“Million Dollar Duck,” 9:01 p.m., Animal Planet, rerunning at
Here is Americana at
its best – warm, odd, human, occasionally sad and sometimes funny.
It centers on the annual contest to choose the national duck stamp
... and on the rich variety of entrants.
One artist hopes his
work can support his three young kids; another admits her blind dog
made more money as a painter (really) than she did. A
sometimes-security-guard is the only one doing sequin-studded
abstracts; he battles his nemesis, a window-painter. A young
rural-mail carrier grasps to find her life. Beautifully filmed,
“Duck” tells their stories warmly, while we wait to see who wins.
II: “America's Got Talent” (NBC) or “MasterChef” (Fox)
finale, 8-10 p.m.
On Tuesday, the
show's top 10 acts performed; half are singers, but the others
include a magician, a juggler, a contortionist, a mentalist duo and
an offbeat comedian. Tonight, one wins $1 million.
home chefs compete for a $250,000 prize. Two are from Las Vegas –
Shaun O'Neale, 33, a DJ, and David Williams, 36, a poker player; they
compete with Brandi Mudd, 27, a folksy grade-school teacher from
Irvington, a Kentucky town of 1,181, with one restaurant and no
ALTERNATIVE: “Blindspot” season-opener, 10 p.m., NBC.
In one crowded hour,
we see TV's worst trait – a despicable obsession with torture –
alongside its best recent traits: There's a strong female hero,
alongside great fight scenes and a thickly complex story.
Maybe too thick, but
that's another matter. As the story starts, Jane Doe (who still isn't
sure of her real name) has been tortured for months. Eventually,
she'll get some explanations for who she is and who the good guys are
... except that she (and we) still won't know if any of this is the
ALTERNATIVE II: “Queen Sugar,” 10 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network.
If you missed the
first two episodes, catch them at 8 and 9 p.m., before a fairly good
new one. Both were directed by Ava DuVernay (“Selma”), before
turning things over to other women; all three hours – which rerun
from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. -- were written by DuVernay and Winfrey.
After quick jolts in
the first hour, “Queen” has an easy, Southern pace. Now the
siblings open their dad's will and ponder what to do with his
troubled sugar-cane farm. They face troubles of their own –
Charley's cheating husband, Ralph Angel's parole officer and the
drug-addicted mother of his son.
8:30 to noon ET, then 10 p.m. ET, IFC. First, we can catch (or
record) the first season of clever pseudo-documentaries. Then a new
season starts at 10 p.m. ET, rerunning at 1 a.m., with a terrific
political satire. Bill Hader (playing a James Carville type) and Fred
Armisen manage a guy who's only running because he feels there should
be two candidates.
8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC. Both episodes eye the relationship between Adam
and his older brother. In the first, their mom overcompensates when
Barry says she favors Adam; in the second, Adam uses his brother to
get respect from upper-classmen.
9 and 10 p.m., ABC. In the first rerun, Manny talks people into
taking a train to his grandmother Dede's wedding. In the second,
Claire can't find the right time to fire someone.
p.m., PBS. Continuing its week-long focus on education, this talks to
neuroscientists, psychologists and educators. Studying the way kids'
brains work, they ponder new techniques.
“Code Black,” 10
p.m., CBS. This rerun of the season-finale focuses on the new romance
of Christa and Neal ... neither of whom will be back in the new
season. She learns how deeply he and Grace were involved, before
Grace left for Haiti. Also, there are efforts to keep the nurses from
Story” season-opener, 10 p.m., FX. In a sharp change, the show has
kept its story secret. All we know is that the season will include
scenes in Roanoke – the colony where everyone vanished in 1590 –
and the first episode will include familiar “AHS” stars: There's
Angela Bassett, Lady Gaga, Cheyenne Jackson, Evan Peters, Denis
O'Hare and Sarah Paulson – who's had four straight “AHS” Emmy
nominations ... and will probably win this time for “The People v.
Worst,” 10 p.m., FXX, rerunning at 11. Last week's episode (a good
one, rerunning at 10:30) ended with Gretchen finally openingthe mail
... and learning that Jimmy's dad had died. Now Jimmy must deal with
the loss of someone he tended to hate.