MUST-SEE: “Dick Cavett’s Watergate,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
It was 40
years ago today (at 9 p.m. ET) that Richard Nixon announced he was resigning
from the presidency. Now PBS looks back at the crisis, through the clips of a
late-night talk show.
stream of key players – from G. Gordon Liddy to Bob Woodward – reached Cavett’s
show. Some joked, some lied, most were interesting. Alongside clips, we get
fresh comments and even some revisions: Woodward and Bernstein now agree with
the once-hated pardon of Nixon; so does Cavett.
MIGHT-SEE: “Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS.
rerun of the episode that introduced Melanie Griffith as the mom of Danny
(Scott Caan). That mixes two second-generation actors – Tippi Hedren’s daughter
and James Caan’s son.
reaches the island with a surprise, just as the team has other things to worry
about: A real-estate agent’s body has been found, inside the walls of a house
he was trying to sell.
ALTERNATIVE: “Please Like Me” season-opener, 10:30 p.m., Pivot.
the title; there’s an instant likability to Josh. A young, gay man, he has few
plans, prospects or schemes; he pushes amiably through a life with odd friends
and odder parents.
Thomas – who also stars – used parts of his real life (including his bipolar
mother), but added a baby half-sister. That leads to Josh cleaning the
post-diaper baby in the shower because “Google said it’s OK.” It’s a fun show,
after the 10 p.m. debut of an OK reality show, “Human Resources.”
Crime Scene Investigation,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, a rock-star groupie has
been killed and a prostitute has disappeared. Gene Simmons of Kiss guests,
Train Your Dragon” (2010, FX) or “We Bought a Zoo” (2011, FXX), 8 p.m. Two
sister channels make sure we’ll find a family film. “Dragon” is an animated
tale, zestful and occasionally violent; “Zoo” is a gentle pleasure, based on
the true story of a guy (Matt Damon), his family and a zoo,
9 p.m., Fox. We enter the deadly world of … well, chess. A master has been killed
in this rerun, so Sweets – a skilled player, as you probably suspected – goes
Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. A woman plans to commit suicide, after she kills the
drunken driver who killed her parents; Danny races to stop her. Also in this rerun,
Danny’s dad (Tom Selleck) finds frustration at a grandson’s field trip.
“The Knick” debut, 10 p.m.,
Cinemax. Yes, Steven Soderbergh is a master, with an Oscar (“Traffic”), an Emmy
(“Behind the Candelabra”) and great talent. Still, this opener (which he
directed and helped produce) has a giant obstacle: Its lead character (Clive
Owen) is a brilliant surgeon in 1900 New York, but he’s also a bigot, a drug
addict and a cruel boss. Even jaded cable viewers might reject him.
“Jonah From Tonga” debut, 10
and 10:30 p.m., HBO. The opening minutes are a delight, with wayward schoolboy
Jonah Takalua exiled to relatives on the island of Tongapatu. He misbehaves
there and is sent to a Catholic school in Australia. Soon, “Jonah” -- like
previous Chris Lilley shows -- gets repetitious.