TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Hannibal,” 10:01 p.m., NBC.
The season opens with a surprise -- two careful, cautious
men are suddenly at war. Hannibal Lecter, a therapist and serial killer, and
the FBI’s Jack Crawford are trying to kill each other.
It’s fierce, jolting … and a gimmick. This is a
flash-forward to the end of the season; “Hannibal” promptly returns to its
natural pace – slow, sleepy, elegantly acted. Will Graham (the brilliant Hugh
Dancy) is in jail, unable to convince anyone that Lecter has framed him; the
final scene is stunning.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: Business reality shows, all night,
Fox’s “Kitchen Nightmares” starts its season at 8 p.m., opposite
CBS’ “Undercover Boss,” with ABC’s “Shark Tank” at 9. And filling out the
night, TNT debuts two shows from those producers.
“Inside Job” (9 p.m.), from the “Undercover” producer, is
kind of fun; four people compete for a job, unaware that one is a spy for the
employer. “Save My Business,” from the “Nightmares” producer, is merely OK;
Peter Jones, a 6-foot-7 British entrepreneur, grumbles about and then fixes a
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Casablanca” (1942), 8-10 p.m. ET,
Turner Classic Movies.
Two days before the Academy Awards, it’s appropriate to
catch this masterpiece.
“Casablanca” won Oscars for best picture, its direction and
for a screenplay filled with lines that have become eternal. In 1997, the
American Film Institute picked “Casablanca” as the second-best movie ever,
trailing only “Citizen Kane”; in a 2007 revision, it put it No. 3, behind
“Kane” and “Godfather.”
Other choices include:
“Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. What’s it like to have Brennan – ever
observant, never emotional – on the jury at your murder trial? We see in this
rerun … and then see a fresh murder case that follows.
“Last Man Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. Eve has a secret boyfriend
and her mom nudges her into a heart-to-heart talk. Then her sisters learn that
both teens will be at the same ROTC sleepover.
“The Neighbors,” 8:31
p.m., ABC. Debbie invites her old friends to an Oscar party. Feeling left out,
the neighbors from outer space plan an extreme party; Erik Estrada and Carrot
Top play themselves.
“Jazz and the Philharmonic,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local
listings). This concert links jazz greats – singer Bobby McFerrin, trumpeter
Terence Blanchard, pianists Chick Correa and Dave Grusin – with the Henry
Mancini Institute Orchestra, in Miami.
“Enlisted,” 9 p.m., Fox. Pete is confronted by the
girlfriend he left (without telling her) for Afghanistan.
“Raising Hope,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. The new boyfriend (Tommy
Chong) of Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) dares her to take chances … a challenge
soon faced by her daughter and grandson.
“Helix,” 10 p.m., Syfy. Alan Farragut and Julia Walker –
once married to each other, both still doctors at the Centers for Disease
Control – make a daring attempt to destroy the virus.
“Banshee,” 10 p.m., Cinemax. Often terrific, this show makes
a detour tonight, with an hour so brutal that even revenge leaves viewers