As any decorator knows, a few arty touches can go a
"A Crime To Remember" (10 p.m., ID, TV-14) enhances the murder-mystery re-enactment procedural with a little style. They've clearly hired wardrobe and set-design people with "Mad Men" aspirations.
In addition to period details like clothes,
furniture, cars, appliances and cigarettes, "Crime" is filled with distinctive camera angles and out-of-focus shots that give the show a slightly indie-film feel. They even borrowed (make that stole) title cards from Saul Bass' famous poster for "Anatomy of a Murder." Somebody had fun making this show look right and look good. Or at least look better than the usual re-enactments on "48 Hours Mys tery."
First up on "Crime" is the Alice Crimmins case, a story from 1965 about the murder of two small children in the modest, working-class Kew Gardens section of the New York City borough of Queens. Crimmins was separated from her husband and enjoying an active sex life at the time of her children's disappearance and death. Although police found little or no evidence linking her to the murders, authorities hounded her for years and all but railroaded a conviction.
Experts and journalists who followed the trial at the time contend Crimmins was essentially the victim of her conservative neighbors and the male, Irish-Catholic values of the New York City Police Department. If they couldn't prove murder, they would imprison her for being a "loose" woman.
---Looking for another lurid true-crime special offering retro-re-enactments? "Captur ing Oswald" (10 p.m., Military) recalls the efforts of the Dallas Police Department, particularly its elite homicide detective squad, in the frantic moments after President Kennedy's assassination in 1963.
For decades, the Dallas police have been criticized for allowing Jack Ruby to shoot Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, on their watch in their headquarters on live television. According to "Cap turing," this obscured some excellent detective work and the fact that they captured Oswald within two hours of the shooting and had built a pretty solid case against him over that weekend.
Much like "JFK: The Smoking Gun" (10 p.m., Reelz, r), "Capturing Oswald" recalls the chaotic, circuslike atmosphere created by a crush of federal agents with clashing agendas, hordes of descending media and a rubber-necking public. There's little wonder why one mournful weekend has inspired a half-century of conspiracy theories.
---Airing in place of a "Scandal" repeat, "20/20" (10 p.m., ABC) reviews America's top 10 scandals. I think it's a scandal when news stoops to hype for the entertainment
---TV-themed DVDs available today include "Dexter: The Complete Series."
---Deadly secrets emerge
on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---Stacy Keach guest stars on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Live eliminations on "The Voice" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---The seance rattles Luke on "Ravenswood" (9 p.m., ABC Family, TV-14).
---Severide encounters a needy case on "Chicago Fire" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---The Irish partners make
difficult demands on "Sons of Anarchy" (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA).
Bill Pullman and Patricia Arquette star in director David Lynch's 1997 mystery "Lost Highway" (10:30 p.m., Sundance).
---Hit-and-run on "NCIS" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).
---Tennis court oaths on "Dads" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---A face from the past fills Hayley with fear on "The Origi nals" (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
---Clock ticks on "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Unwanted take-out menus on "New Girl" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---The neighbors seem too perfect on "The Goldbergs" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---Tablets turned on "Super- natural" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---Danny gets the wrong impression on "The Mindy Project" (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Vermin descend on "Trophy Wife" (9:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---Checkmate looms on "Person of Interest" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Joe Scarborough is scheduled on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Dax Shepard, Regina Hall and Sean Patton appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).
---Avril Lavigne, Josh Wolf, April Richardson and Loni Love are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---David Christian sits down on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Michael J. Fox appears on "Late Show With David Letter man" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes Matt Lauer and Cults on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Robin Williams and The Killers appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).
---Mariah Carey, Malcolm Gladwell and Capital Cities visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Ron Perlman and Lupita Nyong'o on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
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