“Parks and Recreation” season-opener, 8 and 8:30 p.m., NBC.
This quiet comedy
has been a modest success. Ratings have been mild, but praise and
awards have been strong. Amy Poehler has received an Emmy nomination
in each of its five seasons; the show has had five other Emmy nods
(including best comedy series), but no wins.
Now the final season
starts. Leslie battles for park land. Then she and Ron (Nick
Offerman) try to rescue Jamm from Ron's ex-wife – played by Megan
Mullally, Offerman's real-life wife.
II: “American Experience,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
The North Carolina
of the early 1960s was an American favorite. On TV, it was the
setting for Andy Griffth's Mayberry; in real life, it was the South's
most moderate state. Then, bizarrely, it became the home of the
largest Ku Klux Klan chapter.
This well-made film
shows how the Klan fueled the frustrations of low-income whites.
(Becoming a Klansman was “the happiest day of my life,” one man
says.) It follows Bob Jones' organizing skills as leader ... and his
downfall, after taking the fifth amendment concerning money
ALTERNATIVE: “Face Off” season-opener, 9 p.m., Syfy.
winners – Rayce Bird, Anthony Kosar and Laura Tyler – return to
coach five-person teams of aspiring movie make-up people. They split
up a field of talented contestants (from an 18-year-old cosmetology
student to a 41-year-old collision technician) who soon craft odd
One of TV's best
reality competitions, this is filled with people who master their
craft. Ve Neill, a judge, has three Oscars; Rick Baker, this week's
mentor, has seven. McKenzie Westmore, the host, doesn't have any ...
but her dad, Michael Westmore, won for “Mask.”
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. The team looks for a homegrown terrorist. Marisol Nichols and
Joe Spano play federal agents who help.
Interview” (8 p.m.) and “Discovering Lucy Angel” (9 p.m.,
repeating at 9:30), AXS TV; repeating, 10 p.m. to midnight. This
music channel sees Dan Rather start his season by interviewing
Wynonna Judd; next week is Carlos Santana. Then is the debut of a
reality show about an emerging trio of generically attractive
country-music blondes ... one of whom is a grandma and the mother of
the other two. The family is moderately interesting; its music (used
too sparingly) is buoyant.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. An admiral's daughter is the prime supect in
a double murder.
9 p.m., ABC. Peggy is close to finding the stolen technology ...
until the arrest of Jarvis reveals a secret that complicates things.
10 p.m., NBC. A storage-unit fire yields clues on who might have
started the blaze that killed Shay. Also, Boden's dad (Richard
Roundtree) arrives, bringing unwanted parenting advice.
p.m., PBS (check local listings). This probes Russian chief Vladimir
“My Big Fat
Fabulous Life” debut, 10 p.m., TLC. Whitney Thore's “fat girl
dancing” videos drew millions of viewers. Most didn't realize her
weight gain (to 5-foot-2, 390 pounds) was fairly recent, caused by
polycystic ovary syndrome. He reality-show debut follows a “Kate
Plus 8” debut at 9.