“American Gothic” opener, 10 p.m., CBS.
Here's your classic
success story: The dad started a thriving concrete company. One
daughter teaches; another is running for mayor of Boston. Both sons
had trouble,but one seems fine now. All is well – except that many
of them have dark sides and at least one may be linked to a previous
well-modulated, “Gothic” has only one character – a
gore-obsessed boy – who feels false. Jamey Sheridan and Virginia
Madsen join talented young actors, including “Banshee” star
Antony Starr as a prodigal son and “Defiance” star Stephanie
Leonides as a troubled former daughter-in-law.
II: “Greenleaf,” 9 and 10 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network.
In Tuesday's opener
– rerunning at 8 p.m. -- Grace returned for her sister's funeral
and found the family's mega-church in transition. Her brother is
cynical and his wife is scheming; her sister – played by Deborah
Joy Winans, from the gospel-music family – is a great singer who
wants to preach.
This is a world of
secrets – including big ones involving the late sister. Nudged by
her mother's sister – perfectly played by Oprah Winfrey – Grace
sets her own career aside to stick around and investigate. All of
this may sound soapy, but it's sharply written and (with the
exception of Grace) skillfully acted.
ALTERNATIVE: “Big Brother” season-opener, 8-10 p.m., CBS.
This year's theme is
“summer vacation,” so the house is designed to suggest the best
warm-weather frolics. That inclues a new pool, hot-tub and gym
It's a playground
for anyone who happen to be young and pretty – which most of the
dozen contestants are. Ten are in their 20s, including a disc jockey,
an event planner and a baseball coach. They're joined by a
dog-groomer (and ex-cop), 50, and a teacher, 32. Tonight, Julie Chen
introduces them and explains the new twists; then this continues at 9
p.m. Thursdays and 8 p.m. Sundays.
(2015), 7:35 p.m., HBO. Science and humanity blend in a smart story
of an astronaut (Matt Damon) stranded on Mars. At 8 p.m., the films
include Tom Hanks in the involving, real-life “Captain Phillips”
(2013, FXX) ... the animated “Despicable Me” (2010, Disney) ...
and the flashy but disappointing “Alice in Wonderland” (2010,
p.m., Fox. Last year, Nick Nappi – a dishwasher sales rep from San
Diego – finished fourth. Now it's a different situation:
Contestants cook for Nappi, his bride and 72 wedding guests.
Hungry,” 8 p.m., Freeform. Gabi and her friend Sofia start working
together. Then they learn that only one can land a promotion they
8:30, Freeform. Two Minnesota blondes collide. Loni Anderson, 70 –
mostly absent from TV for the past decade – plays the estranged
mother of Melissa Peterman, 45; they soon argue.
9 p.m., Fox. A flashback shows how Pines was created by Pilcher (Toby
Jones). And the ruthless Megan (Hope Davis) performs experiments on
one of the creatures from outside the wall.
p.m., DirecTV/AT&T. In the title-fight aftermath, Jay celebrates
wildly and Ryan broods ... which are their natural modes. Jay's
sexual romp with Alicia's gorgeous sister goes on pause, when
Christina (his mom) returns from being attacked by her rehab
therapist. This is a good show, but a repetitious one. Both Christina
and Nate have been sexual targets lately; now it may be Alicia's
10 p.m., NBC. As San Antonio seethes with racial unrest, the hospital
must treat the man who is accused of a racially motivated shooting.