“Asrronaut Wives Club” season-finale, 8 p.m., ABC.
This has been a good
show – a tad soapy, but filled with bits of solid drama, against a
historical backdrop. Now the season ends with two of the biggest ones
for astronaut families – the moon-landing of Apollo 11 and the
crisis that left the Apollo 13 crew suspended in space.
The wives follow
those mega-events, while tackling others closer to home. Gordo Cooper
is passed over fior the next flight and his wife wonders what's next.
Also, Betty Grisson (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) has a new plan, in the
aftermath of Gus' death.
II: “Evocateur,” 9 p.m. ET, CNN, rerunning at 10:54 p.m. ET.
The bad news is that
networks make last-minute switches, leaving viewers perplexed. CNN
had scheduled this for Aug. 13, then pushed it back without warning.
And the good news is
that “Evocateur” is worth waiting for. It's a compelling portrait
of Morton Downey Jr., who badgered and bullied his talkshow guests,
delighting a noisy studio audience. Downey self-destructed quickly,
amid alcohol, sex, tobacco and ego; the broad, brash style that
propelled him would soon return in a crescendo of news and reality
ALTERNATIVE: “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mom,” 8 and 8:31
Even when they have
reruns – on a summer night packed with new shows – the CBS
comedies are worthy,. And these two provide prime examples.
“Big Bang” has a
pretty good episode, ending with a dandy moment as Leonard delivers
(in a surprising way) his old school's commencement address. Then
“Mom” has a great one: It's the second episode after the death of
Christy's dad; worried about her mom, she takes her to a therapist.
“Beauty and the
Beast,” 8 p.m., CW. Suddenly there's a good reason for Vincent to
work with Liam: He needs to retrieve some information that could
hurt both of them.
(1964), 8 and 10:30 p.m. ET, BBC America. Here's the show that
transformed a sturdy spy series – Sean Connery as James Bond –
into a glittery piece of pop-culture magic.
p.m., ABC. Karen finally tells a married couple that she became
pregnant during their three-way sex; then another surprise surfaces.
Meanwhile, a tape impacts the murder case against Joss.
10 p.m., ABC. Last week, a strong episode finally wrapped up the
corruption issue and spun a surprise. Yes, Santana was framing
Oliver, as suspeted; but the jolt was that he was working with Steven
Peck – Gail's brother and Traci's loved one. Now both men are
under arrest and there's something else to worry about: A heat wave
hits, with the precinct station used as a cooling center.
“Under the Dome,”
10 p.m., CBS. Eriq La Salle is back as the head of the corporation
that wants to profit from the dome. He reveals some more about the
dome and joins in the fight against Catherine. And with just three
episodes after tonight, Dale “Barbie” Barbara is again torn
between Julia and Eva.
debut, 10 p.m., IFC. Some gifted comedy talents are combining to make
mock documentaries. The opener has Bill Hader and Fred Armisen
undergoing heavy makeup to play women similar to the ones in “Grey
Bang!” 10:30, IFC. After “Documentary Now,” you might as well
sample this comedy serries. Tonight, an Icelandic singer introduces
her country's new album.