The Exonerated (Court TV 6 p.m.) Court TV takes an uncharacteristic stand against the death penalty with this adaptation of the award-winning play of the same name. Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, Delroy Lindo and Aidan Quinn are among the all-star cast members acting out vignettes based on transcripts of actual court cases and interviews with death row inmates who were eventually exonerated in their crimes.
“Grounded for Life” (KWBQ-19 7:30 p.m.) After being given a second life by The WB network, this average family laugher starring Donal Logue dies a second death with tonight's series finale.
Chupacabra: Dark Seas (Sci-Fi 7 p.m.) Yeah, I know, confusing title. What the hell is a mythical Puerto Rican goatsucker doing out on the middle of the ocean? Well, here's the deal: Seems some opportunistic hunters have captured the famed monster and are secretly transporting it back to the United States on a crowded cruise ship. What could possibly go wrong? ... Guess they shouldn't have served roast pig on Luau Night.
See Arnold Run (A&E 6 p.m.) As I recall it, the thrilling story of Arnold Schwarzenegger's political victory in California went something like this: Grumpy Republicans forced a recall election and a movie star parlayed his celebrity into an easy win at the polls. Really not that dramatic. Nonetheless, here's the cheesy TV movie version.
“Pompeii: The Last Day” (Discovery 7 p.m.) Discovery uses computer-generated effects and some dramatic recreations to show us what life was like right before that giant volcano blew the hell out of Pompeii. Educational and entertaining, I could get used to this kind of stuff.
Magic of Ordinary Days (KRQE-13 8 p.m.) Keri (Remember “Felicity”?) Russell and Skeet (See, I'm really not Johnny Depp) Ulrich star in this period weeper about a World War II-era father who pawns his pregnant daughter off on a farmer who will raise the baby as his own. Sounds suspiciously “Hallmark Hall of Fame”-ish.
“You Swallowed What?” (Discovery Health 9 p.m.) Thank god for Discovery Health Channel. They have the best show titles on TV. From the people who brought you “Face-Eating Tumor,” “Trash Can Full of Skin” and “Men with Breasts” comes this comedy cavalcade of surgical footage.
“Pizza Paradises” (Travel Channel 9 p.m.) Travel Channel (which, these days, seems more interested in eating than looking at the sites) takes us on a world tour of the most creative pizza joint on the globe.
“It Takes a Thief” (Discovery 8 p.m.) Well, here's the perfect show for these paranoid, Bush-era American times. Billed as a “home security makeover show,” this new series features hosts who show how vulnerable you are to a break-in by burglarizing your home. Then, they cover your house with iron grates and laser beams so you and your family will be “safe.”