“Person of Interest” series-finale, 10 p.m., CBS.
When this all began
– five years and 102 episodes ago – “POI” was another
crime-of-the-week tale, with a slight sci-fi twist. A computer
predicted people who would be victims or villains, but didn't know
which. The brainy Finch (Michael Emerson) and brawny Reese (Jim
Caviezel) had to do the rest.
Now – following a
TV trend – it's become much bigger. An opposing machine, Samaritan
is trying to control the world. Finch and Reese – linking with
Fusco the cop and Shaw the ex-assassinn – scramble to save their
machine and thwart Samaritan.
II: “Greenleaf” debut, 10 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network.
In her youth, Grace
(Merle Dandridge) was considered a powerful pastor in her dad's
church. Disillusioned, she left, becoming a top TV journalist and a
single mom. Now she reluctantly returns for her sister's funeral ...
and soon is struggling with family secrets, old and new.
This is a smartly
layered drama, giving depth to its characters. Dandridge is way too
bland, but others make up for it. Keith David (the voice of many Ken
Burns films) and Lynn Whitfield play her parents; Winfrey is perfect
as Whitfield's estranged sister, who's aware of the abundant family
ALTERNATIVE: “Pretty Little Liars” season-opener, 8 p.m.,
Ever since their
friend Allison died seven years ago, these four women have faced a
cascade of crises. Last season (rerunning from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
ended with Hanna being kidnapped.
Now Caleb – who's
been dating Spencer, but kissed Hanna – leads the desperate search.
That brings a tough situation: To save Hanna, the friends might have
to turn over the details of Charlotte's real killer.
Swap,” 5 p.m. to 4 a.m., Lifetime. A rerun marathon includes two
new hours. At 8 p.m. (rerunning at 12:02 a.m.), Robin Leach's friend
leaves her champagne lifestyle to live in Eric Roberts' pet-filled
home. At 9 (and 1:02 a.m.), the wives of soap stars Tyler Christoher
and Ron Moss switch.
“Hotel Hell,” 8
p.m., Fox. In a lakeside town in Washington, a hotel-testaurant-ice
cream parlor business flounders. Gordon Ramsay says it must get the
local community involved.
“The Middle,” 8
p.m., ABC. Stepping into the spot it will hold this fall, “Middle”
has a rerun with Sue anxiously waiting to meet her college roommate.
She inundates her parents with text messages.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun, the murder of a petty office seems to reflect the
approach of a local serial killer.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. This rerun finds Pride and others taking
part in the “Red Dress Run” fundraiser ... until they're pulled
away to probe a death, possibly from a drug overdose,
“Uncle Buck,” 9
and 9:30 p.m., ABC. There are some funny moments during Buck's first
official day as nanny for his brother's family. Soon, he's relucantly
searching for gluten-free cupcakes and special-diet dog food. In the
second episode, his brother is jealous when his work colleagues like
“To Tell the
Truth,” 10 p.m., ABC. Comedian Iliza Shlesinger joins the panel.
Contestants include someone who's both a drag queen and a top