Insult comic Don Rickles is feted in a new Spike TV special.

Insult comic Don Rickles is feted in a new Spike TV special. (Kevin Mazur / Spike TV / January 5, 2014)

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This week's TV Movies


Returning hosts Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise report for duty on the 25th edition of the "National Memorial Day Concert." With Dianne Wiest, Megan Hilty and Jackie Evancho. 8 and 9:30 p.m. KOCE

Parasites! No, not you, Shannen Doherty and Christopher Lloyd, stars of the new creature feature "Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys." 9 p.m. Animal Planet



The Wednesday highlight on “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles” mentions a joke about Rickles’ life being saved by Frank Sinatra. The joke actually is attributed to comedian Shecky Greene.


The early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis are revisited in Larry Kramer's adaptation of his Tony-winning drama "The Normal Heart." Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts star. 9 p.m. HBO

"Mad Men" ends the first half of its seventh and final season. Let's all meet back here in 2015. 10 p.m. AMC


"MasterChef" cooks up a fifth season. 8 p.m. Fox

The three-part special "The World Wars" uses expert commentary and dramatic recreations to recall the people and events of WWI and WWII. 9 p.m. History; also Tue., Wed.

Pro basketball cheerleaders "Hit the Floor" for a second season of this L.A.-set drama. 9 p.m. VH1

Once "Flowers in the Attic," now "Petals on the Wind" in this made-for-cable sequel based on V.C. Andrews' novel. Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn star. 9 p.m. Lifetime

"American River Renegades" eke out a living in regions riparian in this new documentary series. 10 p.m. Animal Planet