“The Big Bang Theory” and “Life in Pieces,” 8 and 8:30 p.m.,
have re-discovered the notion of stacking four comedies from 8-10
p.m.; this fall, CBS and ABC will each do that twice. So it's too bad
that CBS is going the other way this summer – breaking up its
Thursday four-plex to make room for “Big Brother.”
All we can do is
savor the two Thursday comedy reruns that remain. “Big Bang” has
a great one; it celebrates Sheldon's birthday, with Leonard's
ex-girlfriend (Sara Gilbert), plus Wil Wheaton and Adam West, TV's
Batman. “Pieces” includes, among other things, a floundering
search for the right nanny.
II: “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” 8:30 p.m., Comedy Central.
Three years ago,
Gaffigan tweeted (fairly accurately) that no man on Earth cares what
a woman's nails look like. He was hit by a cascade of criticism,
claiming he was a mysogynist and more. Now that's become a great
episode mocking political correctness, with Zachary Quinto perfect as
This is one of two
episodes that launched the season Sunday on TV Land and are now
visiting some other channels. Oddly, it's placed after a so-so
episode – Jim seeks a “calling” – at 8 p.m.
ALTERNATIVE: “Queen of the South” debut, 10 p.m., USA.
Try to skip the
first two minutes, which reveal way too much. Also, forgive the final
15 minute, which turn melodramatic and a tad absurd; in between is a
Teresa is a
hard-luck beauty who finds joy and luxury with her drug-dealing
boyfriend; then it all changes. Alice Braga -- a movie star
(including “City of God”), like her aunt Sonia – is Teresa,
with Justina Machado (“Six Feet Under”) as her vibrant friend and
Joaqim de Almeida as a kingpin.
(2013), 6-8 p.m., FX. This pre-historic family comedy is part of a
busy night for animated movies: FX follows with “Hotel
Transylvania” (2012) at 8 and 10 p.m. Also, Starz has “The Good
Dinosaur” at 7:25 p.m. and Disney has “Finding Nemo” (2013) at
Prejudice” (2005), 7 p.m., Oxygen. It's also a night of great movie
romances, let by this one, beautifully directed by Joe Wright. Also:
“Dirty Dancing” (1987) at 8 p.m. on Pop and the musical “West
Side Story” (1961) at 8 p.m. ET on Turner Classic Movies.
“Bones,” 8 p.m.,
Fox. This case stretches all the way to Antarctica. An explorer's
body has been found there ... apparently 10 years after he was
murdered. That makes Dr. Edison a prime suspect.
and 9 p.m., ABC. The first round begins, with robots in three-minute
matches. There are 48 teams, ranging from teens to NASA scientists;
today and next Thursday, that will be cut to 24.
Reality overload, 9
p.m., everywhere. OK, a little variety please. When “BattleBots”
has its second hour, all four major networks will have reality shows.
This will be the second night for CBS' “Big Brother” and for
Fox's “Home Free,” a feel-good show that gives away a house each
week. And “Spartan” -- the team obstacle race – moves into its
regular spot at 9, after a rerun at 8.
“Beauty and the
Beast,” 9 p.m., CW. Cat may be pregnant, which means the world
might have another beauty or beast or combination. Meanwhile, Vincent
is targeted and J.T. is kidnapped.
“Code Black,” 10
p.m., CBS. Rushing to a fog-shrounded accident scene, the doctors put
their own lives in danger. Also in this rerun: Jesse (Luis Guzman)
loses confidence after his heart attack; the condition of Carla
(Shiri Appleby of “UnReal”), Malaya's ex-girlfriend, is