TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Divide” debut, 9 p.m., WE; reruns
Here is great television. The writing, directing and acting
are beautifully crafted and (at times) maddening well-layered.
The setting is a law office that defends people who may have
been incorrectly convicted. Still, clichés are flipped. The main character
(Marin Ireland) is living with a cop who likes to talk about feelings; the
defendant is vile. Unfortunately, this story stretches for 10 weeks;
fortunately, it’s worth the time.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “So You Think You Can Dance,” 8-10
The eliminations began last week, in a tough night for
ballroom dancers. Two of them – Malene Ostergaard, from Denmark, and Nick
Garcia, from Miami – were ousted.
That still leaves four ballroom people, in an 18-dancer
field that has jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop and even two ballerinas.
Another ballerina, Misty Copeland, returns as guest judge. Also, Great Big
World sings “Say Something,” which caught on after backing a “Dance” piece last
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: ESPY Awards, 9 p.m., ESPN, with
preview at 8.
After all the talk about LeBron James, you might guess he’ll
be named best male athlete. Not so: Kevin Durant – who topped James in the pro-basketball
finals – is nominated, alongside Peyton Manning, Miguel Cabrera and Floyd
Mayweather. Up for top female are skier Mikaeh Shiffrin, fighter Ronda Rousey,
and two basketball players, Maya Moore (pro) and Breanna Stewart (college).
There are plenty of other awards, presented by Jessica Alba,
Cameron Diaz, Jim Parsons, Jason Segal and more. Drake, the
actor-turned-rapper, hosts with music from Ozomati.
Other choices include:
“America’s Got Talent,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC. Here’s an
audition rerun; next week, a “boot camp” begins.
“The Middle,” 8 and 9:31 p.m., ABC. The first rerun finds
the Hecks preparing for the Disney World vacation that Sue won. The second sees
them arrive there, amid troubles.
“Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC. In a rerun of the show’s 100th
episode, Cam’s sister visits. He frets about breaking the news that he’s
“Extant,” 9 p.m., CBS. Last week’s season-opener went far
beyond the basic plot of astronaut Molly (Halle Berry) getting pregnant during
a year-long solo mission. We also met her scientist husband and the robotized
son he created. And we learned that another astronaut had a breakdown during a
solo mission. Tonight, he she meets him; also, she has her pregnancy tested.
“The Bridge,” 10 p.m., FX. At the end of last week’s season-opener,
a new international murder surfaced. Now two cops -- Sonya (in El Paso) and
Marco (in Juarez) -- must again work together.
“The Linda Perry Project” debut, 10 p.m., VH1. Two decades
ago, Perry rocked in 4 Non Blondes. She went on to be a top producer (profiled
at 9 p.m. in “Behind the Music”); now we see her mold young acts, hoping to
sign one. It’s sort of like other reality shows, but with intensity and lots of
10:01 p.m., NBC. Not considered the maternal type, Cat is surprised by her
fondness for the foster child of a murder victim. The case causes Leo to long
for his son, back in France.