“Madoff,” 8-10 p.m., ABC; concludes Thursday.
For a while there,
the big networks had forgotten the notion of a mini-series. Now ABC
seems to have the ideal subject – a financial scam that had global
Bernie Madoff ran
his company for 48 years, was NASDAQ chairman for three years and
more. His work was a fraud; investors – charities, colleges,
friends, even Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel – had total losses
estimated at $10-17 billion. Now that's dramatized, based partly on
ABC reporter Brian Ross' book; Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner
star, with Lewis Black, Charles Grodin and Peter Scolari.
“Young & Hungry” season-opener, 8 p.m., Freeform.
With the ABC
comedies taking a week off, we can try the ones on this channel
(formerly ABC Family) or CBS. They tend to be heavy-handed, but with
a fair amount of fun.
In this case, Gabi
and Josh never quite admit they love each other. Now Josh has
financed a food truck for her to share with his handsome brother;
they're headed to a music festival. Some of this gets pretty broad
... but seems downright subtle, compared to Elliot and Alan, back
from their honeymoon.
ALTERNATIVE: “American Crime,” 10 p.m., ABC.
For most of the
first four hours, this compelling drama followed a fairly direct
path: At a teen party, Taylor was drugged or intoxicated, then raped
by one of the other guys. His mom called the police.
Then came the
powerhouse moment: He had gone there, he said, to have sex with Eric,
the basketball co-captain; Eric said he'd kept it secret, to hide his
sexuality. That doesn't rule out rape, but it sharply changes the
investigation. Now the guys face aftershocks and a small moment adds
“The Theory of
Everything” (2014), 6:55 p.m., HBO. Eddie Redmayne's superb,
Oscar-winning work as Stephen Hawking launches a strong movie night.
Other good choices include “21 Jump Street” (2012) at 7:30 p.m.
on FXX, “The Bourne Supremacy” (2004) at 8 p.m. on AMC and –
especially – Rob Reiner's triumphant “Stand By Me” (1986) at 9
p.m. on CMT.
8 p.m., Fox. Here's the third round of “Hollywood Week.” It wraps
up Thursday, with judges choosing the 24 survivors.
Molly,” 8:31 p.m., CBS. Molly's shocked when her mom (Swoosie
Kurtz) tells about her will: It gives the house to Victoria, Molly's
9 p.m., Fox. After a surprise elimination, Gordon Ramsay sends the
contestants on a fake “duck hunt,” to determine ingredients for a
duck-dish competition. The winning team frolics on a yacht; the
losers prepare the appetizers for a dinner service and an elimination
“Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit,” 9 p.m., NBC. Neighbors witness a rape
outside an apartment building, but no one calls the police.
“Code Black,” 10
p.m., CBS. Violence breaks out, leavingtwo doctors gravely ill. Also,
Boris Kodjoe – who's been doing comedy lately on “Last Man on
Earth” -- arrives, playing a new doctor.
Atlanta” debut, 10 p.m., Oxygen. This reality show focuses on five
young preachers who use hip-hop music and more to draw interest.