While we are by no means not reverent for the day and those who have died in service, for purposes of recommending shows we go in a different direction with a pair of love stories — one real, the other “real”… or maybe both real… or both “real.” We can’t really tell anymore. We’ve also got the origin story of a devastating disease that quietly is threatening to imperil us all even now.
The Hot Zone [Nat Geo, 9p]
I’m always a sucker for an outbreak series, and this one has The Good Wife herself Juliana Marguiles and is based on the classic 1995 Richard Preston book about the origins of Ebola and those who fought it.
Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal [Lifetime, 8p]
Lifetime’s sequel to last year’s “hit” is going to be so bad it’s good. Follow the highly-fictionalized account of Harry and Megan’s first year of marriage!
The Bachelorette [ABC, 8p]
Hannah continues her journey to find true love. We’re down to twelve men, so you can start learning names now.
ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:
- We’re not sure if this is a sign of a society with good humor or an omen beckoning the apocalypse, but Jeff Ross is back and instead of going after living targets, he expands the playing field to revered figures (which according to the press includes Abe Lincoln and Freddie Mercury). It’s Historical Roasts and it’s on Netflix.
- While we love Colin Quinn and know the stage show on which this is based earned high praise, we’re not sure that the age of Trump is the particular time for the bothsides-ism of CNN’s Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State — but all power to him for trying.
- It’s always the time for remembering the comedy of the late SNL star Chris Farley, although his friend Adam Sandler’s SNL tribute of a few weeks ago will be hard to beat. Not that A&E is trying to do that with Chris Farley: Anything For A Laugh.
- Discovery Channel is debuting a show called Dirty Mudder Truckers tonight, so do what you will with that.
- You probably also don’t need much more than the title to get what Hallmark Channel’s Love In The Sun is about — and Hallmark does make you click quite a few times to learn it is more specifically about a dating app developer whose firmly held beliefs are challenged when she reconnects with her high school sweetheart — presumably in a place that provides many rays.
- If your TV movie needs run darker, there’s always the true crime-y goodness of ID’s Rebecca Zahau: An ID Murder Mystery ready and waiting for you.
- It’s curtains for The Greatest Show on Earth — which on one hand is an end of an era, but on the other end means less elephant abuse — and AXS pays tribute to its last big performance with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey: The Final Farewell.
- Finally for us, if you’re thinking one hour of royals is not enough, while Lifetime is not stopping there, but are reversing the names for the baby tribute — which we’re not sure is progressive or offensive — with Meghan & Harry: Baby Fever.