'The Lowe Files'

Rob Lowe (left) and his sons John Owen and Matthew star in “The Lowe Files.” An episode of the A&E program will air at 9 p.m. on Lifetime after a screening of Lowe’s 2012 “Drew Peterson: Untouchable.”

A&E— Richard Knapp

Rob Lowe departed from Ken Doll typecasting to star in the 2012 true crime drama “Drew Peterson: Untouchable” (7 p.m., Lifetime). While nobody will confuse this with high art, it’s an entertaining chance for familiar faces to break out of their molds.

As I mentioned in my original review, playing wife No. 4 Stacy Peterson is a fun departure for Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”). She rapidly transforms from a brazenly clueless, husband-stealing hussy to a doting mom and abused spouse. She is the victimized poster-child-bride for Lifetime’s endless effort to warn women against the wicked wolf disguised as Prince Charming. Lowe steals the film as a creepy, controlling older cop who struts around a small Illinois town like a suburban Casanova.

Never far from camp, “Untouchable” will appeal more to fans of both stars than true-crime enthusiasts.

An episode of A&E’s paranormal family bonding snipe hunt series “The Lowe Files” (9 p.m., Lifetime, r) follows.

  • “Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies” (8 p.m., CNN) recalls the DEA’s efforts to target Haji Bagcho, one of the world’s biggest heroin traffickers who also funneled funds to Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgency in the early 2000s. While eliminating his network saved the lives of American servicemen, it also involved perilous operations in the hostile Nangarhar Province.

Tonight’s finales

  • On two episodes of “Doubt” (CBS, TV-14), closing arguments (7 p.m.), a verdict is reached (8 p.m.).
  • Fates are sealed as the war concludes and a nation is born on “Turn: Washington’s Spies” (8 p.m., AMC, TV-14).
  • Helena needs rescuing on “Orphan Black” (8 p.m., BBC America, TV-MA).

Tonight’s highlights

  • “America’s Got Talent” (7 p.m., NBC, r, TV-PG) glances back at the season’s best moments.
  • The Los Angeles Rams host the Dallas Cowboys in preseason NFL action (8 p.m., NFL).
  • A mother vanishes , sending shivers through an upstate New York town on “Dateline” (9 p.m., NBC, r).
  • A policeman thwarts a hostage taker at a library on “20/20: In an Instant” (9 p.m., ABC, r).
  • Hosts pair canines with a veteran and an ailing patient on the premiere of “Rescue Dog to Super Dog” (9 p.m., Animal Planet, TV-PG).

Cult choice

A daylong salute to the movies of John Wayne includes director John Ford’s 1956 Western masterpiece “The Searchers” (9:30 p.m., TCM), starring Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter and Natalie Wood.

Series notes

A grand prize winner emerges on “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (7 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) ... Aaron Rodgers plays “The $100,000 Pyramid” (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-14) ... “48 Hours” (9 p.m., CBS).

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