“Greatest Hits,” 9 p.m., ABC; and more, 10 p.m., cable.
have becoe a rock party. At 10 p.m., cable viewers can try a terrific
“Roadies” rerun on Showtime or “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll”
on FX. First, this show takes hits from a five-year stretch, adding
flashy lighting, zesty editing and bouncy young fans. This time, it's
1995 to 2000.
“Mmmbop,” John Legend does “Ex Factor” and, with Lauryn Hill,
“Doo Wop (That Thing), the Backstreet Boys do “Everybody” and
(with Meghan Trainor, “I Want It That Way.” Other duets have
Jewel and Tori Kelly, Coolio and CeeLo Green, LL Cool J and Wiz
“Life in Pieces,” 8:31 p.m., CBS.
This clever (if
inconsistent) comedy has had fun with the guys' non-macho moments; a
tree-chopping, for instance, became a mass failure. Now Greg (Colin
Hanks) is heading to the same gym as Colleen, his brother's intense
girlfriend. He goes overboard in gearing up.
In separate stories,
this rerun has competing garage sales (one of them a secret) ... the
kids holding a party while their parents are away ... and the entire
family having second thoughts about eating lobster.
ALTERNATIVE: “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” 10 and 10:32
pretty much sheds “&Drugs&Rock&Roll.” It's all about
sex – mostly lesbian and three-way – discussed with unrelenting
frankness. Some viewers will consider it fun; others will find it
relatively short of the show's usual touches – witty dialog, sharp
character insights and great music.
That reruns at 11:03
p.m., after a rerun of last week's season-opener: After the death of
a former back-up singer, band members range from remorse to rage,
along with some comedy and insights.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Home Free,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Yes, this is
probably the most generous show on TV; each week, it gives a new home
(a beauty) to someone's hero. But it's also gone through an odd
transformation. Once a show about building things, it now downplays
that; Mike Holmes (who hosts with Tim Tebow), has his crew do most of
contestants doing odd contests and telling emotional stories. Yes,
these are worthy folks; an Afghanistan vet, trying to win a home for
the soldier who saved his life, has trouble working a nail gun with
only six fingers that work well. Still, their stories get
repetitious, while the rest fades.
7:15 p.m., Disney, and more. Sometimes slow, sweet and wordless, this
animated gem ends up delighting kids and grown-ups. Families also
like “Elf” (2003, 7:30 p.m., Starz), but Tim Burton's “Alice in
Wonderland” (2010, 8 p.m., AMC) has a great look and a so-so
script. Aty 8 p.m., grown-ups have “About a Boy” (2002) on Pop or
the well-crafted “Suffragette” (2015) on HBO.
“Bones,” 8 p.m,
Fox. As Bones and Booth return to work, they find that everything has
changed ... including the fact that someone else has Booth's office.
What hasn't changed is the fact that the cases are messy; this rerun
involves organ harvesting.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Sheldon doesn't take tragedy well ... and in
this rerun his laptop has died; he ends up sharing a secret with Amy.
Also, when Leonard and Howard lie to their wives to catch an early
movie screening, Raj tells on them.
President's Men” (1976) and “The Candidate” (1972), 8 and 10:30
p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. What we need this election year –
any election year – are these terrific Robert Redford films. One,
the true story of the Watergate reporting, reminds us of the
importance of truth and journalism. The other, pure fiction,
demonstrates vividly what can be done with mere image.
“Beauty and the
Beast,” 9 p.m., CW. There's a new nemesis out there and Vincent
must work outside the law. That puts him at odds with his wife Cat,
p.m., NBC. For young cop Brian Shafe, undercover work with Charles
Manson is taking a toll; now he battles addiction. Meanwhile, Hodiak
(David Duchovny) tries to help a former war buddy. And Ken Karn, the
Nixon man, tries to find dirt on Bobby Kennedy.