“Wayward Pines,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Halfway through its
10-week run, this compelling mini-series finally offers an
explanation for what's been going on. It's an official one; but
people who saw the brilliant “The Village” (also from M. Night
Shyamalan) know that doesn't neccesarily make it true.
After car crashes,
people keep ending up in this odd town, where escape seems
impossible. Ethan (Matt Dillon) tried with his wife and son, even
killing the abusive sheriff; he was promptly made sheriff. Now he
tries a perilous escape, while the others stay home. The truth – or
some version of it – awaits them.
“Beauty and the Beast” season-opener, 8 p.m., CW.
for 11 months, “Beauty” finally returns for a 13-week, summer
run. Vincent has finally stopped Murfield, the organization that made
supersoldiers (including him) and killed Catherine's mother. “We're
just getting used to being normal,” Catherine says.
Not too normal. Her
sister (preparing to marry) is one of the few people who know Vincent
is the beast. He wants to propose to Catherine, but she's a cop, busy
probing a murder by a superhuman being.
ALTERNATIVE: “Women in Prison” debut, 10 p.m., Investigation
On the eve of
Netflix's “Orange is the New Black” season-opener, here's a
non-fiction view. Each week introduces two Indiana inmates, with
snippits of their prison lives and brief comments from others.
There are also
re-enactments of their early lives, with quick surpises tonight. In
South Bend, Alicia Brown was married to a firefighter; she coached
soccer, had a job and helped raise her baby and two stepkids. In
Goshen, Hannah Stone was a teenager, living with her mom and
respectful of her dad, a Methodist minister. Then – we won't spoil
the storytelling -- their lives plunged sharply.
8 and 8:31 p.m. ET, and game, 9 p.m. ET, ABC. The Cleveland Cavaliers
host the Golden State Warriors, in the fourth game of the
best-of-seven championship series.
season-finale, 8 p.m., Fox. While the team probes a copycat killer,
there are decisions to be made. Will Angela and Hodgins really move
to Paris? Will Brennan and Bones leave their jobs?
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Sheldon and Leanoard fight back, after an
Internet attack against their physics paper. Also in this rerun, the
women confront embarassments from their past.
“iHeart Radio Pool
Party,” 9 p.m., CW. Kelly Clarkson opens the show, which includes
music by Nick Jonas (who hosts), Shaggy (doing his past hit “It
Wasn't Me” and his new “I Need Your Love”) and Chris Brown.
Also, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Bebe Rexha combine for “Hey,
p.m., NBC. The story that started this – searching for a
16-year-old girl who's been with Charlie Manson – reaches a turning
point tonight. So does a muder probe, but this remains a one-note
show, with characters all seeming to adopt minor variations on the
same weary dismay.
p.m., CBS. This rerun has some great moments as Bonnie (Allison
Janney) – thoroughly unsuited for most jobs – seeks one.
Meanwhile, Christy tries to confront her daughter's despondence.
p.m., CBS. As Holmes searches for someone who committed murder to get
a rare map, Watson worries about his obsession with the romantic life
of his protege, Kitty. Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streeps daughter, guests
as an heiress.