“Skin Wars” debut, 10 p.m., Game Show Network.
vary widely. They come from Mexico, Colombia, Australia ... and
distant chunks of the U.S. One grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm;
another is from Georgia, where his mom dubbed him “Black Jesus.”
One is from Brooklyn and rarely shows her work to her Orthodox Jewish
The work, after all,
involves painting directly onto near-naked bodies, The artists –
including two professional clowns and an industrial painter – do it
brilliantly. “Skin Wars” copies familiar formats, but stands out
because of a sharp, witty judge (RuPaul Charles) and remarkably
II: “Empire,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Last week, we saw
Lucious shoot a deeply personal video, focusing on growing up with a
troubled mother. That brought sympathy from some people ... and rage
from his son: Knowing his mother was bipolar, Lucious never told or
helped Andre, who struggles with the same affliction.
Now Andre tries to
learn more. Lucious releases the video and tries to maneuver back
into control of his company ... now led by his youngest son Hakeem,
who is in charge at a key shareholders' meeting.
ALTERNATIVE: “Time Traveling Bong” debut, 10:30 p.m., Comedy
If you use a
time-travel device, it's best to have one that controls when and
where you go. In dinosaur times, you might get stomped; in old Salem,
you might get burned .
Sharee and her cousin Jeff learn, in the start of a goofy and funny
mini-series for grown-ups. It was written by “Broad City” star
Ilana Glazer and by Paul Downs and Lucy Aniello, a co-star and
director of that show. Here, Glazer and Downs star, Aniello directs
and there's silly fun.
ALTERNATIVE II: “There Goes the Motherhood” debut, 10 p.m.,
At first, this is a
crisp view of opposite parents. One woman has a free-spirit style;
another locks the kids' doors from the outside. One divorcee feels
shattered; another, with four kids and a former $60,000-a-month life,
exudes optimism ... and looks great in a yellow bikini. These are
interesting people; one had a girl-group and a TV show (both with
Fergie) and married a top record executive.
Then the show goes
to Bravo's mainstay – an arbitrary party, an absurd feud. One woman
says another called her fat (she didn't) and grumbles; others offer
flimsy complaints. A strong start soon fizzles.
(1993), 7 and 10 p.m., AMC, or “E.T,” (1982), 8-10 p.m.,
Showtime. Here are two Steven Spielberg gems – one scary, one warm,
both brilliantly crafted. They lead a night of classics, each worth
recording -- “Die Hard” (1988) at 7 p.m. on Sundance, “Ghost”
(1990) at 7:30 on Oxygen, “Dr. No” (1962), at 8 and 10:30 p.m. ET
on BBC America.
p.m., CBS. Last week, Debbie Wanner (a chemist) was ousted. That
leaves only two people from the original “brains” tribe, with
three apiece from “brawn” and “beauty.”
p.m., Fox. While probing the murder of a telenovela star, Dr.
Rosewood and Det. Annalise Villa also have personal crises. She's
re-connecting with her mom (played by Lisa Vidal of “The
Division”); he agonizes when someone has stolen his gorgeous
9 p.m., ABC. This rerun finds a tough parenting week for Phil and
Claire: Luke is arrested for driving without a license; Alex is seen
leaving a liquor store.
p.m., ABC. Thomas Rhett sings “Die a Hapy Man” tonight ... but
don't expect to see happy people. Rayna and Deacon agonize when
Maddie runs away ... Juliette fumes over the link between her
estranged husband Avery and Layla. And Luke must replace Riff, who's
10 p.m., FX. Slow and somber, this is the hour we knew was
inevitable. It's been fun to see the schemes of Philip and Elizabeth,
Russian spies embedded deep in 1980's America. He convinced Martha,
an FBI secretary, that he's Clark, a U.S. agent investigating her
bosses; he even married her, sort of. But now the FBI is suspicious
and he needs drastic action. This hour is painfully slow and slowly
painful ... but the final scene will bring us back next week.