“Bones” return, 8 p.m., Fox.
show stunned viewers, when a bombing left Hodgins paralyzed from the
waist down. Now “Bones” returns, solving crimes while facing
dilemma: The best thing for Hodgins' body is total rest; the best
thing for his mind is to return to work with his friends and his
As usual, “Bones”
has an OK mystery – this one involves a slain defense lawyer –
and adequate human drama. This hour, however, is elevated a notch by
T.J. Thyne's excellent work as Hodgins.
II: “Grey's Anatomy,” 8 and 9 p.m., ABC.
A physical crisis in
the first hour soon leads into an ethical one in the second.
When a child is
missing, the hospital goes on lockdown. That leaves Ben (Jason
George) trying to operate on a pregnant woman without the right
equipment ... and leaves Baily (Chandra Wilson), as chief of surgery,
to deal with him afterward. That carries over to the second hour, in
which Arizona makes a key decision and April and Jackson try to put
their toubles aside, for the sake of the baby.
ALTERNATIVE: “American Grit” debut, 9 p.m., Fox.
Somehow, TV's best
night is being transformed into a mass of muscle. At 8, NBC has
“Strong”; at 9, Fox has wrestler-turned actor Jon Ceda and lots
of other macho types.
We meet four combat
veterans, one of them credited with 32 kills. They'll divide 16
sturdy contestants – a cop, wrestler, trainer, lumberjack, Roller
Derby queen and more – into four-person teams. At its best, “Grit”
has high-octane action; at its worst, it sometimes (like “Survivor”)
veers close to torture.
p.m., NBC. After its advance episode Wednesday, this reality show –
women working with male trainers to build their strength – moves to
its regular slot.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Here's a rerun of the funny Thanksgiving-time
episode. Sheldon and Amy decide to hang out (as just friends, alas)
at the aquarium; Howard reluctantly joins the others, serving meals
at a soup kitchen.
“The Odd Couple,”
8:31 p.m., CBS. There's good news for Felix: He'll finally have a
sleepover with Emily. And better news for Oscar: He can have a
Felix-free party when his roommate is gone.
9 p.m., NBC. This two-parter started last week, with word that
thieves were targetting a nuclear weapon. Now the task force has one
member in danger; it must go with Red's odd tactics.
p.m., CBS. Christy nudges her mom to date the terrific-seeming guy
(William Fichtner) she just met. Then she has second thoughts, after
learning more about him.
“Hoff the Record,”
9 and 9:30 p.m. ET, and “Gotham Comedy Live,” 10 p.m. ET, AXS.
This quietly clever show imagines David Hasselhoff as a dolt, trying
to re-invent himself in London. In this funny episode, he sees a
future as a United Nations ambassador. That's followed by a rerun,
with a wayward product endorsement; then Hasselhoff's “Baywatch”
pal Pamela Anderson hosts stand-up comedy.
Silence,”10 p.m., NBC. In the opener, we met four guys who went to
a brutal detention home at 13. One went on to become a skilled
lawyer; the others wobbled. Now their rage has resurfaced and two
people are dead. Some of this feels forced, especially Gil's one-note
fervor and Jackson's obsession with secrecyfrom his fiancee. Once you
forgive that, the rest is a fairly solid drama.