TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Sixties,” 9 p.m., CBS.
The space race seemed basic, Tom Hanks recalls. “They were
the bad guys. And they were winning.”
For Hanks, this would be a lifelong passion. He starred in “Apollo
13” and produced “From Earth to the Moon.” And now this documentary series,
produced by his company, has its space-race chapter. It has memories from
astronauts and clips of CBS’ Walter Cronkite, called the consummate space nerd.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Satisfaction” debut, 10 to 11:23 p.m.,
Neil seems to have the American dream – a big-money job in
finance, a gorgeous house, a bright and beautiful wife, a clever daughter. He’s
At first, “Satisfaction” is your usual tale of a mid-life
crisis – albeit a slick and stylish one. It becomes more when it flips the
story, taking the wife’s view. The result is a complex look at two lives in
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: Reality debuts, 9-11 p.m., VH1.
First is “Dating Naked,” in which … well, strangers date
while naked. Then come lightweight shows.
Candidly Nicole” (10 p.m.) jaunts through Nicole Richie’s
world, with detours for her famous dad (Lionel) and friend; it feels contrived,
but entertaining. “LeAnn & Eddie” (10:30) visits country star LeAnn Rimes
and husband Eddie Cibrian; there are fun moments, amid too much grumbling about
Other choices include:
“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Penny
confronts Raj’s former girlfriend Lucy.
“Kids Choice Sports Awards,” 8-10 p.m., Nickelodeon. Here’s
the new off-shoot to the Kids Choice Awards. Michael Strahan – who went from
football to a talk show – hosts.
“Rush” debut, 9 p.m., USA. Streaking around in his sports
car, Dr. Rush has a cash-only practice for the rich and nasty. For much of this
hour, it’s difficult to care about him, his patients or the show.
“Welcome to Sweden,” 9:01 p.m., NBC. Last week’s opener was
a droll delight, with the quiet jolts of an American who quit his job to move
to his girlfriend’s Swedish homeland. Tonight has more of that – including a
dandy little guest shot by Will Ferrell – mixed with some blunt bits of sex and
“Working the Engels,” 9:30 p.m., NBC. A young lawyer has
inherited her dad’s ragged law practice. There are some pretty good moments
tonight, as she learns it sometimes helps to have a sexy, scam-y brother.
“NY Med” 10 p.m., ABC. This is the hour (a good one) that was
scheduled for July 3, then delayed. The focus is partly on the patients – a young
man needs heart surgery before his wedding – and more on the staff. We meet
Ziad Sifri, who grew up in Beirut and now treats victims of violence in Newark;
we also meet Diana Costine, a nurse who learns in her 20s that she needs a pacemaker.
“Married” debut, 10 p.m., FX. Russ has noticed his marriage
is missing something, which is sex. His busy wife suggests he just have an
affair; alas, he has neither the style, nor the luck to pull it off.
“You’re the Worst” debut, 10:30, FX. She’s the worst wedding
guest, stealing one of the gifts; he’s the second-worst, ejected after arguing
with the bride. They are strangers who share an acidic (and funny) view of
life. The result is a promising start to a comedy that is much better than one
show preceding it.