“New Girl” and “Grandfathered,” 8-9:30 p.m., Fox.
Fox's clever (and
undernoticed) comedies have their season-finales. The key is a “New
Girl” two-parter at 8 and 9 p.m., centering on the Schmidt-Cece
wedding; that surrounds a a sharp “Grandfathered.”
The past two
episodes have humanized the rich-and-handsome Jimmy (John Stamos).
Now he has a corporate-mogul girlfriend, but last week he was warmly
kissing Sara (Paget Brewster), the mother of his grown son. That
leads to some great moments – and to the opposite of all movie
“Person of Interest,” 10 p.m., CBS.
For Reese (Jim
Caviezel), anonymity is important; even his old CIA colleagues think
he's dead. Now, however, a crisis involves one of his old missions;
he might be spotted by his old boss, played by Keith David (the
narrator for many of the Ken Burns documentaries).
There are prolems
with “POI,” including Caviezel's relentlessly blank performance
and a tendency to stretch believability too far for even sci-fi fans.
At the core, however, are strong and emotional episodes that play he
final season in Monday-Tuesday bursts for six weeks.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Night Manager,” 10 p.m., AMC.
At first, John Pine
(Tom Hiddleston) seemed like your typical hotel manager. But behind
that subservient surface is an ex-soldier with a steely resolve that
neither side can control.
Certainly not the
weapons mogul (Hugh Laurie); John – or whatever his real name is –
has tricked his way into his inner circle. But now the London
spymasters who aided his ruse find that they can't rein him in,
either. In tonight's chapter of a John leCarre mini-series, he shows
some fierce independence.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Independent Lens,” 8-10 p.m., PBS (check local
Rob Schenck has
spent his life on the conservative side of issues. An Episcopalian
priest, he was a zealous anti-abortion protestor and became an
advisor to right-wing politicians and groups.
But a Navy shipyard
shooting, within signt of his apartment, caused him to ask a
question: Is it inconsistent to be pro-life AND pro-gun. Later, he
met the mother of the teen who was killed at a gas station because
his radio was too loud; it took two trials to convict the shooter,
who used Florida's “stand your ground” law. Despite Schenck's
slow, droning aproach, this is an involving documentary.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Last week, the team chased British spy Jacob Scott; then someone
shot T.C. Fornell (Joe Spano), Gibbs' former mentor. Now – a week
from the final episode and the departure of Michael Weatherly as Tony
– Fornell hovers near death and the search for Scott continues.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. Linking with a Homeland Security agent (Ivan
Sergei), the team probes the connection between the murder of a Navy
diver and reports of an impending attack.
p.m., CW. As the virus grows, officials have no solution. Outside the
containment zone, Lex is expected to be the calm (and deceiving)
voice of reason; inside, his girlfriend and too-few police face a
dissolving world. The result has some good moments, but has trouble
finding strong drama even in this world-at-peril point.
SHIELD,” 9 p.m., ABC. In the Marvel universe, movies and TV shows
interlock. Now events from the movie “Captain America: Civil War”
require the registration of inhumans. That sets up next week's
two-episode finale, with Daisy's prediction of a major character's
p.m., ABC. This summer show gets an early boost: Tonight's special
introduces the 12 teams that will have their robots collide in weekly
Impressions” debut, 10:30 p.m, USA. Here's a reality show that
focuses strictly on celebrity impressions, adding some starpower.
Freddie Prinze Jr. hosts, Dana Carvey is the guest expert and there's
a celebrity guest each week, starting with Steve Carell.