“Containment” finale, 9 p.m., CW.
Flaws and all, this
has given us a high-stakes drama in the midst of summer silliness.
With a virus racing through central Atlanta; a containment zone was
set up. Inside, people scramble to keep order, to profit from
disorder, or to escape. Outside, they argue and look for solutions.
Lex now knows that
this was triggered by an accident at a federal lab, with Dr. Lommers
(Claudia Black) in charge. Still, he must join her in preventing
escapes ... unaware that his girlfriend is one of the people trying
to get out. Inside the cordon, Jake tries to protect Dr. Cannerts and
a possible cure.
II: “Shooter” debut, 10 p.m., USA.
Like the “Mr.
Robot” debut on USA last summer, “Shooter” has an opening
segment that beautifully describes its central character. Unlike
“Robot,” it follows with so-so moments.
We're not convinced
that the Secret Service would need a master sniper to guard against
an enemy sniper .... or that it would fail to respond to his call on
the crucial day. Especially unconvincing is the TV-style squabbling
among law agencies. That's a shame, because “Shooter” has
established a deep and interesting character, solidly played by Ryan
Phillippe; let's hope it has better things for him.
MUST-RECORD: “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964), “For a Few Dollars
More” (1965) and “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” (1968); 8 and
9:45 p.m. and midnight ET, Turner Classic Movies.
Cowboy films are
filling TCM's Tuesdays and Wednesday this month, but not usually like
this. These three linked the brash style of director Sergio Leone
with the innovative music of Ennio Morricone. Don't expect much of a
story; do expect visual touches that directors have tried to match
Oh yes, star Clint
Eastwood has also gone on to do well. He's even become a great
director, but not in the Leone style; for proof, catch his “American
Sniper” (2014), at 7:45 p.m. on Cinemax.
ALTERNATIVE: Republican convention, 10 p.m. ET, ABC, CBS, NBS, PBS
convention is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.; cable news networks
will be there, but the broadcast guys will wait until 10. That's when
Republicans are expected to have their main speakers.
They will reportedly
include Trumps (Tiffany, Donald Jr.), governors (Scott Walker of
Wisconsin, Asa Hutchinson of Arkasas) and a senator (Mitch
McConnell), plus Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former Attorney General
Michael Mukasey and Dana White, president of Ultimate Fighting
Talent,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. George Lopez joins the panel and has the
“golden buzzer” that can send an act straight to the final 36.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun, a murder charge against a petty officer has been
tossed out for technical reasons. That doesn't clear his name,
though, so he wants to face a court martial.
“Fresh Off the
Boat,” 8:30 and 9 p.m., ABC. After being bumped by game shows last
week, ABC's comedies are back. These reruns find Eddie's dad making
more mis-steps: He leaves his wife to deal with the lice problem
alone; also, he plans their wedding-anniversary celebration at the
“Zoo,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. On the run, Jamie finally gets to Caraquet with Logan ... only
to find it isn't the refuge she'd hoped for. Meanwhile, others try to
re-unite the team there.
p.m., Freeform. Things only get worse for Grace, the American
suspected of killing her roommate in London. After a tough night at
police headquarters, she's chased by paparazzi and “rescued” by a
stranger who may not have good intentions. Now her sister searches
“The Daily Show,”
11 p.m., Comedy Central. Over the next four nights, the show will
originate from Cleveland, focusing on the Republican convention. Next
week, it does the same from Philadelphia, with the Democrats – a
how-we-got-here special Monday and onsite episodes through Friday.