“American Masters,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Three years ago,
this documentary offered a fresh take on a fascinating story: Harper
Lee, a young woman from small-town Alabama, wrote “To Kill
Mockingbird,” drawing raves and a Pulitzer Prize. Then she sort of
vanished – no second novel, few public appearances.
The film offered
rich comments from admirers (Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw), authors,
historians and more. But now “Go Set a Watchman” (which Lee, 89,
had written before “Mockingbird”) has been found and published.
Four days before it reaches stores, here's an updated version of the
“Masters of Illusion” season-opener, 8 p.m., CW.
Avoiding the rerun
blahs, CW added a double burst of magic. On Monday, it showed some
terrific magicians on “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” then had that
duo guest on “Whose Line Is it Anyway.”
Now it will rerun
the “Whose Line” episode at 8:30. First, it has this
season-opener, packing lots of acts into a busy half-hour. That
includes Greg Frewin, Michael Turco, Rick Thomas, Murray Saw Chuck,
Barry & Stuart and Sos and Victoria.
E: “The Spoils Before Dying” finale, 9 and 9:30 p.m., IFC.
six-episode comedy miniseries is produced by Funny or Die (Will
Ferrell's Web site). It brings back many of the “Spoils of Babylon”
people, including Ferrell (as the author of these overheated tales),
Kristin Wiig and Haley Joel Osment, this time as Alistair Barnaby St.
Williams plays a jazzman accused of murder. Tonight, he's given an
injection and left for dead. He doesn't die (sorry to spoil that
surprise) and later confronts J. Edgar Hoover with key evidence.
Afterward, the whole miniseries reruns from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
“Masters of Sex,”
6 p.m. to midnight, Showtime. Two days before the third season opens,
here's a chance to re-see the second half of last season. It starts
with Dr. Masters (Michael Sheen) depressed and impotent, because his
colleague and sometimes-lover Virginia Johnson is seeing other men.
Talent,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. Here's a rerun of the seventh and final
auditions session. On Tuesday, judges will decide which acts will
perform live for the viewers' votes.
p.m., CBS. Bumped out of Thursdays by “Under the Dome,” this
Sherlock Holmes tale will take over this slot for a while. Tonight's
rerun involves the mudrer of a bioengineer.
Animated movies, 8
p.m., FX and 9 p.m., ABC Family. Families get a choice tonight. FX
has “The Lorax” (2012), based on a great Dr. Seuss book; ABC
Family has “Despicable Me” (2010), on the same night that its
sequel (“The Minions”) reaches theaters.
9 p.m., CW. With contradictory clues, the Messengers have opposite
views of their next target. Meanwhile, Vera discovers the master plan
they've been fighting.
9 p.m., CBS. This rerun has two hostage situations. Danny searches
for the $18.5 million his brother owes; also, a young girl was
kidnapped while her father was on a secret mission.
10 p.m., CBS. Jamie, a street cop, finds a homeless teen who says his
aunt has been killed by her boyfriend; he asks his brother Danny, a
police detective, to help. Also in this rerun, their sister Erin is
incensed when she's pulled from a case she was prosecuting.