“BrainDead,” 10 p.m., CBS.
TV's best summer
show was suddenly yanked from its cozy Monday slot and dispatched to
Sundays. The move came so late that it left fans befuddled on Monday;
let's hope they find it here.
counterpoint to conventions, “BrainDead” says aliens have invaded
the brains of people from both parties; it mixes humor, drama and
vivid characters. An idealistic staffer (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has
finally figured out what's happening;' she begs her brother (Danny
Pino), a senator, to alert the Centers for Disease Control. Instead,
he suggests an entomologist (Margo Martindale).
Game shows, 8 p.m., ABC and NBC.
For the second
straight summer, ABC has found ratings success with a Sunday game
show. Now NBC does ... well, the same thing. It has scheduled
“Hollywood Game Night” reruns, starting with one that has Kevin
Smith, Helen Hunt, Dave Foley, Tony Hale, Justin Long and Alyson
Viewers are likely
to stick with ABC's “Celebrity Family Feud,” because it's new and
has Steve Harvey hosting. Tonight, the sibling group The Band Perry
faces the family of Giuliana Rancic, whose husband Bill was the first
“Apprentice” winner. Also, the Melissa Joan Hart and Paul Sorvino
ALTERNATIVE: “Survivor's Remorse” season-opener, 10 and 10:30
Last season ended
bluntly: Reaching for his pot pipe, Uncle Julius ran a red light and
was hit full-force by a truck. Now we see people deal with shock and
agony; also, Cam – whose basketball career supports the family –
struggles to keep out of the tabloids.
Until now, Starz
confined its shows to Saturdays, with little competition. Now it's
moved to Sundays, a battleground for cable's best. “Power” (9
p.m.), which has 10 hourlong episodes, started last week; “Remorse,”
with10 half-hours, catches up by airing two episodes tonight.
(2009), 5 p.m., and “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013), 8 and 11
p.m., FX. This weekend, theaters got the third “Trek” to star
Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Kirk and Spock. Now here's a new
chance to revisit the first two.
Newscast and “60
Minutes,” 6 and 7 p.m., CBS. The attention shifts to the Democrats
and Philadelphia, where the convention starts Monday. Many of the
talk shows will be there today; also, CBS plans an hourlong newscast,
followed by related reports on its newsmagazine.
7 and 8 p.m., Fox. In the first rerun, Selma and Patty try to break
their eternal habit of smoking cigarettes. In the second, Professor
Fink has a algorithm to pair lonely men and women.
Inspector Lewis,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Who
knew there was this much dirt in a classics department? In this
rerun, Hathaway – once a classics student, now a cop – is
fascinated: There's a phony professor, a fraudulent book, blackmail,
affairs and brutal murders.
Secretary,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Eliabeth faces crises at work
– the possible whereabouts of the most-wanted terrorist – and at
home: Her daughter brings home her new boyfriend.
“The Last Man on
Earth,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. Here's a rerun of the episode that brought
Mike Miller (Jason Sudeikis) to Earth. An astronaut, he fears he's
the last person alive ... unaware that his brother (Will Forte) has a
tiny gathering of survivors.
“The Jim Gaffigan
Show,” 10 p.m., TV Land. Last week's episode (rerunning at 10:33)
was the middle of a three-parter, with a star bringing Jim to
Hollywood. In this one, Jim tries to help his friend Dave.