TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Tyrant,” 10 p.m., FX.
Getting better each week, “Tyrant” keeps throwing dramatic
thunderbolts. Last week, we learned that Jamal’s attempt to kill his political
opponent fell short; his brother Bassam (or Barry) – an honorable doctor until
now – finished the job … then suspected that Jamal must be overthrown.
But are secrets possible? Will Jamal learn of the plot and
execute everyone? Will he blurt out that his brother is a killer? And what of
Bassam’s wife, also a doctor? Tough twists are skillfully told.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “20/20: From Hell,” 10 p.m., ABC.
What can go wrong during a vacation? Plenty, we learn from
this collection of previous “20/20” reports. We hear confessions of
baggage-handlers and we see some of the world’s worst passengers; we also meet
a man who somehow survived, after his parachute didn’t open.
Then there are hotels. Some, this report says, advertise one
thing and deliver another. Another had two cases of carbon-monoxide deaths in
the same room … without fixing the problem in-between.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Chasing Life” summer finale, 9 p.m.,
This odd series continues to blend mismatched elements. At
the core is a solid, well-acted story about a young woman with cancer; tacked
onto that are awful bits of soap-type drama.
Like many bad dramas, that requires people to never quite
tell each other things … until they do it in excess; it also requires
self-destructive idiocy. Tonight, that reaches overload.
Other choices include:
“America’s Got Talent,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. Twelve more acts
perform; on Wednesday, five will advance.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. Here’s a rerun of the final primetime
performance by Ralph Waite, who died in February at 85. In this episode, he’s intent
on meeting someone who saved his life during the war. When his son Gibbs helps
him, Tony and McGee are left to argue about who should be lead on a case.
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. This rerun finds an
undercover agent killed and the team rushing to find the mole. Meanwhile, Kensi
is missing in Afghanistan and Granger is worried.
“4th and Loud” debut, 9 p.m., AMC. Puffed up with
their usual confidence, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons (the Kiss rockers)
brought pro football back to Los Angeles. They launched an Arena Football
League expansion team, complete with flashy uniforms, sexy cheerleaders and
fireworks. They expected big crowds and a championship; they got one out of
two, with this reality show following them.
“Royal Pains,” 9 p.m., USA. Usually, this show sticks to the
beauty of the Hamptons. Tonight, Hank and Boris head to Argentina, to see a
potential patient for Boris’ clinical trial.
“Matador,” 9 p.m., El Rey. Whisked away on Galan’s private
jet, Tony ends up in Nicaragua, amid drug lords, danger and a life-or-death
(literally) soccer game.
“The Singles Project”
debut, 10 p.m., Bravo. If you’ve ever been frustrated by the dating decisions
of TV characters or real people, here’s a semi-solution. Bravo says viewers will
be able to steer some young New Yorkers, via social media.