“Jesus Christ Superstar Live" (7 p.m., NBC, Special Live Event) - The iconic rock opera stars John Legend in the title role, Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, and Alice Cooper as King Herod.
“The Child in Time” (8 p.m., PBS) - A moment of distraction triggers a crisis in the lives of a happy, successful British couple in Ian McEwan’s hauting tale of a lost child and redeemed love. Benedict Cumberbatch stars.
“King in the Wilderness” (6 p.m., HBO, Documentary Premiere) - As a father of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King’s last three - from the Voting Rights Act in 1965 to his 1968 assassination - were filled with anxiety and uncertainty as he boldly fought for equality on all fronts.
“The Crossing” (9 p.m., ABC, Series Premiere) - After 46 refugees mysteriously wash up in a small fishing town, local sheriff Jude Ellis (Steve Zahn) teams with DHS agent Emma Ren (Sandrine Holt) to assess they’re unusual claim - that they’re fleeing a war 180 years in the future. You can read my Gazette review right here.
“The Last OG” (8:30 p.m., TBS, Series Premiere) - The premiere of the comedy about an ex-con (Tracy Morgan) who is shocked to see just how much the world has changed when he’s released from prison after 15 years.
“Legion” (8 p.m., FX, Season Premiere) - Unlikely alliances are formed and the search for the Shadow King begins in the season two opener.
“The Real Housewives of New York City.” (7 p.m., Bravo, Season Premiere) - I’m not saying Tinsley Mortimer is the most pretentious name I’ve ever heard, but I’m not saying it isn’t either.
“Iron Chef Gauntlet” (7 p.m., Food, Season Premiere) - Alton Brown’s Chairman’s Challenge forces the seven chefs to show their resourcefulness by using a single protein in as many ways possible.
“Jersey Shore Family Vacation” (6 p.m., MTV, Season Premiere) - The series features original housemates Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio,” Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino who reunite in Miami for the vacation of a lifetime.
“Souther Charm” (7 p.m., Bravo, Season Premiere) - Cameran prepares for the birth of her baby, Shep confesses to the downfall of his relationship following his quest to find love and Thomas has a new love interest and all of Charleston is buzzing.
“Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity” (Netflix, Comedy Special) - Seth Rogen and friends combine stand-up, sketches and music into an outrageous comedy special that could only come from the mind of Seth. The all-star guest lineup includes Tiffany Haddish, Sarah Silverman, Michelle Wolf, John Mulaney, Michael Che, Michael J. Fox, David Chang, Ike Barinholtz, Chelsea Peretti, The Muppets, Kumail Nanjiani, Jon Lovitz, Jeff Goldblum, Sacha Baron Cohen, Nick Kroll, Post Malone, Chris Hardwick, and Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious all star.
“A Dog’s Purpose” (6 p.m., Showtime East) - This comedy-drama follows a dog as he is reincarnated as different breeds belonging to various owners. Over the course of multiple lifetimes, the canine’s existence intersects with that of a young boy who rescued him in 1962.
“Paterno” (6 p.m., HBO, Movie Premiere) - A portrait of Joe Paterno, the legendary Penn State football coach whose heralded career ended in the aftermath of the infamous Jerry Sandusky scandal. Al Pacino stars.
“Trading Spaces” (6 p.m., TLC, Season Premiere) - The show returns after a decade with fan favorites such s host Paige Davis, designers Doug Wilson and Hildi Santo Tomas, and carpenters Ty Pennington and Carter Oosterhouse.
Gazette media columnist Terry Terrones is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @terryterrones.