“Zoo” season-finale, 9 and 10 p.m., CBS.
Let's credit CBS for
big, bold strokes – three scripted summer dramas. Now come the
two-hour finales of all three, with “American Gothic” and
“BrainDead” on Wednesday and Sunday.
First is “Zoo,”
which links two great actors – James Wolk as Jackson, Ken Olin as
the dad who vanished and faked his death. Now they've reconciled,
trying to find a cure for animals gone wild ... and trying to squelch
the “Noah Objective,” which could destroy everything. Mitch and
Jamie have a fresh scheme to stop Noah, while others try to concoct a
final cure on the island of Pangaea.
II: “Harley and the Davidsons,” 9 p.m., Discovery, rerunning at
If you missed the
start of this three-night mini-series, catch it at 7. Occasionally
overwrought – lots of frenetic emotions – it's an involving look
at three blue-collar guys, competing with corporate giants.
retains a key flaw, with stereotypical villains; still it gives the
story fresh obstacles. The Harley-Davidson people take a stand
against “motordome” racing. They create their own flat-track
style, complete with cheerleaders and beer tents ... then have a top
racer swiped away. Their biggest obstacle is a legal one – the
failure to patent key parts. Added together, it's a powerhouse story.
ALTERNATIVE: “9/11 Inside the Pentagon,” 8 p.m., PBS.
Five days before the
15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, this pieces
together the events after the Pentagon was struck. It's filled with
We meet Army Col.
Marilyn Wills, who crawled and pulled a stranger to a window, then
found that (for a while) the glass wouldn't budge or break. And Navy
Capt. William Toti, who had dropped off his retirement letter on
Sept. 10 ... and retrieved it on Sept. 12. And workmen who ignored an
order to evacuate the building. These are moving stories, ending with
an emotional reunion.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Queen Sugar” debut, 10 p.m., Oprah Winfrey
Like many other
shows adapted from novels, this is thick with richly drawn
characters. And like many such shows, it's reluctant to tell us who
the characters are and why we care.
realize they're the children of an old man with an 800-acre sugarcane
farm. There's a publicist, married to a rich basketball star ... an
activist, working in her New Orleans community ... and an ex-con,
raising his son because the boy's mother (an addict) would be a worse
choice. Beautifully directed by Ava DuVernay (“Salem”), this sets
the stage for Wednesday's move to its regular night.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. This continues the search for an escaped British spy. With one
colleague in intensive care, Americans link with Clayton Reeves
(Duane Henry), who will be an “NCIS” regular.
Talent,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. Last week, 10 semi-finalist acts performed
and five advanced. Now the other 11 have their turn; on Wednesday,
some will move up the top 10.
p.m., Fox. A woman's body is found in the swimming pool of a star
quarterback. Naturally, the guy is a friend of Lucifer.
season-finale, 10 p.m., ABC. The show leaps ahead several months,
finding two sets of parents dealing with babies. Marc (with April)
becomes an overly attentive dad; Harry (with Joss) has a hands-off
approach ... and has fresh problems involving someone from his past.
“Better Late Than
Never,” 10 p.m., NBC. After living in a luxury Hong Kong hotel last
week, the guys stay in a $6-a-night spot in Seoul. They also go to
pop-music school; that gives the rare chance to see a Girls
Generation video with William Shatner, Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw
and George Foreman.
10 p.m., FX; reruns at 11:08 p.m. and 12:16 a.m. Donald Glover
(“Community”) wrote, produced and stars as a guy trying to rfix
his drifting life by managing his cousin the rapper. The result
meanders between drama, comedy and confusion; by the second
half-hour, it finally pulls us in.