MUST-SEE: “Fargo” opener, 10 p.m., FX.
a splendid non-surprise: The first “Fargo” miniseries was the
best show of the 2013-14 season; this second one is the best of 2015. Like the
original, it has wit, charm, violence and a knack for the odd and
starts with a scene that's both drolly funny and thoroughly unrelated
to anything else. Then we're in 1979, when Molly (the sheriff in the
first mini) was 6 and her dad was a state trooper. He's working a
multiple murder that will uncover much more – a local crime
matriarch, big-city toughs and a clueless small-town couple,
wonderfully played by Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons. It keeps
MUST-SEE II: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” debut, 8 p.m., CW.
Rebecca is a high-flying New York lawyer, with lots of money and
little joy. Suddenly, she ditches it all to move to West Covina,
Cal., home of the guy she dated during one blissful teen summer. That
may sound so-so, but wait until you see what writer-producer-star
Rachel Bloom does with it.
makes the fictional Rebecca a richly divided soul, simultaneously
big-city smart and junior-high ditsy. She adds big musical production
numbers, even belting an anthem astride a giant pretzel. And she
fills the cast with other musical-theater talent, making this a show
that should keep dazzling us.
ALTERNATIVE: “Jane the Virgin” season-opener, 8 p.m., CW.
first “Jane” season was a delight. Its plot – a clinic error
accidentally impregnates a virgin with the last sperm of a handsome
hotel heir – was wildly unlikely, in the style of a “telenovela”
(a primetime soap on Spanish-language TV). “Jane” was aware of
that, though, and its narrator kept pointing it out.
Jane's baby is here ... and then is missing. The early minutes
tonight are hilarious; the others are fairly good. Put this alongside
“Fargo” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and Mondays have suddenly
become the centerpoint for TV that is bright, witty and – most of
all – really different.
Phillips” (2013), 7-10 p.m., FX. It's a fine Tom Hanks night, with
this true-life drama plus the comedy “Sleepless in Seattle”
(1993) at 9 p.m. on Pop. It's also a night for great movies –
“Godfather” (1972) and its sequel (1974) at 5 and 9 p.m. on
Sundance, “Rain Man” (1988) at 9 p.m. on Starz.
Voice” (NBC) and “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), both 8-10 p.m.
Both shows reach turning points: “Voice” starts its battle
rounds; “Stars” switches partners. Last week, Bindi Irwin and
frequent-winner Derek Hough had the top scores; now he's with Alexa
PenaVega and she has Val Chmerkovskiy.
8 p.m., Fox. Michael Chiklis arrives in a big, booming way. He's the
new boss of head of a corrupt bunch of police detectives. That comes
as Galavan and Penguin scheme to be crime boss.
Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. For Sheldon, the big jolt wasn't
that Leonard married Penny ... it's that Leonard actually plans to
leave the apartment and move in with her. Now Sheldon ponders life.
in Pieces,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. After two good episodes, this comedy
had a great one last week. Now Jordan Peele is back as Colleen's
ex-boyfriend, who still lives. Also, Joan (Dianne Weist) questions
her daugter-in-law's parenting; Tim is advised not to beat his
father-in-law (James Brolin) in golf.
9 p.m., CBS. Walter, Cabe and Happy are in a submarine when an
explosion sends it to the bottom. The water is rising; the oxygen
level is falling.
10 p.m., NBC. The clues in Jane's tattoos keep sending people to
strange places. Now that's the Centers for Disease Control, with the
possibility of a global catastrophe.