“The Good Place,” 8:30 p.m., NBC.
In the terrific
pilot -- which will rerun Friday -- Eleanor (Kristen Bell) found a
bureaucratic error: She'd been sent to a better afterlife than she
deserves. Instead of telling the guy in charge (Ted Danson), she'll
try to fake it ... or to learn from her “soul mate” how to be
That won't be easy,
especially when she's annoyed by her neighbor ... played by Jameela
Jamil, a beauty who towers almost 10 inches above Bell. The result is
always fun and sometimes quite funny.
II: “Pitch” debut, 9 p.m., Fox.
Two summers ago,
Mo'ne Davis became the first girl to pitch a shut-out in the Little
League World Series. Now this well-made drama imagines the next step:
After working her way through the minors, a young woman a lot like
Davis is ready for her debut with the San Diego Padres.
The Padre reactions
vary, from bitterness by a displaced pitcher to hesitent guidance by
the star catcher (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), but the general manager (Mark
Consuelos) sees a business boost. “Pitch” tends to take a
realistic view of baseball and of human quirks, while giving us
characters we can root for.
ALTERNATIVE: “Grey's Anatomy” and “How to Get Away With Murder”
season-openers, 8 and 10 p.m., ABC.
At times, we might
criticize Shonda Rhimes productions, with their overheated moments.
Then we see another producer try the same genre and fail ... which
“Notorious” does tonight. Suddenly, Rhimes' shows – with their
hyper plots balanced by strong dialog and performances – seem quite
“Anatomy,” a doctor ends up in the hospital, while Bailey tries
to figure out what happened; also, Meredith juggles secrets. On
“Murder,” Annalise and her students create a law clinic.
7:30 p.m. ET, and game, 8:30. Here's a collision of two teams with
2-0 records: The Patriots (thriving during the first half of Tom
Brady's four-game suspension) host the Texans, who have found early
success after signing Brock Osweiler as quarterback.
p.m., NBC. Last season, Glenn ignored company policy and gave
Cheyenne maternity leave; when he was fired, everyone walked out. As
the new the season starts, no one can agree on what to do next ... or
even if this is a strike. “Superstore” isn't the great show NBC
imagines, but with dandy sight gags and two likable stars (America
Ferrera and Ben Feldman), it overcomes occasional flaws.
p.m., Fox. Eddie Cibrian joins the show as the new captain and
Villa's boss. In the season-opener, the murder victim is the protege
of Miami's hot-shot mayor.
debut, 9 p.m., ABC. Julia (Piper Perabo) produces a talk show that
has a vile host. Jake (Daniel Sunjata) is a lawyer whose clients may
be rich and mean. Pretty much everyone on this show is wealthy,
attractive and thoroughly unlikable; we're left with little reason to
season-opener, 9 p.m., NBC. It would be handy if NBC had a classy
show to counteract “Notorious.” Alas, this hour trudges through
the hospital-show traditions, while rarely finding any believable
humanity. Two bursts by authority figures seem absurdly contrived.
season-opener, 10 p.m., NBC. Red adjusts to the fact that Liz has
been captured once again. The task force adjusts to the news that
10 p.m., FX. With just enough laughs to qualify as a comedy, these
stories sneak up on us beautifully. One is about a friend's
no-account husband; another has a director (perfectly played by Lenny
Kravitz) visit Sam's home for dinner and a moment of human