“Tyrant” season-finale, 10 p.m., FX.
No show – not even
“Empire” or “Scandal” -- has matched this show for powerhouse
plot twists. And this season – unlike the first – has somehow
maintained depth and even some subtlety.
The big blows have
been to Jamal, the tyrant in this fictional, Middle Eastern country.
His wife and son have moved to overthrow him; his brother Bassam (a
Pasadena pediatrician named Barry when this started) led a resistance
against him. Now new questions emerge: Will Jamal be killed? Where
will his family fit into this new world? And can Barry really go back
to his old life after this mega-adventure?
“In Their Own Words” debut, 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Here's a different
approach to profiles – using mostly quotes from the subjects, mixed
with reflections and photos from people who knew them.
Coming are Muhammad
Ali (Sept. 8) and Jim Henson (Sept. 15). First, however, is Queen
Elizabeth. This includes comments from former national leaders
(George H.W. Bush and Britain's John Major), plus actor Ben Kingsley,
“King's Speech” screenwriter David Siedler and Elizabeth herself.
ALTERNATIVE: “iZombie” (CW) or “Dusk Till Dawn” (El Rey),
both 9 p.m.
This is what passes
for variety these days – choosing between different styles of
zombie/vampire shows. CW has the light, amiable type; when Liv
munches brains in the morgue, she gains memories and moods; that's
fun in this rerun, when the victims are teens and she adds some giddy
By comparison, El
Rey (via cable or satellite) has a dead-serious effort. This is a
series of great scenes that don't always make a good show. Robbers
scheme, a killer stalks, a cop frets, two women (a wife and a
girlfriend) seem overwhelmed; so do viewers, but there are impressive
moments along the way.
Talent,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC. A dozen acts are back to start a new
round. On Wednesday, some of them will become half of the show's top
“Fresh Off the
Boat,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. Here are four reruns of this above-average
comedy, many of them focusing on Eddie's odd mom. In the first
episode, she gives the boys extra homework. In the third (9 p.m.),
she delays taking her Realtor exam; in the fourth, her sister and
rich brother-in-law visit.
“NCIS.” 8 p.m.,
CBS. This rerun continues the efforts of NCIS' cyber expert. Evidence
says people are using the Internet to recruit children for acts of
“Zoo,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. The entire team is on the run now, trying to find a cure for the
“Last Man on
Earth,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. Phil was happier when he thought he really
was the last guy on Earth, responsible for all procreation. Now he
fumes because there's another guy ... chubby Todd, who seems to be
having lots of spirited sex with the beautiful half (January Jones)
of the female population.
10 p.m., TNT. In the show's second episode, Muldoon (Edward Burns),
the show's creator and star) investigates the murder of his uncle,
who's a cop.
Night,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. This fun show mixes singer Joe Jonas,
dancer Cheryl Burke and comedian Jeff Dye with actors Jenna Elfman,
Seth Green and Michelle Trachtenberg