TV column for Saturday, July 28


TONIGHT'S MUST-TRY:
“Pink Collar Crimes” debut, 8 p.m., CBS.

Americans seem to
savor the notion of peaceful-looking suburban women pulling a big
heist. That theme has scored on TV (“Claws,” “Good Girls”)
and in movies (“Mad Money,” “Ocean's Eight”).

Now it's
non-fiction's turn, telling true stories of felonious females. In the
opener, CBS says, a soccer mom drops her kids off at school and robs
a bank in her red minivan. Such things happen: In 2010, Roxanne
Pennock, a mother of five, pleaded guilty to robbing four California
banks in her red minivan.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Little Big Shots,” 8 p.m., NBC.

Here's a pleasant
little habit for the second half of summer, with reruns of this fun
show at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays.

Tonight, Steve
Harvey meets an 8-year-old magician from England and a pair of
5-year-olds – one a basketball sportscaster, the other a “Beauty
and the Beast” superfan. On Sunday, performers will be even
younger, with a 4-year-old “La La Land” superfan and a 3-year-old
viral star with his pet dog.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Victoria & Abdul” (2017), 8 p.m., HBO.

At any age, Queen
Victoria keeps fascinating us. PBS' “Victoria” started when she
was 18, thrust into a reign she wasn't prepared for. Now this
excellent film catches her at 68.

Celebrating her 50th
year as queen, she travels to India, where a Muslim servant is
assigned to her; a global friendship begins. Stephen Frears -- the
gifted director of “The Queen,” “Florence Foster Jenkins” and
more – directed, with Judi Dench, 83, perfect as Victoria.

Other choices
include:

“Raiders of the
Lost Ark” (1981), noon and 9 p.m., Paramount. Steven Spielberg's
superb adventure leads an all-Indiana Jones days. Its sequels are at
3 p.m. (1984) and 6 p.m. (1989), with the belated and unneeded fourth
film (2008) preceding them at 9 a.m.

“Jack Reacher”
(2012), 5 p.m., FX. It's a Tom Cruise double feature, on the weekend
when his latest “Mission Impossible” reaches theaters. FX has
“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” (2011) at 8.

“America's
Funniest Home Videos,” 8 p.m., ABC. Kids offer some of the fun
tonight. One girl wants a lavish life; another, tragically, has
misplaced her lollipop. Also, a boy has a fish stuck in his shorts.

“In An Instant,”
9-11 p.m., ABC. Melissa Dohme has said she “spent the worst and
best day of my life” with Cameron Hill. The worst came in 2012,
when her ex-boyfriend stabbed her 32 times; Hill, an emergency
responder, helped carry her from an ambulance to a helicopter. The
best came four years later, when Dohme, 25, and Hill, 42, were
married. This film re-creates the story.

“Sharks Gone
Wild,” 10 p.m., Discovery. “Shark Week” has lots of reruns
today, plus some new hours at night. This one compiles events from
the past year, including news stories and viral videos.

“Saturday Night
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Amy Schumer hosts this rerun, with Kacey
Musgraves as music guest.

ALSO: A strong
movie night has “The Help” (2011) at 6 and 9 p.m. on E, “Star
Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015) at 8 p.m. on TNT and “Charlie and
the Chocolate Factory” (2005) at 8:15 p.m. on Freeform. Also,
Stanley Kubrick's “Paths of Glory” (1957) is 8 p.m. ET on Turner
Classic Movies.

TV column for Friday, July 27


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Killjoys,”10 p.m., Syfy.

“When did life get
so weird?” Johnny asks his brother. It's always been kind of odd
around this show ... but tonight's episode tosses the weirdness into
hyperdrive.

Last week's
season-opener found Dutch immersed in an alternate world. She's still
there, but this hour focuses on the others,especially the brothers
and Delle Seyah. When last seen, they were in an elevator, drifting
in space. Now they're on a distatnt planet, where a medical procedure
inadvertently transforms Johnny's personality. Add in Zeph – the
delightful lab nerd turned heroine – and you have a great hour.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Quantico,” 8 p.m., ABC.

A week before the
series finale, Alex (Priyanka Chopra) is in peril yet again.

She's already been
an FBI agent, a CIA agent and (twice) a national fugitive; it's been
a busy three seasons. Now she's in a black-ops unit, lured to
Ireland. Tonight, she meets someone from her past; next week brings
the final showdown with this year's villain, Conor Devlin.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.

This reruns one of
the show's busiest episodes, which churned up most of the Reagan
family and more. After hearing a grieving mother's outrage, Danny
re-examines a murder case ... upsetting his siste Erin, who was the
prosecutor who dropped it for lack of evidence.

Meanwhile, Eddie –
the police partner of their brother Jamie – has been shot. Also,
their dad (the police commissioner) has rouble with the mayor and
Erin faces her ex-husband in court.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE II: “Orange is the New Black,” any time, Netflix.

The much-honored
show – four Emmys and a pile of nominations, included ones for best
drama AND best comedy – offers its sixth season, set just a week
after last year's prison riot.

Also today, Netflix
opens the seasons for a kids show (“The Worst Witch”) and a
drama-documentary mix (“Roman Empire,” now focusing on Julius
Caesar). Another streaming service, Britbox, counters with “The
Bletchley Circle: San Francisco,” a spin-off of a brainy drama that
aired on PBS.

Other choices
include:

“American Nina
Warrior,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. This reruns the Dallas city finals.

“The Resident,”
8 p.m., Fox. Nicolette and Conrad insist on admitting a homeless
woman who may have been dumped at the hospital during its Charity
Ball. Also in this rerun, a male escort offers surprisingly good
advice; Micah returns for a check-up ... and falls even harder for
Mina.

“The Orville,” 9
p.m., Fox. In this rerun, a shuttle has been thrown into uncharted
space, wih Dr. Finn, her sons and Isaac inside. The rescue effort
ends up on a moon that's far from the Orville.

“Hawaii Five-0,”
9 p.m., CBS. The headmaster of a private school has been murdered. To
investigate, Tani and Junior pose as parents. Also in this rerun,
Adam is held captive, with his life on the line.

“Wynonna Earp,”
9 p.m., Syfy. At last, the demon who cursed the Earps reveals
himself.

“Landmarks Live,”
10 p.m., PBS. The three-hour “Food Flirts” season has ended, so
PBS has a change-of-pace: It follows “The Great British Baking
Show” with this rerun of an Andrea Bocelli concert.

TV column fo Thursday, July 26


TONIGHT'S MUST-TRY:
“Swedish Dicks” season-opener, 10 and 10:30 p.m., Pop.

With a little
channel-hopping, Thursday is a great night for summer comedy. Go from
CBS' “Big Bang” and “Young Sheldon” reruns to NBC's hilarious
“Trial & Error” and then this oddity.

Peter Stormare
co-created it for his native Sweden, but films it in Los Angeles. He
and Johan Glans play Swedes who are unlicensed detectives, with Traci
Lords as their strongest competitor. In the first, episode, street
performers feel there's a thief among them; in the second, a crooked
mystic brings visions of their late partner (Keanu Reeves). The
result is slow, odd and sometimes quite funny.

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Trial & Error: Lady, Killler,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., NBC.

Here's the
mid-section of the night's comedy splurge, as things get worse for
Josh. Yes, his client (Kristen Chenoweth) is the town benefactor; the
judge set her bail at $10 – and paid it himself. But she also uses
an alias when shoplifting and as the beneficiary of her husband's
life insurance.

With inept staffers
– one doubles as a cop, the other inadvertently buys a goat –
Josh is scrambling. Now prosecutor Carol Anne Keane – using her new
slogan, “Yes We Keane” -- has a witness with handwriting (and
carnival) experience. This is broad comedy, sometimes too broad, but
very funny.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Snowfall,” 10 p.m., FX.

OK, life can't be
all comedy. This tough series – about the rise of cocaine in 1980s
Los Angeles – has two great scenes involving Franklin, the former
honor student who's become a cocaine king.

One is early and
fierce: A stranger – in a rogue CIA operation that will become
Iran-Contra – has a gun to him; if he doesn't think quickly, he'll
be dead. The other is late and quiet, as he tries to make peace with
his disapproving mom. Both remind us that this is a beautifully
crafted and deeply layered series.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE II: “The Four,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.

After clinging to
his spot for six weeks, James Graham was suddenly ousted last week.
He lost to Leah Jenea; Noah Murlass – who'd only been around for a
week – lost to JoRonelle McGhee.

Now the winners have
seats, alongside the two people who survived challenges – Sheraya J
(the one person who's been there from the start) and Ali Caldwell.
But Graham and others might still have a shot: Tonight, a week before
the finale, we'll learn which previous contestants get a second
chance.

Other choices
include:

“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. The comedy splurge starts with a funny rerun
and two guest stars: Beth Behrs (“2 Broke Girls”) has been dating
Raj ... who doesn't know she has a husband (Walton Goggins of
“Shield” and “Justified”) who's quite angry.

“Cloak &
Dagger,” 8 p.m., Freeform. When things turn bad, Tandy and Tyrone
try to regress to their bad old ways. That's not easy, they find.

“Young Sheldon,”
8:31 p.m., CBS. Sheldon asks for a computer – a big, expensive deal
back the.

“Nashville”
finale, 9 p.m., CMT. It's been a complicated, six-year ride for this
series: It was cancelled by ABC, rescued by CMT, abandoned by its
star (Connie Britton as Rayna) and now cancelled by CMT. Along the
way, there's been great music. Tonight, Deacon (Charles Estin)
fulfills a dream.

“Queen of the
South,” 9 p.m., USA. Helped by her unexpected ally, Teresa tries to
escape.

“Shooter,” 10:01
p.m., USA. Bob Lee has been probing his dad's Vietnam background and
its link to the nasty operation of Red Bama (Gerald McRaney). Now he
confronts someone from his dad's unit; also, Julie stands up to the
Bama family and Nadine sneaks into a high-tech security facility.

TV column for Wednesday, July 25


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Castle Rock” debut, any time, Hulu.

Here are all the
pieces for what could become a great series. It has Stephen King's
favorite town (Castle Rock, Maine), favorite prison (Shawshank) and
favorite mood (creepy). King didn't write it, but others did
beautifully. They're backed by superb direction and an excellent
cast.

Terry O'Quinn plays
the warden who abruptly departs the series, leaving a secret (Bill
Skarsgard) in the bowels of his prison. Andre Holland is a lawyer,
returning home to investigate, with Sissy Spacek as his mom, with a
good heart and crumbling mind. The rest, for now, is an intriguing
mystery.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Burden of Truth” debut, 8 p.m., CW.

Another lawyer
returns home for a complex case. This is maybe 40-percent as
well-made as “Castle Rock,” but it does slowly start to hold our
interest

Kristin Kreuk plays
a top lawyer in her dad's big-city firm. She's been sent back to
their home town, to help a drug firm avoid being sued by teen girls
who became ill. Now she's considered a villain by her old friends ...
and maybe by herself. Her stoic nature makes her hard to care about;
gradually, we do.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “The Originals,” 9 p.m., CW.

An epic story is
ready to cross over to its third series. “Vampire Diaries”
focused on the teens (and others) in Mystic Falls ... “Originals”
follows some angry grown-ups in New Orleans ... When it ends next
week, it will set up “Legacies,” at mid-season, based in Mystic
Falls' school for the gifted.

First, a crisis:
Klaus' teen daughter Hope, the world's only vampire-witch-werewolf,
is dying. He has a desperate plan that needs Caroline, in Mystic
Falls. There are contrived detours, via Alaric and Elijah, but this
is still an excellent hour, because Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) is
so well written and played.

Other choices
include:

“Mission:
Impossible” movies, 5, 8, 9:30 and 11 p.m., cable. Two days before
Tom Cruise's latest “MI” reaches theaters, we get a quick crash
course. FX has he most recent ones -- “Ghost Protocol” (2011) at
5 p.m., “Rogue Nation” (2015) at 8 and 11; Stars has the original
(1996) at 9:30.

“World of Dance,”
8-10 p.m., NBC. Sprawling across eight Tuesday hours, judges saw some
incredibly gifted dancers, nudging them to this round: In two-hour
blocks on Wednesdays, the acts will “duel.”

“Young &
Hungry” series finale, 8 and 8:30 p.m., Freeform. From the
beginning, this comedy has been too broad and giddy, but has had are
some OK laughs. Emily Osment plays a chef, in love with Josh, her
rich boss. In tonight's first episode, she learns he does magic
tricks; in the second, he buys a yacht.

“Modern Family,”
9 p.m., ABC. After a night out, Luke is missing. Also in this rerun,
Hayley is desperate to land an interview.

“Kingdoms of the
Sky,” 9 p.m., PBS. A terrific, three-week series ends in the Andes.
That includes a driver who has had the same perilous route for 50
years – on a road one foot wider than his bus.

“24 Hours to Hell
and Back,” 9 p.m., Fox. After “MasterChef” (8 p.m., with 14
chefs remaining), we can see Gordon Ramsay in Wichita, trying to save
a restaurant that serves people and dogs.

“Reverie,” 10
p.m., NBC. At first, the virtual-reality task seems basic – help an
old woman relive her lost love. But as Mara dives deeper, she
realizes there might be a greater mission.

“Queen Sugar,”
10 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. In the previous episodes (rerunning
at 8 and 9), Violet tried to set up a pie business and Charley
continued her battle with San Landry. Tonight, Violet learns the fate
of the business and Charley receives some unexpected help.

TV column for Tuesday, July 24


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“10 Modern Marvels That Changed America,” 8 p.m., PBS.

The plan, Thomas
Jefferson said, was “little short of madness.” Using manpower and
horsepower, it would connect the Atlantic Ocean with the fertile
interior farmland. Somehow, it worked. The Erie Canal – 363 miles,
83 locks – was completed in 1825. It's the first in a chronological
list of marvels.

Some – the
Transcontinental Railroad, the Interstate Highways – have great
breadth; some brought extreme peril: With temperatures hitting 120,
the Hoover Dam averaged a death every two days. And some were
audacious: While reversing the flow of its river, Chicago jacked up
buildings 10 feet.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“The Middle,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC.

This terrific show
has already finished its eight-year run. Only the summer reruns
remain ... and next week, they'll step aside for a “Splitting Up
Together” rerun.

First, we get the
two episodes that preceded the excellent finale; both center in
Patricia Heaton, who drew great praise in “Everybody Loves Raymond”
(seven straight Emmy nominations, with two wins), but has been
overlooked here. In the first episode, she's again obsessing on a
royal wedding; the kids try to get her a trip to London. In the
second, she tries to convince Axl not to take a job in Denver.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: Even more sharks, cable.

Yes, the shark
sprees continue on two networks. That's 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. on NatGeo
Wild and all day on Discovery, with new episodes from 7 p.m. to
midnight.

Into these crowded
waters, FX somehow decides we need more sharks, with “The Shallows”
(2016) at 8 and 10 p.m. Blake Lively plays a grieving surfer on a
lonely stretch of coast. After being attacked by a great white, she
finds herself on a rocky outcropping, encircled by the predator.

Other choices
include:

“America's Got
Talent,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. It's the second round of judges cuts, this
time with Olivia Munn as the guest judge, holding the “golden
buzzer.”

“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. The body of a Navy Commander has been found. Now the team works
with Fornell (Joe Spano), the private eye and former FBI agent. Also,
it interviews a convicted investment advisor (Kevin Pollak) linked to
the victim.

“The Bold Type,”
8 p.m., Freeform. In New York, it seems, you can order out for
anything ... including a “morning after” contraceptive pill. That
story starts lightly and soon takes a strong look at Jane's health
worries. Two other stories – Kat as a spokeswoman, Sutton doing a
budget scramble – are so-so.

“Black-ish,” 9
and 9:30 p.m., ABC. In the first rerun, Dre wants his son – already
accepted by Stanford and Howard – to choose his alma mater instead.
In the second, he's writing a song for a black holiday.

“Animal Kingdom,”
9 p.m., TNT, rerunning at 10. After things went badly last week,
Smurf tries to take control away from J. Also, Deran is haunted by a
decision from his past.

“World of Dance,”
10 p.m., NBC. The good news is that this final round of qualifiers is
stuffed with awesome talent. The bad: That turns the hour into a
noisy, cheery monotone.

“NCIS: New
Orleans,” 10 p.m., CBS. Family ties are key to this rerun. A murder
takes Pride to a night club where his mother used to perform. Also,
Lasalle must urgently return home to Alabama.