TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: Magic, 8-8:30 and 9-10 p.m., CW.
There are some talented magicians out there now, ones who
mix trickery with humor and showmanship. Now we see some of them on mostly
First “Masters of Illusion” reaches its third network. Dean
Cain introduces eight acts in a busy half-hour. Then – after a pause for “Whose
Line Is It Anyway?” – is a rerun of Wednesday’s “Fool Us.” Four talented acts
try to fool Penn and Teller … who then do a classic trick that’s very clever
and a tad gory.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: “Great Performances,” 9-11 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
Verdi’s “Requiem Mass” is a grand creation, conductor
Gustavo Dudamel says here. “The theatrical elements of the piece are amazing.”
That makes it ideal for this passionate conductor, these musicians (the Los
Angeles Philharmonic, plus choir and soloists) and this setting.
The Hollywood Bowl is where Dudamel first led the
Philharmonic, as a 24-year-old guest conductor. “Everybody has been here,” he
says, backed by clips ranging from the Beatles to the Beverly Hillbillies. Now –
at 33, the orchestra’s music director for five years – he leads a vibrant night
at the Bowl.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: Jane Fonda films, all day, Turner
For its annual “Summer Under the Stars,” TCM spends each
August day with one actor. Fonda is first, with lots of light films and then the
intense “China Syndrome” (1979) at 5:45 p.m. ET.
Her recent American Film Institute tribute is at 8 and 11
p.m. ET, surrounded by two terrific Oscar-winners: Lee Marvin won best actor in
her cowboy comedy “Cat Ballou” (1965), 9:15 p.m. ET; Fonda won best actress in
the detective thriller “Klute” (1971) at 12:15 a.m. ET.
Other choices include:
“Hell on Wheels” marathon, 3 p.m., AMC. This gritty western
starts its fourth season Saturday, after rerunning the first three. The pilot
introduces a former Confederate officer, a former slave and a corrupt
businessman. Their fate keeps changing, amid the relentless effort to finish the
“Roughing It with Bear Grylls,” 8 p.m., NBC. In a change, NBC
is exiling the final “Crossbones” hours to Saturday. Instead, it reruns Monday’s
“Roughing” opener, with Zac Efron in the Appalachians.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 8 p.m., CBS. Amid a torrential
Las Vegas rain – yes, it rains in the desert – a body is found. Also in this
rerun, Sanders is accuses of framing a murder suspect, seven years ago.
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. This rerun finds Chin being
probed about his father’s death, 15 years ago. Internal Affairs feels his
relationship with Malia (Reiko Aylsworth) may have hampered the investigation.
“Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. Danny (Donnie Wahlberg, who
also directed the hour) investigates the death of drag queen Tiffany Lamp. Also
in this rerun, Danny’s sister Erin re-examines a case after being abducted by
the suspect’s mother.
“Hannah Anderson: Anatomy of a Kidnapping,” 10 p.m., NBC. A
year ago, officials say, a 16-year-old California cheerleader was kidnapped and
her mother and brother were killed. A week later, she was rescued and the
suspect – a 40-year-old family friend – was killed by FBI agents; the story is