“National Memorial Day Concert,” 8 p.m., PBS, rerunning at 9:30.
(check local listings).
Each year, the
concert blends strong emotion and great music. This one has the Beach
Boys doing a medley of joyous hits. It also has country's Trace
Adkins and two “American Idol” people -- 2016 winner Trent Harmon
(doing the National Anthem) and 2006 runner-up Katharine McPhee.
There's also the
National Symphony and two opera stars with crossover skills. Alphie
Boe has done British reality shows: Renee Fleming has ranged from
“Sesame Street” to the Macy's parade.
“The Carmichael Show,” 8 p.m., NBC.
presidential race has been a big boon for satirists. “The Daily
Show,” Seth Meyers and “Full Frontal” have taken big swipes;
others, including “Saturday Night Live,” have taken modest ones.
But the situation comedies have ignored it; the TV era of Archie
Bunker is long past.
the exception, a sometimes-funny show that argues issues from both
sides. Tonight, Jerrod's dad (the talented David Alan Grier) has met
Donald Trump and is a convert; Jerrod's girlfriend (Amber Stevens
West) is appalled. Soon, others jump in ... and Jerrod decides to go
to a Trump rally.
ALTERNATIVE: “American Ninja Warriors All-Stars,” 9-11 p.m., NBC.
A surprise ratings
hit in recent summers, “Ninja Warriors” will start its new season
Wednesday. First, it gives us this warm-up.
The show's hosts
have each chosen a five-person team, including at least one woman and
one newcomer. Now those teams tackle supersized obstacles.
ALTERNATIVE: “Doctor Thorne,” www.amazon.com/prime.
Some viewers may not
want a Sunday of race cars (see below) and ninjas; they'll mourn the
fact that there won't be a new “Masterpiece” until June 19. Not
to worry: Julian Fellowes, the “Downton Abbey” creator, has
adapted Anthony Trollope's 1858 novel, introducing each of the four
Tom Hollander has
the title role, managing the extensive finances of a loud bloke (Ian
McShane). He's hidden the identity of sweet Mary (newcomer Stefanie
Martini), who is tossed around in schemes of marriage and money. This
lacks the warmth of “Downton,” but does have the class-conscious
More Harry Potter,
all day, Freeform. On the day that ABC airs the second Potter film,
its sister channel has the third and fourth (7 and 10:30 a.m.), then
jumps to the final three (1:30, 5 and 8:45 p.m.).
afternoon and beyond. First is the Indianapolis 500, at noon ET on
ABC, with a preview at 11. Then – giving sufficient time to refill
our drink mugs and chip bowls – is the NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600.
That's 5:30 p.m. ET from Charlotte, N.C.
“Harry Potter and
the Chamber of Secrets” (2002), 8-11 p.m., ABC. Last Sunday,
Kenneth Branagh brought his “Wallander” mysteries to a somber
conclusion. Here's a younger and cheerier Branagh, in a great
supporting bit as an ego-driven magician. It's a mostly good story,
with a lame finish.
8 p.m., CBS. The CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery doffs his
suitcoat, dons dreadlocks and, perhaps, heightens his native Jamaican
accent, to go undercover.
9-10:30 p.m., rerunning at 11:31. For the second straight Sunday, AMC
runs the big, movie-style opener. That gives us another chance to
admire its cinematic whoosh ... and another chance to figure out what
it's all about. Stunning scenes seem to collide, some of then
involving a small-town preacher. Maybe they'll tie together in the
second episode, on Monday, June 6.
p.m., CBS. Last season ended oddly, with Holmes turning violent and
relapsing into drugs. In this rerun of the season-opener, the police
won't give him work ... and may file criminal charges. His father
(the superb John Noble) arrives, unrequested.