PBS - cute animals

The cuteness overload of “Animal Babies: First Year on Earth” airs at 7 p.m. on PBS.

While many decry the level of anger and political vitriol rampant on social media, places like Facebook are also confronted with another plague. I’m talking about “cute” pictures of hedgehogs and kittens, puppies and infants, wide-eyed otters and baby bears.

Just how much adorableness can we stand?

One heckuva a lot, it seems.

So the folks at PBS have thrown in the towel and joined a gazillion Instagram addicts with “Animal Babies: First Year on Earth” (7 p.m., TV-G). This ambitious three-part series takes a globe-spanning look at infant hyenas in the African wild, baby Arctic foxes, mere month-old seals, toddling monkeys making their way in Sri Lankan cities, and, yes, that mother of all cuteness: baby elephants barely able to walk.

You might need an insulin shot after watching this.

In its defense, “Babies” does step back from the honey pot on occasion to discuss professionals and their process. We meet the photographers and videographers behind these aww!-inspiring scenes.

But even they’re not immune to the goo-goo talk. At one point a veteran cameraman looks at a baby elephant and gushes, “Look, they’re just like us!”

No, they are not. They’re elephants! They don’t watch clips of human babies in maternity wards and coo. They’re not on Facebook saying “Ooh!” or “Awww!” They’re not like us at all.

  • Mixing the cute and cuddly with the downright strange, “Magical Land of Oz” (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG) explores the peculiar creatures and climate of Australia. Separated from the rest of the world for some 45 million years, every bird, kangaroo and blade of grass evolved in a way separate and distinct from those on other continents. In many ways, visiting Australia or watching “Oz” is like visiting another planet without leaving our own.
  • “Jay Leno’s Garage” (9 p.m., CNBC, TV-PG) returns. The former “Tonight Show” host is now entering his fifth season of showing off his car collection and those of his showbiz buddies. Not unlike the participants on “Top Gear,” or Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” they will share small talk while driving some of the rarest, most expensive or most formidable vehicles imaginable.

Over the course of the season, look for casual car talk between Jay and John Travolta, Matt Damon, Martha Stewart, Billy Joel, Keith Urban, Avril Lavigne, Tim Allen, Jim Jefferies, Jeff Dunham, Charlie Sheen and Kevin Hart.

  • The family feud between the Duttons and Becks reaches a climax as “Yellowstone” (9 p.m., Paramount, TV-MA) concludes its short second season.

Other highlights

  • Live results on “America’s Got Talent” (7 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
  • Family participation on “MasterChef” (7 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
  • Leona Lewis interviews writers

on “Songland” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).

  • The cast tweaks the script on “BH90210” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
  • “Suits” (7:30 p.m., USA, TV-14) offers a 90-minute glance back at the series.
  • Nick totters on “Pearson” (9 p.m., USA, TV-14).
  • Franklin finds himself vulnerable on “Snowfall” (9 p.m., FX, TV-MA).

Cult choice

Billy Bob Thornton stars in the 1996 drama “Sling Blade” (7 p.m., TMCX), which he also wrote and directed. The script won him an Oscar.

Series notes

Julie Chen Moonves hosts “Big Brother” (7 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) ... Game show dreams on “The Goldbergs” (7 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) ... Organs for sale on “Bulletproof” (7 p.m., CW, TV-14) ... A sequel letdown on “Schooled” (7:30 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).

Swan flounders on “SEAL Team” (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... Foiled plans on “Modern Family” (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) ... Romance under the influence on “Hypnotize Me” (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG) ... First steps on “Single Parents” (8:30 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).

Hondo smells a rat on “S.W.A.T.” (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... Jane Lynch hosts “Hollywood Game Night” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14) ... “Celebrity Family Feud” (9 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).

Late night

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” and “Lights Out With David Spade” are pre-empted ... Niecy Nash appears on “Conan” (10 p.m., TBS) ... Samuel L. Jackson and Ash Carter drop by “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (10:35 p.m., CBS, r) ... Jimmy Fallon welcomes Common, Kate Upton and Swizz Beatz on “The Tonight Show” (10:35 p.m., NBC, r) ... Bob Odenkirk, Whitney Cummings and Pete Yorn appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (10:35 p.m., ABC, r).

Chris Cuomo, Gov. Larry Hogan, Rhianne Barreto and Jeff Quay visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (11:35 p.m., NBC, r) ... Mindy Kaling, Adam Scott and Lewis Capaldi appear on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (11:35 p.m., CBS, r).

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