1) “Independent Lens: Pipe Dreams,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Here’s a documentary formula that has worked well lately: Pick a competition, meet some contestants in advance, then follow them and hope you get lucky. That’s worked for a spelling bee, a crossword contest, a science fair and even duck-stamp artists. Now it works wonderfully for a pipe-organ competition. “Dreams” (shown here with Alcee Chriss) has great visuals, powerful music and interesting people from the U.S., China and Germany. You’ll root for them.
2) “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” season-opener, 9 p.m., CW. This mini-network keeps finding fresh ways to avoid reruns. It has imported shows from England and Canada … and summertime science fiction … and comedians and magicians. This show has talented people trying to do a trick that Penn & Teller can’t master. It starts a no-rerun stretch that takes CW all the way to 8:30 p.m. Friday.
3) “The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever!” 8-11 p.m., ABC. Last week, we re-lived the 2015 “Bachelorette,” with Kaitlyn Bristowe choosing Shawn Booth. They broke up, of course; they usually do. Now we follow Ben Higgins, who finished third with Bristowe, as he gets to choose.
4) “Bob (Hearts) Abishola,” 8:30, CBS. Bob and Abishola were getting closer to an actual romance, when his mom had a stroke. Abishola has agreed to help care for her, but she also has her regular job as a cardiac nurse. In a funny rerun, Bob and his siblings – who aren’t the caregiving sort – are frazzled.
5) “Jazz on a Summer’s Day” (1959), 8 p.m.ET, Turner Classic Movies. In a summer when concerts vanished, here’s a chance to hear greats at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. There’s Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Chuck Berry (really), Dinah Washington and more – including Thelonious Monk, who’s then profiled in “Straight, No Chaser” (1988) at 9:30. If you prefer scripted films, TCM has Jack Lemmon gems – “Some Like It Hot” (1959) at 3:30 p.m. ET and “The Apartment” (1960) at 5:45.