“Secrets of 'The Force Awakens,'” 8 p.m., ABC.
A lot can change in
40 years: Chewbacca got younger and shorter. That's what people
learned in the theater version of this documentary about the “Star
Wars” film; now, slightly shortened, it reaches TV.
returned as Chewie, but he's 72, with bad knees; mostly, his double
-- 29 and 7-foot (two inches less than Mayhew) took over. Little BB-8
had two versions; he was sometimes remote-control, but more often a
rod puppet. Also: John Boyega auditioned nine times ... Malala (the
teen Nobel laureate) visited the set ... and director J.J. Abrams
flew 9,000 miles to attend parents' night at school.
II: “Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS.
here, Chi McBride gets some focus in this rerun: Lou Grover (McBride)
returns to Chicago, to finally get a confession from the man (Mykelti
Williamson) who killed his wife.
Back on the island,
there's another crisis: Chin and Kano (Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park)
are held at gunpoint, by killers who don't realize they're cops.
ALTERNATIVE: Magic shows, 8-10 p.m., CW.
TV used to love
magic acts – mostly because they were easy to televise. Ed Sullivan
had magicians back in 1949 and 1950; he got a huge audience for
Fantasio in 1966 – possibly because the Beatles were also there.
Nowadays, magicians have much better acts ... and much less TV time.
Now CW uses them as
summer diversions. At 8 p.m., a new “Masters of Illusion” has
Michael Grandinetti, Greg Gleason, Murray SawChuck, The Shocker and
Sittah. That's followed by reruns of “Illusion” at 8:30 and of
Wednesday's terrific (except for the last bit) “Penn & Teller:
Fool Us” at 9.
(2012) and “Thor: The Dark World” (2013), 5 and 8 p.m., FX. The
Marvel heroes give us an action double-feature. Other movie choices
include the excellent “Die Hard” (1988) at 8 p.m. on IFC, the
pleasant “You've Got Mail” (1998) at 8 p.m. on CMT and the rather
silly “Blades of Glory” (2007) at 8:44 p.m. on Comedy Central.
Talent,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. This rerun goes back to the first stage,
with acts auditioning and each judge holding one “golden buzzer”
that allows instant advancement.
Angeles,” 8 p.m., CBS. Someone has shot extensive surveillance
footage of Sam's family. While the family is whisked to a safe house
in this rerun, Sam and Callen try to find who's responsible.
p.m., Fox. In a rerun, Rosewood gives too good a talk at a pathology
conference. Someone may have used his information to commit a murder;
he and Villa go undercover to solve it.
p.m., Fox. This reruns Wednesday's hour, with 15 chefs feeding 101
return, 9 p.m., NatGeo Wild. Truffle is small, fluffy, cute ... and
sometimes quite nasty. John Henry is fine at home; when he's brought
to work, however, he scares clients and delivery guys. Cesar Millan
handles both dogs in his usual, calm way, in a standard, OK episode.
10 p.m., CBS. Frank worries about a book that's been written by his
first police partner. Also in this rerun, Frank's son Jamie and his
partner head out on a call; their response will sharply affect their
careers and their relationship.