Fourth-of-July concerts, 8 p.m., NBC and PBS.
This may be what TV
does best – big crowds, big music and (of course) fireworks. NBC is
in New York, repeating highlights at 10 p.m.; PBS is in Washington,
repeating (check local listings) at 9:30.
NBC has music by
Kelly Clarkson, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Meghan Trainor and Flo
Rida. PBS has it all – pop and rock (Barry Manilow, Nicole
Scherzinger, KC and the Sunshine Band), country (Alabama, Hunter
Hayes, Meghan Linsey) and classical (Lang Lang, Ronan Tynan).
“The Millers” (8 and 8:30 p.m.) and “The McCarthys” (9 and
9:30 p.m.) return, CBS.
Both shows have been
part of CBS' Thursday comedy juggernaut. They weren't good enough for
that ... but they're terrific by Saturday standards; now their final
new episodes will be shown this month.
First, Nathan Miller
(Will Arnett) frets about his cameraman (J.B. Smoove) taking another
job; also, Nathan's mom confronts her work nemesis (Molly Shannon).
Then the McCarthys try to be independent from their parents; also,
Gerard (Joey McIntyre) misses his own engagement party.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Astronaut Wives Club,” 8 p.m., ABC.
This rerun begins
with Deke Slayton enraged. He's been scrubbed from a mission because
of a heart murmur ... even though officials have known of the problem
That's the start of
an hour that skillfully mixes history and soap-opera. The Glenns –
John and the painfully shy Annie – remain likable; the Coopers
remain in a tenuous, platonic marriage. And we get to know the
Carpenters, free-thinkers in a place where that was rare and
“Sons of Liberty,”
noon to 6 p.m., History; repeats from 6 p.m. to midnight. On July 4,
we can catch a mini-series rerun that shows how this all began. In
Massachusetts, the charismatic Sam Adams links with businessman John
Hancock. Soon, they have a rag-tag army, while Ben Franklin tries to
get other colonies involved. We also meet Paul Revere, George
Washington, Dr. Joseph Warren and more.
“Power,” noon to
midnight, Starz. There's no new episode today, but you can catch up
on everything else. The first season starts reruns at noon, with the
four second-season ones beginning at 8:05 p.m. Slick, sleek and
violent, this sees a drug kingpin – a tough guy to know or like --
become a nightclub owner, while having an affair with his childhood
sweetheart, now an assistant district attorney.
(1989), 6:30 p.m., and “Forrest Gump” (1994), 9 p.m., ABC Family.
Here's a dandy double feature, with movies that manage to mix warmth,
humor, tragedy and (for “Gump”) whimsy.
p.m., MTV. Just in case we missed it Tuesday, here's the debut of the
series based loosely on the popular scare films.
p.m., ABC. This reruns the April interview Diane Sawyer had with
Bruce Jenner, shortly before he began transitioning into Caitlyn
“Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell,” 9 and 10 p.m., BBC America.
Some shows avoid having new episodes on the holiday, but these two
boom ahead. First, Jason faces execution for killing the Oracle; then
Jonathan Strange tries to cure the madness of King George III.
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Amy Adams hosts this rerun, with music from