Olympics, 8 p.m. to midnight, NBC.
Here's a favorite
for American viewers – the team finals in women's gymnastics. But
be warned: It's tape-delayed; try to avoid spoilers on the Internet
or on the news.
The U.S. has won a
team medal in six straight Olympics, a success matched only by
Romania. That includes gold in 1996 (when Kerri Strug landed on an
injured ankle) and 2012 (when Gabrielle Douglas soared). Douglas and
Aly Raisman are back from that team, now joined by emerging superstar
Simone Biles, plus Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian.
“American Experience,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Few presidents have
been tested as quickly and fiercely as John Kennedy. Less than three
months into office, he had the Bay of Pigs debacle; 18 months later,
he had the Cuban missile crisis.
The first was a
quick (three-day) failure; the second was a slow success, with the
Soviets dismantling their missile sites. Those are key to the
conclusion of a two-night Kennedy film, which launches reruns of
compelling presidential portraits. Coming are Lyndon Johnson on
Wednesday and Richard Nixon on Thursday; next week are Jimmy Carter,
two nights of Ronald Reagan and then George H.W. Bush.
ALTERNATIVE: “High School Musical 2” (2007) and “3” (2008), 6
and 8 p.m., Disney.
Now for a pleasant
trifle, far removed from politics, sports or anything else real.
Beautifully directed by Kenny Ortega (who also did the original),
these helped show teens the joy of musicals.
Zac Efron stars as
good-guy Troy, with Vanessa Hudgens as his girlfriend and Corbin Bleu
as their friend. As “2” begins, spoiled Sharpay tries to lure him
away by getting him a summer job at the country club; he promptly
invites his friends.The story is OK; the music and choreography are
-- More Olympics,
all day. NBC also has live swimming finals in prime time; in other
times (10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 12:35-4 a.m.) it's both live and
tape-delayed Meanwhile, its cable channels go live, starting at 9
a.m. ET on USA, Golf and NBC Sports Netwrk, 9:30 on Bravo, noon on
MSNBC, 5 p.m. on CNBC.
-- “NCIS,” 8
p.m., CBS. When a Navy office is killed, his wife and mistress each
accuse the other. Also in this rerun, Tony's dad (Robert Wagner)
helps a homeless woman who thinks he's her father.
Nine-Nine,” 8 p.m., Fox. As the networks juggle their summer
line-ups, you'll still find some comedy reruns. Fox has this one (the
captain's dog is missing) and then “New Girl” at 8:30: ABC nudges
“The Middle” and “Fresh Off the Boat” to 10 and 10:30.
-- “Bachelor in
Paradise: After Paradise” season-opener, 9 p.m., ABC. After a new
“Bachelor in Paradise” at 8 p.m., we see Chris Harrison chat with
pretty people about romances, good and bad.
-- “MadTV,” 9
p.m., CW. Debra Wilson and Aries Spears, from the original version of
the show, host this episode and join the new cast for sketches.
-- “Zoo,” 9
p.m., CBS. Jackson (James Wolk) wants to find his mother, who is
missing in Africa. First, however, he and others face a hostile force
on their plane. Also, Jamie learns a secret about Abraham.
-- “NCIS: New
Orleans,” 10 p.m., CBS. Zoe McLellan feels the death of a sailor –
killed by a party bus – may be connected to her own sister's death.
Also in this rerun, people prepare for St. Patrick's Day.