1) “Masterpiece: Grantchester” season-opener, 9 and 10 p.m., PBS. For three summers, James Norton has played a village vicar – decent and fragile – who helps the local cop (Robson Green, shown here with Norton) solve crimes. Now he has his final two cases; we also glimpse the man who will replace him next week. Set in the 1950s, tonight’s first hour has a strong civil-rights theme; the second eyes a corrupt businessman. The mysteries are so-so. but this is a deep portrait of a good man, torn by his flaws.
2) “The Movies: The ’90s.” 9-11 p.m. and midnight, CNN. Ron Howard had made a dozen movies, but “Apollo 13” was different. “I learned the power of a true story,” he says here. Others – from Spike Lee (“Malcolm X”) to Robert Redford (“Quiz Show”) — did the same. Howard and Redford were part of a surge of stars-turned-directors, from Jodie Foster to Mel Gibson and Clint Eastwood, and Redford added more: His Sundance festival brought a temporary indie surge, propelling blacks and women.
3) “The Loudest Voice,” 10 p.m., Showtime. Last week, we saw Roger Ailes at his peak. After the Sept. 11 attacks, Fox News soared amid talk of war and weapons of mass destruction. But jumping ahead seven years, he’s frustrated by a Democratic front-runner for president. Ailes, superbly played by Russell Crowe, insists the candidate always be called Barack Hussein Obama. “It’s a sign of respect,” he claims slyly. “Like Martin Luther King.” A visit to his Ohio hometown foreshadows huge changes.
4) “The Good Fight,” 10 p.m., CBS. Mike Kresteva (Matthew Perry) continues to be a major problem, just as he was on “The Good Wife.” Now he’s taking his case against the firm to a grand jury.
5) And much more. Two dramas — “Burden of Truth” (8 p.m., CW) and “Big Little Lies” (9 p.m., HBO) set up next week’s season-finales. Meanwhile, “Top Gear,” the British car show, starts its 27th season at 8 p.m. on BBC America and “Sweetbitter” (misadventures in a hot restaurant) starts its second, at 9 and 9:30 on Starz. Also, “Sharkfest” begins on National Geographic, with “When Sharks Attack” at 9 and 11 p.m., and “Cannibal Sharks” (yes, sharks eating sharks) at 10 p.m. and midnight.