“BrainDead” finale, 9 and 10 p.m., CBS.
The summer's best
show ends tonight, with the fate of the nation at stake. At first,
Laurel (a Senate aide) could convince no one that alien bugs were
infecting the brains of our leaders. Now her brother (a senator) and
Gareth (the aide to infected Sen. Red Wheatus) both know. But can
they stop it?
tonight range from a sit-in to a debugging scheme she tries first on
her father. Chances are, this will be executed cleverly by the lively
brains behind “BrainDead.”
II: “Masterpiece: Churchill's Secret,” 8-10 p.m., PBS (check
It's 1953 and
Winston Churchill is back in power at age 78. As a stroke pushes him
near death, his children argue. So do his political colleagues; some
want to replace him, others want to keep it secret.
Michael Gambon is
perfect as Churchill, ranging from bluster to sweetness. Lindsay
Duncan has the one-note (mostly) role as his wife, but many of the
best moments come from others. There's Matthew Macfadyen as
Churchill's son – drinking heavily, complaining loudly, grieving
inwardly. And there's Romola Garai as a nurse, suddenly surrounded by
the giants of her era.
ALTERNATIVE: “Son of Zorn” debut, 8 p.m, Fox.
This was a mixed
marriage,filled with complications. She's slim, blondish, from
suburbia; he's huge, shirtless, from an island where he's a warrior
king. Also, he's a cartoon; she's not.
now, but Zorn returns for his son's 17th birthday. It's a
great comedy concept, executed adequately. As the first new show of
the broadcast season (eight days befor the season officially starts),
“Son of Zorn” has some terrific moments, but they're scattered
day, cable. The 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks
includes reruns of previous films; that's 7:30 a.m. to 4:02 a.m. on
History and noon to 6 a.m. on National Geographic. CNN has a new
documentary movie at 8 p.m. ET; Geographic has a new special at 9,
repeating at 10 and midnight.
Feud,” 8 p.m., ABC. Alfonso Ribeiro has already danced with Michael
Jackson, co-starred on Broadway and TV and won “Dancing With the
Stars.” Now his family faces the family of Garrett Morris. The
other battle has singer Sara Evans and annoying reality-show figure
Football, 8:20 p.m.
ET, NBC. For the second time in four days, NBC has key teams from
last season ... with a quarterback is missing. On Thursday, it was
the Broncos' Peyton Manning, who retired; now the Patriots' Tom Brady
is suspended and Jimmy Garoppolo faces the Cardinals. After a good
back-up year in 2014, his entire 2015 season consisted of four passes
and a six-yard completion.
Miss America, 9
p.m., ABC. In a way, this will feel a tad like a sports event. Sage
Steele of ESPN will host (with Chris Harrison); Mavericks owner Mark
Cuban and Olympic champion Gabrielle Douglas will be judges. Then
again, few sports include swimsuit and evening-gown categories.
“The Last Ship”
season-finale, 9 p.m., TNT. The battle for America concludes, with
the life of Captain Chandler (Eric Dane) in jeopardy.
season-opener, 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). The first season
had a brilliant start and a so-so finish. Now we jump ahead three
years, with Aafrin secretly pushing independence.
Sessions,” 10 p.m., TNT. This is the third special with a hometown
performance by a star. Dave Matthews – born in South Africa, raised
in three countries – has had many homes, but this concert is in
Charlottesville, Va., where he started his band 25 years ago.