“This Is Us” season-finale, 9 p.m., NBC.
It's has been an
amazing first season for “Us.” A show without the usual elements
– cops, crooks, courts, doctors – has caught on with the dramas
of real life. In just 17 episodes, it's made us care deeply about
three siblings and (partly through flashbacks) their parents.
Now NBC promises
turning points for Randall (who just quit his job), Kevin (who slept
with his ex-wife and got a job offer from movie director Ron Howard)
and Kate. And in flashbacks, their dad – who had been drinking –
tries to drive two hours to catch their mom's rock concert.
II: “Trial & Error” debut, 10 and 10:30 p.m., NBC.
Larry (John Lithgow)
may not have killed his wife, but he's a bad defendant. He
roller-skates through blood ... interrupts the 9-1-1 call to talk to
the cable guy ... and fails to mention his past offenses.
Then again, he
doesn't exactly have a dream team. There's a novice lawyer, a
clueless investigator (wonderfully played by Steven Boyer) and a
receptionist (Sherri Shepherd) who doesn't recognize faces. Add a
mock-documentary style and you have the funniest NBC comedy in years.
ALTERNATIVE: “People Icons,” 10 p.m., ABC.
After tragedy, this
hour tells us, there can be love and happiness. “Baby Jessica”
was trapped in a well for 58 hours; she's now married to Danny
Morales, who watched the ordeal on TV. Laura Scruggs lost a hand and
an eye in a propeller accident; she later married “E News” host
Then there's Austin
Hatch. At 8, he and his dad were the only survivors of a small-plane
crash; almost a decade later, he was the lone survivor of another
plane crash that killed his dad and stepmom. Now he's ready to
graduate from the University of Michigan and marry former U-M
volleyball star Abby Cole.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Water & Power: A California Heist,” 9 and
10:30 p.m., National Geographic.
In the middle of
California's water wars stand Sarah Ervin and her fiance, Michael
Lunsford. “It's really rough when you have to go places to take a
shower,” she says. They're in Tulare County, where more than 1,000
wells went dry, while California agriculture was having a record
filmed documentary takes us through the history of a state where, it
says, agriculture is 2 percent of the economy, with 80 percent of the
water. It follows “water brokers” who buy land and dig deep –
draining neighbors' water table. As one man puts it: “It's
literally a race to the bottom.”
Ever After,” 7-8:05 p.m., Disney. Before the series debuts March
24, Disney keeps showing this extra-length special. It has the same
stars (Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi) and songwriters as the film; other
reruns are at 2 and 11 p.m. Wednesday, 5 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m.
“New Girl,” 8
p.m., Fox. Reagan (Megan Fox) is back; she's still Nick's girlfriend
... even though Jess and Nick have been spending a lot of tie
together. Also, Schmidt and Cece obsess over home security.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Fulfilling a sailor's dying wish, Gibbs re-opens a case ... and
makes a discovery.
Orleans,” 9 and 10 p.m., CBS. It's an all-NCIS, no-rerun night for
CBS. First, a Marine with a spotless record suddenly assaults six
people and vanishes; then, Tammy's ex-husband – who embezzled $80
million in Katrina relief funds – is back and accused of killing a
crime boss' son.
“Love on the Air”
(2015), 9-11 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. On March 26, this
channel will have the new “Murder She Baked” movie, the sixth
film with the talented team of director Kristoffer Tabori and
producer-star Alison Sweeney; now here's a chance to re-see the first
one, a clever tale with Sweeney and Jonathan Scarfe as duelling radio
10 p.m., FX. Stan, the FBI guy, and Oleg, his Russian colleague, face
the repercussions of their complicated history together.