“America's Got Talent,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC.
After lots of
auditions and lots of commotion, things peaks now: Tonight, 10 wildly
varied acts will perform; on Wednesday, one will become the
How varied? The
finalists include three magicians, two comedians and two music acts,
plus a ventriloquist and a guy who balances on a free-standing
ladder. And it includes a “professional regurgitator”; we never
realized that's a profession ... or that it's worth a million
“Best Time Ever” debut, 10:01 p.m., NBC.
As soon as “Talent”
concludes, this show will do ... well, something. It will be live
and, we're told, free-form, with stunts (some taped in advance) and
humor and music and more. It will continue for seven more Tuesdays,
then step aside for something (“Chicago Med”) that's much more
This is all a bit
iffy ... except that Neil Patrick Harris is hosting. That makes it
ALTERNATIVE: “Walt Disney: American Experience” conclusion, 9-11
The first half of
this superb documentary found Disney triumphing. His cartoon shorts
were beloved; his first three feature-length cartoons were daring and
praised. But the third (“Fantasia,” in 1940) was a tough sell,
the impending war drained overseas money ... and now the animators
were on strike.
In the conclusion
(following an 8 p.m. Jim Henson profile), Disney fumes, lets his
brother settle the strike ... then retaliates, even claiming
strike-leaders were Communists. He made bold films (“Bambi”) and
duds, then tinkered with a toy train. Somehow, that led to
Disneyland, transforming vacations.
ALTERNATIVE II: “The Bastard Executioner” debut, 10 p.m., FX.
In this timeslot, on
this network, producer-writer Kurt Sutter gave us seven fierce
seasons of “Sons of Anarchy.” Now he's jumped to 14th-century
Wales, but the violence continues.
A former English
knight, almost killed in battle, lives in a tiny Welsh village,
helping fight the brutal English tax collectors. Then epic events
force him to switch identities again. Stephen Moyer plays an English
leader; Katey Sagal plays a witch and/or healer, with Sutter (her
husband in real life) as her mute aide. Like “Sons,” this is
harsh, nasty and beautifully filmed; we'll need time to warm up to
(2000), 8-10 p.m., Fox. Next Tuesday, Fox launches its own spin on
mock-horror, with “Scream Queens.” To get us in the mood, it has
this spoof; “Scary” stars Anna Faris – who went on to something
much bigger (“Mom”) -- and many people who didn't.
“Fresh Off the
Boat,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC. A week before the second season
starts, here are the funny first and last episodes of the first
season. That's followed by another look at “Dancing With the
“Big Brother,” 8
p.m., CBS. With football taking over Thursdays, CBS has juggled the
schedule. There's the power of veto tonight, an eviction Wednesday
... and the season-finale a week later.
season-finale, 9 p.m., CBS. Jackson (James Wolk) rushes to find a
cure for the global animal uprising. Now he meets an obstacle that
may be unbeatable.
“Live Free or Die”
season-opener, 9 p.m., National Geograpic. One man spent 12 years
building a home in the Georgia swamps; then it burned, leaving him to
start over. Elsewhere in the wilderness, one guy tries to repel
bears, another nudges mules. And a husband and wife, building a
makeshift heater, find their house tipping. These are oddly likable
people, living odd but interesting lives.
Orleans,” 10 p.m., CBS. Reports say that the New Orleans port has
been breached, putting the Navy and the city in jeopardy.