“Greatest Hits” debut, 9 p.m., ABC.
The soundtrack of
past decades lacked one thing – modern TV techniques, the sort that
can make a good song seem great. Now that's been added here; each
episode has hits from a five-year period (tonig is 1980-85), boosted
by flashy lights, zesty camerawork and attractive fans leaping
The original artists
do “Footloose” (Kenny Loggins), “Ghostbusters” (Ray Parker,
Jr.), “Bette Davis Eyes” (Kim Carnes) and “Celebration” Kool
& The Gang. Jason Derulo does Michael Jackson's “Human Nature”;
Pitbull joins REO Speedwagon for “Messin' Around,” which he'd
II: “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” season-opener, 10 p.m., FX.
Denis Leary thrives
on dark humor. His “Rescue Me” ended with a bizarre
cremation-ashes episode; now this show starts its second season with
another one. That repeats at 11:02, after a 10:32 rerun.
Micki -- a back-up
singer we only met in the pilot episode – has died. Like the
others, she lived a full-throttle rock life. The difference is that
the others got a second chance, with the arrival of Gigi (the
terrific Elizabeth Gillies), the talented daughter Johnny (Leary)
never knew. Micki's death brings a time to ponder life, loss and
deception; there's not much music, alas, but there's strong humor and
ALTERNATIVE: “Shark Week,” Discovery, and “Shark Fest,”
started on a busy Sunday – Discovery with lots of new shows, Wild
with two new ones and a sea of reruns. Now, with Wild ending Friday
and Discovery on Sunday, we can still jump in.
new hours visit the Bahamas (8 p.m.), the former atomic test site at
Bikini Island (9) and a jungle river of Costa Rica (10). Also at 9,
Wild reruns one of its two new shows, the fairly interesting
“Sharkatraz”: Last year, a Great White was filmed in San
Francisco Bay; that brief scene (repeated here OFTEN) revives the
question of whether sharks made an Alcatraz escape imposssible.
Mystery: Dearly Depotted” (2016), 5 p.m., Hallmark Movies &
Mysteries. Here are quick reruns of three recent murder movies,
starring Brooke Shields at 5, Candace Cameron Bure at 7 and Alison
Sweeney at 9.
“Bones,” 8 p.m.,
Fox. In a rerun, Booth is still missing and Miller (Kim Raver) has
withheld key information that might aid the search.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a previous episode, Raj broke up with
Emily to date someone else ... who, alas, wasn't available. Now Emily
has reached out to him; his female friends offer advice. Also in this
rerun, Howard is reluctant to join a patent partnership with Sheldon
“Life in Pieces,”
8:31 p.m., CBS. When viewers first met Matt, he was single, sad and
living in his parents' garage. Now his ex-wife (Brenda Song, a former
Disney Channel star) visits; also in this rerun, Matt and his dad try
to re-introduce their widowed neighbor (Martin Mull) to the dating
“Beauty and the
Beast,” 9 p.m., CW. When this season started, Vincent and Cat
finally seemed safe. Not so; tonight, they go into hiding and he gets
a vision of what her life would be without him.
9-11:35 p.m., AMC. The first two hours of this series were both
compelling and perplexing. Now they're repackaged here, alongside
extra footage trying to provide insight into Jesse the preacher.
p.m., NBC. At the core is a bizarre bit of history: Charles Manson
stayed with Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys ... who introduced him to
Terry Melcher (Doris Day's son) at what was later the site of the
Manson murders. Now that's wrapped around fictional charcters Hodiak