TV column for Sunday, Sept. 16


TONIGHT'S MUST-TRY:
“You,” 10:04 p.m., Lifetime.

Once we get over the
initial disappointment, this is a fine series. The problem came
early; what seemed like a great love story – perfectly written,
filmed and played – deteriorated into a stalker story. That seemed
especially odd because this guy (played by Penn Badgley) could have
succeeded legitimately.

Now we've accepted
that and can move on. Beck (Elizabeth Lail) is a poet and grad
student, bright, beautiful and fragile. Joe, a book-store manager; is
sharp, handsome ... and has her semi-boyfriend locked downstairs.
Tonight's hour is beautifully written by Sera Gamble and directed by
Lee Krieger.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
George Stephanopoulos shows, ABC.

First, we see him in
his usual Sunday chore – hosting “This Week With George
Stephanopoulos” at 10 a.m. Then a 9 p.m. rerun offers a lighter
side – being a contestant on “$100,000 Pyramid.”

He faces Ali
Wentworth, who should be a tough opponent. Yes, she's known for
comedy – she was Jerry Seinfeld's girlfriend in the “Soup Nazi”
episode – but she's also a preppie, descended from newsmen, an
explorer and Nancy Reagan's social secretary. One thing more: Two
months after she met Stephanopoulos, they were engaged. They married
five months later and have two teen daughters.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Warriors of Liberty City” debut, 8 p.m., Starz.

To much of the
world, Luther Campbell's image will be eternally nasty. This is the 2
Live Crew rapper who gave the world “Me So Horny” and beat a
string of obscenity charges.

But this series
shows the other side: Campbell still lives in his old Liberty City
neighborhood of Miami, where he runs a youth football program.
Liberty City is considered the top source of football stars and

Campbell (a former
college player) sees that as a route to a free education. “Warriors”
lacks the depth and quality of “America to Me,” which follows at
9; still, it's a solid, feel-good documentary.

Other choices
include:

“The Simpsons,”
7:30 and 8 p.m., Fox. The first rerun has Homer's bowling team facing
arrogant millionaires. The second has Lisa in the future, recalling
all her birthday disappointments.

“Celebrity Family
Feud,” 8 p.m., ABC. On the second week of the pro football season,
a team of rookies (led by Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky) faces
veterans (led by Tampa Bay tackle Gerald McCoy). The other game has
Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) and Wanda Sykes.

Football, 8:20 p.m.
ET, NBC; preview at 7. After losing their openers, the Cowboys and
Giants meet.

“Masterpiece: The
Miniaturist,” 9 p.m., PBS. In last week's opener, teen Nella
reluctantly married a maybe-wealthy stranger, then found him oddly
disinterested. As the hour ended, she found him having sex with a
young man. That explains the disinterest, but other mysteries – his
failure to make business deals, his sister's rage – remain. Few
shows have been as visually gorgeous and emotionally dreary.

“The Deuce,” 9
p.m., HBO. In 1970s New York, Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) seeks advice
on porn filmmaking; Vince (James Franco) and Abby take a nostalgic
trip to Coney Island.

“NCIS: Los
Angeles,” 9:30 and 10:30 p.m., CBS. In the first rerun, the adopted
daughter of a notorious counterfeiter has been slain in prison. In
the second, Sam is shot.

“Kidding,” 10
p.m., Showtime, rerunning at 10:30. There are bright moments when
we're reminded that this is a gifted actor (Jim Carrey) playing a
beloved kid-show host. Catch the delightful first scene, when his car
is stolen ... or another, in a hospital. But then “Kidding”
slides back into the dark turf of its opener (which reruns at 4:05
p.m.) -- a man whose life and marriage crumbled after his son's
death.