MUST-SEE: “The Good Wife,” 9 p.m. (or later, with football
one swoop, CBS starts the seasons for all of its classy Sunday
dramas. At the core is “Good Wife,” with 37 Emmy nominations (two
for best series) and five wins (two for Juliana Margulies).
plays Alicia, who is the governor's wife and was a big-time lawyer
... until she was caught in an election scandal. Now she's starting
over, begging for bail cases. Don't fret, though; major moments are
coming tonight for her and for her husband. It's a big start for a
MUST-SEE II: “Home Fires” debut, 8 p.m., PBS (check local
hour later, “Masterpiece” will continue “Indian Summers,”
which is big and plush and well-made. But here's the surprise: This
smaller, simpler show is just as good.
1939 in small-town England and the men are preparing for war. For
others, the battleground is the local Women's Institute: A rich
matron (Francesca Annis) wants it closed for the duration; others
want it to propel a homefront project. Along the way, other issues
(romantic and medical) slowly emerge.
ALTERNATIVE: “Homeland” season-opener, 9 p.m., Showtime.
four seasons and two well-deserved Emmys for best actress, Claire
Danes has turned Carrie Mathison into one of TV's great characters.
As a CIA agent, she was passionate, intense, fragile and, ultimately,
broken. Now she's in Germany with her daughter, out of government and
out of danger.
is she? Suddenly, work wants to push her back into a war zone. In
many ways this is her biggest dilemma, because she could duck out.
The hour starts slowly, but gives a great character new depth.
Secretary” season opener, 8 p.m. (or later), CBS. The first season
hurled Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord into some crucial
situations, but nothing like this: After a quick series of events,
she might have to take the oath as acting president.
Unauthorized 'Beverly Hills 90210' Story,” 8 p.m., Lifetime. Here's
a quick rerun of Saturday's movie, including (at 10 p.m.) its reunion
of the “90210” cast.
Breakers” debut, 8 p.m., Ovation. Miller Gaffney and Carol Lee
Brosseau were Baylor University sorority sisters, then became art
experts on opposite coasts. Since they also are peppy and telegenic,
they also have their own four-week reality show ... starting by
helping Mario Lopez commission a work. Many viewers will find this
pleasant; some will also consider it surface and shallow.
& Oil,” 9 p.m., ABC. Last week's debut ended explosively: A
masked Wick tried to steal from his father, setting off a blast that
almost killed both of them. Now he scrambles to hide his involvement.
the Walking Dead” (AMC) or “Leftovers” (HBO), both 9 p.m. Two
fantasy shows collide, but only this once. It's the first-season
finale for “Fear,” with unrest building as the zombie threat
grows; it's the second-season debut of “Leftovers,” now set in
the one town where no one vanisehd.
Cyber,” 10 p.m. (or later), CBS. A week after the original “CSI”
ended its 15-season run, this show starts its second-season, probing
a home burglary and homicide. D.B. Russell (Ted Danson), from the
now-departed show, moves to Washington, D.C., to become “director
of next generation forensics.”
Affair” season-opener, 10 p.m., Showtime. Here is two-sided
storytelling as an art form: We see the same events told from two
people's perspectives; differences can be tiny – the clothes
someone's wearing, the nuances of the words – to huge. All of that
is important here, in an hour that jumps between two crises for Noah
(Dominic West) – his divorce and his arrest for hit-and-run.