“MadTV” opener, 9 p.m., CW.
For 14 seasons,
“MadTV” brought latenight comedy sketches to Fox. Now – after a
seven-year gap – it steps into prime time, with eight new people
and rotating alumni.
strength isn't political satire; two of tonight's efforts are merely
loud and lunk-headed. Other things, however, work well: A “Game of
Thrones” sketch, trying to explain a tangled plot, is a delight.
And when a Trump-type character ia plunked into “Thrones,” the
result is quite clever. By summer standards, at least, “MadTV”
“Hotel Hell” season-finale, 8 p.m., Fox.
After selling his
children's-book company in 1997, Jim Landoll went in a different
direction – building a giant, castle-like home in Ohio's gorgous,
Mohican River area.
He lost the building
in a 2009 divorce, but his ex-wife has found it difficult to make
Landoll's Mohican Castle a financial success. Now Gordon Ramsay
advises her to pass more work to their son.
ALTERNATIVE: “Shane” (1953), 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies.
Years ago, TCM
proclaimed an “Every Great Western (Except 'Shane') Film Festival.”
This year's cowboy festival (which concludes Wednesday) tops that: It
has the other greats AND “Shane.”
Earlier in the day,
the films are light -- “Support Your Local Sheriff” (1969) at
2:15 p.m. ET, “Judge Roy Bean” (1972) at 4, “Hearts of the
West” (1975) at 6:15. Then is the story of a quiet gunman (Alan
Ladd) who defends homesteaders, but can't really find a home. It won
an Oscar for its cinematography and was nominated for six more; the
American Film Institute puts it at No. 45 on its all-time list.
convention, all day, cable news channels; 8 p.m., PBS. 10 p.m. ET,
ABC, CBS and NBC. On its second night, the convention will try to
pack all its key speakers into the final hour, when the big networks
are there. Bill Clinton, now an opening act for his wife, is expected
to speak; so are the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and
Eric Garner, whose deaths stirred controversy.
Bachelorette,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. On Monday, we'll see JoJo Fletcher
make her choice. First, Fletcher and the guys comment on what's
happened so far.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun of the Thanksgiving episode, the team races to find
a bone-marrow donor for a sailor whose two siblings were killed in
duty. Lindsay Wagner guests as Ellie's mother.
“Hello World,” 8
p.m., Animal Planet. Here's a marathon of six half-hours, setting
nature scenes against pop music. First are reruns with Usher and
Christina Aguilera songs, then new episodes with Steven Tyler, Ellie
Gouldig, Joan Jett and Dave Matthews. The whole thing repeats at
11:03 p.m. and 3 a.m.
“Zoo,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. Struggling to find a cure, the team faces a dangerous venom
dealer in Portugal. Meanwhile, Jackson (James Wolk) shows
increasingly erratic behavior.
“Dead of Summer,”
9 p.m., Freeform. Despite all the scary stuff going on at the summer
camp, the owner (Elizabeth Mitchell) decides it's a great time to
take the kids into the woods overnight. And if you want to catch up
on those scares? The previous episodes will rerun, starting at 4:30
p.m., MTV. Apparently, we're supposed to spend the summer in fear.
Fresh from “Dead of Summer,” we can switch to this, with Emma and
Audrey learning why the killer is targetting them.