“Bachelor in Paradise” opener, 8-10 p.m., ABC.
“Bachelorette” has concluded, it's time for this looser notion of
pretty people mixing and matching at a Mexican resort. That includes
seven women from this year's “Bachelor.”
finished fourth, topping Emily Feguson by one week and Leah Block by
two. Others – Haley Ferguson (Emily's twin), Jubilee Sharpe, Lace
Morris and Izzy Goodkind – went early. They join two more women and
seven men, five of them (including the notorious Chad Johnson) from
the just-finished “Bachelorette,” with the possibility of late
“Zoo,” 9 p.m., CBS.
On a night that's
overrun with reality shows, here's one new, scripted hour. Sweeping
globally, a bizarre virus has been causing animal to turn vicious.
Now the team heads
to a quaint English town, where there may be evidence about the
triple helix. To get answers about a cure, Mitch (Billy Burke)
focuses on the past of Jackson (James Wolk).
ALTERNATIVE: “American Experience,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local
Three days before
the opening ceremony, PBS has a night of Olympic documentaries. That
starts (at 8 p.m.) with a portrait of the 1936 games in Nazi Germany
and ends (see 10 p.m.) with a young female boxer. In between is this
view of a U.S. rowing team at thos '36 games.
These were the
classic underdogs, blue-collar guys – one had been living alone in
the woods, hunting for food – competing with Ivy Leaguers at home
and Hitler's team in Berlin. The story is beautifully told, with a
rich portraits of some of thepeople.
and/or “America's Got Talent” (NBC), 8-10 p.m. It's a
reality-stuffed night, with either show leading into “Running
Wild.” For “Talent,” this is still early, with 12 acts
performing tonight. For “Coupled,” it's the finale, with people
going home alone or as couples.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. When the season started, we met John Cryer as a quirky surgeon
who saved Gibbs' life. Now, while working as a suspect's surgeon, he
finds key evidence ... and feels an immediate rush. Also in this
rerun, Tony visits Jeanne Benoit while chasing a lead in Sudan.
“MadTV,” 9 p.m.,
CW. Last week, this new edition began with a mixture of good and bad
sketches. Now comes the second round, hosted by alumni Ike Barinholtz
(“Mindy Project”) and Bobby Lee.
9 p.m., TNT, repeats at 10. The family plans what could be its
biggest crime haul yet, but police are putting pressure on J.
Orleans,” 10 p.m., CBS. A Navy captan was attacked while on a radio
show and a DJ needs to be protected. Also in this rerun, Pride's
daughter visits to discuss her future.
“Running Wild With
Bear Grylls,” 10 p.m., NBC. The season's second episode – and the
last util after the Olympics – sees dancer-singer-actress Julianne
Hough in the African savanna, She eludes elephants and big cats,
confronts a giant snake, rappels from a cliff and passes dangerous
Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). As a handful of
Olympians get fame and forrtune, this quietly passionate film reminds
us how the others live. Claressa Shields was 17 when she became one
of the first gold-medalists in women's boxing. Back home in Flint,
Mich., she had glory, graduation, prom ... and a $1,000-a-month
stipend. Shields will be trying for her second gold this month, but
first here's a fairly good portrait of her first Olympic year, with
its joy and frustraion.