TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Barbara Walters: Her Story,” 9-11 p.m.,
Back when she was a “Today” writer, Walters said in her
autobiography, “60 Minutes” producer Don Hewitt told her frankly: “You don’t
have the right looks …. Forget about being in front of the camera.”
Soon her popularity soared with her on-air reports. She
became a regular, then network TV’s first female morning-show host in 1974 and its
first female news anchor in ’76. Now she’s retiring at 83; she will do her
final “The View” (which she co-created) this morning, then be the center of an
evening of memories.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “24,” 8 p.m., Fox.
At first, Jack Bauer’s mission seemed straight-forward: A
techno-villain’s device could control the American drones, launching chaos,
assassination and world war; find the guy and seize the device.
Except someone else did it first; now she’s bringing the
device to her mother, a terrorist. Jack pursues them while a smart CIA agent (Yvonne
Strahovski) chases him. This is a rerun of the tautly crafted third hour; catch
it tonight, because there are nine new Monday hours to go, spicing our summertime.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “American Masters,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
George Plimpton was a Harvard and Cambridge man with
old-money roots. He edited the Paris Review and knew the greats. Hemingway
praised him; others -- Mailer, Roth, Ginsberg, etc. – partied with him.
Still, he was better known for doing commercials, hosting
“Mousterpiece Theatre” and writing light pieces about becoming a temporary goalie
or trapeze artist or such. His “Paper Lion” (with the skinny intellectual
playing pro quarterback) became a movie. Here’s a fascinating look at an odd
and zestful life.
Other choices include:
“Shark Tank” season-finale, 8 p.m., ABC. Kaeya Majmundar
grew up near Chicago, with big expectations; she was supposed to be a doctor,
like both parents. Instead, she won the national college prize for entrepreneurs.
Now this sophomore takes her notion – boxes that instantly go from flat to
ready – to the investors. Her session wraps up the hour, giving the season an
“Hawaii Five-0,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, McGarrett probes a
murder while watching the newly adopted baby of his sister (Taryn Manning).
“Whose Line is It Anyway?” 8 and 8:30 p.m., CW. A new
episode has Jack Osbourne, followed by a rerun with Keegan-Michael Key.
“Hart of Dixie” season-finale, 9 p.m., CW. Wade faces a
decision. Also, Grandma Bettie urges Lemon to get serious about finding a guy.
“Blue Bloods,” 9 and 10 p.m., CBS. The first rerun has
family tangles. Danny negotiates when his sister is one of the hostages; their
brother violates orders, forcing their dad (the police commissioner) to decide
the punishment. In the second, Danny probes a subway death and his dad meets
the inspector general.
“Grimm” season-finale, 9 p.m., NBC. The Monroe-Rosalee
wedding day brings trouble for everyone else.
“Hannibal,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. Will hesitates to help
Hannibal, whose life is threatened.