George Clooney and other notables lend their voices and observations to “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide”
(8 p.m., PBS, check local listings). Filmed in 10 countries and based on a book of the same name by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, “Half” is an expose of human trafficking and unspeakable cruelty, as well as an argument that many of the solutions to world crises can arrive only when women are given real political and economic power.
Over two nights, “Half” will look at a culture of gender violence in Sierra Leone, where most rapes go unreported; a prostitution industry in Cambodia, where children are approximately 30 percent of brothel workers; the epidemic of maternal mortality in Somaliland, where one in 12 mothers die in childbirth; and India’s burgeoning prostitution industry. Celebrities, including Diane Lane, Gabrielle Union, America Ferrera, Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes and Olivia Wilde, travel with the authors and various experts to examine oppression and opportunities firsthand.
Union visits Vietnam, where a program to foster literacy in young girls is making a difference. Wilde shows how women entrepreneurs are changing the Kenyan economy and visits a village near Nairobi established as a haven from violence and rape.
The notion of Hollywood celebrities extolling the virtues of women’s liberation takes on a whole new dimension when seen from this vantage point.
Tonight’s other highlights
• Blind auditions continue on “The Voice” (7 p.m., NBC).
• A garage explosion scatters the evidence on “Bones” (7 p.m., Fox).
• Bay and Zarra run into trouble with a vandal on “Switched at Birth” (7 p.m., ABC Family).
• Dani’s death leaves everyone shaken on “Alphas” (7 p.m., Syfy).
• A familiar face gets roughed up in a bar fight on “The Mob Doctor” (8 p.m., Fox).
• Tao faces a reversal on “Major Crimes” (8 p.m., TNT).
• McGarrett needs Catherine’s help on “Hawaii Five-0” (9 p.m., CBS).
• Charlie and Miles return to the rebel camp on “Revolution” (9 p.m., NBC).
• Beckett returns from suspension on “Castle” (9 p.m., ABC).
• “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (8 p.m., Travel) visits Burgundy.