“Planet Earth II,” 9 p.m. and midnight ET, BBC America.
One of the season's
best shows is buried on TV's worst night. Beautifully filmed and
cleverly narrated, it finds stunning scenes worldwide ... but its new
hours are on Saturdays, when viewership sags.
are these Thursday reruns, starting with a splendid visit to islands.
An early snake segment is long and nasty, but mostly we see
predator-free worlds. A stark, volcanic island has 1.5 million
penguins ... Christmas Island has 50 million crabs on the march ...
And in the world's slowest booty call, a male sloth rushes (sort of)
to the sound of a female's voice.
“How to Get Away With Murder” season finale, 9-11 p.m., ABC.
This short season –
15 episodes, split into two spurts – concludes here, with key
information. We finally learn how Wes died – and why others (Nate,
Connor, Laurel) were there.
Afterward, ABC will
loan the Thursday slot to an impressive mini-series (“When We
Rise”) and then will bring back “The Catch” from Shonda Rhimes,
producer of its other Thursday shows.
“The Blacklist Redemption” debut, 10 p.m., NBC.
It's time to warm up
our recording devices: Two series debut at the same time, with
This one borrowa the
“Blacklist” timeslot and some of its characters: Tom Keen once
seemed to be the mild-mannered teacher married to Liz; he turned out
to be a master of deception. Now Scottie Hargrave (Famke Janssen),
the mercenary, wants him to help rescue a kidnapped CIA agent.
II: “Sun Records” debut, 10:02 p.m., CMT, TV Land; 10 p.m.,
Back in 1952, a
young redhead named Sam Phillips began recording Memphis musicians.
He captured great black performers ... then semi-ignored them after
his engineer recorded Jerry Lee Lewis . The rock 'n roll era was
born, with white singers in the focus.
Based on Broadway's
“Million Dollar Quartet,” this has a few stars – Chad Michael
Murray as Phillips, Billy Gardell as Col. Parker – and lots of
newcomers in classic roles. They play Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash,
Carl Perkins, Ike Turner, Eddy Arnold, Lewis and his cousin, the
future Rev. Jimmy Swaggart.
“The Big Bang
Theory” and “The Great Indoors,” 8 and 8:31 p.m., CBS. First,
the guys are surprised that Penny might be going with to Comic-Con.
Then Jack's girlfriend (Maggie Lawson) worries that he doesn't have
any friends. He asks his co-workers (millennials whom he's mocked) to
fake a friendship.
8 p.m., ABC. Alex finally returns to the hospital, but finds much has
changed. Also, Jo makes a difficult decision involving a patient and
Arizona tries to keep away from Eliza.
9 p.m., NBC. Nudged ahead an hour to set up “Redemption,” the
show finds that Red has been given a deadly toxin. There's a scramble
to find an andidote and learn who betrayed him.
p.m., CW. Last week's strong episode dumped the sexy-teacher plot; it
also showed that Jughead is virtually homeless, the son of a
Southside Serpents gangster. Tonight's so-so hour has Jason's funeral
nearing, revealing links between his nasty families and others in
p.m., CBS. Adam seems to have a thing for tall, skinny women. Bonnie
(the 6-foot Allison Janney) learns he's still close to his ex-wife
(the 5-10 Wendie Malick).
10 p.m., CBS. Having already burned through villainous Mexicans,
Russians and Arabs, the show now has evil Japanese. It also gives
Frank (Bill Paxton) some warmth in dealing with a young informant ...
and reflects Paxton's own fondness for all things Texas.