“First Dates,” 8 p.m., NBC.
Tonight's fun hour
delivers important dating tips for guys. We probably shouldn't flirt
with the waitress ... and definitely shouldn't ask for her phone
number. Also, we apparently shouldn't be chatting with another woman
on the phone, right before the date ... then refuse to admit it.
And some women are
quite specific. One is bright and beautiful and (for the four years
since college) alone; she has a long list of dealbreakers, including
cats. Others have larger concerns: One left when a guy started
talking about whips; another has twice learned she was dating married
“Matilda” (1996), 8-10 p.m., Freeform.
belatedly discovering this dark delight. Its story is from Roald
Dahl, whose books -- “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “The
BFG,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” --
combine childlike wonder and grown-up cynicism.
The tale – later
turned into a Broadway musical -- introduces a little girl (Mara
Wilson) who has nasty parents and special powers. Danny DeVito
directed it sharply and co-starred as, of course, a villain.
ALTERNATIVE: “You the Jury,” 9 p.m., Fox.
An Indiana law,
signed by Mike Pence, allowed businesses to reject customers for
religious reasons. After gay-rights protests and threats of boycotts,
it was quickly amended. In the interim, however, a pizza-restaurant
owner said he would refuse to cater a gay wedding; he faced instant
Now that owner
(Kevin O'Connor of Memories Pizza) is scheduled to be the defendant,
in a show that has a court setting, with viewers choosing the result.
The first two episodes (involving accusations of murder and racial
bias) went from bad to wretched. We'll see how this does with a
“21 Jump Street”
(2012), 5:30 p.m., FX. This starts a night of light, fairly fun
movies. The “Mamma Mia” musical (2008) – great ABBA songs,
so-so singers – is 8 p.m. on HBO; the original “Ice Age”
cartoon (2002) is 9 p.m. on Nickelodeon.
“Famous in Love,”
7 and 10 p.m., Freeform. Before or after “Matilda,” you can catch
a rerun of this season-opener, which debuted Tuesday. Bella Thorne
plays a radiant,would-be actress, suddenly thrust into fame. She's
terrific; the rest of the story, alas, is overwrought soap opera.
“The Toy Box,” 8
p.m., ABC. Building blocks have been around almost forever, but here
are variations. One involves large tubes for life-size creations;
another has sinkable blocks for the swimming pool. Also competing are
inventors of a game, a dog-shaped lightbox and “Emotiplush,” a
p.m., Fox. The murder of a teacher pushes Villa and Dr. Rosewood into
an investigation of human-trafficking.
America,” 9 and 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). One hour views
art crafted from nature – wood, fiber and beyond. The other meets
musicians and the people who crafted their instruments – Joan
Baez's guitar, Rhiannon Giddens' banjo and more.
9 p.m.. CBS. People have speculated on why John Kennedy's cabinet
officials were in Oahu, shortly before his assassination. In this
rerun, the murder of a conspiracy theorist pulls the team into that
10 p.m., CBS. This reruns a busy hour for Danny (Donnie Wahlberg).
He's searching for a witness to testify against a gang leader. And
with his dad (Tom Selleck), the police commissioner, he asks a
detective (Steve Schirripa of “The Sopranos”) to probe a mob
attack on Lt. Gormley.