“Grimm,” 8 p.m., NBC.
season-opener left Nick at the edge of disaster. The mayor-elect is a
monster (literally); so are other officials, including a judge. Nick
defeated a batch of hit men, thanks to a magic stick (don't ask) and
a girl's voodoo doll. But now a SWAT team is ready to attack.
This hour takes some
tangled strategic twists, as schemes collide with counter-schemes.
Still, it's a well-made hour – a solid start to a Friday-the-13th
that's filled with appropriately spooky stuff.
II: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” 9 p.m., CW.
The latest good news
is that “Crazy” has been renewed for next season; micro-mini
ratings can't kill a show, at least on CW. The other good news is
that “Crazy” has ended its stagnant stretch; the plot is now
leaping forward, with some dandy twists ... and, as usual, a couple
clever music numbers.
Rebecca is convinced
that her deep love for Josh can withstand anything. But what happens
when a sunnily shallow California guy meets a world of deep and
gloomy thinkers? There are some dandy surprises here, with Tovah
Feldshuh and Patti LuPone as her mother and her rabbi.
ALTERNATIVE: “Great Performances,” 9 p.m., PBS.
Two decades ago,
rebels invaded the Japanese embassy in Peru; a four-month hostage
crisis began. Fiveyears later, Ann Patchett's “Bel Canto” novel
imagined an opera diva as a hostage.
Now comes the next
logical step – an opera about a novel about an opera singer. Renee
Fleming organized this project for the Chicagoe Lyric, with
Peruvian-born composer Jimmy Lopez and Cuban-born playwright Nilo
Cruz. The result, introduced by Fleming, is shown tonight. It's a
muscular, red-blooded piece, with a talented cast led by Danielle de
Niese as a diva-in-crisis.
p.m., CBS. When their helicopter crashes, Mac and Jack are in remote
Kazachstan, where a war criminal has Jack's gun. This will require
Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. People apparently do different things while
bonding. The girls decide to have a slumber party; their dad and his
poker buddies decide to prepare for colonoscopies.
“Alexander and the
Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” (2014), 8:30 p.m.,
Disney. It's not easy to turn a delightful little kids' book into a
full movie story. But this has been translated into a fairly
enjoyable family story of an 11-year-old who's heading toward a truly
“Dr. Ken,” 8:31
p.m., ABC. Molly's boyfriend is quitting his pre-med studies to be an
artist. Her dad, the doctor, doesn't approve.
(Fox) or “Emerald City” (NBC), 9 p.m. Fresh from “Grimm,”
this grim Friday-the-13th can continue with either show.
On Fox, Ichabod suspects that a case involves witchcraft. On NBC, the
wizard has sent people to kill Dorothy. (No, this isn't the old
“Wizard of Oz.”) She takes a big risk.
9 p.m., CBS. Masi Oka is leaving the show, but first his character
(Max, the medical examiner) must help investigate a murder at a
10 p.m., CBS. Moonlighting as a bodyguard for a recently released
conflict, Danny uses the chance to snag a crook. Also, his brother
Jamie witnesses a lovers' quarrel between two cops; now he and his
police partner reconsider their own relationship.