“American Experience,” 9-11 p.m., PBS.
A century ago,
mining companies owned everything – the mines, houses, the stores.
They also had brutal thugs to retain their power. Then “Mother”
Jones, already 64 and famed in union circles, arrived; Frank Keeney,
a fourth-generation miner, emerged as a local leader.
The union efforts
paused during the war, then resumed with fierce confrontations; one
1921 battle lasted three days, sprawling across a 25-mile front. It
was a time when governments routinely fought the unions; this
well-crafted film shows an era emerging, nudging workers into the
“The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” 8 and 9 p.m., CW.
flashes the zest that comes with its trove of DC Comics characters.
First is a new “Flash,” with a surprise: Cisco senses that the
Reverse Flash is back. Barry and the others doubt it, until an attack
at Mercury Labs makesit definite.
Then is a rerun of
the high-octane “Legends” opener, before the second episode airs
Thursday. In this one, ime-traveler Rip Hunter puts together a team
to try to save Earth; he ends up with a rag-tag (but talented) team,
ranging from the idealistic Adom to the cynical Heat Wave and Captain
ALTERNATIVE: “Outsiders,” 9 p.m., WGN America, rerunning at 10,
11 and midnight.
For one company,
this seems simple: It owns an Appalachian mountain with a
billion-dollar pack of coal; just tell the squatters to leave. For
the deputy sheriff (Thomas Wright) this is something more: The
Farrells have been there for 200 years, making their own rules; they
can't be moved.
What follows has
hints of “Sons of Anarchy,” with guys who are crude and violent,
but live with a family code. It even has Ryan Hurst (Opie in “Sons”)
as a kin to the Farrell leader (David Morse). Unlike “Sons,” it
doesn't quickly give us someone to root for. Still, it's worth
“Fresh Off the
Boat” and “The Muppets,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC. The first rerun
finds Eddie working part-time for rapper DMX; the second has Joseph
Gordon-Levitt singing a duet with Miss Piggy.
Roots,” 8 p.m., PBS. This interesting hour finds opposite roots for
comedy people. Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel learn of 20th-century
immigrants and tough times; Bill Hader finds an ancestor who was a
Revolutionary War captain, probably crossing the Delaware with
Washington. Hader even goes back a century sooner in the U.S. -- and
then all the way to Charlemagne, the 9th-century
king of France. And Lear? He's a Levite; Jewish tradition says he's a
descendant of Abraham.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun, a petty officer has been slain in a familiar style.
Now the team must determine if this is the work of a serial killer or
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. This rerun involves the murder of a blogger
who was exposing government secrets. The team finds a dark secret
involving a SEAL and a humanitarian mission.
9 p.m., ABC. Last week, Peggy Carter – probing bad guys in 1947
Hollywood – learned of the Isodyne Lab's “black matter,”
supposedly more powerful than atomic energy. Now the search for
answers has her colliding with her superiors.
“Chicago Med,” 9
p.m., NBC. When a transplant is delayed, the administrator (S.
Epatha Merkerson) may have to risk her job. Also, Natalie's parents
arrive ... displeasing her mother-in-law (Annie Potts).
10 p.m., NBC. In the aftermath of the tornado, Casey learns that the
shelter holding many of the victims may close soon. Also, Herrmann
feels torn about testifying against Freddie.