All-Star game, 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox.
players – some of them, anyway – meet. The American League has
won nine of the last 12, but the National League is helped by
home-field advantage (Cincinnati), quirky fans (choosing four Royals
as American starters) and injuries to Miguel Cabrera and the Royals'
Still, there are
balancing factors: The American League has another superstar (Albert
Pujols) to replace Cabrera. The National League lost Giancaro Stanton
(injuries) and Max Scherzer (ineligible because he pitrched Sunday),
but has Zack Greinke -- on a record-setting pitching streak –
available to start.
II: “Tyrant,” 10 p.m., FX.
How thoroughly can
life change a man's inner core? When this series began, Dr. Barry
Al-Fayeed was a mild-mannered Pasadena pediatrician, reluctantly
visiting his homeland for the first time in 20 years. When this
remarkable episode ends, we (and he) will be stunned by who he's
attempted a coup, his brother (the dictator) sentenced him to death
... then faked the execution and left him to die in the desert.
Instead, kindly Bedouins saved him; now he's hiding in their village,
as fresh crises descend. Some of this stretches credibility, but all
of it is powerfully crafted.
ALTERNATIVE: “Frontline,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings) or
“Escaping Polygamy,” 8-10 p.m. and 10 p.m., Lifetime Movie
Sadly, these reports
deal with the same issue -- women who are reduced to little more than
sexual servitude. In Northern Iraq, a former lawyer fights to free
the women (from his his Yazidi religion) who are enslaved by ISIS. In
Utah, women who fled polygamy try to rescue others.
Both stories are
important, but the difference in quality is gaping. “Frontline”
has the solid documentary style this subject deserves. Lifetime, by
comparison, tries a reality-show style. The result seems to wobble
uneasily between badly acted fiction and ineptly contrived reality.
6-7 p.m., Fox Sports 1; 7 p.m., Fox. The cable preview will include
Pete Rose, the great who was banned from baseball, now revisiting
Cincinnati, where he starred. Then Fox has is own preview at 7 ...
and lots of preliminaries at 7:30, before the game really starts.
Talent,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. The judges – with Neil Parick Harris
joining them – start making final decisions on which acts will get
to perform live for viewer votes.
“Fresh Off the
Boat,” 8 p.m., ABC. In a rerun of the moderately funny
season-finale, the mom suddenly fears her kids are losing their
Chinese roots; naturally, she soon overdoes everything.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Gibbs should be focusing on an apparent copycat murder case.
Instead, this rerun finds him torm between ex-wifes. One (played by
Melinda McGraw) is familiar to his colleagues; the other (Jeri Ryan)
is new to them.
“Zoo,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. This animals-gone-bad thing is building. Jackson (James Wolk)
looks for the rest of his dad's reasearch on the subject; Jamie
(Kristen Connolly) tries to show a senator what she's found. Also, a
killer escapes after wolves attack a prison.
Experience,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). When New York City
lost its electricity in 1965, this film says, the results were mild;
the outage started in the afternoon, amid cool temperatures and
general prosperity. By comparison, the '77 black-out – starting at
night, amid heat and a recession – quickly turned ugly. This
documentary is well-made, but one-note, piling up layers of despair.
Orleans,” 10 p.m., CBS. This reruns the hour that re-united Scott
Bakula with his “Quantum Leap” co-star. Dean Stockwell plays the
father of Councilman Hamilton (Steven Weber); the story involves a
case that Dr. Wade (CCH Pounder) has been tracking for decades.