TV column for Friday, Dec. 7


TONIGHT'S ODDITY:
“Midnight, Texas,” 9 p.m., NBC.

“Whatever this
is,” Manfred says, “it's bound to get worse.” It usually does,
you know. Soon, people are transforming; so are faces, bodies and
intentions. And the only road out of town leads right back in.

On an ordinary day,
existence in this town is quite messy. (“Your life is a dumpster
fire,” Manfred is told, quite accurately.) Now that expands
spectacularly, By the end of the hour, some problems will vanish and
some – including Manfred's suspicions about Kai and his agony for
Creek – will linger.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS.

We've seen McGarrett
(Alex O'Loughlin) battle all kinds of people in the forests, cities
and waters of Hawaii. But how about on horseback, in the Montana
prairie?

Tonight, CBS says,
he fights off an assassin in his home. Soon, he and Joe White (Terry
O'Quinn) are in Montana, preparing to face people who want to avenge
a past SEAL mission.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Christmas Lost and Found,” 8-10:03 p.m., Lifetime.

At 83, Diane Ladd
continues a busy career. She's had Oscar nominations for Martin
Scorsese's “Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore” and for “Rambling
Rose” and “Wild Heart,” both in support of her daughter, Laura
Dern. She's had three Emmy nominations and a current role in
“Chesapeake Shores.”

Now she plays
Grandma Frances, giving heirloom Christmas ornaments to a
granddaughter (Tiya Sircar) who promptly loses them. It's time for
Frances to concoct a life-changing scavenger hunt. That's tonight's
one new Christmas film, surrounded by recent ones on Lifetime and
both Hallmark channels.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE II: “Landmarks Live in Concert,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings).

Brad Paisley has had
23 No. 1 country songs, while covering the full range – emotional
or rowdy or just funny. We get all of that in this rerun of a concert
in his home state of West Virginia.

Some songs -- “This
is Country,” “Country Nation,” “Mud on the Tires” --
reflect his rural roots. Others ripple with witty lyrics, including
“Alcohol,” “American Saturday Night” and “I'm Gonna Miss
Her,” better known as “The Fishing Song.”

Other choices
include:

Animated movies,
cable. Freeform has the great “Toy Story” trilogy at 3:15 (1995),
5:15 (1999) and 7:20 p.m. (2010). FX counters with “Rio 2” (2014)
at 4, “Kung Fu Panda” (2008) at 6 and “Minions” (2015) at 8
ad 10 p.m.

“MacGyver,” 8
p.m., CBS. Sometimes you find you don't really know the people you
work with. Matty suddenly mentions she has a husband ... and he's
been undercover for eight years and must be rescued.

“Fresh Off the
Boat,” 8 p.m., ABC. The Chestnuts are leaving town, causing
complications. Eddie doesn't want Matthew's job at the restaurant;
Jessica desperately wants Amy's job with the PTA.

“Speechless,”
8:30 p.m., ABC. People in the DiMeo family learn an essential truth
about themselves: They have no follow-through on ... well, anything.
Now they try to change that: Ray and Dylan tackle government
bureaucracy ... JJ prepares for college ... Maya tries to reconnect
with her husband Jimmy.

“The Cool Kids,”
8:30 p.m., Fox. Hank (David Alan Grier, 62) is dating a much younger
woman. His friends promptly assume she has an ulterior motive

“Crazy
Ex-Girlfriend,” 9 p.m., CW. Rebecca had sworn off her obsession
with guys. But now Greg returns, complicating things. Also, Josh and
Valencia get jolting surprises at their high school reunion.

“Blue Bloods,”
10 p.m., CBS. A video clearly reveals entrapment by cops. Now Frank,
the police commissioner, tries to learn who leaked it. Meanwhile, one
of his sons is being pranked, another probes a murder and his
daughter, in the district attorney's office, gives a high-profile
case to a young lawyer.