Last week saw the announcement of a new pope and the discovery of what scientists call “the God particle.” These two events have nothing to do with each other, except that, together, they sound like plot developments in a pulpy Dan Brown conspiracy thriller.
Just what is the God particle? Or Higgs boson? That’s the subject of tonight’s “Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman” (8 p.m., Science), the first episode of the fourth season.
I’m certainly among those who need somebody to explain just what this all means. From what I’ve read, it seems that the discovery of this particle confirms a theory that has been around for nearly 50 years, and that the search for Higgs boson is the reason behind the billions of dollars spent by scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research over the past several decades. For particle physicists, this is like the moon landing.
Apparently, this discovery helps explain some mysteries at the center of existence, such as how particles of any sort acquire mass. But, according to the teaser for tonight’s “Wormhole,” this momentous event may raise as many questions as it settles.
Tonight’s other highlights:
• Finalists sing to survive on “American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox).
• The Huntress returns, very unhappy, on “Arrow” (7 p.m., CW).
• “KKK: Beneath the Hood” (7 p.m., Discovery) looks at the Ku Klux Klan in the 21st century.
• A stressed-out would-be novelist-turned-house sitter (Jack Nicholson) becomes easy prey for evil spirits haunting a hotel in director Stanley Kubrick’s icy adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “The Shining” (7 p.m., BBC America).
• Cassidy faces serious allegations on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (8 p.m., NBC).
• Gloria’s family arrives, secrets in tow, on “Modern Family” (8 p.m., ABC).
• The department reacts to a series of gang-related shootings on “Boston’s Finest” (8 p.m., TNT).
• A couple seeks a green home in a small-town community on “Property Brothers” (8 p.m., HGTV).
• Death crowns a prom queen on “CSI” (9 p.m., CBS).
• Mills grills Bernie about the fire that killed his father on “Chicago Fire” (9 p.m., NBC).
• Gunnar’s brother shows a different side on “Nashville” (9 p.m., ABC). Viewers awaiting a new episode of this series will have to wait until next week.
• Lydia unravels after the death of an infant on “Southland” (9 p.m., TNT).
• Philip and Elizabeth and Stan’s FBI team pursue the same man on “The Americans” (9 p.m., FX).
• A spat with neighbors threatens to bring a visit from police on “Weed Country” (9 p.m., Discovery).
• Tensions mount at a shoe sale on “Dukes of Melrose” (9:30 p.m., Bravo).
• Shawn seeks guy time with Juliet’s stepfather on “Psych” (9 p.m., USA).