“Billboard Music Awards,” 8-11 p.m., ABC.
These people work
hard to assemble stars, past and present. There's an award to Celine
Dion, who will sing ... and another to Britney Spears, who will do a
medley of her hits. Madonna will perform a tribute to Prince. And
there are duets – Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, Nick Jonas and
There's much more,
with music by Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande,
Pink, the Go-Gos, Meghan Trainor, Shawn Mendes, DNCE and even a new
Adele video.It should be fun.
II: “Masterpiece: Wallander” finale, 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check
Here's the 12th
and final movie about police Det. Kurt Wallander. Most have been set
against the stark Scandinavian countryside; all have richly reflected
that same pensive mood.
But now there's an
added element, as Wallander's memory fades. After he left his pistol
in a restaurant, he had to turn in his badge; still, he pushes ahead
with a complex case involving his daughter's father-in-law.
Brilliantly performed (as usual) by Kenneth Branagh, “Wallander”
ALTERNATIVE: “Preacher” debut, 10-11:30 p.m., AMC.
As each intriguing
scene rolls by, a thought builds: “Hey, this is fascinating; I
wonder what it's about.”
There are preachers
who explode (literally) in Africa and Russia. There's makeshift
anti-aircraft fire in Kansas ... a violent bartender miles above
Earth ... a barroom brawl between a pastor and a pack of Civil War
re-enactors. Each scene is beautifully directed by Seth Rogen and
Evan Goldberg, who helped adapt the graphic novel. Still, we wish we
knew what it was about; we'll stick with it to find out.
6-8 p.m. ET, E. This cable channel handles the fashion-gushing duties
for the Billboard awards. ABC skips that and has the “America's
Funniest Home Videos” season-finale at 7.
6:30 and 11:30 p.m., and “Nebraska” (2013), 9 p.m., Sundance. An
evening of black-and-white movies? It works because these two films –
an Alfred Hitchcock thriller and a drama-comedy with deep characters
– are beautifully crafted.
“All the Way,”
6:45 p.m. , HBO. If you missed the debut Saturday, here's another
chance. On Broadway, this won Tonys for best play and best actor; now
the movie again has Bryan Cranston as Lyndon Johnson, this time with
Anthony Mackie (Falcon in “Avengers:) as Martin Luther King.
7:30 and 8 p.m., Fox. First, a rerun finds an off-brand of drink
hurtling Bart and Lisa into puberty. Then the season-finale puts
Margein prison and forces Homer to do housework.
8:30 and 9:30 p.m., and “Family Guy,” 9 p.m., Fox. It's
season-finale time for all of Fox's animated shows. For “Burgers,”
the second episode happens to be its 100th overall.
Show,” 9:01 p.m., NBC. This comedy has been inconsistent, but hits
its stride whenever people start debating a controversial subject. It
so, the next couple episodes are promising – they view
porn-addiction tonight and Donald Trump next Sunday.
Selfridge” finale, 10:30 p.m., PBS (check local listings). This is
a show that stayed too long. Its start – brashly creating a London
deparrtment store – was fascinating; the end, with Harry
Selfridge's gradual decline, has been monotone. Still, the final few
minutes are excellent.