"Common Law" (10 p.m., USA, TV-PG) wraps up its first season with a few hints about its origins.
After spending much of the season dismissing their mandated therapy sessions, bickering cops Travis (Michael Ealy) and Wes (Warren Kole) realize they may need them after all. This brings them back to their original therapist, Dr. Ryan (Sonya Walger, "Lost"), who agrees to treat them again only after they promise to reveal just what caused them to nearly shoot each other in the first place.
This could be a good time to wrap up the whole "Common Law" story. So far, there has been no official word from USA of a season two. As I wrote
earlier, this show borrows liberally from other USA series, including "Psych" and "Fairly Legal," but adds little that's new or special to the network's light comedy formula. The two "buddy" cops share meager chemistry and don't have much in common besides good looks.
All would be forgiven (by USA at least) if "Common Law" had a bigger audience. It's unfair to judge any program that's competing with the Olympics, but last week's airing did not attract many more viewers than the two repeat "Law & Order: SVU" episodes that preceded it. This "Law" just may be too "Common" for its own good.
Even if "Common Law" does not return, it has become part of a recent TV trend that uses group therapy as a comedy springboard, as evidenced by the Charlie Sheen FX comedy "Anger Management" and NBC's forthcoming Matthew Perry comedy "Go On," debuting Sept. 11. You may have seen a few (thousand) commercials for it during the Olympics.
---"Great Performances" (9 p.m., PBS) showcases "Tan glewood 75th Anniversary Celebration," a salute to the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, located in the Berkshire Mountains. Look for performances from the Boston Pops, Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Peter Serkin and James Taylor.
---Life, or make that death, imitates art on the set of a movie based on Brennan's book on "Bones" (8 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14). Recurring player Ryan O'Neal guest stars as Brennan's father, Max.
Many people know O'Neal from his movies ("Love Story," "Paper Moon," "Barry Lyndon"), or his tabloid lifestyle and the reality TV show based upon it. But he was a veteran of television before his big-screen fame. O'Neal appeared in all five seasons of the prime-time TV soap adaptation of "Peyton Place," the series that also made Mia Farrow a household name. Running from 1964 to 1969, "Peyton Place," aired as many as three nights a week on the ABC schedule -- 514 episodes in all. While common in daytime soaps, but rare on prime time, "Peyton Place" ran sequentially and without repeats.
---Scheduled events at the Olympics (8 p.m., NBC) include track and field, diving and cycling.
---A couple of slobs (Bill Murray and Harold Ramis) join the Army in the 1981 comedy "Stripes" (7 p.m., Spike).
---Even "normal"-looking Canad-
ian teens from a show about real-life problems can get star-struck, as they do in the 2009 musical "De grassi Goes Hollywood" (7 p.m., Teen Nick, TV-PG).
---"The Dead Files" (10 p.m., Travel, TV-PG) pays a call to a dentist's office where spooky activity has been reported.
---Somebody makes a killing in real estate on "Motives & Mur ders" (9 p.m., ID, TV-PG).
---A widowed bride needs special attention on "Randy to the Rescue" (10 p.m., TLC, TV-PG).
---A would-be victim escapes on "Evil, I" (10 p.m., ID, TV-14).
The 1936 historical drama "The Gorgeous Hussy" (2 a.m., TCM) recalls President Andrew Jackson's friendship with an innkeeper's daughter. The film part of a daylong marathon of Lionel Barrymore movies, also stars Joan Crawford and Robert Taylor.
---Jeff Daniels, Chris Franjola, Jen Kirkman, Ross Mathews and Dax Shepard appear on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!, r).
---Will Ferrell and Rufus Wainwright appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS, r).
---Lisa Kudrow, Rosemarie DeWitt and Trey Songz appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (midnight, ABC, r).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Steve Carell and Don Winslow on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS, r).
Kevin McDonough can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.