TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Mindy Project” season-opener, 9:30
Some shows fall apart when their lead character falls in
love; not this one. Mindy is with Danny, a decent guy who really loves her;
that brings large laughs and small bits of warmth.
She keeps telling their colleagues intimate secrets about
him; then she finds the one secret he’s been hiding. Complicating things is the
arrival of Morgan’s ex-con cousin, played by Rob McElhenney of “It’s Always
Sunny in Philadelphia.” Despite an overload of sexual content, it’s an
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “America’s Got Talent,” 8 and 9-11
First is a trimmed version of last week, which saw the top
12 acts perform, with half of them sent home. Then the survivors get their last
shot to get votes, before Wednesday’s million-dollar finale.
Half are singers – Miguel Dakota, vocal powerhouse Emily
West and 12-year-old soulster Quintavious Johnson. One group, Sons of Serendip,
is a foursome ranging from vocals to cello and harp. Then there’s AcroArmy (a
platoon of acrobat/gymnasts) and Mat Franco, an amazing close-up magician.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Sons of Anarchy,” 10 p.m., FX.
Desperate to hide the truth – that she killed the wife of
her son Jax – Jemma has ruined many lives. Last week she accused a young
Chinese men of the murder; Jax tortured and killed him. Now Jax begins a brutal
assault on the entire Chinese gang … and others in the way.
The result makes for high-octane entertainment, but leaves
no one to root for.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE II: “The Roosevelts: An Intimate
History,” 8 p.m., PBS, rerunning at 10.
Teddy Roosevelt left the presidency as the most popular man
in America, this terrific chapter says, and instantly regretted not running
again. He kept trying to get back on top.
Now we see his cousin Franklin rise, sharing the same sense
of joy. And we end with the funeral of Teddy, a vibrant man who died at 60. As
one policeman said: “There was such fun in being led by him.”
Other choices include:
“Dancing With the Stars,” 8 p.m., ABC. It’s time for the
first person to be ousted. Also, Smokey Robinson and Aloe Blacc combine for “My
Girl” and the show’s three new pros link for a dance number.
More reality, 8 p.m., Fox and CBS. In an end-of-summer
logjam, all four of the top networks have reality shows here. Fox’s “Utopia”
and CBS’ “Big Brother” face “Talent” and “Dancing With the Stars.”
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. The cartel has stolen a
submarine and plans to use it to haul drugs.
“New Girl” season-opener, 9 p.m., Fox. The summer-wedding
season is ending, leaving friends in despair. The result is erratic and blunt,
but has its fun moments.
“The Jennie Garth Project” debut, 9 and 9:30 p.m., HGTV.
Garth – a TV star since the original “Beverly Hills 90210” – tackles a massive
project, gutting and rebuilding her Hollywood Hills home.
“Matador,” 9 p.m., El Rey. Life is complicated for Tony, a soccer
player and undercover cop. Now the team owner knows his scheme. Also, Tony has
a body to deal with … and doesn’t know who she was.
“Finding Carter,” 10 p.m., MTV. This started with Carter learning
that the woman she considered her mother had kidnapped her when she was 3. The
first season ends tonight with another dark secret.