“AFI: Lifetime Achievement Award,” 10 p.m., TNT.
In 44 years, the
award had never gone to a composer ... until now. Logically, it's
John Williams, the master. He's won 22 Grammies and five Oscars –
with 50 Oscar nominations. The American Film Institute's list of the
greatest film scores has Williams at No. 1 (“Star Wars”), 6
(“Jaws”) and 14 (“ET”).
Steven Spielberg –
who has used Williams on 27 films – presented the award. Gustavo
Dudamel and Will Ferrell (really) conducted the orchestra. There were
big laughs for Ferrell, Williams (quoting Spielberg) and Harrison
Ford. Other speakers ranged from George Lucas to Kobe Bryant.
“The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC.
A night of ABC
comedy reruns starts with this show's season-opener, as Sue heads to
college. She's excited (as usual), until she has to cut her hair. Her
mom is surprisingly at-ease, but her dad keeps piling on advice about
And her brothers?
Axl finds a way to avoid helping her move. Brick, surprisingly, has a
girlfriend who's trying to nudge their relationship to the next
ALTERNATIVE: “Jaws” (1975, AMC) or “Catch Me if You Can”
(2002, TNT); 7 p.m.
Williams being honored, savor a movie that features one of his superb
For “Jaws,” the
music is properly ominous; for “Catch,” it's jaunty and jazzy ...
fitting the true-life story of a guy (Leonardo DiCaprio) who
convinced people he was a pilot, a doctor, a lawyer and more.
Spielberg gave it a vibrant feel, aided (as usual) by Williams'
ALTERNATIVE II: “Kingdom,” 9 p.m., DirecTV/AT&T.
It's time for two
gym-mates to colide: Ryan (Matt Lauria) – the quiet, maybe sullen
champ – faces the wildly outspoken Jay (Jonathan Tucker). Some fans
are excited; Alvey (Frank Grillo) – Jay's father, Ryan's
father-figure, the owner of the gym where they both train – is
swirl, involving Alicia, a tough fighter, and her shallow sister.
Christina – Jay's mother, Alvey's ex-wife – is even out of rehab
for the night. This is strong drama, superbly played.
p.m., Fox. The first two weeks trimmed the field in half, via
entertaining, one-on-one battles. Now the 20 survivors have two
quickie challenges, with Wolfgang Puck as guest judge.
9 p.m., Fox. After being banished beyond the fence, Xander managed to
survive. Now he returns and C.J. leads an expedition to try to gather
more territory. Also, Rebecca puts herself at odds with the
controlling Megan, in order to help a young girl avoid a Wayward
9 p.m., ABC. Dylan needs a place to stay and Haley figures that could
be at her house. Her dad helps convince her mom to allow it ... then
has his own doubts.
“O.J.: Made in
America,” 9-11 p.m. ET, ESPN, rerunning at 1 a.m. ET. Tuesday's episode
(rerunning at 7 p.m. ET) saw O.J. Simpson in post-football splendor in
Los Angeles suburbia. His image remained strong, despite frequent
police calls from his wife Nicole. Tonight, it all explodes after her
Beyond Borders,” 10 p.m., CBS. This rerun involves a string of
deaths that were originally considered suicide. The team flies to
Japan to launch an investigation.
season-opener, 10 p.m., Comedy Central. For a horrifying stretch, the
sisters have no home or prestige; they get by on sheer fame, fueled
by beauty and bad behavior. And then, faster than you can say
“Kardashian,” things change again. They meet a more-famous person
(Harriet Tubman) and scheme anew. The result is inconsistent --
sometines overblown and sometimes hilarious.