TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Teen Choice Awards,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
The world will promptly forget who won the awards, which are
kind of silly anyway. (Our favorite has Kevin Hart facing Godzilla and others,
for best “movie hissy fit.”) Still, there’s the fun of a live show.
Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”) and Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf”)
host; music is from Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato, Rita Ora, Rixton and Magic. There
are plenty of presenters, from Taylor Swift to Kim Kardashian. For best comedy,
“Big Bang Theory,” “Modern Family” and “Glee” face cable’s “Sam & Cat” and
“Austin & Ally.” Dramas are “Hart of Dixie,” “Pretty Little Liars,”
“Twisted,” “Fosters” and “Switched at Birth.”
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: Shark Week, 7 p.m., Discovery.
Yes, it seems like every week is shark week. But Discovery
is the one that created this 26 years ago and has done a fine job … or did,
until it started inserting unidentified fiction alongside its documentaries.
That makes us wary of this start – a rerun of “Return of
Jaws” at 7 p.m., “Air Jaws: Fin of Fury” at 8, “Shark of Darkness: Wrath of the
Submarine” at 9 and a live, nightly talk show at 11. Those last two then rerun,
letting us go to sleep (if possible) at 3 a.m.; it all starts anew, Monday
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “True Blood,” 9 p.m., HBO.
TV’s trend – informing a series in advance that it’s the
final season – has mostly been a good thing. Stories are tightened, characters
are sharpened; “True Blood” offers a prime example.
With the finale two weeks from tonight, this meandering
story is coming together. Tonight starts with two climactic confrontations and
follows with key character moments. Then it propels Sookie to learn that there
may be a true cure. That’s followed by a closing jolt … which must be resolved
Other choices include:
“Maid in Manhattan” (2002), 7-9 p.m., Lifetime. Tyler
Posey’s career passes before us. See him at age 10 as the son of Jennifer
Lopez, who’s in an OK romance; then watch him at 22, co-hosting “Teen Choice.”
“The Simpsons,” 7:30 p.m., Fox. Nudged a half-hour earlier
than usual to make room for the awards, this rerun has Homer giving romance
advice (really) to Comic Book Guy.
Movies, 8 p.m., cable. At one extreme is Quentin Tarentino’s
fierce “Reservoir Dogs” (1992) on IFC; on the other is “To Be or Not to Be”
(1942), a much-praised dark comedy on Turner Classic Movies. Somewhere between
is “The Lucky One” (2012) on ABC Family, which shares a common flaw in fiction:
The story would be settled in 12 minutes, if people just talked to each other.
“Rising Star,” 9 p.m., ABC. The quarter-finals end. Barring
a change, we’ll have a winner in two weeks.
“Unforgettable,” 9 p.m., CBS. One of Eliot’s best friends
has been killed. That forces Carrie and Al to dig into their boss’ past and
into his current demons.
“Reckless,” 10 p.m., CBS. The incendiary relationship
between Jamie and Roy reaches extremes in both directions tonight – they share
an intimate dance … they oppose each other in a wrongful-death case.
“The Strain,” 10 p.m., FX. Last week, Nora decided this
whole business – complete with beheadings and six-foot-long tongues – was too
much for her. Now Ephraim reluctantly partners with Setrakian (all-knowing, but
all-creepy), trying to gather enough evidence to force a city-wide quarantine.