TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Cosmos” debut, 9 p.m., Fox and its
Here is epic television, huge in subject and in
presentation. Carl Sagan’s 1980 series viewed everything – all the worlds over
all of time; now it’s been remade, with stunning special effects.
The original won three Emmys and a Peabody and influenced
future scientists, including Neil deGrasse Tyson, who hosts this 13-week
remake. Tonight, he has Sagan’s cosmic calendar, showing the tiny chunk of time
Earthlings have occupied. He tells of Giordano Bordo, executed for saying the
Earth isn’t the center of the universe. Episodes will rerun at 10 p.m. Mondays
on National Geographic.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Resurrection” debut, 9 p.m., ABC.
A boy wakes up in a Chinese rice field, unaware of how he
got there … but remembering he’s from an American town. The only problem:
People there remember him drowning 30 years ago.
Soon, the story tugs at emotional, spiritual and
law-and-order issues, with Omar Epps as the perplexed immigration agent. It’s a
fascinating start … but not as good as “The Returned,” a French series on the
Sundance Channel. That one told a full story in eight weeks; “Resurrection”
tries to stretch this out.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Online Rituals of the American Male”
debut, 10 p.m., Bravo.
What kind of men are out there in the Online dating world?
The opener of this series (which promptly moves to Thursdays) offers opposite
One guy is warm and caring; he wants be like his parents,
who met in kindergarten. The other prowls all the services, from Christian Mingle
to JDate, for more than 100 Online dates. He grabs butts on the first kiss and
says a 28-year-old “has three years until she expires.” You might throw your
Other choices include:
“The Simpsons,” 7:30 and 8 p.m., Fox. Here are new episodes.
The first has Daniel Radcliffe as an obsessive falconer; then Kelsey Grammer is
back as Sideshow Bob, now a company’s chief scientist.
“Once Upon a Time” return, 8 p.m., ABC. It’s re-set time for
this strange-and-engaging series. A curse has left Emma and Henry unable to
remember Storybrooke. Can Hook lure them back? Life is also odd in Fairytale Land, where Robin Hood and the
Wicked Witch of the West re-join a crowded world.
“The Good Wife,” 9
p.m., CBS. There’s double trouble for Alicia. Her new law firm may have
provided the leak that led to the arrest of a key client; also, her husband’s election
win is probed for voter fraud.
“The Walking Dead,” 9 p.m., AMC. One group finds what may be
an ideal shelter. That reruns at 11 p.m., after a “Talking Dead” with Lauren
Cohen and Sonnequa Martin-Green, who play Maggie and Sasha.
“The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS. An American lawyer was found
dead in Mexico, despite no record that she crossed the border. To learn more,
Patrick Jane goes undercover in a separatist commune.
“Revenge,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. Moving to its new time slot, the
show faces the aftershocks of Emily’s black-outs, including the key question:
Why was she in bed with her enemy, Conrad Grayson?