“The Bachelor” finale, 8 p.m., ABC, with follow-up at 10:01.
You rarely see a
contest in which the grand prize is a lifetime in a town of 429
Soules, 33, chooses between Whitney, 29, a fertility nurse in
Chicago, and Becca, 25, a chiropractic assistant in San Diego. The
winner may end up at his farm near Arlington, Iowa – an hour from
Wateroo one way and from Mason City (the prototype for “The Music
Man”0 the other.
“The Returned” debut, 10 p.m., A&E.
After a long walk
home, a teen sees stunned stares. She doesn't realize she died four
That's the quietly
compelling start for what could be (like the French show it's adapted
from) a great series. We meet her twin sister – now four years
older than her and drinking heavily – and her separated partents.
Their dad has sex with a barmaid who claims that's a way for her to
channel the dead; her mom is with a guy (Jeremy Sisto) who counsels
parents of kids who died (temporarily?) four years ago.
ALTERNATIVE: “Hotel Amazon” debut, 10 p.m., Travel.
OK, what would you
do if you won $54,000 on “Wheel of Fortune”? Stephan Jablonski, a
firefighter, gave his money to a friend, Rusty Johnson, to build a
lodge in the middle of Peru's Amazon jungle.
reality show ripples with rich details. Johnson – married to a
native and employing her family – savors the local pace; Jablonski
doesn't. He fumes and frets, nudging the project along.
ALTERNATIVE II: “New Worlds” finale, any time,
Skillfully crafted -- and thoroughly grim -- this views the old (England) and new (Massachusetts) world in the late 17th century. The once-wealthy Beth was banished
to America; she married a native, then killed the man
responsible for slaying his tribe.
In England, Abe (Jamie Dornan of
“50 Shades of Grey”), a rebel she admired, is imprisoned. Today,
this streaming service has the finale and the full, four-part seres. Next Monday, it starts a three-part mini-series based on Daphne Du Maurier's “Jamaica Inn.”
8-10 p.m., NBC. By the end of the first hour, each judge will have a
12-person team. The “battle round” begins, with Meghan Trainor,
Nick Jonas, Lionel Richie and Ellie Goulding as mentors.
“2 Broke Girls,”
8 p.m., CBS. No one would expect Sophie's wedding shower to go
smoothly. It's broken up by a hostage situation.
p.m., CBS. These nerds seem to be everywhere. Now they're in Eastern
Europe, aiding peace talks to prevent a world war.
9 p.m., Fox. In the third season of a one-season story, things keep
getting more cruel and bitter. We have followers of followers,
increasingly batty, with a horrendous step tonight.
season-opener, 9 p.m., A&E. Norman Bates is 18 now, still
sometimes falling asleep in bed alongside his mom. His half-brother,
Max Thieriot, disapproves; Max also wants to switch his
marijuana-growing business to the legal side, despite the sheriff's
protection. Meanwhile, Norman is about to get fresh career and
romance possibilities, in a maybe-adequate hour.
“The Night Shift,”
10 p.m., NBC. Weddings play a key role. Two teens, returning from
theirs, are in a car crash. Also, a woman wants to wed her fiance
(deployed to Iraq) before their baby is born.