TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “In Performance
at the White House,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Memphis was once the center of the
blues and soul world. The Stax record label and its subsidiaries
triumphed with Otis Redding, Mavis Staples, Isaac Hayes, Carla Thomas
Now that music is celebrated by people
ranging from Sam Moore, 77, to “American Idol” alumnus Joshua
Ledet, 20. Booker T. Jones leads the band, backing many of the
originals—Staples, William Bell, guitarist Steve Cropper and
harmonica great Charlie Musselwhite. They're joined by Memphis native
Justin Timberlake, plus Alabama Shakes, Queen Latifah, Ben Harper and
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “The Central
Park Five,” 9-11 p.m., PBS.
Fresh from the multi-racial joy of the
White House concert, we go in the opposite direction.
In 1989, crime and fear had soared in
New York City. Then a young corporate-finance officer was raped and
left for dead in Central Park. She was white, a Wellesley and Yale
alumna from a wealthy family; the five suspects were black and Latino
They were convicted amid noisy rage; 13
years later, they were exonerated amid quiet reactions. It's a
compelling story, superbly told by new filmmaker Sarah Burns, her
father Ken and David McMahon.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The '80s”
conclusion, 9-11 p.m., National Geographic.
Desperate to exit East Germany,
Hans-Peter Spitzner approached a stranger (visiting U.S.soldier Eric
Yaw) and asked if he could hide in the trunk with his 7-year-old
daughter. Yaw agreed; his hidden passengers were reportedly the last
escapees through Checkpoint Charlie.
Ten weeks later, in November of 1989,
the Berlin Wall came down, offering an appropriate finish to a decade
of change. Such stories wrap up this excellent, three-night series.
The previous night reruns at 7 p.m. and both nights rerun together,
from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. The full series will rerun Saturday.
Other choices include:
– “Awkward,” 10 a.m. to 11:03
p.m., MTV. Things start with the weirdly funny pilot film, when an
odd accident makes people think wallflower Jenna tried suicide. The
other reruns follow, leading to the third-season opener (10 p.m.);
Jenna ponders a wild summer, a death and a post-high-school future.
– “NCIS: Los Angeles,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. The two “NCIS” shows have switched spots for tonight's
reruns. This one wrap up a two-parter involving the search for a
ring of Russian super-agents.
– “NCIS,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a
rerun, a hacker may be the key to finding the most-wanted
– “DancingWith the Stars,” 9
p.m., ABC. By the end of the hour, we'll learn who is the fourth
person gone. First, however, there will be young singers – Selena
Gomez, The Band Perry and Kerli.
– “Who Gets the Last Laugh”
opener, 10 p.m., TBS. A temp worker is put in charge of an envelope
with $100,0000 … which disappears. A club-goer emerges to find her
car covered with goop; a driver is pulled over by eccentric cops.
Yes, we're in practical-joke turf. The jokesters are celebrities
(Bill Bellamy, Jeff Dye, Kunal Nayyar), the targets are not and the
stunts are only moderately clever.
– “Body of Proof,” 10:01 p.m.,
ABC. A Bernie Madoff-type financier has cheated clients out of a
billion dollars. As he emerges from court, he's kidnapped … and a
video claims he's been killed.