Garth Brooks joins Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Josh Groban and the pop group fun. in "Teachers Rock" (8 p.m., CBS), a charity concert to
I'm always amused, and a little confused, when I hear the word "rock" used as a verb -- particularly on the title of a show mostly headlined by country
artists. I guess "Teachers Twang" just didn't sound right. In addition to musical performances, viewers will hear personal anecdotes about inspiring teachers from such
musicians as Dave Grohl (of the Foo Fighters), Usher, and Adam Levine and James Valentine (of Maroon 5), as well as actors, including Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jennifer Garner.
---Mayor Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer) prepares for his greatest political triumph without the help of his dedicated aides as "Boss" (9 p.m., Starz, TV-MA) enters its second season. The symptoms of Kane's debilitating illness also increase in frequency and
severity, leading to tremors and even hallucinations. Unfortunately for the viewer, Kane's
affliction gives him license to go off on high-flown oratorical tangents.
"Boss" is a serious and often compelling look at big-city politics. And that should be interesting enough. But the drama reaches for the Shakespearean in almost every scene (or at least every scene including Grammer), and the drama's slightly plodding pace can get wearisome.
---"Strike Back" (10 p.m., Cinemax, TV-MA) enters its second season.
Set in the world of counter-
terrorism, "Strike" stars Philip Winchester ("Crusoe") and Sullivan Stapleton ("Animal Kingdom") as handsome tough guys who are proficient in martial arts and catnip to the ladies -- often seen here in as much undress as Cinemax allows. It's safe to say that this series does not reach for the Shakespearean.
So it's odd that "Strike" becomes the launching pad for new songs from Bob Dylan's forthcoming album "Tempest," to be released Sept. 11. This is Dylan's 50th anniversary as a recording artist and his 35th studio release. Who knew when he wrote "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Masters of War" that he'd be lending his songs to soft-porn ultra-violence?
---Speaking of music, "Re:Generation Music Project" (10 p.m., Fuse) traces the history of musical genres and showcases producers and DJs collaborating with legendary performers.
---The Baltimore Ravens host the Detroit Lions in preseason NFL action (8 p.m., Fox).
---Eden Grinshpan scours the globe for delicious and surprising ingredients on the new eight-episode series "Eden Eats" (10 p.m., Cooking). First up: Nashville.
---Todd's team targets Guyana on "Gold Rush" (9 p.m., Discovery).
---Choreographers scour cities from Washington, D.C., to Austin, Texas, to discover new talent for their dance company in the new series "A Chance to Dance" (10 p.m., Ovation), produced by "So You Think You Can Dance"
creator Nigel Lythgoe and his son, Simon Lythgoe.
---"Deadly Women" (10 p.m., Investigation Discovery, TV-14) enters its sixth season, focusing on women who kill and making distinctions between impulsive crimes of passion and the actions of sociopaths.
Written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez, the 1996 horror spoof "From Dusk Till Dawn" (7:45 p.m., IFC) stars Harvey Keitel and George Clooney and features an over-the-top, comic book approach to gruesome violence that has become a hallmark of their movies.
---A new take on nail polish on "Shark Tank" (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).
---On two episodes of "Nikita" (CW, r, TV-14): a deal offered (8 p.m.), secrets revealed (9 p.m.).
---A judge's murder galvanizes the force on "CSI: NY" (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
---Nick's mother returns on "Grimm" (9 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).
---A surrendered weapon is
connected to a crime on "Blue Bloods" (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
---Wiz Khalifa, Michael Yo, Sarah Colonna and Ryan Stout appear on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!, r).
---Zach Galifianakis and Allen Stone appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS, r).
---Jay Leno welcomes Jason Statham, Allyson Felix and the Offspring on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Nancy Pelosi, Joe Jonas and 2 Chainz visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Julie Chen and Chris Messina on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS, r).
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