“In Performance at the White House,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local
In a swirl of change
in 1965, Congress launched the Civil Rights Act, medicare and the
National Endowment for the Arts. This concert celebrates the NEA's
50th anniversary with a superb concert.
The music ranges
from century-old blues by Queen Latifah to rousing hip-hop from her
idol MC Lyte. It goes from the joy of Smokey Robinson's “My Girl”
to the wrenching power of Usher singing Marvin Gaye's “Mercy, Mercy
Me” and Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald reprising their
“Ragtime” duet. There's James Taylor, Keb' Mo', Usher, Trombone
Shorty and the remarkable Esperanza Spalding
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS.
This may be CBS'
favorite plot now, with two cops trying “couples therapy” for
their work relationship. Mike and Carol did that Wednesday on “Mike
& Molly”; McGarrett and Danny try tonight.
And yes, there's
also a crime story. This hour flashes back to Kamekona's dangerous
ALTERNATIVE: “Cinderella” (2015, Starz) and “The Hundred-Foot
Journey” (2014, Showtime), both 8 p.m.
Feel-good tales –
with the hero overcoming steep odds – are sometimes disparaged.
Still, they're the fabric of storytelling; when done by gifted pros,
they are hugely entertaining.
molded “Cinderella” into a lovely, live-action drama. And Lasse
Hallstrom brought a sweet beauty to the tale of competing
restaurant-owners – one (Helen Mirren) distinguished, the other a
struggling immigrant, convinced that his son's talent would suffice.
Junior,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox. The first hour starts with an odd race,
to see who can make the most deviled eggs in 12 minutes. The second
has Catherine Tosi's mom supervising, when the kids try to re-create
her favorite childhood foods.
“Reign,” 8 p.m.,
CW. Already a young widow, Catherine is being pressured to quickly
marry anew, for the sake of her native Scotland. Meanwhile, the
debate continues over who poisoned her husband, France's king. His
scheming mother Catherine is being accused.
8 p.m., CBS. After filling in on Sundays, this show does the same for
Fridays, holding the 8 p.m. spot until “Amazing Race” returns
Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. With their college alumni race coming up,
each parent struggles to have Eve as a teammate. Also, Kristen is
skeptical when Ed hires his girlfriend at the restaurant.
“Dr. Ken,” 8:30,
ABC. When Drs. Ken and Oz meet at the airport, there's trouble. Also,
Ken's wife gets way too involved in their daughter's love life.
(1996), 8:45 p.m., ABC Family. Roald Dahl's dark stories have been
turned into masterful movies, led by “Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory” and this one. A little girl (Mara Wilson), surrounded by
cruelty, discovers special powers. Danny DeVito directed brilliantly
and provided some of the villainry, along with then-wife Rhea
10 p.m., CBS. Frank's former police partner is writing a tell-all
book – something that could complicate his current life as police
commissioner. Meanwhile, his son Jamie faces a sudden crisis on the
beat; the result could have major repercussions for Jamie and his