TV highlights: Taylor Swift comes to ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’


'LEGENDS': Sean Bean and Ali Larter star in TNT's newest spy drama series. (Richard Foreman/TNT)
August 12, 2014

“Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin’ With Frank & Bing” (WETA at 8 p.m.) profiles the composer who wrote such classics as “Swinging on a Star” and “Come Fly With Me.” It also includes remarks from Frank Sinatra Jr., Shirley MacLaine and Angie Dickinson, along with performance footage of Bing Crosby and Judy Garland.

The eight remaining dancers perform to Michael Jackson songs on “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox at 8), with Jenna Dewan-Tatum as one of the guest judges.

SERIES PREMIERE: Based on the award-winning book by spy novelist Robert Littell, “Legends” (TNT at 9) stars Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”) as Martin Odum, an undercover agent who has the uncanny ability to transform himself into a completely different person for each case, which works until a mysterious stranger causes him to question his sanity. Co-stars Ali Larter, Amber Valletta and Tina Majorino.

Molly finds top-secret footage that reveals the real reason she was chosen for the solo mission on “Extant” (CBS at 10).

SERIES PREMIERE: Actors and actresses from the ‘80s (mostly) reenact true life stories of crimes of passion on “Heartbreakers” (Investigation Discovery at 10). Includes performances from Judd Nelson, Christopher Knight, Nicole Eggert, Tracey Gold, Kevin Sorbo, Jack Wagner and more.

SERIES PREMIERE: The three-part special “Man vs. The Universe” (Science at 10), which delves into mankind’s new race to tame the cosmos, opens with the latest man-led quest to mine on the moon that could, coincidentally, create the world’s first trillionaires.

Los Angeles chef Brooke Williamson and Las Vegas restaurant consultant Shirley Chung are pit against each other on “Top Chef Duels” (Bravo at 10).

RETURNING SHOW: “Franklin and Bash” (TNT at 10) returns for Season 4 with Peter and Jared in charge of the firm after Infeld’s arrest last season.

Pop star Taylor Swift and Andrew Rannells of Broadway and “Girls” fame come to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35), with a musical performance from Ryan Adams.

Actors Sylvester Stallone and Theo James stop by the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35) on this repeat episode, along with musical guest Ledisi.

Also a repeat: “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35) with actors Justin Theroux and Angie Harmon, and music from 5 Seconds of Summer.

Rachel Lubitz

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