As it has for several recent incarnations, “American Horror Story: 1984” (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA) arrives shrouded in mystery and kept far from reviewers. This secrecy hasn’t hurt the franchise, which has grown more lurid as it has progressed.
The “1984” in the title has nothing to do with the Orwell novel, and refers instead to the teen slasher movies so popular during the Reagan years. After “Stranger Things,” I’ve given up counting the number of series hearkening back to that era. That time offers an interesting analog vantage point on our own and delivers nostalgic comfort food for viewers raised on “Goonies,” “Halloween,” “Friday the 13th” and the many films of John Hughes.
Thus far, we’ve seen tiny clips of the series revealing fetching young things at a summer camp and a masked figure with a large knife.
What could go wrong?
• Sometimes it takes years for a late-late-show host to get a prime-time special. In the case of “A Little Late With Lilly Singh: The Primetime Special” (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14), it’s taken exactly one day.
The Canadian host has been a famous YouTube star for some time, ranked among that medium’s highest-paid personalities. The success of late-night stars has long been measured in clips and clicks, so the migration of a YouTube star to network seems to be natural, if not overdue.
• “Country Music” (8 p.m., PBS, TV-14 recalls the years between 1953 and 1963, when the genre continues to cross boundaries and blend sounds. Sam Phillips launches Sun Records as well as the careers of Elvis Presley and so-called “rockabilly” artists Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, seminal figures present at the creation of rock and roll. At the same time, gospel-inspired Ray Charles records a hit country album, and a gloriously talented Patsy Cline breaks down the barriers between country and pop.
Tonight’s other highlights
• The Atlanta Braves, who have pretty much sewn up the Eastern Division of the National League, host the Philadelphia Phillies, still vying for a Wild Card playoff spot, in MLB baseball (7 p.m., ESPN).
• Winners emerge on “America’s Got Talent” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) and “MasterChef” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
• The voices of Ben Kingsley and Bill Murray animate the 2016 adaptation of “The Jungle Book” (8:30 p.m., Freeform, TV-PG).
• Harvey recovers from a personal setback on “Suits” (9 p.m., USA, TV-14).
• A casual archery match turns into a brush with a grizzly bear on “I Was Prey: Close Encounters” (9 p.m., Animal Planet, TV-PG).
• Jessica weighs the cost of her professional role on her private life on the season finale of “Pearson” (10 p.m., USA, TV-14).
Directed by Stanley Kramer, long associated with serious and controversial dramas, the 1963 comedy “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” (5 p.m., TCM, TV-G) features a who’s who of midcentury comedy stars on a destructive romp through Southern California. If remade today, the casting fees alone would probably run to a billion dollars.
Julie Chen Moonves hosts “Big Brother” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) ... The breakdancing craze inspires Barry on “The Goldbergs” (8 p.m., ABC, R, TV-PG) ... An investigation into efforts to “storm” Area 51 unfolds on “Mysteries Decoded” (8 p.m., CW, R, TV-PG) ... Barry holds a torch for Lainey on “Schooled” (8:30 p.m., ABC, R, TV-PG).
Shaw wants to break up Bravo on “SEAL Team” (9 p.m., CBS, R, TV-14) ... Birthday flashbacks on “Modern Family” (9 p.m., ABC, R, TV-PG) ... Placed under the power of suggestion, participants hope to perform Vegas-style routines on “Hypnotize Me” (9 p.m., CW, TV-PG) ... Angie lashes out on “Single Parents” (9:30 p.m., ABC, R, TV-PG) ... A militant group targets politicians on “S.W.A.T.” (10 p.m., CBS, R, TV-14) ... “Celebrity Family Feud” (10 p.m., ABC, R, TV-14).
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey appear on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (11 p.m., Comedy Central) ... “Conan” (11 p.m., TBS) features Scraps ... Billy Crystal and Thomas Rhett appear on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (11:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jimmy Fallon welcomes Sarah Paulson, Dennis Miller, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Residente featuring Bad Bunny on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC).
Chelsea Handler, Sara Gilbert, Tove Lo and Yesod Williams visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (12:35 a.m., NBC) ... Kirsten Dunst, Billy Porter and Andrew Orolfo appear on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (12:35 a.m., CBS).