MUST-SEE: “Great Performances,” 8-10 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
200 years ago today that Baltimore’s Fort McHenry withstood a fierce British
assault. Francis Scott Key promptly wrote the words for what would become the
celebrated with a live Baltimore Symphony concert on the city’s harbor, plus
fireworks. Jordin Sparks, who hosts with John Lithgow, sings the Anthem, but
there are plenty of other stars from pop (Melissa Etheridge, Smokey Robinson,
Train), country (Kenny Rogers, Little Big Town), classical (Denyce Graves) and
Broadway (Kristin Chenoweth, Paulo Szot).
MIGHT-SEE: “Reckless” finale, 8 and 9 p.m., CBS.
revived the notion of scripted summer shows on a big network. It did that with
rich Steven Spielberg productions (“Under the Dome,” “Extant”) and a sturdy
one – a lawyer drama stuffed (soap-style) with gorgeous newcomers – floundered and
was exiled to Saturdays. Here’s the court case it’s been pointing to: Fired
from the police department after her sex tape surfaced, Lee Anne said she was
drugged; she sued for sexual discrimination. Jamie and Roy work opposite sides …
then decide about their own relationship.
ALTERNATIVE: “Outlander,” 9 p.m., rerunning at 10, and “The Chair,” 11 p.m.,
really can get better, you know; these did, after so-so starts. As last week’s
episode (rerunning at 8 p.m.) ended, English soldiers found Claire (a
time-traveling English nurse) with a Scotsman. Tonight, she faces a dilemma … and
then a game-changing possibility.
two opposite people the same script, with each making a $600,000 film. Tonight,
the crises grow: Money is slow to arrive … approval for a key location is in
limbo … and a director of photography (a vital position) must drop out. Indie-filmmaking,
it seems, is tough.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Deliverance Creek,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.
Sparks has had 10 of his novels turned into movies, many of them – “The
Notebook,” “Safe Haven,” “A Walk to Remember” – big on Lifetime-type networks.
Now comes something different: He produced this TV film, which has someone else’s
heroine (Lauren Ambrose) is Sparks-ian – smart, beautiful and in trouble. A
widow in 1863 Missouri with three kids, she’s been mistreated by the bank; now
she considers crime.
7:30 p.m. ET, NBC. This match-up – Notre Dame and Purdue, in Indianapolis – seemed
OK until last week. That’s when Notre Dame (now ranked No. 11) crushed,
Michigan 31-0 … while Purdue was losing to Central Michigan, 38-17.
football, 8 p.m. ET. Here’s one of those nights when three of the four big networks
have college games. There’s NBC, ABC (Tennessee at 4th-ranked
Oklahoma) and Fox (12th-ranked UCLA at Texas). Cable has more,
including 9th-ranked Southern California at Boston on ESPN.
Cove,” 8 p.m., Hallmark. Olivia, a judge, finds a secret about the new assistant
Who,” 9 p.m., BBC America. Yes, this show has some large-scale tales. Tonight,
it sends the Doctor and Clara to the end of the universe.
Wheels,” 9 p.m., AMC. Now that Elam is back, Cullen tries to re-connect with
Night Live,” 11:29 p.m. (or later, with football overrun), NBC. Tina Fey hosts
this rerun, with Arcade Fire as music guest.