TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Mentalist,” 10:30 p.m., CBS.
What kind of hurdles is Patrick Jane facing? How deep does the
police corruption run?
To find out, he faked a list of Red John suspects … which
was promptly stolen. Suddenly, people on the list were being tortured and/or
killed; Jane’s suspicions were proven … but at other people’s expense.
Now he must scramble to save others. The bad news is TV’s torture
obsession; the good is everything else – a strong story, surprises and even
some fun, early in the marriage of Rigsby and Van Pelt.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: Football, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC, with
preview at 7.
Great Colt quarterbacks, past and present, are in
The new one is Andrew Luck, 24; last season, he led the Colts
to an 11-5 record while setting the record for passing yards by a rookie. The old
one is Peyton Manning, 37, who won three MVP awards in Indianapolis, before an
injury complicated things. His Denver Broncos are 6-0.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: Documentaries, 8 and 9 p.m.,
First, the four-part “Terror in the Skies” concludes with a
chilling reminder that sometimes nature causes the most aviation trouble. Birds
cause $1.2 billion a year in damage, it says; the volcanic eruption in Iceland
caused $1 billion in cancelled flights.
Then is “The Incredible Bionic Man,” showing that the whole
can be less than the sum of its parts. Bionic body parts, worth a combined $1
million, are assembled. The robotic result is flawed, but the pieces are
amazing … as proven by two of the key men, whose own bionic limbs work
Other choices include:
“Once Upon a Time,” 8 p.m., ABC. Mr. Gold has missions in
both worlds. In Neverland, he confronts Peter about the missing Henry; in Fairy
Tale Land, where he’s Rumpelstiltskin, he looks for a missing Bae.
“Masterpiece Classic,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). A
good episode finds mixed feelings at the store and at the mansion. At one,
Denise is temporarily put in charge of the department, drawing ill will; at the
other, Catherinetries to love a good-hearted philanthropist instead of the
“Boardwalk Empire,” 9 p.m., HBO. Nucky’s nephew is torn by
the tragedies caused by his college stunts; now that sparks family trouble.
Also, Chalky White’s success stirs schemes and violence.
“The Good Wife,” 9:30 p.m., CBS. As Alicia secretly prepares
to leave for the new firm, the shows brings back some of its best guest stars –
Rita Wilson as the commanding Viola, Gary Cole as macho McVeigh and Carrie
Preston as the delightfully odd Elsbeth.
“Eastbound & Down” and “Hello Ladies,” 10 and 10:30
p.m., HBO. Opposite guys – one rude and crude, the other grasping for
California class – share a lack of social instincts. Tonight, “Ladies”
sometimes has enough wit to make up for the character’s steady slide; “Eastbound”
“Covert Kitchens,” 11 p.m., Spike. In real life, we’re told,
rogue chefs set up instant restaurants in odd spaces. This special, hosted by Graham
Elliot, turns that into the pilot for a reality show. Someone has 36 hours and
$3600 to turn a messy car garage into an attractive spot with great food.