“Jackie Robinson,” 9-11 p.m., PBS, concluding Tuesday.
A great story is
retold here by TV's best storytellers. Ken Burns co-produced and
co-directed the film with his daughter and son-in-law, who co-wrote
the script. The result ripples with Burnsian depth.
Robinson was 1 when
his family moved from Georgia to Pasadena, where bigotry took new
forms. (Blacks were only allowed in the pool once a week.) He built
his personal popularity as a four-sport star, had a sharp temper ...
then reined it in while breaking baseball's color barrier. There are
great first-person accounts here, especially from Rachel Robinson,
who's been widowed for 44 of her 93 years.
II: “Detour” debut, 9 and 9:30 p.m., TBS.
A Canadian husband
and wife are bringing fresh zest to American comedy. First was
Samantha Bee; her “Full Frontal” (10:30 p.m. Mondays) crackles
with satirical wit. Now comes Jason Jones; each helps write the other
one's show ... helping create some hilarious moments.
Jones plays a dad
taking his wife (Natalie Zea) and kids on a road trip, while keeping
secrets. The best scenes are quiet and wry; two of them –
car-pushing in the first episode, a sex talk in the second – are
superb. The moments when the parents spin out of control feel
contrived, but it's still a fun ride.
ALTERNATIVE: “Hunters” debut, 10:06 p.m., Syfy.
Flynn, an FBI agent,
is a tough guy who's seen a lot --- but nothing like this. When his
wife disappears, he learns of a fierce, other-worldly threat ... and
of a secret government organization fighting it.
Emerging is a
sharply-crafted tale of enemies hidden amongst us. Gale Anne Hurd –
who has produced great fantasy, from “Terminator” to “Walking
Dead” -- has a pretty good one here. As with “Dead,” she skips
name stars – the exception is a menacing Julian McMahon – and
goes with talented unknowns. Britne Oldford is especially good as
Regan, an outsider wherever she is.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Why They Hate Us,” 9 p.m. ET, CNN, rerunning at
Fareed Zakaria may
be ideal for this. A veteran American newsman, he grew up in India,
the son of an Islamic scholar; now he explores how an oft-gentle
religion has been invoked by terrorists.
His film ranges from
1949 – an Egyptian visitor is shocked by dancing couples in
Colorado – to modern times, when an American-born firebrand
continues to have an Online impact, five years after death. He shows
some scattered moments of hatred in the Koran and the Old Testament
and asks why some are ignored and others stir blood. There are few
answers, but the search for them is fascinating.
“Dancing With the
Stars,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Last week, Mischa Barton – already at
the bottom in judges' points -- was dismissed. That leaves the three
football players – Von Miller, Doug Flutie and Antonio Brown – at
the bottom with judges; Nylie DiMarco, the deaf model-actor, is on
p.m., Fox. Things are mixed up now – Detective Gordon is an escaped
con ... his ex-girlfriend is in a mental home ... young Bruce Wayne
is living on the streets ... and the future Penguin is desperate
after his father's murder. Several of those plot lines are wrapped
up, in a strong episode.
Ex-Girlfriend,” 8 p.m., CW. The previous episode ended with a
surprise – Rebecca linking lustfully with Greg. Now Greg is cheery,
Josh is gloomy and Rebecca isn't telling her friend Paula.
p.m., CBS. To test the system, the team must break into Fort Knox ...
and then, due to circumstances, must do it again.
9-10:06 p.m., Syfy. Using time magic, Quentin finally achieves his
goal – reaching Filory (the fictional setting of his favorite
books) with Julia. Now they realize that others have a 70-year head
start in finding The Beast.
Angeles,” 9;59 p.m., CBS. It's been a couple years since we saw
Nate Getz (Peter Cambor), the operational psychologist. Now he's
undercover and missing; a search begins.