“The Amazing Race” season-opener, 8 p.m., CBS.
At times –
especially in the opener and finale – this really becomes a
footrace. If so, one duo – track stars from the University of
California, Riverside – has the edge. Danielle Littleton was Big
West Conference 100-meter hurdle and long jump champion; Jazmine
Lewis was the heptathlon runner-up.
Other duos fit the
usual variety. There are couples (one married, one engaged, two
dating). There are cousins and brothers and a mom and son. There are
co-workers at the TMZ Web site and friends who used to be NFL
cheerleaders. Tonight, they go from Venice Beach, Cal., to Rio de
II: “The Muppets,” 8:30 p.m., ABC.
If you missed
Tuesday's debut, catch this rerun. It has the wit and charm of the
Muppets' glory days.
Miss Piggy has a
talk show now, with her ex-lover Kermit as the frazzled producer.
Elizabeth Banks is the guest star (unless Piggy dumps her), with
music from Imagine Dragons. Meanwhile, sweet Fozzie faces bias
against inter-species romance. It's a fun start.
ALTERNATIVE: “American Masters,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local
women talk about their lives, past and present. Some were childhood
nerds, openly (Shonda Rhimes, producer of ABC's Thursday shows) or
secretly: In public, Alicia Keys was part of the hip-hop; at home,
she practiced Chopin and graduated early, as the valedictorian.
Some broke barriers;
Nia Wordlaw went to a stranger's funeral, so she could see a black
woman pilot. And many have funny stories: When Madeline Albright was
secretary of state, her 2-year-old grandchild woke up, saw
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat ... and promptly broke into tears.
(2007), 6:30 p.m., VH1. This zesty musical starts a fun movie night.
The 8 p.m. choices are led by the animated “Hotel Transylvania”
(2011) on FX, “Gremlins” (1984) on TV Land and “Walk the Line”
(2009) on Oxygen.
Standing” season-opener, 8 p.m., ABC. Mike (Tim Allen) is in a
great mood, after a two-month trip for the outdoor-supply store he
works for. Now, however, he finds changes at work and at home ... and
a tornado headed toward both.
and “Rosewood,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox. These shows opened this week,
with lots of flash annd so-so stories. “Minority” -- set 10 years
after the Steven Spielberg movie – has one young man able to see
crimes in advance. “Rosewood” has Morris Chestnut as a sleek
season-opener, 9 p.m., CBS. The notion of re-opening an old case goes
to extremes tonight: This one is centuries old, involving pirates'
raid of a Oahu palace; a killer is using a stolen painting as a
treasure map. Also, Kono and Adam face danger, on the day after their
season-opener, 10 p.m., CBS. A terror attack in the Middle East leads
to the police commissioner (Tom Selleck) putting New York on high
“POV,” 10 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). For three generations, Mark Landis was a
not-for-profit art forger. He faked the works of Pablo Picasso, Paul
Signac, Dr. Seuss and more, donating them to galleries in the memory
of his parent or an imaginaty sister. This documentary traces Landis
and the Oklahoma City museum registrar who exposed him.