TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Falling Skies”
season-finale, 10 p.m, TNT.
Once overwhelmed in their battle
against outer-space aliens, the Earthlings inally have one hope.
That's the superweapon that may or may not be able to wipe out an
enemy control tower.
Now it's time to try it. If it works,
Tom's son Hal might confront Karen, the former girlfriend who turned
traitor. If not, this terrific series will revert to desperation next
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Sunday Night
Football,” 8 p.m. ET, NBC.
Barely into August, we have a football
sighting: The pre-season begins with the Hall of Fame Game, in
Canton, Ohio; the Dallas Cowboys (8-8 last year with Tony Romo) face
the Miami Dolphins (7-9 with rookie Ryan Tannehill).
After that, have patience: NBC waits
until Aug. 25 for its second game … Sept. 5 for the season-opener …
and Sept. 8 for Carrie Underwood's theme song.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: Shark Week,
The annual sharkfest has lots of
reruns, starting at 9 a.m., with “Air Jaws: Sharks of South
Still, there will also be some new
films. From 9-11 p.m. is “Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives.”
Other choices include:
– “Secret Millionaire”
season-opener, 8 p.m., ABC. This feel-good reality show starts with
Anne Beiler, founder of “Auntie Anne's Pretzels,” going
undercover in a low-income Baltimore neighborhood. There, she meets
and helps groups that are making a difference
– “Rio” (2011), 8 and 10 p.m.,
FX. This one is a joy for any age, an animated delight that captures
the colors and music of Brazil, plus humor, action and general fun.
– “Inside the American Mob,” 8-11
p.m.., National Geographic. First are reruns of last week's excellent
episodes, looking at the Mafia in general and at Joe Pistone, the cop
who made huge breakthroughs going undercover as Donnie Brasco.
– “Hotel Rwanda” (2004), 8-11
p.m., Pivot. This untraditional new cable channel will do one
traditional thing, scheduling a Sunday night movie. That starts with
this true story, which drew Oscar nominations for it script, star
(Don Cheadle) and supporting actress (Sophie Okonedo).
– “Unforgettable,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Here's a new challenge for Carrie, the cop with a flawless memory:
She goes undercover with a gang of bank robbers.
– “The Killing” season-finale,
9-11 p.m., AMC. Just when we thought everything was settled, there's
a new murder. We can worry about that until next season; after
tonight, “Breaking Bad” returns.
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
This reruns the episode that brought back Lorelei (Emmanuelle
Chriqui). Patrick Jane must confess to his boss that he helped
Lorelei escape, hoping to lure Red John.
– “Ray Anthony,” 10 p.m.,
Showtime. In another strong episode, Ezra (Elliott Gould) wanders
off and Bunchy has a housewarming party that gets out of hand.