“Taking the Stage: Changing America,” 9-11 p.m., ABC.
monolith is the National Museum of African American History and
Culture. Now this 400,000-square-foot giant gets a Kennedy Center
tribute, with readings, music and starpower.
Oprah Winfrey, Tom
Hanks, Stevie Wonder, Dave Chappelle and more will be there. The
line-up has people from music (Christina Aguilera, John Legend,
Janelle Monae, Elijah Kelley, Common, Patti Austin, Fantasia, Shirley
Caesar, Jon Batiste, Chuck D., Mary J. Blige, Gladys Knight) and
dance (Savion Glover, the Alvin Ailey troupe), plus Angela Bassett,
Chris Tucker, Will Smith and more.
II: “The Good Place,” 8:30 p.m., NBC.
Michael has finally
learned of his bureaucratic blunders. He brought a bad Eleanor to
this good afterlife, based on the record of a good Eleanor; he
brought Jason, a would-be DJ, thinking he was a Tibetan monk. Now
bad-Eleanor must scramble to acquire “goodness points” and stay.
That part is fairly
funny, but the big laughs come from the Jason. Truly dim, he's now
married to an all-knowing computer creation. (Really.) And in
hilarious moments, we learn how he died.
ALTERNATIVE: All night, IFC.
“Ghostbusters” movies neatly sandwich a new “Portlandia”; you
can catch them at 7:45 (1984) and 10:30 p.m. (1989) ET, rerunning at
1:30 and 3:45 a.m. ET.
In between (at 10
p.m. and 1 a.m. ET) is the droll wit of “Portlandia,” twistng
things around. There are the nerds, fretting that they are no longer
trendy, now that hunks have learned to read and talk. And a hip
couple, transforming its life by buying a white carpet. And guys
grumblng about their lost role in history. “Why don't we ever hear
about Harriet Tubman's husband? Or Eleanor Roosevelt's?”
ALTERNATIVE II: “Nashville,” 9 p.m., CMT; also, 11 p.m., CMT and
Yes, we can expect
to get strong drama this year, with Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz
(“thirtysomething”) taking over as producers. Tonight, Maddie
starts her internship and Avery tries doing producing work for a
YouTube sensation; also, Juliette meets her “guardian angel.”
however, has been great music. Outside the show, this is the week
that Clare Bowen -- who's terrific as Scarlett – hopes to release
her first single. Bowen (a childhood cancer survivor) sings a moving
tribute to her brother, who is in remission from cancer.
American Baking Show” finale, 8 p.m., ABC. Next week, ABC finally
has its Thursday A-list, with “Scandal” and “Grey's Anatomy.”
First, however, we have the final two amateur bakers.
Tomorrow,” 8 p.m., CW. This rerun concludes the four-night
crossover. CW superheroes – Supergirl, Arrow, Flash – join the
Legends to fight the Dominators.Stein has a possible plan, but he's
distracted by something he created in 1987.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, the guys rush to meet the
unrealistic deadline they promised for a government project. That
leads, alas, to Sheldon taking an energy drink.
Indoors,” 8:31 p.m., CBS. An explorers' group claims that Jack
faked his most famous expedition. Now his young co-workers try to
save his reputation.
p.m., CBS. Bonnie doesn't seem like someone who can keep a secret.
Still, she didn't tell Christy that Jill is pregnant; Christy feels
Blacklist,” 10 p.m., NBC. This helpful: On her doorstep, Liz finds
a diorama of a future crime.