TV column for Saturday, Aug. 3


finale, 8-10 p.m., ABC.

This show arrived in February with all
the advantages – a top star (Anthony Edwards), a sprawling story
and a lush, global feel. It was pulled after three weeks, then exiled
to Saturdays.

Now the 13-week run concludes, with the
future of the world at stake. Hank (Edwards) heads to Tajikistan with
an FBI agent (Carmen Ejogo), plus Father Mickle (Charles Dutton) and
the Shepherds. They eventually find New Jerusalem, as they search for
Rachael and try to stop “Mother” (Amy Irving), before she ends
the world.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Saturday Night
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC.

Anne Hathaway hosted this rerun in the
same way she co-hosted the Oscars – frantically, frenetically, with
some dandy moments.

The show starts slowly – Mitt Romney
and his interchangeable sons mourn the election loss, then the whole
cast does a song from Hathaway's “Les Miserables.” It gets much
better, including a great sketch with Hathaway as a clearly daft
Carrie in “Homeland”; Rihanna is the music guest.

films, 4:30 and 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies.

Lean was the master of the epic,
skillfully putting human drama inside sprawling stories.

First is “Doctor Zhivago” (1962),
nestling romance amid the Russian revolution, Then is “Lawrence of
Arabia” (1965), with Peter O'Toole in a true-life desert adventure.

Cove,” 8 p.m., Hallmark.

The first couple episodes of this
small-town drama were fairly warm and interesting; they were also a
tad old, centering on Olivia (Andie MacDowell) the judge and Jack
(Dylan Neal) the newspaper editor.

Now the show gets younger: Jack's son
drifts into town; Olivia's daughter tries a long-distance romance.
There's also a story for Olivia's mom, in an hour that's moderately

Other choices include:

– Soccer, 8 p.m. ET, Fox. This is the
year when hockey found modest TV success, so maybe soccer is next.
Here's an International Champions Cup semi-final game, from Dodger
Stadium in Los Angeles.

– More sports, 8 and 9 p.m. ET.
Mostly, it's people hitting each other – Ultimate Fighting
Championship at 8 p.m. on FX and Wrestlemania at 9 p.m. on NBC. Also,
ESPN has NASCAR at 8.

– “The Mentalist,” 8 p.m., CBS. A
kidnapping may have been a case of mistaken identity. Meanwhile,
Patrick Jane continues to search for Lorelei.

– “Sex and the City” (2008), 9 p.m., Bravo. The former HBO
series became a box-office hit, scoring big with women. Also with
female appeal is Tyler Perry's “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”
(2005, 8 p.m., BET); Kim Elise is terrific as someone whose husband
may be planning to divorce.

– “Do No Harm,” 10 p.m., NBC. Both personalities in Jason's
body face trouble. Jason is grabbed by gang members who want an enemy
killed; Ian may be kidnapped so Ruben can sample his spinal fluid.

– “Being Human,” 10 p.m., BBC
America. Rook must temporarily room with Bobby, a dim-witted
werewolf. Then Rook is persuaded to unleash Bobby, as part of the
effort to destroy all supernaturals.

TV column for Friday, Aug. 2

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “America's Next
Top Model” season-opener,” 8-10 p.m., CW.

The show's 20th edition is
the first to include men and women. They're an interesting bunch.

We meet working-class guys – a
janitor's son, an Alaskan engineer – and someone slowed by the
medication involved in being trans-gender. We meet a small-town
beauty who was divorced at 18, plus a single mom and a woman with an
odd face (in a good way) and odd manner (in a not-good way).

Some of them – not all – will be
among the 16 people to reach the next round.

Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS.

This rerun was set for last Friday,
then bumped back a week. It's a key one – the season-opener and the
introduction of Emmy-winner Christie Lahti as a recurring character.

McGarrett vows revenge on Wo Fat and
Delano,then faces a distraction: His mother, it seems, isn't dead
after all. It's the first of eight episodes this season for Lahti.

9 p.m., Starz; reruns at 10 and 11.

A week before the season finale, Ike
faces opposite extremes.

He could triumph, landing the
management of three Havana casinos. Or he could be brought down by
Ben Diamond, the brutal silent partner of his Miami hotel. Diamond
has already lured away Ike's son; his next plan is to get a gambling
bill passed. Emotions smolder, in a well-made hour.

Other choices include:

– “The Lullaby of Broadway,” 11
a.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. This starts a string of four straight
musicals, as part of a Doris Day marathon. There are also comedies, a
Johnny Carson interview (7:45 p.m.) and another musical –
“Calamity Jane” (1953) – at 8 p.m.

– “Pride & Prejudice” (2005),
7 p.m., Oxygen. A great movie night starts with this gem. There's
more at 8 p.m., led by “The Help” (2011) on Showtime and “That
Thing You Do” (1996) on Sundance.

– “Camp,” 8 p.m., NBC. In a rerun
of an OK episode, a “Valentine's Day in July” event brings mixed
reactions. Infatuations – Kip for Marina, Sarah for the writer in
the other camp – go unspoken. The two camp owners are happy to
voice their disdain … but also to have sex with each other.

– “Friday Night Lights,” 8-11
p.m., Pivot. There's logic to rerunning this great series on Fridays.
Here are the first episodes (two of which also ran Thursday). Also
scattered through today are the amiable comedy “Please Like Me”
(3-6 p.m., 7-8 p.m.) and the news-talk “Take Part Live” (6 p.m.,

– “Great Performances,” 9 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). Each year, this special offers
light-classical music in the gorgeous setting of the gardens outside
Austria's Schonbrunn Palace. Lorin Maazel conducts the Vienna
Philharmonic, with tenor Michael Schade as soloist.

– “The Following,” 9 p.m., Fox.
In a rerun, Joe sends two people to grab his ex-wife.

– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Tragedy is striking seemingly unrelated people; now Donnie tries to
find a connection. Also in this rerun, Frank helps an alcoholic

– “Continuum,” 10 p.m., Syfy. A
bullet intended for Julian strikes Alec's mom. Now Keira, the cop
from the future, must decide if she can prevent Julian's deadly years

TV column for Thursday, Aug. 1

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Glee” return,
9 p.m., Fox.

After a long break, “Glee” returns
for reruns, including Cory Monteith's final performaces as Finn.

In the 15th episode of the
22-episode season, we catch the wedding aftermath. Finn is looking
for Emma (the bride); Will (the groom) assigns the students to songs
from movies. That's how “Shout” – the 1959 Isley Brothers song
that was in the 1978 “Animal House” – became the 500th
“Glee” musical number.

Also, Finn confesses a secret and, in
New York, Santana finds secrets about Rachel and Kurt.

9-11 p.m., CNN.

Decades after the Watergate probe, the
government released mountains of artifacts – more than 500 reels of
Super 8 home movies from aides, more than 4,000 hours of White House
tapes. Now those – plus news clips and more – have been
skillfully woven into this documentary.

There are odd conversations with
Richard Nixon and Bob Haldeman. Hear them discuss “All in the
Family” daring to have gay characters. Or talking on the night
Haldeman was nudged into resigning.

Awards, 8-10 p.m., CW.

Here's the one place where Tatiana
Maslany gets a well-deserved award. The Canadian actress, 27, was
overlooked by the Emmys for her brilliant “Orphan Black” work;
now she gets a trophy.

This is the 15th year for
the awards and the first on a network. Selena Gomez gets two awards
for her music; other winners include AnnaSophia Robb, Lucy Hale,
Kelly Osbourne and Cody Simpson.

Like Me,” 8-11 p.m., Pivot.

Jeff Skoll has jumped from starting
eBay to producing movies – “Lincoln,” “The Help,” “Fast
Food Nation,” more – that have quality and conscience. Now he's
created a promising cable network; opening night includes a
six-episode season of this eccentric but likable comedy.

Josh Thomas, an Australian comedian,
plays a comic version of himself at 20. He says he's not gay, his
mother says she didn't attempt suicide, neither is terribly
believable. The humor is inconsistent, but Thomas is amiable. If you
don't get Pivot (via cable, DirecTV or app), sample this at

Other choices include:

– Movies, all day, Pivot. The channel
debuts with morning documentaries and dramas: “Hotel Rwanda”
(2004), with Don Cheadle, is at noon; “Seven Years in Tibet”
(1997), with Brad Pitt, is 3 p.m.

– “The Maltese Falcon” (1941), 9
a.m., Turner Classic Movies. The star-themed August starts with
Humphrey Bogart, including “The Big Sleep” (1946) at 8 p.m. and
“Key Largo” (1948) at 10.

– “Friday Night Lights,” 6 and 7
p.m., Pivot. Here's the start of what became a great series.

– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a terrific rerun, Sheldon is crushed by the notion of working
with Kripke. Also, Raj and Howard spend $1,000 apiece for action
figures of themselves.

– “Two and a Half Men,” 8:31
p.m., CBS. Art imitates life, when Ashton Kutcher (once married to
Demi Moore, 15 years his senior) plays Walden, savoring time with an
older woman.

– “Big Brother,” 9 p.m., CBS.
It's time for the fifh ouster.

– “The Winner Is,” 9 p.m., NBC.
Last week's hour (rerunning at 8 p.m.) picked the fifth finalist. Now
it's time for the sixth and final one. Next week, they compete for
the million-dollar prize.

– “Motive,” 9 p.m., ABC. In a
story of desperation, murder may have the power to heal.

– “Rookie Blue,” 10 p.m., ABC.
When bones are discovered, a 15-year-old case is re-opened. Swarek
soon finds himself working with his old mentor … and having doubts
about becoming like him.

TV column for Wednesday, July 31

8-10 p.m., Fox.

It's sort of “Survivor” meets “Top
Chef,” when the final eight amateur cooks are split into teams for
an overnighter. With minimal food, they cook for heir own sustenance
and the judges' esthetics.

Then the losing team has a spun-sugar
challenge. The second hour includes a mystery-box challenge and
“tag-team sushi,” trimming the field to six.

Joey” and “Baby Daddy,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC Family.

These comedies sometimes lean toward
the loud and goofy. There's plenty of room for that in the first
show, when the stars (Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence) are
temporary hosts of a local TV show.

There's also some goofiness in the
second, with what might be the first charades game using a baby as a
prop. Then things get serious, when important tests – bar exam,
pregnancy – go badly.

10:01 p.m., NBC.

Yes, this show was mostly loud and lame
at first. Still, it has settled into a not-too-bad mixture of comedy
and drama; now a “Valentine's Day in July” event at Camp Little
Otter stirs that up.

Kip remains confused. He won't confess
his love for Marina, but does seem to enjoy being kissed by Chloe,
who is mean but accessible.

Then there's Sarah, in denial about
being drawn to an older writer staying at Camp Ridgefield. And the
Little Otter owner (Rachel Griffiths), in a lust-hate relationship
with Roger, the Ridgefield owner .

Other choices include:

– “Return to Lonesome Dove”
(1993), 7-11 p.m., AMC. The sequel to a brilliant cowboy tale starts
today and concludes Thursday. This mini-series – with Jon Voight
stepping into the Tommy Lee Jones role – is no match for the
original, but is still above average.

– “America's Got Talent,” 8 and 9
p.m., NBC. First is a trimmed rerun of Tuesday's show, with a dozen
acts performing. Then, in a new hour, we learn which four will

– “The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. This
rerun of the season-finale finds everyone with end-of-school-year
woes. Frankie can't get details for Axl's graduation party … Sue
can't pass her driver's test … and Brick has forgotten that, as
class historian, he must prepare a slide show.

– “Suburgatory,” 8:30 p.m., ABC.
This rerun finds Dalia so distracted that her minions need a new
leader. Desperate, they turn to Tessa and Lisa.

– “Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Going alone to a reunion, Claire meets a professor she dated. Then
Phil shows up and this rerun gets complicated.

– “Capture,” 9 p.m., CW. Here's a
quick rerun of Tuesday's opener, with a dozen duos dropped into a
compound, where they pursue each other and $250,000.

– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
10 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, several top poker players have died.

– “The Bridge,” 10 p.m., FX. Last
week was chaotic for the wealthy widow (Annabeth Gish). She received
a brutal, “Godfather”-style warning not to close her husband's
tunnel, used for illegal immigration. Also, she made love with the
Mexican cop – a happy family man, no less – who's working the
murder case. Tonight, officials rush to find Maria, tied somewhere in
the desert.

TV column for Tuesday, July 30

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE (or must-record):
“Lonesome Dove,” 3-11 p.m., AMC.

Sometimes slow and sleepy, sometimes
dry and dusty, “Dove” is still one of the great mini-series.

Adapting Larry McMurtry's novel about
former Texas Rangers on an epic cattle drive, Bill Witliff gave the
script the spare eloquence of quiet cowboys. Simon Wincer beautifully
directed a superb cast, with Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Duvall, Danny
Glover, Diane Lane, Rick Schroder and Anjelica Huston.

debut, 9 p.m., CW.

Overwhelmed each summer, CW at least
keeps trying.

At 8 p.m., it has two new episodes of
“Whose Line Is It Anyway,” with wonderfully witty people doing
improvisational comedy. And at 9, it launches the latest effort at an
action-adventure reality show.

This time, a dozen duos are dropped
into a compound. They pursue each other and a $250,000 prize.

List” (1993, 8-11 p.m., Sundance) or “Casablanca” (1942, 10
p.m., Turner Classic Movies).

Choose between two black-and-white
classics, each an Academy Award-winner for best picture.

Casablanca – with Humphrey Bogart,
Ingrid Bergman and romantic memories – also won Oscars for its
script and director Michael Curtiz. “List” won seven Oscars, led
by director Steven Spielberg.

Vineyard,” 10 p.m., ABC Family.

Let's think of this as the exact
opposite of “Lonesome Dove.” There's no dust and lots of water;
there's no depth, but lots of pretty people in turmoil.

Called a “docu-series,” but with
story editors and convenient cameras, this follows people at Martha's
Vineyard. A few live there year-round; more are summer workers at
the Black Dog tavern and store.

Last week's opener saw hunky strangers
become roommates and foes, while falling for gorgeous Katie. Now
Jonathan, a pre-med student, continues that; Luis, who knew Katie
years ago, kisses her friend.

Other choices include:

– “So You Think You Can Dance,”
8-10 p.m., Fox. Last week, Mariah Spears and Dorian Hector were
ousted . Tonight, two more will be dumped, trimming the field to 12.

– “NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. Wrapping
up a two-part rerun, Gibbs traces a terrorist and is aided by a
Marine captain who has post-traumatic stress disorder. Also, Abby is
enthusiastic about Thanksgiving dinner.

– “Pretty Little Liars,” 8 p.m.,
ABC Family. With her mom (Laura Leighton) being charged with killing
a cop, Hanna has a desperate plan to say she did it. She gets help
from Mona … who, Caleb says, can't be trusted. Meanwhile, Emily
ponders college applications and meets her old boss Zoe.

– “America's Got Talent,” 9-11
p.m., NBC. Twelve more acts perform and viewers vote

– “NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun, Callen goes undercover with Cechen terrorist.

– “Twisted,” 9 p.m., ABC Family.
Danny continues to be an outcast in the community, which considers
him a killer; now masked vandals strike. His reaction is to try to
make friends by throwing a party.

– “The Profit” debut, 10 p.m.,
CNBC. Marcus Leonis, we're told, is a self-made millionaire who runs
Camping World and has bought more than 100 businesses in the past
decade. This series has him advise and invest in small businesses; he
starts with brothers whose used-car business is wobbling.