Tuesday TV: New ‘Project Blue Book’

projectBlueBookFrom producer Robert Zemeckis, director of “Back to the Future” and “Contact” among other films comes the new series “Project Blue Book” (History, 10 p.m.), about the phenomenon of UFO sightings in the late 1950s and early ‘60s.

The reliable Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger on “Game of Thrones”; Tommy Carcetti on “The Wire”) plays a scientist hired by the government to mostly debunk thousands of claims from the public of UFO sightings, but he’s not so sure. Amid the period costumes and wrenched drama there is the hint it’s not all fantasy due to the network presenting it. But it looks to be struggling between using as source material recently declassified government files or “X-Files” reruns.

Two characters from the old series “The Fosters” go off on their own, starting a new life in Los Angeles in the spinoff “Good Trouble” (Freeform, 8 p.m.).

The child star turned tabloid obsessions looks to build her own party destination in Mykonos, Greece in the reality series “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club” (MTV, 8 p.m.) in which she appears to be a malevolent boss over career waitresses, looking all the time like a lower grade “Vanderpump Rules.” It’s a big deal for MTV, sadly, probably because of the star, so they follow with an aftershow at 9.

Here to invade your prime time is a Presidential Address (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, 9 p.m.) trying to make a case for a border crisis. It’s the first time there has been such an address in this administration from the Oval Office. Look for a telepromptered screed from Stephen Miller lasting about eight minutes. Democrats will follow with a response. And fact checkers will be working overtime.

Adjustments include shelving planned new episodes of “FBI” and “NCIS: N.O.” and replacing with reruns of “The Neighborhood” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

“Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) starts a new season by looking into the past of Andy Samberg and “Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin.

“Ellen’s Game of Games” (NBC, 8 p.m.) begins its second season with games like blindfolded musical chairs.

Murtaugh is called back from his vacation on “Lethal Weapon” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

On “The Conners” (ABC, 8 p.m.), Dan gets injured on the job.

The boys crave motherly affection on “The Kids are Alright” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.).

On “We’ll Meet Again” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings), women who fought for civil rights look for one another.

Lena has a tooth problem on “Splitting Up Together” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.).

“The Rookie” (ABC, 10 p.m.) is involved in a regrettable shooting.

Lauren becomes intrigued with the violent powers of her ancestors on “The Gifted” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

The largest loss of life in U.S. Naval history came in the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, only recently discovered in the Philippine Sea, captured in the special “USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings).

Whitney learns a family secret on “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” (TLC, 8 p.m.).

“New Amsterdam” (NBC, 10 p.m.) has heart surgery not covered by insurance.

Ready for video game competition? Here’s the “Madden 19 NFL Classic” (CW, 9 p.m.).

On “NCIS” (CBS, 8 p.m.), Gibbs’ murder investigation is shot down by the Secretary of Defense.

Ashton and Laura’s relationship is tested on “Below Deck” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

On “Blackish” (ABC, 9 p.m.), the family looks to escape the school’s mandatory camping trip.

Financial considerations are discussed on “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” (A&E, 9 p.m.).

Josh Gates goes to Chernobyl on “Legendary Locations” (Travel, 8 p.m.).

“Legend Hunter” (Travel, 10 p.m.) looks into the Lizzie Borden case.

New seasons start for Tyler Perry’s soapy “The Haves and Have Nots” (OWN, 9 p.m.), “Garage Rehab” (Discovery, 8 p.m.), “What on Earth” (Science, 9 p.m.) and “How the Universe Works” (Science, 10 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies kicks off a month long Tuesday night salute to actress Kathryn Grayson, starting with some of her earliest roles in “Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary” (8 p.m.), “Rio Rita” (10 p.m.), “Seven Sweethearts” (1:30 a.m.) and “The Vanishing Virginian” (1:30 a.m.).

Earlier are the films of Anthony Mann: “The Bamboo Blonde” (6 a.m.), “Desperate” (7:15 a.m.), “The Black Book” (8:45 a.m.), “Border Incident” (10:30 a.m.), “Side Street” (12:15 p.m.), “The Naked Spur” (1:45 p.m.), “Men in War” (3:30 p.m.) and “Cimarron” (5:30 p.m.).

NBA action includes Minnesota at Oklahoma City (NBA, 8 p.m.) and New York at Golden State (NBA, 10:30 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes Duke at Wake Forest (ESPN, 7 p.m.), Tennessee at Missouri (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Iowa State at Baylor (ESPNews, 7 p.m.), Texas at Oklahoma State (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), St. John’s at Villanova (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.), Loyola Chicago at Evansville (CBS Sports, 8 p.m.), North Carolina at N.C. State (ESPN, 9 p.m.), Purdue at Michigan State (ESPN2, 9 p.m.), Oklahoma at Texas Tech (ESPNews, 9 p.m.), Mississippi State at South Carolina (ESPNU, 9 p.m.), Wyoming at San Diego State (CBS Sports, 10 p.m.) and UNLV at New Mexico (ESPN2, 11 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Allison Williams, Mark-Paul Vosselaar, Lisa Lillien. The View: Sen. Kamala Harris. The Talk: Ken Jeong, Mike Bayer. Ellen DeGeneres: Mahershala Ali, Saoirse Ronan. Wendy Williams: Marcus Scribner (rerun). The Real: Joey Fatone.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Keegan-Michael Key, Josh Hutchinson, Jamie Oliver. Jimmy Kimmel: Rami Malek, Mary McCormack, Morgxn with Walk the Moon. Jimmy Fallon: Andy Samberg, Alfonso Cuaron, Dan + Shay. Seth Meyers: Neil Patrick Harris, Alessia Cara, Charlie Hall. James Corden: Ken Jeong, Brian Tyree Henry, H.E.R. Carson Daly: Rupert Everett, Drab Majesty, George Tillman Jr. (rerun). Trevor Noah: Marc Mauer.

 

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