1) “The Loudest Voice” debut, 10 p.m., Showtime. We start at Roger Ailes’ low point: Fired by NBC Cable, he’s begging for leniency in a no-compete clause. Soon, he starts Fox News … and flounders. He even calls a 4 a.m. meeting, filling the room with loud rage. Not to worry: Ailes (who died in 2017, at 77) understood this new era: Instead of trying to please everyone, he was carving a specific audience. Russell Crowe (shown here, at right) plays the role beautifully, mixing venom and volume with surprising bits of subtlety.
2) “What Just Happened?” debut, 9:30 p.m., Fox. Fans of “The Flare” can obsess. They’ll discuss the latest episode, visit the set, even go to Comic-Con. The catch: “The Flare” doesn’t exist; it’s a made-up show, based on a made-up book, “The Sun is the Moon at Night.” In this offbeat comedy, we’ll see glimpses of the fake show (via the “24” director), with fake reactions from the host (Fred Savage), his guests (Ken Jeong, Rob Lowe) and even one of its stars (Shiri Appleby). It could be strange fun.
3) “Instinct” season-opener, 9 p.m., CBS. It’s kind of nice for a rich person to have a cryogenic chamber, stepping into it briefly to slow the aging process. What is rude, however, is for someone else to then lock the door from the outside. That’s what happens in the first minutes here. Desperate, police may need Dylan (Alan Cumming), whom they fired at the end of last season, for using his old CIA methods. He’s also busy as a professor, as an author and working with his husband to adopt a child.
4) “Masterpiece: Endeavour” season-finale, 9-10:30 p.m., PBS. We start with sweet visions of village life in England. A mailman makes his rounds; a fox hunt gallops along. It’s visually charming; and, of course, it’s leading to murders – several, revolving around some nasty gossip-by-mail.
5) “State of Hate,” 8 p.m. ET, CNN (barring breaking news). Fareed Zakaria look at the reason rise of white supremacists in the U.S. He talks to authors and analysts and to Jared Taylor, sometimes described as the godfather of the alt-right.