TV column for Tuesday, June 12


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“America's Got Talent” (NBC), 8-10 p.m.

For a while, it
looked like this show – still in its auditions – would have some
serious competition tonight: ABC had moved “Bachelorette” to
Tuesday (this week only), because of Monday basketball.

Alas, ABC has been
in flux lately. The basketball finals only lasted four games, instead
of seven; also, “Roseanne” -- the starter for Tuesdays – is
gone. In a late move, the network returned “Bachelorette” to
Monday and has comedy reruns – two “Middle” and two “Black-ish”
tonight. NBC can dominate.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“The Bold Type” season-opener, 8-10:02 p.m., Freeform.

The first season of
this show was a happy surprise. Sleek and smart, it was proof that
this channel has gone far from its days as ABC Family and (before
that) Fox Family and The Family Channel.

The three “Bold”
women, newcomers at a New York magazine, were vibrant and vulnerable,
assertive and caring, encased in the adventure of city life. The
plot, however, propelled too quickly; as this second season starts,
they all have bigger-deal job s and two of them have big-deal lovers.
“Bold” has lost the zest of the new-life/new-possibilities days.
Still, these are interesting people, worth following.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “The Last Defense” debut, 10:01 p.m., ABC.

In 1997, police in a
Texas town were called to a murder scene. Two boys, 6 and 5, had been
stabbed to death; the throat of their mother, Darlie Routier, had
been slashed.

Routier was
convicted and has spent two decades on death row. At 48, she insists
this was done by an intruder; she also says the prosecution misused a
video of a graveside event, an attempt to give her son a posthumous
birthday party. Now hers is one of two stories traced in a seven-week
series, produced by actress Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With
Murder”) and her husband, actor-director Julius Tennon.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE II: “The Hunger Games” conclusion (2015), 6 p.m., and
“Animal Kingdom,” 9 p.m, TNT, rerunning at 10.

It's a busy night
for this cable channel. First is the conclusion to the four-movie
“Hunger Games” epic. Then is a new round of “Animal Kingdom,”
with the family crime business wobbling.

“We need money, or
we could lose everything,” J insists. Everyone is scrambling for
money – Nicky to impress old classmates, Craig to maybe get an
apartment with Renn. Some of that is disastrous, but inside
prison,“Smurf” (Ellen Barkin) – the mother and grandmother of
these guys – keeps scheming. We're soon reminded how fierce she is
... and how flailing the others sometimes are.

Other choices
include:

“Civilizations”
return, 8 p.m., PBS. After a couple weeks of pledge drives, most
stations are now leaping into PBS' summer season. This seems to
typify the network, for good and bad. Steeply ambitious, the hour
spans the globe and spans 1,000 years, while showing artists'
depictions of nature. It's often gorgeous ... and sometimes
overwrought, with Simon Schama's overstated analysis.

“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun, the murder victim was being investigated for
bribery and fraud. Later, “48 Hours: NCIS” (10 p.m.) views
real-life cases.

“Beat Shazam,” 8
p.m., Fox. This name-that-tune show gets a personal touch, when
Michael Bolton shows up.

“The 100,” 9
p.m., CW. Pausing for a rerun, “100” shows Octavia's troubles
inside the bunker. To keep control, she turns to an unlikely ally.

“Genius,” 10
p.m., National Geographic. In the ninth chapter of the 11-week
series, we see the young Picasso finding a mad love to get away from
his troubled marriage to Olga. We also see the older Picasso fume,
when Francois Gilot resists him and follows her own artistic path.

“Million Dollar
Listing New York” season-opener, 10 p.m., Bravo. tat title is an
understatement: The new season has real-estate listings in the
multi-millions.