"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" on HBO

The Back Story of the science fiction series is told in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" on HBO. With Andy Serkis. (WETA / AP / June 20, 2011)

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Invasion In this new series, wildlife ecologist Karl Malcolm leads a team on missions to stop dangerous animals that are encroaching on human territory. In the opener they're in Florida on the hunt for a giant Burmese python, the Nile monitor lizard and a small but deadly snail. In a second new episode wild pigs roam Texas. 8 p.m. Animal Planet

Live From Lincoln Center Audra McDonald performs songs from her new album and other favorites in the season finale. 9 p.m. KOCE

VOCES on PBS This new episode explores the mysterious story of Loreta Velasquez, a Cuban immigrant who secretly served as a soldier during the Civil War, but her story been erased from the history books. 10 p.m. KOCE

Merlin Morgana and Mordred (Katie McGrath, Alexander Vlahos) prepare to attack Camelot after sending a giant slug to rob Merlin (Colin Morgan) of his magic. Bradley James also stars in the opener of a two-part series finale. 10 p.m. Syfy

The Moment The musical "Kinky Boots," riding the wave of numerous Tony nominations, plays a key role in this new episode featuring a woman who's dream is to be a Broadway costume designer. 11 p.m. USA


Americans on Everest This classic special details the preparation and and effort in climbing the mountain in 1963. Orson Welles narrates. 8 p.m. Nat Geo


Rise of the Planet of the Apes A effective prequel that sets up the series' preceding entries, this 2011 science fiction tale casts James Franco as a scientist seeking a cure for his Alzheimer's-afflicted father (John Lithgow). He tests a possible solution on chimps, not realizing he's setting the stage for a simian uprising. 8 p.m. HBO


CBS This Morning Drew Carey. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS

Today Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.); Fun performs; chefs Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC

KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA