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Burt Bacharach’s Best

(My Music) 7:30 p.m., WGBH

With lyricist Hal David, Burt Bacharach (above left) was responsible for a stunning string of hit songs including “Walk on By,” “That’s What Friends Are For,” “A House is Not a Home,” and “What’s New Pussycat?” among many others. This special, hosted by actor Robert Wagner, features archival footage of the man himself as well as the performers who made his songs famous, including Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, and Tom Jones.


Under the Dome 10 p.m., CBS

CBS recently announced that this summer series — adapted from a Stephen King novel of the same name about a mysterious dome that encloses a small Maine town — has been renewed for a second season. King will pen the first episode. At the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills last week, CBS CEO Les Moonves addressed the question of just how long Chester’s Mill could be under a dome since the show was originally thought to be a limited series. “Why can’t they be under the dome for a long period of time? This is television. This is science fiction.”


Whose Line is It Anyway?

8 p.m., the CW

Familiar cast members from the ABC run of the series Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles, and Colin Mochrie are joined by new host Aisha Tyler as they try to wring yuks out of improvised situations. Celebrity guests will drop by to get in on the spontaneous fun including this week WNBA star Lisa Leslie.


The Bridge 10 p.m., FX

This gritty new drama about a cross-border murder investigation is shaping up to be quite gripping with great performances coming from Demian Bichir (an Oscar nominee for “A Better Life”) as a Mexican homicide detective and Diane Kruger (“Inglourious Basterds”) as his American partner in solving crime.


Hollywood Game Night

10 p.m., NBC

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The stars, they’re just like us, they sit around listening to music, cracking each other up, and playing party games. In the case of this new game show hosted by Jane Lynch of “Glee,” they also get paid for it. This week’s guests include Jason Alexander, Nick Cannon, Josh Gad, Niecy Nash, Al Roker, and Will Sasso. Our money’s on Nash.


Miss U Much 10 p.m., VH1

This week on the “where are they now?” series, host Catherine Reitman catches up with rapper Romeo, child star Mara Wilson of “Matilda” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” fame and “Growing Pains” dad Alan Thicke — father of pop soul crooner Robin.


Hell on Wheels 9 p.m., AMC

They’ve been working on the railroad for two seasons now and return for a third this week. In the two-hour premiere Elam (Common) and Cullen (Anson Mount) are looking to secure their positions with the railroad. New show-runner John Wirth told reporters at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills that there are some changes afoot. “The show kicked off with revenge being the motive and I think that gets wearisome for people over time, and so we’ve shifted gears into an area of redemption or, as we call it this season, reconstruction.”


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