“Hubble's Cosmic Journey,” 10 p.m., and “StarTalk,” 11 p.m.,
This is “the great
American comeback,” one scientist says: The Hubble space
telescope's launch (25 years ago this coming Friday) was a flop,
yielding fuzzy pictures. Three years later, a repair job led to
stunning images of galaxies and star clusters that Earthlings had
passionately by the key people ... and by Neil deGrasse Tyson, who
then launches the cable version of his “StarTalk” podcast. The
opener, with George Takei of “Star Trek,” ranges from serious to
silly; Tyson gets great support from Charles Liu (like Tyson, an
astrophysicist) and Leighann Lord.
II: “Jane the Virgin,” 9 p.m., CW.
There are four
episodes left to wrap up a terrific and tangled first season.
Tonight, Jane (Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez) scrambles to fix
her relationship with Rafael, who is – due to a clinic's error –
the father of her baby-to-be. Her mom reluctantly tells a secret to
Rogelio, the telenovela star; her grandma has a flashback to show who
pushed her down the stairs.
There's more. Jane's
ex-fiance, a cop, learns more about the crime syndicate. Rafael's
estranged wife, a crook, is in trouble and must save herself. We told
you this gets tangled.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Great Invisible,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local
listings) under “Independent Lens”; also, 10 p.m. ET, Pivot.
Five years ago
today, the Deepwater Horizon – described by one worker as a
state-of-the-art oil rig, “like the Titanic” -- exploded. Eleven
men were killed and oil gushed to Louisiana.
slow-but-powerful documentary has strong comments from survivors,
telling of safety cutbacks ... and of marathon delays in the British
Petroleum settlement pay-outs. The film was produced by Jeff Skoll
(“An Inconvenient Truth,” “Lincoln,” “The Help”), who
also created the Pivot network.
(1992), 5:30-10 p.m. ET, Pivot. This may be the perfect day to hunt
for Pivot, which is available by satellite, cable and www.pivot.tv.
Prior to “Great Invisible,” catch an “Angry Planet” look at
Australian wildfires at 5 p.m. ET, followed by Spike Lee's masterful
Malcolm X portrait.
8-10:01 p.m., NBC. Now the show has its top 10. Last week, Brian
Johnson and 16-year-old Mia Z were sent home; Deanna Johnson (no
relation) and Corey White were in the bottom four.
“Dancing With the
Stars,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Last week, Suzanne Somers was ousted, on
a night that had low judges' scores for the older stars – Somers,
Patti LaBelle, Robert Herjavec – and for Noah Galloway and Chris
Soules. At the top were Rumer Willis, Nastia Liukin and Riker Lynch.
Molly,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. Kathy Bates makes her second appearance as
Peggy's childhood friend Kay. She's deeply depressed, which matches
Peggy perfectly, but Molly tries to perk her up.
p.m., CBS. Wrapping up a first season that's been a quick ratings
success, the team has a fresh crisis: Walter's car is teetering at
the edge of a cliff.
debut, 10 and 10:30 p.m., Travel. Brian Unger blends wit and facts,
while offering odd glimpses of the American past. The first half-hour
visits epic structures – the Woolworth Building and the Golden Gate
bridge. The second goes to Tombstone, Ariz., to tackle “gunfight at
OK Corral” myths, then to Nevada ranches where the rich and famous
would spend six weeks waiting to divorce.
p.m., ABC. The show finally tackles the mystery of what happened
during Rick Castle's two-month disappearance.