“Sherlock” and “Broadchurch” openers, 8 and 10 p.m., BBC
Here is British
greatness, back-to-back. Over the next three weeks, this cable
channel reruns the first season of PBS' “Sherlock” films, with
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in modern London. Steven Moffat's
witty scripts link with sleek direction and with stars (Benedict
Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) who would soon become famous via
“The Imitation Game,” “Fargo” and “The Hobbit.”
Tonight's film leads
to the second-season opener of “Broadchurch,” which was brilliant
last year. David Tennant is back as the troubled cop who came to a
seaside town in time to solve (barely) a murder.
“CSI: Cyber” debut, 10 p.m., CBS.
In her Oscar-winning
“Boyhood” performance, Patricia Arquette showed a beautifully
calibrated range of emotions. Now “Cyber” asks her to use maybe 8
percent of that skill.
The “CSI” shows
lean toward cold, just-the-facts crimesolving. This one is even more,
focusing on computer crimes. Arquette heads the unit, which includes
macho Elijah Mundo (an FBI guy played by James Van Der Beek) and lots
of cyber-types. In the OK opener, they tackle a kidnapping trend.
ALTERNATIVE: “American Idol” and “Empire,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox.
“Idol” has a
talented and varied batch of guys, we learned last Tuesday. Ranging
from growling rock to quiet ballads, they drew praise from the
judges. Now, in the season's first live show, we learn which eight of
the 12 guys survive to sing again tonight; the women will do the same
Tonight's hour leads
into a key “Empire,” as Cookie discovers the dark scheme of
Anika, the fiancee of her ex-husband Lucious. With his record company
wobbling, all three of his sons are busy. Jamal gets close to a top
star; she's played by Estelle, who won a Grammy for “American Boy”
back in 2008.
8-10 p.m., NBC. With the battle round starting next week, the show
pauses to rerun highlights from its blind auditions.
p.m., CBS. When it comes to survival, will the blue-collar,
white-collar or “no-collar” tribe prevail: Last week brought a
white-collar loss, with So Kim (a retail buyer) the first one ousted.
“The Middle,” 8
p.m., ABC. Everyone's uncomfortable tonight. Sue has to take her
little brother to a science-fiction convention. Their mom overdoes
some flirting with her older son's friend. And their dad has to
prepare his father (played by Jerry Van Duke, 83) for his drivers'
9 p.m., ABC. Last week's brilliant episode saw cyber-snooping spur
the mistaken belief that Haley eloped with Andy the nanny (Adam
DeVine). Now her acttual feelings become complicated when he's rushed
to the hospital. Also, Claire and her dad argue about a TV
Club” (1985), 9-11 p.m., ABC Family. Judd Nelson's past and present
collide tonight. Nelson, 54. continues his “Empire” role as Billy
Beretti, Lucious' nemesis; here, he's a tough teen in John Hughes'
flawed-but-worthy tale of mismatched kids communing during detention.
p.m., ABC. Some classic actors collide, when Dre and Rainbow plan to
renew their wedding vows. That ignites conflicts between his
traditional dad (Emmy-winner Laurence Fishburne) and her hippie
parents (Emmy-winner Beau Bridges and Tony-nominee Anna Deveare
p.m., ABC. Vince Gill and Lorrie Morgan guest, as Rayna prepares for
the anniversary of her induction into the Grand Old Opry. She wants
Deacon and her daughters to perform with her.