TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Frontline,” 10
p.m., PBS (check local listings).
A profound change has quietly encased
American life. Blue-collar jobs have faded in quantity and quality;
many people find that being hard-working and diligent is no longer
This project that has put human faces
on that trend: Twenty years ago, Bill Moyers began tracing two
Milwaukeee families – one black, one white – smacked by hard
times in the industrial North. He's returned periodically to those
families; here's his latest look.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “NCIS: Los
Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS.
On one hand, tonight's line-up nudges
toward the fall. CBS has switched “Big Brother” from Tuesdays to
Thursdays; that lets three shows – “NCIS,” “NCIS: LA” and
“Person of Interest” – air reruns in the same Tuesday spots
where they'll have new episodes in September.
On the other, tonight doesn't reflect
next season at all. This episode – which concludes next Tuesday –
was the pilot for a rejected series. John Corbett, Kim Raver and
Scott Grimes play leaders of a mobile crime team that works out of
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Drunk
History,” 10 p.m., Comedy Central.
Think back to all the times people told
you about history. Chances are, most of the people were sober.
Now events are related by actors
pretending to be drunk. True stories – Watergate, John Wilkes
Booth, Elvis-and-Nixon – get the off-center approach of the tipsy.
The re-enactments include Jack Black as Elvis and Stephen Merchant
(co-creator and co-star of the British “The Office”) as Lincoln.
This lacks the wild humor of the Drunk
Uncle bits on “Saturday Night Live,” but has its own quiet wit.
Other choices include:
– “So You Think You Can Dance,”
8-10 p.m., Fox. Last week, Brittany Cherry and Carlos Garland were
the first people eliminated. Now the other 18 contestants dance; Erin
Andrews – a sports reporter who finished third on “Dancing With
the Stars” – is guest judge.
– “Extreme Weight Loss” 8-10
p.m., ABC. Surrounded by slender people at the ballet school where
she work, Jami felt bad about her 292 pounds. Over a year, Chris
Powell works on her weight loss and also on her emotions, taking her
back to Chile to meet her birth mother.
– “NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a
rerun, a hacker could lead to a cyber-terrorist.
– “Off Their Rockers,” 8 and 8:30
p.m., NBC. The second episode is the season finale, linking “Mary
Tyler Moore Show” greats – Ed Asner, 83, and Betty White, 91. He
has seven Emmys; she has five.
– “America's Got Talent,” 9-11
p.m., NBC. Auditions continue. Add CW's “America's Next Top Model”
and the five broadcast networks have four reality shows. They had
five, until CBS switched.
– “Rizzoli & Isles,” 9 p.m.,
TNT. In Jane Rizzoli's tangled life, even a baptism gets messy. She
finds a body in the church; she also finds that her troubled brother
Tommy faces a tangled custody fight. Now she could be accused of
mis-using her police privileges to help him.
– “”Person of Interest,”10 p.m.
CBS. In a rerun, the key person is an old gambler in Atlantic City.
– “Body of Proof,” 10 p.m., ABC.
This rerun has a man escape from a prison transport van, then beg
Megan to prove his innocence.