Bored to Death 9 p.m., HBO
I have a lot of affection for this show, which doesn’t get much recognition. It’s a sly goof on the literary world of Brooklyn and Manhattan, as well as the literary illusions of a young writer. The cast is fantastic, especially Jason Schwartzman at his deadpan-neurotic best and Ted Danson as a party-hearty editor dealing with aging. This isn’t a laugh-a-minute comedy, so much as an intelligent charmer.
Five 9 p.m., Lifetime
This one is bound to be moving, in spite of its celebrity moves. It’s an anthology of five short films about breast cancer from five different directors: Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, Patty Jenkins, and Penelope Spheeris. Each story features a woman at a different stage in her life with a different stage of cancer. Among the actresses: Jeanne Tripplehorn (pictured), Patricia Clarkson, Ginnifer Goodwin, Rosario Dawson, and Kathy Najimy.
Prime Suspect 10 p.m., Channel 7
“The Playboy Flub,’’ DRIP.
The Rosie Show 7 p.m., OWN
She’s the Queen of Nice-not-nice-nice-again-maybe-we’ll-see.
How I Met Your Mother 8 p.m., Channel 4
First stop, it seems, after “House.’’