“America's Got Talent,” 8-10 p.m., NBC.
It's not often that
the the No. 1 show in the Nielsen ratings is forced to take a
two-week vacation. That happened here, as “Talent” faces an
Now it's back and
continues its live auditions. There are 12 acts scheduled, including
comedian Julia Scott, singing group Linkin' Bridge (four
tough-looking, sweet-sounding guys from Louisville) and Grace
VanderWaal, 12, the singer-songwriter who had the show's most-watched
“Better Late Than Never” debut, 10 p.m., NBC.
Four stars go far –
FAR – from their comfort zones, in Asia. William Shatner, 85,
climbs 800 steps to view a Japanese mountain. George Foreman squeezes
his giant frame into a “capsule hotel room” the size of a
refrigerator. Henry Winkler greets people; Terry Bradsahw sings a lot
and longs for steak.
All of this is quite
contrived – filmed like a reality show, but with one comedian as
one of the writers and another as the “sidekick.” At the best,
it's harmless and goofy; at the worst, it's a huge descent for men
who have won championships, saved planets and jumped a shark.
ALTERNATIVE: “Halt and Catch Fire” season-opener, 9 and 10 p.m.,
When this started,
Joe MacMillan was the protagonist, scrambling to get a piece of the
1983 computer business. In a remarkable transition, he's now the
spectre in the distance ... not showing up until late in the first
hour. With Jobs-like flourish, he seizes ideas and lives, turning
them into profit.
On the flip side are
Donna and Cameron, with a company that's gone from games to chat
rooms to big dreams. Donna's husband, Gordon, helps ... while fuming
that Joe stole his idea. Now new people emerge – including a
financier, played by Annabeth Gish – in a sharp, smart opener.
ALTERNATIVE II: “America's National Parks,” 9 and 11 p.m.,
A new chapter offers
a fresh look at the Grand Canyon, focusing on wildlife. The narration
is so-so, but the footage offers vivid viewa of creatures that have
mastered life in rocky places.
That's surrounded by
reruns, visiting the Gates of the Arctic park in Alaska (8 p.m. and
1:05 a.m.) and the Olympic National Park in Washington (10:05 p.m.
and 12:05 a.m.). Also, NatGeo Wild, which varies by time zone, has
the Grand Canyon chapter at 9 p.m. and midnight ET, 6 and 9 p.m. PT.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun, Gibbs is working again with his former mentor T.C.
Fornell (Joe Spano), after two British prisoners have escaped and
reached the U.S. Also, while apartent-hunting, MdGee tries to figure
out how Tony got such a lavish place.
Liars,” 8 p.m., Freeform. All season, the young women have been
bedeviled by the villain known as Uber. A week from the
season-finale, they try to prove it's rich-boy Noel Kahn.
“Zoo,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. With Jackson missing, Mitch and Abraham scramble to find him
before the bad guys do. Also, Jamie leads a desperate attempt to get
the Russians to drop out of the Noah Objective.
p.m., Fox. This visit to our world gets uncomfortable for Lucifer. In
a rerun, he feels jealousy for the first time. Meanehile, Dr. Linda
(Rachael Harris) helps probe the murder of a therapist.
“Dead of Summer,”
9 p.m., Freeform. This really goes beyond the job description for
camp counselors. A week before the season-finale, they try an
exorcism, to rid the camp of its evil.
Orleans,” 10 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, a Navy lieutenant has been
killed during a secret visit to a general's hotel room. There's a
request that Pride break protocol in the investigation.