“Empire,” 9 p.m., Fox.
“Empire” is a
supersized show -- big music, big emotions, big plot twists. And this
hour seems bigger than most, peaking with a definitive moment for
Cookie (Taraji Henson) and Angelo (Taye Diggs).
Other big moments
involve Lucious' complicated relations with his brother and with
Giuliana (Nia Long), who -- long ago -- loved him and robbed him. Eva
Longoria has a small role (for now) as a Las Vegas official; Rumer
Willis has a bigger one as Tory Ash, a powerful – and angry –
II: “Shots Fired,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Over five richly
layered hours, this show has offered the complexities of race
relations. So far, there have been no charges on either death –
white victim shot by black cop; black victim shot by (a witness says)
a white deputy. Rage simmers, especially around a fiery black pastor
As the governor
(Helen Hunt) gropes for a solution, the two state investigators find
fresh roadblocks. Ashe (Sanaa Lathan) is consumed by her
child-custody battle. There are great scenes that show us just how
skilled Lathan is ... and how flawed and troubled Ashe is.
ALTERNATIVE: “Fargo,” 10 p.m., FX.
Last week's opener
was classic “Fargo.” The first scene made little sense – the
same was true in the previous “Fargo” edition -- and the others
were wierdly brilliant.
Ewan McGregor stars
as brothers. Emmit learned that the people who loaned him money hope
to sieze his parking-lot empire. Ray (a parole officer) sent Maurice
(a parolee) to steal a stamp from Emmit; alas, he went to the wrong
house, killed a stranger (the sheriff's father-in-law, no less) and
tried to blackmail Ray ... whose girlfriend killed Maurice via
falling air-conditioner. It's that kind of show.
ALTERNATIVE II: “The Handmaid's Tale,” any time, Hulu.
The first thing to
know is that this adaptation of a classic novel is beautifully
crafted. It's visually compelling, with a great cast led by Elisabeth
Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Ann Dowd.
The second thing is
that it is, quality and all, a brutal ride. We quickly learn the
basics of a world in which the few fertile women are merely there for
childbirth; from there, it's solemn and suffocating.
Tiffany's” (1961), 5:45 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. Truman
Capote's slight story is boosted by a luminous Audrey Hepburn and by
Henry Mancini's Oscar-winning music. Other top films include “The
Goonies” (1985) at 6:30 p.m. on Syfy and “Good Will Hunting”
(1997) at 9 on Pop.
p.m., PBS. Two decades after loggers and miners left, a national park
in the Austrian Alps is reverting to its natural state. Beautifully
filmed, this captures some of its life. There are the lynx,
re-introduced and making a quick impact. And owls, with some dandy
courting scenes. And the trees themselves, with strong insights into
their defenses ... and even their communication with other trees.
“The 100,” 9
p.m., CW. Returning after three weeks off, this has Clarke trying to
keep the peace, after people hear of Jaha's discovery. Also, Jasper
and Bellamy go on a quest.
and 9:30 p.m., ABC. First is a new episode, with Rashida Jones as
Bow's sister; she's Bow's opposite, fresh from a reality show. Then
is a semi-new one: Zoey's college visits bring a flurry of memories
Survivor,” 10 p.m., ABC. As the president ponders vice-presidential
possibilities, Wells and Atwood return from North Dakota with a key
10 p.m. ET, WGN America, rerunning at 11, midnight and 1 a.m. We can
spend Wednesdays savoring the dramatic power of Aisha Hinds. After
dominating tonight's “Shots Fired,”
she plays Harriet
Tubman on this show. Tonight, Noah (Aldis Hodge) must rework his