1) “POV: The Vote,” 9-11 p.m. today and Tuesday, PBS. Sure, there are plenty of protests this summer; a century ago, however, was another matter. “No one had ever picketed outside the White House,” historian Tina Cassidy says here. Then women did in 1917, demanding the vote. There were arrests, sentences, hunger strikes … and (on Aug. 26, 1920) victory. It was a slow path, for a movement (shown here) that was organized in 1848. This film gets lost in the in-fighting, but then returns to a passionate story.
2) “In the Dark” season-finale, 9 p.m. Thursday, CW. For the second straight season, “Dark” has started slowly and built to a crescendo. Murphy (who is blind) and friends have until midnight to find and return the drugs that Ben stashed before his death. Now they collide with Dean (the crooked ex-cop), who also wants the drugs. This has a too-long detour and strains believability, but wraps things up … and propels us toward next season. Flaws and all, “Dark” has subtly gifted actors in a gripping story.
3) “Tough as Nails” debut, 8 and 9 p.m., Wednesday, CBS. Here are the prototypes of tough-guy America – a retired Marine with four combat tours, two a scaffold-builder, two firemen and more. And here are tough women, too – a farmer, a welder, an ironworker … and Michelle Kiddy, a baggage-handler who is 62 and described as “5-foot-nothing.” That’s the charm of this blue-collar competition, which Phil Keoghan co-produced (with his wife), directed and hosts: It retains a solid human core.
4) “Live in Front of a Studio Audience,” 8-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, ABC. This reruns the second time ABC did a live performance of a classic “All In the Family” episode. Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei star; one dinner guest (Jesse Eisenberg) is dodging the draft; the other (Kevin Bacon) had a son who died in Vietnam. Then it’s “Good Times”: James and JJ (Andre Braugher and Jay Pharoah) favor the incumbent councilman (John Amos); Florida (Viola Davis) considers him to be a do-nothing fraud.
5) “What Would You Do?” season-opener, 10 p.m. Tuesday, ABC. A white man enters a Mississippi restaurant, with a jacket bearing the Confederate flag. A black man asks him to take it off; he refuses. How will others react – and what if this happens in New York? Both are played out in this hidden-camera show from ABC News. Other scenes involve a guy planning a “revenge porn” e-mail … a cashier berated for helping a homeless man … and a kid in a superhero suit, wanting others to join in.
6) “Greanleaf,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oprah Winfrey Network. In this final season, lives are being torn apart. The Bishop and First Lady (Keith David and Lynn Whitfield) have lost their mega-church and are trying to start a new one. Their daughter, Charity, resists joining them; their son Jacob suspects his dad was responsible for murder. And there eldest child Grace? Her long-lost son A.J. has barely survived a suicide attempt. He tells why tonight, in an hour that ranges from strong, solid drama to soapy excess.
7) “Cannonball” debut, 9 p.m. Thursday, USA. Here’s one way to spend your summer: Zoom down a slide at 75 miles an hour, then propel in the air for 45 feet before splashdown. In the episode we saw (not necessarily the opener) that happened to lots of stridently eccentric souls, including a gospel singer, an oyster shucker, two stuntpeople and a retired cop who says “I eat a lot of food and drink a lot of beer.” The result is loud and fast, in a silly, summer-y way. “This is so stupid,” one woman opines.
8) “American Masters: Unladylike,” 10 p.m., Friday, KVPT. Bbefore women could vote for president, they were winning in the West. In Utah, Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon was elected state senator in 1896; she sparked health reforms, then was ousted because of her husband’s polygamy. In Montana, Jeannette Rankin was elected to Congress in 1916 and again in 1940. She voted against both world wars … the second time eluding an angry mob. This strong hour has three more stories of world-changing women.
9) “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m. Saturday, NBC. It was beefy-guy night, when this aired on Super Bowl eve. JJ Watt, 6-foot-5, 288, hosted; Luke Combs, 5-8, 198, sang. Watt is a pro football star – three times named defensive player of the year. Combs played football in high school (and later worked as a bouncer), but then soared as a singer. He’s had eight songs reach No. 1 on the country chart; “Beautiful Crazy” stayed for seven weeks. Here, he offers the musical message: “Beer Never Broke My Heart.”
10) Season-finales Sunday: “Hightown,” 8 p.m., Starz; “Snowpiercer,” 9 and 9:58 p.m., TNT. You can watch two stories wrap up – one set in the gritty present, the other in the post-apocalyptic future. Starsz has Monica Raymund as a Fisheries officer, bleak and alcoholic, who’s entangled in a murder mysteryt; it reruns at 10:02 p.m. and 1:02 a,m, “Snowpiercer” has Daveed Diggs as the world’s only surviving homicide detective. On a non-stop train, he’s been trying to solve murders and foment a revolution.