“Save My Life, Boston Trauma,” 10 p.m., ABC.
After a strong
opener Sunday, this ABC News series moves into its regular night with
an even better hour. Quick-paced, yet deeply human, it gets us
involved with medical people and, especially, patients.
It opens with
chilling motorcycle-crash footage. Soon, we meet a teen who fell
25-feet during a church sleepover (from now on, she vows, “I'm just
going to go to church for praying and stuff”), a family that was
blindsided by another car at a red light and a woman who allegedly
spat at her rescuers. “It's another night in Boston,” an
ambulance guy says calmly. “At least, she's a Bruins fan.”
II: “Hell on Wheels,” 9 p.m., rerunning at 10.
The episode starts
with some sensational footage, the kind that will make you vow never
to crash down a steep, snowy mountain. That's a flash-forward, so be
patient; “Hell” returns to it later in the hour.
Trying to rush the
railroad along, Cullen switches things: The Mormons take over
show-shoveling, amid wretched cold; the Chinese workers push an
engine up the mountain. Then comes the crisis, involving his only
Chinese translator; it's a perilous and dramatic hour.
ALTERNATIVE: “Aquarius,” 9 p.m., NBC.
For a time, the
summer overload was dizzying – 13 scripted hours (nine on broadcast
networks) every Thursday. In a last-minute move last week, this show
and “Hannibal” were bumped to Saturdays.
There's an up side:
Formerly the worst Thursday show, “Aquarius” is almost adequate
by Saturday standards. Tonight, two clumsy storylines – Hodiak's
drink was spiked by a hallucinogen, a fellow cop has hidden his
Latino roots – play alongside the ongoing stories about Charlie
Manson and about a young undercover cop. The undercover story is
fairly well-done, the others aren't.
“Tut,” 6 p.m. to
midnight, Spike. Here's the entire mini-series in one gulp. It's
large and lavish; it's also a tad silly, somehow transforming Tut
into a warrior king.
Angeles,” 8 p.m., CBS. Julie Chen (“Big Brother,” “The Talk”)
plays an. ambassador in this rerun. After she escapes an attack in
Tunisia, Sam and Callen head on a dangerous mission.
“Cedar Cove,” 8
p.m., Hallmark. In last week's season-owner, Olivia hesitantly
resumed her romance with Jack, who'd lied about his alcohol relapse.
She does, however, rebuff his idea of moving in with her. Also last
week, Olivia's best friend (Grace the librarian) added unpaid duties
as a city administrator; now her daughter Maryellen returns with
p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Scott Mescudi (also known as Kid Cudi) plays a
musician who created a controversial algorithm that makes hit songs.
Cliff “Method Man” Smith also guests.
debut, 9 p.m., ABC. A companion piece to “Save My Life,” this
focuses on the first-responders. They're also in the 10 p.m. show,
but that one is more hospital-based.
p.m., NBC. Here's the other show banished to Saturdays; now it jumps
ahead: Hannibal Lecter is in prison and a new villain (dubbed “The
Tooth Fairy”) looms. Jack asks Will for help.
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) hosts this
rerun, with the Zac Brown Band as music guest.