1) “The Big Stage” debut, 9 and 9:30 p.m., CW. Imagine “America’s Got Talent” without judges or singers. Each half-hour has a blitz of five odd, high-energy acts. Most are skilled (it’s not easy to juggle umbrellas); some are entertaining. The opening dancers are frantic and pointless, but a later dance duo is first-rate. Some acts are so-so, the hosts are awful (even by lame-host standards) … but the final act is terrific. That happens to be Terry Fator, the second “AGT” champ.
2) “Masters of Illusion” season-opener, 8 p.m., CW. Like “Big Stage,” this is brief-burst television. Seven acts are crammed into this first half-hour and a second one follows. One – quite impressive, actually – last 41 seconds. The quality varies sharply, peaking when Dan Sperry’s birds seem to appear from nowhere or when Joshua Jay concocts a fresh twist on card tricks.
3) “Designated Survivor” and “Tales of the City,” any time, Netflix. “Designated Survivor” fans had to wait a year; “Tales” fans have been waiting almost forever. The former still has most of the people from its ABC version, led by Kiefer Sutherland as an accidental president. And “Tales”? PBS did a brief season in 1993; Showtime did another in ’98 and a mini-series in 2001. Now it’s finally back, with Mary Ann (Laura Linney) returning to San Francisco, the city that jolted her as a naive young woman.
4) “The Secret Life of Pets” (2016), 8 and 10 p.m., FX. On the same night that its sequel opens in theaters, here’s the fairly clever original. But it faces competition for animation fans: Tonight, Disney airs two of its best films — “The Lion King” (1994) at 8 p.m. and “Moana” (2016) at 10:35.
5) “Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. Here’s a rerun of the 200th episode, which took a stylish twist: Pondering a closed case from the 1940s, McGarrett imagines his grandfather working it. Soon, we get ’40s flashbacks, with all of the show’s regulars playing long-ago characters.