Documenting Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix — Hear My Train a Comin’ — This fascinating “American Experience” documentary uses previously unseen performance footage, home movies and family letters — along with interviews with those who knew him best — to provide fresh insight into the pioneering musician’s personality and genius. The film traces the guitarist’s remarkable journey from his hardscrabble beginnings in Seattle, through his stint as a U.S. Army paratrooper, unknown sideman to R&B stars such as Little Richard, Joey Dee and the Isley Brothers and his discovery and ultimate international stardom. 9 p.m. Tuesday, PBS.
Sunday: Secrets of Selfridges takes viewers to the place in London where luxury shopping was born during a special that just happens to tie in with a “Masterpiece” drama. In the retail business, that’s called “synergy.” 8 p.m., PBS.
Sunday: Brace yourself for a deluge of programs pegged to the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination. Tonight brings JFK: The Smoking Gun, a documentary claiming to present new evidence about who “really” killed Kennedy. 8 p.m., Reelz.
Sunday: Masters of Sex continues as Bill and Libby Masters (Michael Sheen, Caitlin FitzGerald) head to Miami for a break after their crushing miscarriage. But Bill is drawn back to his work by a sexually adventurous couple next door. 10 p.m., Showtime.
Monday: Mike & Molly, originally scheduled for a midseason debut, arrives early to provide some comic (and ratings) relief. The opener has Molly (Melissa McCarthy) making a huge decision about her career. 9 p.m., CBS.
Tuesday: Guest-star alert: Damon Wayans Jr., who appeared in the New Girl pilot, reprises his role as Coach and returns to the loft expecting things to be exactly as he left them. Oops. 9 p.m. Tuesday, Fox.
Wednesday: Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are back to host the 47th Annual CMA Awards. Among the highlights: Performances by Taylor Swift, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss, and a tribute to Kenny Rogers. 8 p.m., ABC.
Thursday: Bob Newhart, who just won his first Emmy for an appearance on The Big Bang Theory, returns tonight to reprise his role as Professor Proton, the host of Leonard and Sheldon’s favorite childhood science show. 8 p.m., CBS.
Thursday: We’re doing the Chicken Dance in anticipation of an Inside The Actors Studio devoted to Arrested Development. James Lipton is joined by Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter and creator Mitch Hurwitz. 8 p.m., Bravo.
Friday: Say “aloha” to The Lylas. It’s a reality show that follows the four sisters of pop star Bruno Mars as they move from Honolulu to Los Angeles to pursue their showbiz dreams. 8 p.m., WE.
Saturday: On Jobs That Bite!, Jeremy Brandt tries out risky duties like cleaning shark tanks and trapping black bears. Better him than us. 9 p.m., Nat Geo Wild.