TV tonight: Rizzoli & Isles and Perception on TNT: 2 basic cable gems

Rizzoli & Isles is in the midst of most successful season yet

Photo: TNT/Rizzoli & Isles

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2013 —For most viewers, the obvious choice tonight will be the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, but there are some great alternatives that don’t include reality programming or reruns.

CW has revived the series “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Although the show was never a ratings giant, it is still an enjoyable improvisational comedy. The new show will include old regulars Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady, but without the original host Drew Carey. Comedienne Aisha Tyler (Archer, The Talk) has stepped in to fill Carey’s shoes is a slightly more risqué version tailored for the younger CW audience.

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CW’s second new offering for the night; “Perfect Score” is yet another tired dating reality show with a slight twist that involves a monetary gain for contestants. Just what we need, another chance to see love relegated to the machinations of reality show producers. Take a pass on this one.

“Rizzoli & Isles” on TNT at 9 p.m. season four premiere was the highest-rated cable premiere of the summer, drawing 6.6 million total viewers. This reflects a double-digit increase over season three, due in part to the lack of quality programming on the major broadcast networks. But don’t sell “Rizzoli & Isles” short. Not only is the show having a great fourth season, it recently landed a syndications deal with 170 markets.

Another enjoyable TNT offering is “Perception,” tonight at 10 p.m. The show stars Eric McCormack, best known for his role as Will on “Will & Grace.”  McCormack plays a talented but eccentric neuropsychiatrist who is enlisted by the FBI to assist in solving some of its most complex cases in Chicago.

McCormack is joined by Rachael Leigh Cook, Kelly Rowan, LeVar Burton and Scott Wolf in supporting roles. These seasoned actors all add up to a great ensemble cast, even if Scott Wolf’s role as U.S. Attorney Donny Ryan is quite possibly the most annoying character on TV right now.

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Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Extreme Weight Loss: (New) Chris helps music producer and DJ Mehrbod break the cycle of his food addiction, rewarding his first milestone met by helping him buy an engagement ring for his girlfriend.

CBS: NCIS: (Repeat) While on medical leave, Ducky personally orders the exhumation of a Navy commander’s body in order to reexamine a closed case from 12 years ago.

FOX: MLB All-Star Game: From New York: (Live) FOX SPORTS presents the 84th Annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

NBC: Hollywood Game Night: (Repeat) Contestants team up with celebrities to play a series of party games in this competition show hosted by Jane Lynch. The series premiere features star players Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Martin Short, Kristen Bell, Daniel Dae Kim and Alyson Hannigan.

CW: Whose Line is it Anyway?: (New) The improvisational-comedy showcase featuring a panel of talented performers who wing it unscripted and unrehearsed returns. In the opener, Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”) and comedian Gary Anthony Williams appear.

8:30 p.m.

CW: Whose Line is it Anyway?: (New) Kevin McHale; comedian Heather Anne Campbell.

9 p.m.

CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (Repeat) Callen and Sam join forces with NCIS: Red, a mobile team of agents who live together and investigate crimes in various locations, to track down a terrorist.

NBC: America’s Got Talent: (New) Acts compete at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

CW: Perfect Score: (New) Two close friends with a self-proclaimed “bromance” compete for a date and cash in the opener of this series, in which contestants attempt to pick the person compatibility tests have determined to be their ideal match.

9:30 p.m.

CW: Perfect Score: (New) Two friends compete for a chance to win a date and cash as they attempt to successfully identify their perfect match from a group of 12 prospects in the series premiere of this dating show. Hosted by Arielle Kebbel.

10 p.m.

ABC: Body of Proof: (Repeat) Megan and Tommy are faced with an unusual investigation when a couple claims their daughter was killed by the devil.

CBS: Person of Interest: (Repeat) Finch goes undercover at a corporation to investigate its leading tech executive. Meanwhile, Beecher provides incriminating evidence against a fellow detective, causing Carter to question his integrity.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Pretty Little Liars at 8 p.m. on ABCFAM

Nine for IX at 8 p.m. on ESPN

Deadliest Catch: On Deck at 8 p.m. on DSC

Property Virgins at 8 and 8:30 p.m. on HGTV

The Haves and Have Nots at 9 p.m. on OWN

Dance Moms at 9 p.m. on Life

Covert Affairs at 9 p.m. on USA

Twisted at 9 p.m. on ABCFAM

Rizzoli & Isles at 9 p.m. on TNT

Deadliest Catch at 9 p.m. on DSC

Mythbusters at 8 and 9 and 10 p.m. on SCI

Weird or What? at 8 and 9 and 10 p.m. on SCI

Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis at 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Storage Wars New York at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on A&E

Gangsters: America’s Most Evil at 10 p.m. on BIO

Perception at 10 p.m. on TNT

My Teen is Pregnant and so am I at 10 p.m. on TLC

Pretty Wicked Moms at 10 p.m. on Life

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

Catfish: The TV Show at 10 p.m. on MTV

Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Shipping Wars at 10 p.m. on A&E

Property Envy at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on BRAVO

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Smokey and the Bandit on AMC

Still Crazy on FLIX

True Grit on FX

Jarhead on IFC

That Thing You Do! On SUND

Never so Few on TCM

9 p.m.

Megamind on FXM

Ted on HBO

Pitch Perfect on HBO

The Newsroom on HBO

Alien Resurrection on MOMAX

Later tonight:

Traffic at 9:35 p.m. on SHO

A Good Year at 9:45 p.m. on SUND

The Man with the Iron Fists at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

Man on a Ledge at 10 p.m. on TMC

Siren of Bagdad at 10:15 p.m. on TCM

Moneyball at 10:35 p.m. on STARZ

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