TODAY’S MIGHT-SEE: “Cold Justice” season-opener, 3 a.m. to
10 p.m., TNT.
As a prosecutor, Kelly Siegler reportedly handled 68 murder
trials and got 68 convictions. But that was in Houston, with big-city support;
what about all the small towns that see cases slip through?
In this solid reality series, Siegler helps them re-open
cases, aided by Yolanda McClary, who was a crime-scene investigator in Las
Vegas (the “CSI” city). The 18 cases shown so far have reportedly led to 12
arrests, eight indictments, four confessions, two guilty pleas and a 22-year
sentence. They’ll rerun today, leading to the 9 p.m. season-opener, probing the
1988 death of a single mom in Bay City, Texas.
TODAY’S MIGHT-SEE II: “Shark Tank” etc., 8-11 p.m., ABC.
It’s a rough week for networks that expected big-deal,
seven-ame finals for pro sports playoffs. Hockey (NBC) and basketball (ABC) both
ended in five games.
Now ABC fills the gap with non-fiction shows, starting with
a “Shark Tank” rerun. (Ideas include sun-safe kids’ swimwear, exercise-oriented
playing cards and what Mark Cuban calls the best story he’s heard about
starting a company.) That’s followed by the hidden-camera “What Would You Do”
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “American Masters,” 10 p.m., PBS (check
At first, this film almost seems to be trying to chase
viewers away. It opens with old ballet footage, black-and-white and stagnant;
slowly, it gets around to its subject, dancer Tanaquil Le Clercq.
Specifics are elusive. There’s much talk of her height, without
ever saying what it was. One person says (without correction) that she lived to
“almost 80”; she died at 71. Still, the subject is fascinating. “Tanny” inspired
the choreography and the romance of two greats, George Balanchine and Jerome
Robbins; she danced with Arthur Mitchell and Jacques d’Amboise, who praise her
here. She was a star, suddenly stilled by polio at 27. It’s a great story, even
when it’s told (in this film) quite clumsily.
Other choices include:
“24,” 8 p.m., Fox. Here a rerun of Monday’s episode, the
show’s 200th. Like most of
the other 199, it has passion, save-the-world stakes and a ticking clock. The
president considers trading his life for an end to the drone attacks. In many
hands, that would feel absurd; on “24,” it’s terrific television.
“Gang Related,” 9 p.m., Fox. In a quick rerun of Thursday’s
hour, Carlos hatches a scheme to flex power in his crime family. That leads to
some strong drama … and to a plot contrivance involving a cop.
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. Three murders are linked to a
downed Chinese satellite. Also in this rerun, Danny’s mother (Melanie Griffith)
goes on a ride-along with Grover (Chi McBride).
“Remember Sunday” (2013), 9-11 p.m., Hallmark. Originally a “Hallmark
Hall of Fame” film on ABC, this has splendid work from Zachary Levi, as an
earnest guy whose memory keeps erasing.
“Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. The chief murder suspect is the
brother of Danny’s police partner. Also in this rerun, Danny’s father (the
police commissioner) and grandfather (an ex-commissioner) have probes.
“Crossbones,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. The previous episode was
wonderfully clever; this one is the opposite. It sets up a task for Blackbeard so
impossible that any victory seems unconvincing and unsatisfying.