TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Crossbones” debut, 10 p.m., NBC.
In real life, we’re told, the pirate Blackbeard was killed
in 1718, at 38. This series concocts an alternate history: Presumed dead, he
rules a pirate island in 1729. A British spy is sent to kill him, but has
bigger concerns – prevent Spanish rule and protect a longitude device that
could tip the balance of power.
There are vast plot problems here, overshadowed by an
immense plus: John Malkovich is Blackbeard. His beard isn’t black (or very big)
but his persona is huge and dark and filled with Malkovich-style glee.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: “MasterChef” and “I Wanna Marry
Harry” debuts, 8 and 9 p.m., Fox.
The good news is that Fox pushes hard to give us fresh shows
in the summer. The bad is that it’s so quick with changes that even its own
listings are wrong. In this case, the network was still listing “24” and “Gang
Related” reruns, after shifting to these reality shows.
Fortunately, these reruns (both season-openers) are on the
good side of reality. “MasterChef” has Monday’s episode, with 30 amateur cooks
bringing their favorite dishes; “Harry” has the one that aired on May 20 (in
another late switch), with Americans given the impression they’re dating Prince
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Marriage Boot Camp” season-opener, 9
Here are five couples with reality
roots, but little else in common. Tanisha Thomas (“Bad Girls Club”) drinks a
lot and yells a lot; her first separation from Clive Muir came a month after
their marriage. At the opposite extreme are Trista and Ryan Sutter (“The
Bachelorette”), still looking cozy after a decade.
Then there are Traci Braxton
(“Braxton Family Values”) and Kevin Suratt, who each admit to affairs, plus two
engaged couples. Roger Mathews says sex has been scarce since he proposed to
Jenni “JWoww” Farley (“Jersey Shore”); Gretchen Rossi is Slade Smiley’s third “Real
Housewives of Orange County” romance. Now all are pushed and Thomas explodes;
it’s odd therapy, but noisy, interesting television.
Other choices include:
Movies, 8 pm., cable. Think of
this as a summer-movie night, inside your TV set. There’s the “Star Trek”
reboot (2009) on FX and the delightful “The Muppets” (2011) on Disney. “The
Wedding Crashers” (2005, TBS), has amiable actors – Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson,
Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher – in summer-style fun. The “Lincoln Lawyer” (2011,
TNT), with Matthew McConaughey as a troubled lawyer, is OK.
“National Memorial Day Concert,” 9-10:30 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). Here’s a rerun of Sunday’s concert, mixing emotional
tributes and great voices of country (Jennifer Nettles), classical (Anthony
Kearns), Broadway (Megan Hilty) and reality shows (Caleb Johnson, Danielle
Bradbery, Jackie Evancho.
“Hart of Dixie,” 9 p.m., CW. This
reruns the season-opener, with Zoe returning – briefly, she thinks – from New
York, to get a reference that will help her land a big-city job.
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. A
friend of Lt. Grover (Chi McBride) disappeared after apparently committing a
murder; now McGarrett helps Grover investigate. Also in this rerun, Kono
continues her search for Adam.
“Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. Two
brothers – both cops and sons of the police commissioner – face personal
tangles in this rerun. Jamie’s conduct is questioned, after a gang-member he
was chasing is killed. Danny finds that the fiancé of his ex-girlfriend
(Charisma Carpenter) may be dealing drugs.