1) “The Red Line” opener, 8 and 9 p.m., CBS. The CBS formula has worked well – lots of dramas in the “CSI/NCIS” mode, with a happy ending for each hour. But now comes a bold detour – a complex story, spread over eight hours on four Sundays. This starts with a tragic error and follows its impact on politics, race and humanity. There are flaws: The incident is too clear-cut; a key admission (late in the first hour) is unmotivated. Still, it’s beautifully done and Noah Wyle delivers a deeply moving speech.
2) “World of Dance,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. It’s time to pick a champion in each division. There are junior (17 and younger) and senior divisions for teams (five or more people) and others (1-4). Right now, each has three finalists. Next week, these four winners – plus a wild card – go for the $1 million top prize.
3) “Les Miserables,” 9 p.m., PBS. This hour – the third of six – offers the intensity of a decent man, confronting his past mistakes. Jean Valjean (Dominic West, brilliant as usual) sees the deterioration of Fantine (Lily Collins) after he fired her; he also hears that someone else is facing trial for his crime. Now he faces a dilemma and “Les Mis” nears a turning point, after overwhelming despair.
4) “Chi,” 10 p.m., Showtime. For kids, the crisis in this excellent episode is low-key: It’s Picture Day at school. For others, the stakes are higher: Emmett scrambles with his money schemes … Jason enters a chef competition, while his girlfriend handles sales for a gentrified apartment project … And Ronnie, suddenly out of prison, tries to help his battered grandmother and his own, shattered life.
5) And much more, cable. It’s a busy night everywhere, including “Killing Eve” at 8 p.m. (AMC and BBC America) and “Game of Thrones” at 8:55 (HBO). Into this crowd, CNN thrusts two more. At 9 p.m., it debuts “The Redemption Project,” with Van Jones following recovering crime victims, who meet the offenders face-to-face. And at 10 is the season opener of “United Shades of America”; W. Kamau Bell looks at the business of megachurches.
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