Tonight's Best TV

A Daily Guide to Notable Shows by Ray Rahman

9-11PM HBO

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

Mick Jagger produced this superlative documentary about James Brown and is on hand to admit that he stole everything from the late soul legend's live persona (everything he could steal, anyway). But the film's juicy, driving backbeat comes from interviews with Brown's musicians as they recall his management style, his troubled personality, and, in the case of drummer Melvin Parker, that time the percussionist stuck a loaded gun in his boss' face. Like a James Brown show, the result is both generously proportioned and extremely tight. A- — Ray Rahman

8-9PM Fox


A killer begins targeting the firstborn of Gotham's elite, while Gordon is confronted by past decisions. Don't feel bad, buddy, a lot of people thought buying a Zune was the way to go.

9-10PM CBS


Team Scorpion must pass a mandated psych evaluation, although you might think merely the fact that they're called Team Scorpion would be enough to fail them.

10:01-11PM ABC


Castle and Beckett face off against a social media sociopath.

9-11:30PM VH1

Drumline: A New Beat

This sequel to the Nick Cannon vehicle centers on Dani (Alexandra Shipp), an aspiring drummer who joins the competitive A&T line. Original cast members Cannon and Leonard Roberts return, but the movie marches to the beat of a lesser drum. C+ — C. Molly Smith


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