Competition reruns, 8-10 p.m., NBC and Fox.
This week, networks
launched many of their summertime reality shows; now they give them
instant reruns: NBC repeats Tuesday's opener of “America's Got
Talent”; Fox repeats one show (Tuesday's “Are You Smarter Than a
5th Grader?”) at 8 p.m. and another (Wednesday's
“Bullseye”) at 9.
about reruns, keep this in mind: In the first eight days of TV's
summer season (through Thursday), NBC had 23 primetime hours of new
shows and two hours of repeats.
II: “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
The focus shifts to
Jamie (Will Estes), a young street cop. After intervening in a thug's
abusive relationship with a woman, Jamie becomes the guy's new
Also in this rerun,
his dad (the police commissioner, played by Tom Selleck) has trouble:
His own dad (the former commissioner, Len Cariou) was secretly taped
making insensitive comments.
ALTERNATIVE: “Great Performances,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check local
Maybe this is what a
Latvian boy dreams of: It's his opening night as the Boston
Symphony's 15th music director. Five feet away is his wife
(a Latvian opera star), looking and singing splendidly.
That moment comes
early in this concert, with Kristine Opolais singing the love song
from Wagner's “Tristan and Isolde” as Andris Nelsons conducting.
The night starts fairly slowly, but ends powerfully, with two duets
(Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann) and Respighi's “Pines of Rome.”
ALTERNATIVE: “Nightingale,” 9-10:30 p.m., HBO.
Sure, there were
complaints when David Oyelowo didn't get an Oscar nomination for
“Selma.” But that role was limited by Martin Luther King's
guarded public persona; here is a spectacular vehicle.
The early minutes
recall Billy Bob Thornton's dark “Slingblade.” Soon, we see
Oyelowo rage, crumble, revive, scheme, dream and collapse; it's a
stunningly perfect (albeit depressing) one-man movie.
“Harry Potter and
the Chamber of Secrets” (2002), 7 p.m., ABC Family. A strong movie
night starts with the second Potter film, nimbly directed by Chris
Columbus. Also fun (but for grown-ups) is “Forgetting Sarah
Marshall” (2008), at 7:18 p.m. on Bravo.
More movies, 8 p.m.,
cable. FX has action with “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012);
Lifetime has the Whitney Houston story with “Whitney” (2015).
9 p.m., CBS. You don't expect this amid Hawaiian beauty: One Detroit
hit man has killed another. Also in this rerun, Chin risks his career
to help Danny find money to save his brother.
“What Would You
Do?,” 9 p.m., ABC. Here's return of a smart hidden-camera series
that sets up intriguing ethical situations. John Quinones hosts.
Camp: Reality Stars” opener, 9 p.m., WE. These people were envied
by reality fans. Mike Sorrentino partied on “Jersey Shore”;
Kendra Wilkinson, a former Hugh Hefner girlfriend, had three reality
series and married football pro Hank Baskett. And now? Baskett has
been accused of infidelity. Sorrentino went to rehab, faces tax-fraud
charges and is back with his college girlfriend. This edition also
has people from “Big Brother”, “Basketball Wives” and “Making
Headlines,” 10:02 p.m., Lifetime. This looks at Whitney Houston's
life. In a way, that helps get us ready for the Saturday-Sunday debut
of the channel's Marilyn Monroe mini-series.