“American Experience,” 8-10 p.m., PBS.
Back in the1940s and
'50s, this terrific film reminds us, we looked for quick solutions.
The atom bomb ended World War II; DDT conquered malaria and typhus.
Soon, Americans obsessed on pesticides; they sprayed them on crops,
kids, schools and pools, with little testing of the long-range
The lone voice of
caution came from Rachel Carson. After decades of day jobs to support
her family, she had finally become a popular author. Her “Silent
Spring” mined obscure science reports about the dangers. Tonight's
film doubles as great biography and a portrait of a nation changing
II: “This Is Us,” 9 p.m., NBC.
Last week was huge
for this well-crafted show: It jumped to No. 5 in the Nielsen
ratings, won a People's Choice Award (favorite new drama) and was
renewed for two seasons.
And tonight? All we
know is that series creator Dan Fogelman says it's “a big episode”;
also, Chrissy Metz, as Kate, has a powerhouse scene. She's “going
through this kind of thearapeutic exercise class. (Metz is) wonderful
in the episode,” Fogelman said. There's also a key romantic
decision by Kevin and trouble at work for Randall. In flashbacks,
their parents try a separate 10th birthday party for each
ALTERNATIVE: “The New Edition Story,” 9-11 p.m., BET.
This zesty story
starts with a chaotic night in 1997: Bobby Brown was opening for the
group (New Edition) that had fired him. He went on and on, until
others tried to tug him away; a fight followed.
It was a bizarre
moment ... especially when you consider the start. Tonight, launching
a three-day mini-series, we see youthful idealism and musical joy.
In a tough Boston neightborhood, kids barely into their teens won a
talent contest and signed with Maurice Starr. They had hit records, a
successful tour ... and virtually no money. It was the start of a
journey that wouild mix personal chaos and buoyant music.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Outsiders” season-opener, 9 p.m., WGN America,
rerunning at 10 and 11.
In the first season,
battle lines hardened. The mountain is owned by the coal company, but
has been occupied for generations by the Farrells, who have their own
rules. “Big Foster” (David Morse) took charge after killing his
mother. Now he's believed to be dead and his maybe-widow may take
Things start with a
fierce battle – mostly imagined, it turns out – followed by
crises for “Lil Foster” (Ryan Hurst) and others. It's a strong
start, with high stakes and high-octane characters.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a change-of-pace, this focuses on Jimmy Palmer, who is
Ducky's assistant medical examiner. After a hit-and-run probe, he
ends up on a ledge with a stranger who may jump.
“New Girl,” 8
p.m., Fox. Aly (Nasim Pedrad) is back and Winston – her boyfriend
and former police partner -- throws a surprise party. Also, Jess and
Party learn something about themselves during a hike.
“The Mick,” 8:30
p.m., Fox. Barely removed from being a low-life drifter, Mick pursues
a rich businessman. He quickly learns she's not the prize he'd
“Bones,” 9 p.m.,
Fox. Aubrey faces a moral dilemma, when he learns his dad is back.
Also, Booth and Brennan investigate the murder of someone from their
Orleans,” 10 p.m., CBS. Here's a new crisis for Pride (Scott
Bakula): He's on a deep-sea oil rig that's on the verge of exploding.
p.m., PBS. This wraps up a three-week, six-hour series. Last week
viewed the political gridlock that gripped most of the Obama years;
tonight analyzes how Donald Trump managed to win.