What’s Worth Watching: NCIS, Megyn Kelly Presents, Frontline and more for Tuesday, May 17
NCIS (8/7c, CBS): TV’s most popular crime franchise says goodbye to one of its most beloved characters with the departure of Michael Weatherly as irreverent hero Tony DiNozzo. Robert Wagner returns as Tony Sr. as part of the sendoff, and as the manhunt continues for an escaped British spy, Sarah Clarke (as FBI Special Agent Tess Monroe) and Duane Henry (as MI6 Office Clayton Reeves) continue their presumed tryout to fill Tony’s shoes. And good luck with that. (Weatherly fans shouldn’t despair; he’ll be back on CBS next season in Bull as a trial/jury consultant.)
Megyn Kelly Presents (8/7c, Fox): The glamorous Fox News anchor, who famously tangled with Donald Trump while moderating a GOP debate—an event that boosted both of their public profiles—makes her bid to be the next Barbara Walters with her first network prime-time interview special, a flashy mix of celebrity and politics. Trump is the headlining guest, agreeing to be interviewed after they famously buried the hatchet. (Who’s using who? Debate among yourselves.) Other guests include actor Michael Douglas, O.J. “dream team” attorney Robert Shapiro, so infamously portrayed by John Travolta in FX’s recent miniseries, and Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox, who’ll likely have something to say on the transgender issues that have created a recent cultural firestorm.
Frontline (10/9c, PBS; check local listings at pbs.org): From investigative filmmaker Michael Kirk, who has produced many of this news program’s most far-reaching reports (Bush’s War, The Choice), comes The Secret History of ISIS, a sobering account of the terrorist group’s rise and the decisions of two U.S. administrations that inadvertently created conditions for this deadly faction to flourish.
Inside Tuesday TV: Tis the time for finales, including a two-hour showdown between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hive on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (9/8c) which is promising some significant twists of fate, and possibly mortality. … On a lighter note, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat (8/7c) finds Eddie (Hudson Yang) worried about introducing his girlfriend to Tiger Mom Jessica (the hilarious Constance Wu) because she’s not Chinese. … In the penultimate episode of AMC’s riveting The Night Manager (10/9c), Roper (Hugh Laurie) looks within his inner circle to root out the traitor, with surprising results. … There’s also a mole on NCIS: New Orleans (9/8c, CBS) in the second-season finale, which complicates the team’s search for 900 pounds of missing explosive.