1) “Great Performances: Now Hear This” season-opener, 9 p.m., PBS. For almost 30 years, Joseph Haydn worked for a mega-rich family in rural Hungary and Austria. The bad news was that he was a servant – wearing a uniform, traveling with the family, sometimes even pouring drinks. The good: He was the music-master and had his own small orchestra. Now violinist Scott Yoo (shown here) visits and plays in the rooms where Haydn molded string-quartet music; he also visits influences, from bagpipers to gypsy bands.
2) “Ratched,” any time, Netflix. One of TV’s most potent combinations has been producer Ryan Murphy and star Sarah Paulson. From Marcia Clark in the O.J. Simpson story to a two-headed carnival star in “American Horror Story,” she’s won an Emmy and six nominations in his roles. Now they link for the early years of Mildred Ratched, the domineering nurse in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Also today, Netflix debuts “Camp Cretaceous,” an animated tale of teens during “Jurassic World.” And Peacock introduces “Willmore,” with smart comic Larry Willmore offering his weekly view on the enws.
3) “MacGyver,” 8 p.m., CBS. When was the last time a modern action-adventure included three noted inventors – Nikola Tesla, his enemy Thomas Edicson and Alexander Graham Bell? All of them show up in this rerun, when Mac is put in a dream state.
4) “America’s Got Talent,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. On Tuesday, viewers will see one more set of performances and vote; the next day, “Talent” will have its 15th champion. First here’s a rerun from this week, with 11 acts going for the final five spots in the finals.
5) “World’s Funniest Animals” debut, 9 and 9:30 p.m., CW. The animals are funny; the humans aren’t. There are surfing dogs, a biking parrot, a piano-playing dog and even an overly-flirty elephant. These are fun clips, but the host (Elizabeth Stanton) is inane and her commentators (with the exception of Brian Cooper) are no help, apparently chosen for cuteness, not cleverness.