“Glee” season-opener, 8-10 p.m., Fox.
There have been
plenty of misadventures – for the show and its characters – in
New York. Now it's time to return to where this once triumphed –
among gleeful kids in small-town Ohio.
Rachel is there
because her career crashed, Kurt and Blaine because their romance
sputtered. Others merely arrive (in the second hour) for Homecoming;
all agree it's time to revive the programs that Sue (now the
principal) crushed. There are weak stretches here, especially with
Kurt and Blaine, but also soaring ones, musically (from Rachel's “Let
It Go” to the new kids' uptempo slngs) and personally.
II: “Last Man Standing” and “Cristela,” 8 and 8:31 p.m., ABC.
Here's a nod to the
old days, when ABC's comedies ruled. Two of their stars have key
Improvement,” Patricia Richardson played the wife of a tool zealot
(Tim Allen); now she's the “Last Man” neighbor whose noisy tool
projects annoy Mike (Allen). Then Roseanne Barr plays the estranged
wife of Cristela's boss; she has her own law firm and takes an
interest in Cristela.
ALTERNATIVE: “Great Performances,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local
There are some
awesome voices in this world and opera star Renee Fleming has stuffed
many into one mega-concert. Each, alas, gets only one song, leaving
time for the singers to talk to students.
The talk is good;
the singing is awesome. Catch great talents from Broadway (Norm
Lewis, Sutton Foster), pop (Sara Bareilles), country (Alison Krauss),
jazz (Dianne Reeves) and more. Hear Josh Groban turn a Charlie
Chaplin song (“Smile”) into a triumph. And yes, Fleming proves
she she can go far beyond her classical roots: She milks every bit of
pain and beauty from “Danny Boy.”
season-opener, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m., Cinemax. The second season –
tough, nasty, sometimes sexy and always well-crafted – reruns; that
concludes with the sheriff (a master thief who stole the identity of
Lucas Hood) blasting his enemies, with the help of ex-lover Carrie.
There's one more man to smite and that happens in the first few
minutes of the season-opener (10 p.m., rerunning at 11 and midnight).
Then Hood finds new problems, from his angry daughter and angrier
(2008), 7:52 p.m., Bravo; or “Mean Girls” (2004), 8 p.m. Comedy
Central. Tina Fey's films collide. Fey wrote the smart script to
“Mean Girls” and co-stars as a teacher advising a mistreated teen
(Lindsay Lohan). She didn't write “Baby Mama,” but stars as a
businesswoman who hires a quirky sort (Amy Poehler, who will host the
Golden Globes with Fey on Sunday) to carry her baby.
“Hart of Dixie,”
8 p.m., CW. The 10-episode season starts with an episode that had an
advance showing last month ... and doesn't need to be seen again.
There are a few bits of goofy fun involving firefighter training, but
much of the hour has Zoe throwing herself at Wade, the guy she left.
9 p.m., CBS. The theft of a priceless Van Gogh painting leads to an
undercover assignment for Kono and Chin (Grace Park and Daniel Dae
Illusion” return, 9:30, CW. This four-episode run has Dean Cain
introducing top magicians.
10 p.m., CBS. Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), a big supporter of military
veterans, feels conflicted when he learns that several have linked to
pull off a robbery.