“The People v. O.J. Simpson,” 10 p.m., FX; and “American
Experience,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Separated by almost
60 years, these cases caused a sensation when rich men were accused
of brutal murders. It was Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb in 1936 and
O.J. Simpsons in 1994.
case was settled quickly, making the PBS film only mildly
interesting; the Simpson story, by comparison, was filled with
startling twists. Brilliantly directed by Ryan Murphy, tonight's
compelling hour focuses on the Bronco chase, with deep portraits of
Simpson lawyers – a self-serving Robert Shapiro, a sharp-minded
Johnnie Cochran and a warmly compassionate Robert Kardashian.
II: “New Girl,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Now there's sort of
a “newer girl,” in a transition that works beautifully. With
Zooey Deschanel on maternity leave, the show finds a clever way to
fill the gap: Jess (Deschanel) is sequestered on jury duty; her spot
in the loft goes temporarily to someone who is her opposite.
Reagan (Megan Fox),
a drug rep, is confident, commanding and bisxual. Nick is gaga, of
course; Schmidt, the jealous type, crumbles when he's told that
Reagan once had an affair with his fiancee.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Muppets,” 8:30 p.m., ABC.
Dogs, cats and rats
can do it; humans can't. But what about pigs? Can they expose their
tails on TV?
The network says no;
Sam Eagle, its censor, says it stridently. After Miss Piggy's costume
malfunction, controversy builds. In a funny (but inconsistent)
episode, all of that leads to a a showdown. Also, Gonzo – mooning
for his ex-girlfriend Camilla – ends up getting a bachelor pad with
Rizzo and Pepe.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Not Safe With Nikki Glaser” debut, 10:30 p.m.,
Amy Schumer started
the trend; now Samantha Bee (Mondays on TBS) and Glaser continue it:
Women host short-form comedy that can mix intelligence with
links with other stand-ups Rory Scovel and Rachel Feinstein. She
discusses the “friend zone,” visits a foot-fetish party ahd sees
how much guys will allow before scuttling someone on Tinder.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. When a deep-sea diver is killed, the investigation gets
complicated: All of the suspects (and the victim) will be in a
decompression chamber for four days.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula) has a Mardi Gras
opening for his bar ... but is soon kidnapped. So is the mayor
Nine-Nine,” 9 p.m., Fox. When another precinct station needs
repairs, the entire unit shares space with these guys. That's good
for Jake – re-united with his first police partner (Damon Wayans
Jr.) -- and bad for everyone else. After a slow start, this episode
is terrific in its final minutes.
9:30, Fox. Dean (Rob Lowe) keeps overdramatizing, just like the
lawyer he played on TV. Now he's nudged toward his brother's
therapist (Maya Rudolph). It's a fairly good episode that includes
good moments for the show's best character, Dean's sister-in-law
(Mary Elizabeth Ellis).
p.m., PBS (check local listings). Fantasy football started as a fun
thing for friends; then Online companies developed daily games ...
and got a pass from some federal gambling rules. This strong report
looks at how some Sunday fun turned into habits that have ruined
10 p.m., NBC. When Sevaride confronts Chili about her erratic
behavior, she doesn't take it well. Meanwhile, colleague push the
idea of Casey for alderman.