1) “Council of Dads,” 8 p.m., NBC. Basically, everyone is mad at everyone: Luly (shown here) rages at Anthony, for never mentioning that he (not Scott) is her father. Theo fumes at Anthony for ignoring his dreams of being a chef. Everyone’s mad at Anthony for leaving and at Luly because her family essay went online. Now all of that peaks as a hurricane roars in … and a baby is due … and much more. You can gripe about overkill and about too many lunk-headed moves, but it still adds up to a gripping hour.
2) “In the Dark,” 9 p.m,, CW. Once merely an OK show, “Dark” has been joltingly good lately. Last week, Murphy (who is blind) was about to be killed by Nia … who instead was killed by Murphy’s ex-friend Jess. Now a terrific hour jumps back (to tell how Jess got there) and ahead, with a body-burial dilemma, The story is fed by two past betrayals – by Jess’ girlfriend and by Murphy’s ex-boyfriend Max. Played with subtle perfection by Brooke Markham, Jess has become one of TV’s best characters.
3) “Broke” series-finale, 9:30 p.m., CBS. This has been a doomed timeslot. Tucked behind a terrific comedy (“Mom”), both “Carol’s Second Act” and “Broke” have failed. They had likable stars (Patricia Heaton and Pauley Perrette, respectively) and good concepts, but were dragged down by supporting character who were way too goofy. Tonight, young Sammy’s birthday party is moved to the back yard.
4) “Burden of Truth,” 8 p.m., Fox. This case is expanding quickly: To help her friend, Joanna might have to file a class-action suit against Child Services. Meanwhile, Billy’s estranged father offers a tip that could bring a breakthrough.
5) “Lady Sings the Blues” (1972), 9:45 p.m., ET Turner Classic Movies, Diana Ross steps into the tangled life and brilliant music of Billie Holiday. Ross is first-rate, boosted by the skill of director Sidney Furie and co-stars Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor. For a different cinema experience, TCM has beach movies from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. We didn’t realize “Beach Blanket Bingo” (10:30 a.m.) is a classic.