TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Murder in the First” season finale,
10:01 p.m., TNT.
Almost 33 years after he remade TV drama with “Hill Street
Blues,” Steven Bochco has done some of his best work. “Murder” has followed one
case all season – an idea he first tried back in 1995.
It’s been filled with beautifully drawn characters, led by
the cops played by Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson. They’ve felt an arrogant
tech billionaire killed a woman (who was bearing his child), shortly after
firing her; a jury acquitted him, however, and they’ve been scrambling for
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Under the Dome,” 10 p.m., CBS.
For two summers, we’ve seen a town encased in a dome,
without a way out. Or is there?
Last week, Barbie (Mike Vogel), the show’s hero, plunged
into a tunnel. He was searching for Sam (Eddie Cahill), a newcomer this season.
Now that tunnel leads to a world that seems familiar, but isn’t; Brett Cullen –
a busy TV figure ever since “Falcon Crest” and “Young Riders” -- plays Barbie’s
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “21 Jump Street” (2012), 6:30 p.m.,
FX; and/or “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” 8 p.m., NBC.
Here are two chances to see Channing Tatum go far beyond his
First is a good comedy; he and Jonah Hill do an offbeat
version of the TV show about undercover cops in high school. Then is a
real-life adventure; Grylls takes him to the toughest parts of Yosemite.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE II: “The Approval Matrix” debut, 11
Four people sitting around talking for a half-hour? That can
work if the host is sharp, the guests are clever and the subject is lively; in
this case, all three click.
Neal Brennan – a writer, producer (“Chapelle’s Show”) and
stand-up comedian – is witty … even if he is often wrong in tonight’s debate
over whether this is a new TV golden age. (The correct answer – yes, but only
for drama.) Clever counterpoint comes from comedian-writer Whitney Cummings,
critic Matt Roush and “Today” personality Willie Geist. Only the out-of-studio
interview (Amy Poehler) is so-so.
Other choices include:
“Elephants Can Remember,” www.acorn.tv.
Here’s the first of three Hercule Poirot tales debuting on Mondays. By Aug. 25,
the streaming service will have all 70 films with David Suchet.
“2 Broke Girls,” 8 p.m., CBS. Nicolas (Gilles Marini) has
invited Caroline to dinner in his loft.
“Candid Camera” opener, 8 p.m., TV Land. The classic concept
returns, with Mayim Bialik (Amy on “Big Bang Theory”) hosting with Peter Funt …
whose dad, Allen, launched the original 66 years ago.
“A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951), 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic
Movies. One of the all-time great actors is celebrated. Marlon Brando stars in
“Streetcar,” followed by “The Wild One” (1953) at 10:15 p.m. and the brilliant
“On the Waterfront” (1954) at 11:45.
“Mike and Molly,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Mike and Samuel
join Carl on a road trip to Memphis.
“Mistresses,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. April finally learns who has
been stalking her. Joss goes to meet Scott’s big family … shortly after Harry
plants some doubts. Also, Karen blurs patient-doctor boundaries (again).