1) “Better Call Saul” season-finale, 9 p.m., AMC, rerunning at 11:30. Jimmy really should be used to chane, you know. He changed his business name to Saul … he married Kim … he agreed to haul the $7 million bail money for a drug dealer (for a $100,000 fee), barely surviving with Mike (they’re shown here in a previous episode) after a shoot-out and a desert trek. But the change that stunned him was when Kim gave up her big-money law firm, to work pro bono. Clearly, that’s not his style. Tonight, AMC says, they make a risky move, with tough results.
2) “Prodigal Son,” 9:01 p.m., Fox. One of the few bright spots in Malcolm’s life was Eve, the beautiful lawyer. But he learned she’s the sister of Sophie, the one woman who talked her way out of being slain by his serial-killer dad. Now Eve has broken up with him and Malcolm is about to receive more jolts. It’s a strong episode, with an ending that should bring us back next week.
3) “Independent Lens: The Hottest August,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Here’s slice-of-life filmmaking at the extreme: Brett Story simply took a camera around New York in a 2017 heat wave, sampling lives. She finds some joy – “dancing is fabulous foreplay,” one woman says – and much pain. In one scene, people learn to say “no”; in another, people pay money to break things. “There is a lot of stress,” one man explains.
4) “Balthazar” new season, www.acorn.tv. Dr. Raphael Balthazar is a brilliant forensic pathologist with a troubled mind. In this French series (with sub-titles), he sees and talks to his wife (who was killed 12 years ago) and other dead people. As this second season begins, he ponders asking Chief Inspector Helene Bach to help find his wife’s killer. There are also cases to be probed; the first is extreme, defying believability. But if you wanted subtlety, you wouldn’t be watching a talking-to-the-dead show.
5) ALSO: This is the second week for the likable-enough “The Baker and the Beauty” (10 p.m. on ABC) and back-to-back reality-romance shows – “Listen To Your Heart” (8-10 p.m., ABC) and “Songland” (10:01 p.m.), NBC. CBS launches “kids week” on “Let’s Make a Deal” (11 a.m.) and reruns a funny “Bob (Hearts) Abishola” at 8:30, with Bob stepping hesitantly into Abishola’s church.