TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Perception,” 10:01 p.m., TNT.
This smart series often keeps Max Lewicki (Arjay Smith) in
the background. As a grad assistant, he patiently helps Pierce, whose mind is
brilliant and erratic, including chats with imaginary people.
Now Max moves to the foreground – first with an offer from
the dean (LeVar Burton), then with a surprise visitor. The resulting story is a
little about race and a lot about loyalty and (as usual) perception.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher,”
9:01-10 p.m., NBC.
These are excellent comedies – better ones, perhaps, than
their network deserves.
NBC debuted both during the Olympics and scheduled the
second episodes for last Tuesday. Instead, without warning, it apparently reran
the first episodes, bewildering viewers and killing momentum. Now it finally
runs the second episodes – a fairly good “Boy” and a terrific “Fisher.”
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Goldbergs,” 9:01 p.m., ABC.
Then again, you could skip “Boy” and catch a fairly good
“Goldbergs.” It starts poorly – people being mean to family members for no
reason – and ends well.
Adam’s obsession with “Goonies” propels a chance to help his
grandfather. Stick with it to the end, for some fun involving a real-life
boyhood friend of Adam Goldberg, who created this oft-fun show.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE II: “Justified,” 10 p.m., FX.
Last week ended with a shoot-out in the Mexican desert. Now
Boyd has four bodies to dispose of and a lot of drugs to slip across the
Meanwhile, Raylan has a fresh problem. Kendall, a troubled
teen, is encased in a mess that includes a jumpy “uncle,” a quick-witted “aunt”
(these people are rarely truthful about their identities) and a vengeful
stranger. It’s a good episode, even though none of the stories have sharp
Other choices include:
“Agents of SHIELD,” 8 p.m., ABC. Agent John Garrett (Bill
Paxton) arrives as Coulson races to save Skye.
“Glee,” 8 p.m., Fox. As their graduation looms, Tina, Blaine
and Sam try an all-night lockdown in school. Meanwhile, Elliot (Adam Lambert)
is caught in the feud between Rachel and Santana.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. Someone is killed, Tony is probed … and
the witness is his dad (Robert Wagner).
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. Was a fish-market
explosion an act of terrorism or a drug deal gone bad? Meanwhile, Granger
(Miguel Ferrer) and Kensi are in Afghanistan, chasing “White Ghost.”
“Trophy Wife,” 9:31 p.m., ABC. The trouble with promises is
that you might have to keep them. Bert was promised a special party if he read
100 books; now Pete and Kate must deliver.
“Mind Games,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. Last week’s opener plunged
darkly in the final minute, when we learned that Ross had bribed his brother’s
girlfriend to leave him, crushing his spirit. Worried that the secret will get
out, he hires a con woman (the terrific Jaime Ray Newman), who will stick with