The quartet of new Inspector Lewis mysteries on “Masterpiece Mystery” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) wraps up with the murder investigation of a visiting American professor with a controversial theory of genetics and crime.
He’s played by David Soul, who not only played Det. Kenneth Huthinson on the original “Starsky and Hutch” but also released the classic terrible 1977 single “Don’t Give Up on Us Baby.” He’s 68 now.
LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and company make their Olympic bow this morning at the Olympics with U.S.A. vs. France (NBC Sports, 9:30 a.m.). In water polo, it’s U.S.A. vs. Montenegro (NBC, 2:40 p.m.) and U.S. vs. Germany (NBC Sports, 4:15 p.m.) in women’s field hockey.
On the prime time broadcast of the 2012 London Olympics (NBC, 7 p.m.), there is a qualifying round for female gymnasts, swimming finals for men and women as well as the unusual spectacle of synchronized springboard diving.
A new season starts for “Hillbilly Handfishin’” (Animal Planet, 8 p.m.), the show chronicling the catfish catching technique known as noodling. First up for instruction from the Oklahoma experts are a pair of women from Cleveland and a pair of megachurch pastors from New Jersey.
The trio of women systematically seeking men to date on the new “3” (CBS, 9 p.m.), moving into its regular time slot, are lovely and interesting people, but you would be hard pressed to find a duller dating show. It was one of the lowest rated CBS shows when it premiered Thursday.
Sigourney Weaver’s secretary of state character on “Political Animals” (USA, 10 p.m.) tells her family her plans to run for president.
Matt Le Blanc has a mixed relationship with a stalker on “Episodes” (Showtime, 10:30 p.m.), where a cheek implant goes very wrong for Morning.
Lafayette conducts a séance on “True Blood” (HBO, 9 p.m.).
Skyler’s sister Marie, who hasn’t been seen for a while on “Breaking Bad” (AMC, 10 p.m.) confronts Walt on her suspicions about his behavior.
Head of household Shane reveals his nominations for eviction on “Big Brother” (CBS, 8 p.m.).
Hiring Jon Taffer and his TV team from “Bar Rescue” (Spike, 10 p.m.) means the end of an unusual (and money losing) theme for a Silver Spring pirate bar.
One of only a couple singing competitions currently on TV is the gospel contest “Sunday Best” (BET, 8 p.m.).
The challenge is to make Angry Birds themed cupcakes on “Cupcake Wars” (Food Network, 8 p.m.).
A hurricane fails to eliminate the cast of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (Bravo, 10 p.m.).
The Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster are covered by the team on “The Newsroom” (HBO, 10 p.m.).
The nation’s tallest roller coasters are visited on “Insane Coaster Wars” (Travel, 9 p.m.).
A Fred Astaire double feature features “The Band Wagon” (TCM, 8 p.m.) and “Daddy Long Legs” (TCM, 10 p.m.).
A double feature of 90s Disney hits features “Mulan” (ABC Family, 6 p.m.) and “Aladdin” (ABC Family, 8 p.m.).
Don’t mistake “Ghost World” (Sundance, 8 p.m.) for “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” (TBS, 8 p.m.).
Hardly noticed among the Olympic games: The baseball rivalry of Red Sox at Yankees (ESPN, 8 p.m.).
ABC: Former White House secretary Robert Gibb, Romney adviser Kevin Madden. CBS: Former Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, Penn State president Rodney Erickson, Jim Rome, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. CNN: Sens. Dick Durbin and Kelly Ayotte. Fox News: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.