TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Under the Dome: Inside Chester’s Mill,”
10 p.m., CBS.
For a decade, TV thought it understood summers: Cable had
scripted shows; broadcast networks stuck with reality and reruns. Then CBS
launched Stephen King’s “Under the Dome,” with an ordinary town inexplicably
encased by a giant dome; everything changed.
The opener was seen in 13 million homes, a huge number in
the summer and a top-5 number for almost any week. Ratings held up fairly well
afterward. This summer, the big-four networks will have more than a dozen
non-rerun scripted shows; that includes the “Dome” season-opener next Sunday …
after this special, which includes an update for anyone who missed the first
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Murder in the First,” 10 p.m., TNT.
The third episode of the series deepens its characters and its
emotions. We see the quiet rage of one cop (Kathleen Robertson) toward her
ex-husband and others, the soft pain of her newly widowed police partner (Taye
Diggs). And we see the nastiness of their prime suspect, a young tech
None of that, of course, makes him guilty or easy to
convict. Now the case slowly evolves, in the third of 10 chapters of a
beautifully written and acted series.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Case Against 8,” 9-11 p.m., HBO.
When Proposition 8 banned gay marriage in California,
opponents considered a court appeal … and found a surprising ally in Ted Olson,
who was George W. Bush’s solicitor general. “Marriage is a conservative value ….
We should want people to come together in marriage,” he says here.
Olson insisted that David Boies – his opponent in the
Bush-Gore recount fight – join him. Then cameras recorded the five-year push.
What emerges is a deep and emotional portrait of one side of a historic case; it
debuts three days before the anniversary of the decision that threw out
Other choices include:
“Teen Wolf,” 2 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., MTV. Here’s a marathon,
leading to the season-opener at 10.
“The Bachelorette,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. What do you do in
Italy, with its history of romance? Nick gets a gondola ride with Andi Dorfman
in Venice, Cody gets a candle-lit dinner with her in Verona, the city of Romeo
and Juliet. And the other six get lie-detector tests; life isn’t always fair.
“24,” 9 p.m., Fox. Last week ended spectacularly, when the
president accepted a terrorist’s deal – his life for her agreeing to stop the
drone attacks. He was killed by a missile in London’s Wembley Stadium. Will she
keep her promise? Will her colleagues let her? Jack, Kate and Chloe scramble to
“Mistresses,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. After a series of bad dates,
Karen’s spirits are sinking … just as others perk up. Savi finds a guy she
likes; so does her sister Joss … at a high-ticket event she attended for
business reasons. And April introduces her hot boyfriend Daniel to her friends.
“CeeLo Green’s The Good Life,” 10:30 p.m., TBS. With a No. 1
song (“Forget You”) and a top-rated TV show (“The Voice”), CeeLo Green can frolic.
In the opener of this reality show, he throws out the first pitch at a baseball
game and plans a sexy limousine service.