“Imaginary Mary” pilot, 8:30 p.m., ABC.
Alice is bright and
beautiful, tall and confident, running her own business. As played by
Jenna Elfman, she's enviable ... except, in the TV tradition, she's a
total klutz about romance.
Now she meets a
great guy who has three kids. That triggers the return of the
imaginary friend from her childhood – a nifty combination of
puppetry, special effects, voice work (Rachel Dratch) and bad advice.
The result is smart and quirky, a neat counterpoint to ABC's other
“Secrets of the Dead,” 10 p.m., PBS.
Baiae was once the
centerpoint of lust and power. Nero had a bayside villa there; so did
Caesar, Cicero, Mark Anthony and more. This was a place for sex,
alcohol ... and murder. Then it crumbled.
fourth-century AD, seismic activity caused more than half the city to
sink into the sea. Now this fascinating hour offers many views. It
visits the surviving part of Baiae and dives to see the rest, much of
it well-preserved underwater. And it re-visits the city's rich and
ALTERNATIVE: “Shots Fired,” 8 p.m., Fox.
By the end of this
second hour, “Shots” has weaved a richly layered case, leaving
doubts on all sides. When a black cop killed an unarmed, white youth,
the governor assigned a lawyer and an investigator, both black. The
cop seems like a decent sort, despite a joking reference to “killing
But we have to
wonder who leaked that comment. Other rifts grow – between
preachers ... between the lawyer and his football-star brother ...
between the investigator and her daughter's father. “Shots” has
too many in-your-face moments; real conversations are rare. Still,
it's a beautifully detailed drama.
p.m., PBS. Here are gorgeous glimpses of the Yosemite national park,
from all sides. We see the trees (some nearly 300 feet high) ... the
animals (including mountain goats, re-introduced) ... and the people,
there for hang-gliding or cliff-climbing or scientific research.
There's much to study, as the California drought creates peril –
which the giant sequoias seem immune to.
p.m., Fox. Cookie, we're told, feels a bit guilty about her encounter
with Lucious. (You think? She merely took a baseball bat to every bit
of glass in the record label's upscale office.) Others share her rage
at Lucious for installing Anika as the artistic director. Now his
mother and his son Tariq take aim at Anika. Another son, Jamal, works
with Tory (Rumer Willis) in the studio.
“The 100,” 9
p.m., CW. There's a setback for Clarke (the group's leader) and her
mom (the doctor). Meanwhile, Jaha finds a lead to the mysterious
9 p.m,, ABC. An offbeat episode views five-minute bursts. Haley and
Rainer have that time to evaluate their relationship, before his
birthday cake arrives. Mitch and Cam have five minutes to catch a
plane ... Manny has five minutes to find parking space – with his
parents' “help” -- and get to the movie ... and Phil and Claire
get a five-minute, surprise introduction to Alex's boyfriend.
9:31 p.m., ABC. Rainbow (Golden Globe-winner Tracee Ellis Ross) stirs
up trouble. She criticizes the rap star Dre is representing; she also
wants the family to eat less fast food.
Survivor,” 10 p.m., ABC. Emily settles into her new role as chief
of staff, while Hannah makes fresh discoveries about the bombing. But
President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) can't obsess on these close-up
problems. A crisis in an African country forces him to turn to an
p.m., FX, repeating at 11:30. Over the first seven weeks, viewers
have seen David flash through forms of what may or may not be
reality. Now here's the expanded season-finale.