Tuesday TV: Jennifer Beals Finds ‘Proof’

ProofJennifer Beals, she of “Flashdance” and “The L Word,” returns to series TV with “Proof” (FX, 10 p.m.) in which she plays a woman of science who is funded by a technology billionaire played by Matthew Modine to look into questions of life after death and that light one supposedly sees during a brush with mortality. The idea is to find answers for questionable deaths, but she’s got another motivation: the recent death of her own son. It sounds like a slightly interesting premise unless it turns into a “Medium” rehash.

I’m more interested in the second season return of “Tyrant” (FX, 10 p.m.), the courageous series about a son (Adam Rayner) brought back from America to run his father’s Middle East country, only to help start a coup against his treacherous brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom). Now Jamal has to decide whether to show mercy on the jailed brother as the second season starts.

Also returning for a new season tonight, its sixth, is “Rizzoli & Isles” (TNT, 9 p.m.).

A new comedy tonight from the creators of “Will & Grace” is “Clipped” (TBS, 10 p.m.) about a Boston barbershop starring Ashley Tisdale, Lauren Lapkus, George Wendt and Mike Castle.

Python and eels are a couple of the ingredients tonight in the cooking competition “Knife Fight” (Esquire, 10 p.m.).

A timely showing comes for “Light Girls” (OWN, 9 p.m.) a documentary about light-skinned black women and their experiences.

Prime time has much more live sports tonight than the usual week night. But at least one of them is big: Game 6 of the NBA Finals of Golden State at Cleveland (ABC, 9 p.m.). The other is U.S. vs. Nigeria (Fox, 8 p.m.) in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Other games today include Ecuador vs. Japan (Fox Sports 1, 5 p.m.), Switzerland vs. Cameroon (Fox Sports 2, 5 p.m.), and Australia vs. Sweden (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m.).

“Nick News with Linda Ellerbee” (Nickelodeon, 8 p.m.) looks at the ethics of electronic surveillance between parents and children.

Robert Osborne’s monthly picks on Turner Classic Movies include “Souls at Sea” (8 p.m.), “Ladies in Retirement” (9:45 p.m.), “Desperate Journey” (11:30 p.m.), “Where Eagles Dare” (1:30 a.m.) and “The Night of the Iguana” (4:15 a.m.).

During the day, it’s completely canine with “A Dog of Flanders” (TCM, 6:30 a.m.), “Lassie Come Home” (8 a.m.), “Son of Lassie” (TCM, 9:45 a.m.), “Courage of Lassie” (TCM, 11:30 a.m.), “Hills of Home” (TCM, 1:15 p.m.), “Challenge to Lassie” (3:15 p.m.), “Good-bye, My Lady” (TCM, 4:45 p.m.) and “It’s a Dog’s Life” (TCM, 6:30 p.m.).

Baseball includes Atlanta at Boston (MLB, 4 p.m.), Toronto at Mets (MLB, 7 p.m.). and Arizona at Angels (MLB, 10 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly & Michael: Eric Dane, Uzo Aduba, Erin Andrews. The View: Carly Fiorina, Aziz Ansari, JoAna Garcia Swisher. The Talk: Angie Harmon, Jason Derulo, Louis Aguirre, Melissa Rivers. Ellen DeGeneres: Howie Mandel, Kai Langer (rerun). Wendy Williams: Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker. Meredith Vieira: Jon Cryer, Freida Pinto (rerun). Queen Latifah: Lisa Kudrow, Bobby Brown, Daniela Ruah (rerun).

Late Talk

Jimmy Fallon: Jeb Bush, Billy Crystal, Courtney Barnett. Jimmy Kimmel: Viola Davis, Adam Scott, Wale. Seth Meyers: Amanda Seyfried, Judd Apatow, Katie Lee, Chad Smith. James Corden: Kathy Griffin, Derek Luke, the Lone Bellow. Carson Daly: Paul F. Tompkins, Misterwives, Billy Corben (rerun). Tavis Smiley: Tim Robbins. Jon Stewart: Aziz Ansari. Conan O’Brien: Noah Wyle, Lea DeLaria, Wolf Alice.

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