Dramas, 8-11 p.m., CBS.
After taking a week
off for country-music awards, these shows return strongly. That
starts with a potent juxtaposition on “Madam Secretary”: A
nuclear treaty is being signed with Iran, just as its people are
killing a man for being gay ... and just as Elizabeth may help kill
her friend, who's now a fugitive.
At 9, “Good Wife”
sees Alicia resign because of voter fraud. And at 10, “Battle
Creek” sets aside its usual humor, instead telling a personal and
powerful story. Centering on the commander (Janet McTeer, a two-time
Oscar-nominee) and her adoptive son, it delivers twists, surprises
and deep emotion.
Radio Disney Music Awards, 8 and 9:30 p.m., Disney, with preview at 7:30.
Last Sunday had one
big awards show; tonight has two smaller ones for specialty
Zendaya hosts this
teen/tween party and performs; Kelly Osbourne – who quit “Fashion
Police” after the show mocked Zendaya's dredlocks – is a
presenter and Jennifer Lopez gets a special award. Also performing:
Nick Jonas, Becky G, R5, Shawn Mendes, Sheppard, Tori Kelly, Sabrina
ALTERNATIVE: Daytime Emmys, 8 and 11 p.m., Pop.
Back in the days of
Susan Lucci and Oprah, this was a hot item. But soaps slipped (there
are only four left) and talk shows slowed; last year, no network
carried the awards.
Now the former TV
Guide Network steps in. Tyra Banks hosts, Betty White gets a special
award and CBS has more nominations (62) than ABC, NBC and Fox
combined. Non-daytime viewers will recognize some of the soap
nominees (Anthony Geary, Alison Sweeney and lots of guest stars),
plus the talk and gameshow hosts, including Martha Stewart, Steve
Harvey, Pat Sajak and Craig Ferguson.
Nine-Nine,” 8:30 p.m., Fox. After a five-week break, this returns
with a dandy sight gag. That sets up the problem: Jake (Andy Samberg)
tries to catch a crook with his body battered.
Lies,” 9 p.m., ABC. A week before the finale, Ben's discovery in
the attic adds to his tension with his wife .
9 p.m., Showtime, rerunning at 10:30. In a moving episode, Jackie has
a lowly hospital job and isn't allowed near the patients. That's hard
on her psyche, harder on the patients' health.
“Last Man on
Earth,” 9:30, Fox. The world's known population has now expanded to
seven. In a funny episode, the newest arrival (Boris Kodjoe) makes
the other two guys justifiably jealous.
debut, 9:30 p.m., Showtime, repeating at 10. On one level, this is a
clever satire of an empty corporate life. Getting in the way,
however, is a sophomoric obsession with crude language. Beavis,
Butt-Head and Bart (Simpson) would nominate this for show of the
Odyssey,” 10 p.m., NBC. Almost killed by U.S.-hired mercenaries, an
American soldier (Anna Friel) tries to avoid execution by telling of
a flashdrive with vital information. Tonight – in an hour that's
sometimes well-crafted and sometimes overblown – there's a key
“Queens of Drama”
debut, 10 p.m., Pop. Soaps are declining, but this cable channel
still wants some of the viewers. It reruns CBS' soaps from 6:30-8
p.m. weekdays. Now if follows the daytime Emmys with this reality
show; former soap stars -- Vanessa Marcil, Hunter Tylo, etc. -- try
to craft a new series.
And more: It's a big
night everywhere: On HBO, “Game of Thrones” (9 p.m.) ends with a
jolt; a fairly good “Silicon Valley” (10:02) leads to a hilarious
“Veep” (10:30). On PBS' “Masterpiece” hours, “Mr.
Selfridge” (9 p.m.) has the boss' son take over as deputy; then a
quietly potent “Wolf Hall” has doom for Thomas More and gloom for
Anne Boleyn. On NBC's “A.D.” (9), Pontius Pilate wants revenge.