“MacGyver” debut, 8 p.m., CBS.
“MacGyver” series was reassuringly homespun. Sure, the hero
worked for a government agency; still, his inventive solutions
required little more than a quick mind and a Swiss army knife.
And in this reboot,
24 years later? He still has the knife and the mind, but now he's
backed by a helicopter, a speedboat, a computer whiz and more. The
action is slick and the stars (Lucas Till, George Eads and Tristin
Mays) are attractive, giving viewers at least some quick, forgettable
“Dr. Ken” season-opener, 8:31 p.m., ABC.
In real life, Ken
Jeong and his wife were both doctors,before he detoured into comedy.
In this fictional version, his wife (Suzy Nakamura) is a therapist
with a medical degree.
Now there's an
opening at the clinic where Ken works. The administrator (Dave Foley)
wants to hire her; Ken isn't so sure. Also, their teen daughter
ponders ways to hide her low SAT schores.
ALTERNATIVE: “Van Helsing” debut, 10 and 10:55 p.m., Syfy.
The world is overrun
again, this time by vampires. That shocks Vanessa “Van” Helsing,
who has just emerged from a three-year coma. Still, there's hope:
She's descended from Abraham Van Helsing, the
vampire-hunter. She's immune to the creatures ... and can even turn
them back to human.
This makes her vital
to humans ... and a target to vampires. Kelly Overton – of Cherokee
descent, who played the werewolf Rikki on “True Blood” -- stars.
The showrunner is Neil LaBute, a writer-director who's drawn praise
for such vampire-free movies as “Shape of Things” and “In the
Company of Men.”
Planner” (2001), 7 p.m., Bravo. Jennifer Lopez's film starts a
light-movie night. At 8, there's the frantic “Smokey and the
Bandit” (1977) on CMT and the rousing action of “Die Hard”
(1988) on Pop; at 8:15, the delightful “Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory” (2005) is on Freeform.
Standing” season-opener, 8 p.m., ABC. Uninvited guests are always a
problem. In this case, it's a bear inside company headquarters. Mike
must figure out how to get rid of it.
“The Good Place,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., NBC. Here are two quick reruns
– a season-opener, with the store workers strike wobbling; then a
terrific pilot film, with a bureaucratic error giving Kristen Bell a
better afterlife than she deserves. Both will have new episodes next
opener, 8 p.m., Fox. Many shows say they give contestants a “boot
camp,” but this one really starts in an Army facility. Before they
start cooking, the chefs must demonstrate discipline.
debut, 9 p.m., Fox. A good-hearted priest is asked to save a girl who
seems inhabited by demons. That's way out of his expertise, so he
tries to get help from an older priest who's bitter and broken. The
result is stylishly filmed, but asks viewers to slog through a
dismal, continuing story.
season-opener, 9 p.m., CBS. Two serial killers have been slain ...
and one was dumped inside “Five-0” headquarters. That may seem
helpful, but it's illegal; the team searches for a vigilante.
season-opener, 10 p.m., CBS. Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”)
plays a lawyer in the attorney general's office, brandishing new
evidence against Danny. Also, Lori Loughlin plays the widow of a
slain cop; she asks Frank to keep her only son out of the police