1) “Bring the Funny” debut, 10:01 p.m., NBC. For a dozen years, NBC had a shaky relationship with “Last Comic Standing.” Once, it ordered a second edition for the fall … then failed to run the final episode. It cancelled the show three times – once for a year, then for three, then forever. Now, four years later, a new show debuts. Like “Last Comic,” it has stand-up comedians; unlike it, there are also sketch comedy (shown here), magicians and more. Kenan Thompson, Jeff Foxworthy and Chrissy Teigen are judges.
2) “Love Island” debut, 8-9:30 p.m., CBS. Remember when CBS was the old-folks network? Now Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke would be rolling in their graves (if they weren’t both still alive, at 93); their nework is filling its summer with sexy singles. Each week, “Big Brother” will have three hours (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) and “Love Island will have five (each weekday). It’s similar to Fox’s twice-failed “Temptation Island,” moving srangers in and out of a tropical resort.
3) “The Big Bang Theory,” 9:30 p.m., CBS. In the summer makeover, CBS’ hits are set aside: “NCIS” and “Big Bang” do well in the ratings, even during reruns; now, however, “NCIS” has the week off … and the entire Thursday comedy line-up is being shelved. That means this transplanted “Big Bang” is the last one for a while. Fortunately, it’s terrific: At a Dungeons and Dragons night, Leonard finds William Shatner, Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”), director Kevin Smith and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
4) Baseball All-Star game, 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox. Baseball’s best meet in Cleveland, with the bragging righs in a virtual tie. At one point, the National League led in All-Star wins, 40 to 26 (plus a tie). Then the American League won 12 straight (plus another tie); after three NL wins, the AL now has a six-game streak. That puts it ahead 44-43-2, at a time when the World Series has evened out (five apiece lately) and the NL leads in inter-league wins during the season.
5) “American Experience: Chasing the Moon,” 9-11 p.m., PBS. Monday’s opener saw the U.S. space program put together some quick successes. Now a tragedy – three astronauts dying during a capsule fire – makes people wonder if this is too much, too fast. It’s a strong hour that also shows that this was a white-male world: The media obsessed on Poppy Northcutt, the lone female in Mission Control.