TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “America’s Got Talent” (NBC) or “So You
Think You Can Dance” (Fox), 8-10 p.m.
The summer’s big performance competitions are in trim-down
mode now. “Talent” wraps up its brief “boot camp” and announces its final 48 …
which is triple the “Dance” crew.
Last week, “Dance” trimmed to 16, dropping Jourdan Epstein
(one of this season’s two ballerinas) and Stanley Glover, a contemporary
dancer. Tonight that trims to 14,; first, Lucy Hale (a “Pretty Little Liars”
star) sings “Lie a Little Better,” from her debut album.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Divide,” 9 p.m., WE; and “The
Bridge,” 10 p.m., WE.
Suddenly, summer Wednesdays have become a great time for
drama. That grew last week, with the superb “Divide” start: One man was
executed, shortly before DNA evidence arrived clearing him. Now an intern
obsesses on the other man convicted in the case, while the district attorney
Then “The Bridge” mixes great drama with, unfortunately, excessive
gore. Tonight’s focus is on a shunned Amish woman who is cold, sexual and
lethal; the result is nasty, but well-crafted.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail”
debut, 12:30 a.m., Comedy Central.
This is low-budget show-business – a stand-up comedy show in
a Los Angeles comic-book store. Kumail Nanjiani (a regular on “Silicon Valley”
and, previously, “Franklin and Bash”) and Jonah Ray have been hosting it for
four years. Now we get a TV version, with backstage glimpses and edited
In this opener, Nanjiani and Ray aren’t particularly funny. However,
there are great moments from Steve Agee, Dave Koechner and, especially, Neal
Other choices include:
“The Middle,” 8 and 9:31 p.m., ABC. Both reruns find Sue’s
life changing. In the first, she feels more at ease in high school;, now that
her big brother is in college; in the second, she might get a job and buy a
car. For Brick, however, middle school is tough; in the second episode, we learn
he’s skipping school.
“ET,” 8-11 p.m., CMT. This is, very simply, one of the
all-time great movies, perfectly blending a simple and emotional story with the
brilliant visual touch of Steven Spielberg and music of John Williams.
“Extant,” 9 p.m., CBS. In one way, Molly and her husband
(Halle Berry and Goran Visnjic) are united; they face parents’ doubts when
their android son enters school. In another, they’re divided: He asks about her
strange mood; she’s reluctant to tell him she became pregnant during a solo
“Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC. Secrets abound in this rerun.
Claire and Phil spy on the boys … Haley hasn’t told her family about her photography
exhibit … and Cam uses Mitchell as the scapegoat, when he wants to get out of attending
“Who Do You Think You Are?” season-opener, 9 p.m., TLC. In
its three NBC seasons, this show did genealogical work on 27 stars, from Lisa
Kudrow (who produces the show) to Spike Lee and Paula Deen. Now its second TLC
season begins; the first of six episodes traces Cynthia Nixon of “Sex and the
“Taxi Brooklyn,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. A transport vehicle is
attacked, leaving two female prisoners dead and four on the loose. One of the
escapees was a witness in the murder of Cat’s father.