TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “The Originals” season-opener, 8 p.m.,
Suddenly, there are reasons to notice the CW. The oft-wobbly
network has two fairly good new shows ---- “The Flash” debuts Tuesday, “Jane
the Virgin” is next Monday – and some solid returning ones.
“Originals” arrived last season, moving Klaus from “Vampire
Diaries.” A vampire-werewolf hybrid, he expected to thrive in New Orleans,
where his family has ruled. But werewolves have decimated the vampire population
… and witches tried to kill his baby … and his wicked mom (inhabiting the body
of a teen witch, of course) and dad returned from the dead. Now Klaus plots revenge.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: “Castle,” 10:01 p.m., ABC.
Last week’s season-opener was very involving – and very
frustrating. Castle survived a car crash, disappeared, did a cash drop-off to
have a car crushed, then was found at sea, remembering nothing.
Now the team works on a separate case, while Castle chases a
clue about his own case. Matt Letscher returns as the man who said he was a
witness named Henry Jenkins … until another Jenkins showed up.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “POV,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local
Dressed festively, an old man shows the dance moves he used
to make at the end of a busy work day. His job? Using wire, he strangled people
After Indonesia’s 1965 revolution, gangsters reportedly
killed more than a million people who may have been Communists. A few mention regrets,
apologies or nightmares; most celebrate their past. Now we see them plan a
bizarre movie about their deeds … including an epic finale, complete with
dancing beauties and “Born Free.” This Oscar-nominated documentary is both
tragic and perversely funny.
Other choices include:
“Dancing With the Stars,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. It’s time for a
fourth ouster … and so far, every actor has survived. Two athletes – hurdler
Lolo Jones, mixed-martial-arts fighter Randy Couture – have been eliminated,
along with newsman Tavis Smiley.
“Gotham,” 8 p.m., Fox. Someone is killing corrupt Gothamites
– there are many to choose from – and attaching them to weather balloons. Also,
Oswald Cobblepot (the future Penguin) is back in town.
“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., CBS. Penny can’t
figure out why Raj’s girlfriend Emily dislikes her; and as Stuart revives his
burned-out comic-book store, the guys might be investors. That’s followed by a
rerun, with Leonard’s new table causing Sheldon to re-consider his life.
“Scorpion,” 9 p.m., CBS. After failing a military-training exercised,
the team can get real-life redemption: Terrorists endanger a large chunk of the
“A Very Special Supernatural Special,” 9 p.m., CW. On the eve
of its 10th season-opener, “Supernatural” offers interviews of the
stars, plus clips of assorted monstrous events.
“Hunted,” 9 p.m., HBO. Russia decriminalized homosexuality 20
years ago, but officials seem to look the other way as gangs hunt, lure and
brutalize gays. This deeply disturbing special introduces some of the
vigilantes, even filming them during one night of hunting.
“The Blacklist,” 10 NBC. When a body is found with its heart
torn out, police focus on a doctor’s black-market business. Also, Red’s
business scheme in Indonesia turns perilous.