WE TV, 6:00 p.m. ET
SERIES PREMIERE: This new series comes from modern horror mavens Eli Roth and Jason Blum, and stars Mena Suvari from American Beauty as an exorcist who lives, and works, with a demon inside her. It’s an inventive premise for the genre, and allows Suvari, essentially, to play three different roles. There’s Maria, who tries to exorcise the demons hidden within others; Abigail, her demon self in full rotten-teeth, Linda Blair mode; and a sexier Abigail, still demonic, but with piercing emerald eyes, red lipstick, a sexy wardrobe, and an attitude to match. But this is no Orphan Black acting tour de force, and the special effects here, considering the executive producers involved, are cheesy enough to be entertaining in their own right. Or their own wrong. The reason I mention South of Hell is that We TV is launching it in a noteworthy manner: All Season 1 episodes back to back, in a mini-marathon starting at 6 p.m. ET. So it’s an instant binge, offered by cable, not streaming. Although, after seeing the premiere, only the alluring Abigail might be enough to possess you, so to speak, to stay tuned.
Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET
The young cooks on this series generally are more supportive than their more “mature” adult counterparts. They help each other out when things go south, work better in groups when asked, and are nicer to each other throughout. That’ll be on full view in tonight’s episode, as the 18 young contestants still standing, and cooking, are divided into their first team challenge. But one aspect of these Junior chefs that’s not as much fun to watch compared to the MasterChef adults: When they lose, or get bad reviews about their prepared dishes, they try to hold back tears, and often fail.
A&E, 8:00 p.m. ET
SEASON PREMIERE: This Poppy Montgomery series, in which she stars as an NYPD detective with eidetic memory, premiered on CBS, was canceled, was revived by CBS after international sales made it profitable to continue, then was canceled again. But instead of dying, Unforgettable has moved on – to a new home on A&E, with new episodes featuring a new supporting cast and a freer censorial standard. So Montgomery’s Carrie, in Season 4, swears more than she did before. Otherwise, this show should be similar enough to appeal to its remaining former fans – while not, I suspect, drawing many new ones.
PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET
Andrea Bocelli is the headliner of this concert celebrating music from the movies, from classic 1930s musicals like “Cheek to Cheek” from Top Hat
to “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic.
Fellow performers include Arianda Grande and David Foster. For a full review, see David Hinckley’s All Along the Watchtower. Check local listings.
HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET
Bruce Springsteen has been featured before in HBO mini-documentary specials tied to the release, or re-release, of a particular album. And here he is again, exploring and explaining the songs and recording process behind The River,
all keyed to newly packaged versions celebrating its 35th
anniversary. For a full review, see David Hinckley’s All Along the Watchtower.