Olympics closing ceremony, 8-10:30 p.m., NBC.
Like the opening
ceremony, this is expected to be small in budget, but big in color,
sound and spectacle.
The ceremony will
celebrate Brazil's pre-history, including a rich heritage of wall and
cave-paintings. It will have music, including singer-songwriter
Lenine, winner of two Latin Grammys. And Pele – the soccer
superstar who missed the opening ceremony for health reasons – is
expected to be there. Also, stick around at 10:30 p.m., for a short
sampling of the upcoming “Voice” season.
“Inspector Lewis” finale, 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local
A 29-year tradition
concludes with a story that is – like its central character --
quiet and competent.. Kevin Whately has been playing Rob Lewis, off
and on, since 1987. This was Sgt. Lewis in “Inspector Morse”
tales, then an inspector. Widowed, he's now dating Dr. Laura Hobson,
the forensics leader.
Some of the
Morse/Lewis stories have been slow and plodding, but not this one. It
starts briskly with a bombing in academia, then adds affairs and
schemes, plus personal stories for both Lewis and his colleague
(Laurence Fox). “Inspector Lewis” concludes with quiet class.
ALTERNATIVE: “Chesapeake Shores,” 9 p.m., Hallmark.
Shores” movie was a good one, in the standard Hallmark way –
pretty people and places, pleasantly predictable stories. But for the
series, “Shores” added writer-producer John Tinker.
Here is a throwback
to TV's prime, when Tinker's dad (Grant) ran NBC and his brother
(Mark) ran “St. Elsewhere.” John won an Emmy on that show, wrote
for “Chicago Hope” and others, co-created and produced “Judging
Amy” ... and then almost vanished. He brings intelligence to a
solid family drama.
“Fear the Walking
Dead,” 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., AMC. After pausing for three months, this
starts showing the final six episodes of its second season. At 9 p.m.
(rerunning at 12:30 a.m.), Nick's dark past is revealed after he
enters a dangerous landscape. Before that, however, you can catch up
on everythig that's happened so far, starting at 7 a.m. with the
first signs of zombies in Los Angeles.
On the final day, most things will be live. Men's basketball has its
bronze game at 10:30 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and gold at 2:15
p.m. on NBC; men's volleyball is 8 a.m. ET on USA for bronze, 12:15
p.m. on NBC for gold. NBC also has the rhythmic gymnastics group
finals at 11 a.m. ET; NBC Sports Network has men's boxing and
wrestling finals at 12:30.
Feud,” 8 p.m., ABC. It's athletes against comics. Kristi Yamaguchi,
the Olympic-medalist figure-skater, and her husband, former hockey
pro Bret Hedican, face Tommy Davidson and family. Then basketball's
Jalen Rose and friends face Dave Foley and family.
9 p.m., ABC. One round has Yvette Nicole Brown and Fred Willard;
another has Joy Behar and John Michael Higgins.
Ranch,” 9-11 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. The good news
is that Hallmark diverted from its usual path; the bad is that it did
it poorly. Jon Voight plays an ex-sheriff, clinging to ranchland
sought by his enemy (James Caan); Teri Polo and Melanie Griffith
co-star. “J.L.” tries the slow verbal patterms of the prairie;
soon, however, it fades into a drab tangle of bureaucracy.
p.m., CBS. There's animostiy between senators Wheatus (whose brain
was invaded by the alien bugs) and Healy (whose sister Laurel is
battling the bugs). Now Wheatus probes Healy history ... straining
the relationship between his staffer and Laurel.
10:30 p.m., NBC. The new “Voice” season won't start until Sept.
19, but NBC can't resist using this Olympics springboard. Here is a
half-hour look at auditions; we'll see Blake Shelton and Adam Levine
with their new colleagues, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys.