“Mom,” 9:30, CBS.
After years of
reluctant sobriety, Bonnie (Allison Janney) began gulping pain pills
after an injury. Now she's in jail and her daughter Christy (Anna
Faris) is enraged. Others in the addiction group try to be
comforting; “a sick pope doesn't get this much attention,”
This sounds serious,
which it is ... but somehow, it's also funny. Two superb actresses
juggle comedy and drama brilliantly, backed by great support (Mimi
Kennedy, Jaime Pressly) and a smart script.
“American Crime,” 10 p.m., ABC.
“I don't know how
to make things right,” Carter says. We don't either; TV's
best-acted series is also its darkest, plunging its characters into
deeper and deeper holes.
Carter and Aubrey
seem to really love each other ... but her addictions put them in
danger; now he's back in prison and she's in the hospital. Family
ties are key here: Carter's sister is a strong force ... Tony is back
in trouble for attacking his sister's nemesis ... And Barb, mourning
one son, is about to meet the fiancee of her other son; two
steel-minded women collide, sharply and darkly.
ALTERNATIVE: All night, FX.
Comedy can vary
widely, we see in a night that starts at 7:30 p.m. with “21 Jump
Street” (2012). Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are cops posing as
high school students; it's light, loopy and kind of fun.
Then at 10, “The
Comedians” has Josh Gad trying to fit into a sports night at Billy
Crystal's house. Some scenes are so-so, but others – including one
deciding on a host gift – are hilarious. At 10:33, “Louie” sees
Louis C.K. facing crises of the heart and the bowel; it's clever and
odd, but not really comedy until the final minute. Those two episodes
keep rerunning until 2:12 a.m.
8 p.m., ABC. A small-plane crash in Seattle triggers memories of the
previous crash, which ultimately left two doctors (Lexie and Mark)
dead, one (Derek) with a mangled hand and another (Arizona) with an
amitated leg. Meanwhile, Owen and Amelia are feeling tension.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 and 9:01 p.m., CBS. In her new job as a drug rep, Penny
finally has a good income; now she may give it up to audition for a
movie. There's also a rerun of the terrific episode in which Amy and
Bernadette decide to have the prom they missed as teens.
“The Odd Couple,”
8:31 p.m., CBS. Oscar has a chance to be on a TV sports show. His
agent tells him to stick to radio, but Felix – no expert on such
things – disagrees.
9 p.m., NBC. Red links with his sometimes-enemy Berlin, in pursuit of
a Russian official who may have manipulated Berlin.
p.m., ABC. Needing help to push through a bill, the president finds
that his vice-president is no pushover. Meanwhile, Olivia is asked to
help after the mayor's wife is murdered.
p.m., CBS. A murder probe leads to a potential homeland-security
issue. Also, Captain Gregson's daughter, also a cop, asks Watson to
help on a case.
“Red Road,” 10
p.m., Sundance. This show's second season is even better and deeper
than the first. Now we have the aftershocks of the police chief's
suicide and of Kopus stealing drug money. The result endangers the
new tribal chief ... and Junior ... and Junior's girlfriend, the
police lieutenant's daughter.