartment, with a mother
and five siblings, then moved to a white neighborhood when his mom
remarried. When a teacher accused him of cheating, he quit high
Instead, he worked
and listened and wrote. Wilson wrote 10 plays (nine set in
Pittsburgh) from different decades, rippling with passion and great
dialog; two won Pulitzer Prizes. He died at 60, of lung cancer; this
superb documentary ripples with his monologs, some restaged for
II: “SNL 40th Anniversary,” 8-11 p.m., NBC.
When this aired live
on Sunday, it started strongly and ended weakly. In between, it
ranged from brilliant to lame ... in short, it was terribly typical
of most “SNL” outings.
included a wonderful “Jeopardy” (with Will Ferrell confounded by
a changing batch of clueless celebrities) and a coalition of old and
new “Weekend Update” people. The lowlights included botched Eddie
Murphy and Chevy Chase moments and montages that seemed like promos,
spliced too tightly to include the actual humor. Now we can see it
again, this time 30 minutes shorter.
ALTERNATIVE: “12 Monkeys,” 9 p.m., Syfy.
Last week, the good
guys and bad guys scrambled to find the virus ... which wasn't there
after all. But then the villains snatched Dr. Cassandra Railly,
creating bigger problems.
How big? It's
disrupted time, flinging Cole into an alternate future. Now he must
race back to 2015 ... if the time machine has enough juice to get him
there. It's a complex and involving hour.
Cesar Millan shows,
7 p.m. to 3 a.m., NatGeo Wild. Here's a Cesar marathon. We see his
love of pit bulls (7 p.m.), his dramatic life story (8) and a snippet
of “Cesar 911,” which returns next Friday (10:28). There's more,
including his amiable one-man (and many-dog) Las Vegas show, at
Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. Mike tries to be a sort of father figure
for Ryan and Kyle, encouraging both to stand uo for themselves.
p.m., ABC. Roseanne Barr returns as the wife of Cristela's rich boss
(Sam McMurray). They both seem to want a divorce ... except she never
siged a prenuptial agreement.
9 p.m., CBS. Melina Kanakaredes (“CSI-NY”) plays a federal agent,
tracking an arsonist in Hawaii. Also, Amber's abusive ex-husband
intrudes on romantic time with Danny.
10 p.m., CBS. When Baez serves a man a restraining order, he holds
p.m., Cinemax. Nobody does action better – or more cruelly – than
“Banshee.” A long and messy heist scene is preceded by two more
big moments; one involves the on-the-lam giant who killed the
sheriff's lover, the other has some impromptu parenting. Nothing
creates mixed feelings quite like seeing your mom beat up your nasty
boyfriend and all his foul friends.