MUST-SEE: “9/10: The Final Hours,” 8-10 p.m., National Geographic.
of Sept. 11, 2001, has been told often and well, but here’s a compelling
variation. It starts on Sept. 10, then moves into the morning of the tragedy.
people who had brief contact with the terrorists – serving them at a Pizza Hut,
checking them in at the airport. We meet those who barely missed disaster. And
we meet a man whose sister treated their mom to a birthday dinner at the World
Trade Center restaurant … then died the next morning, in the same building.
There are deeply human moments.
MIGHT-SEE: “Utopia” debut, 8-10 p.m., Fox.
The new TV
season begins today … sort of. The official start is still two weeks away, but
this reality needs extra time. For a while, it will be settling into Tuesdays
In a wilderness,
15 strangers try to build a civilization. They include a doctor, a lawyer, a
chef, a construction guy and more … including a former drug dealer and a
self-described “hillbilly MacGyver.” There’s a pastor; others include a fan of tantric
sex, a believer in “polyamorous relationships” and someone who calls herself “six
feet of twisted steel and sex appeal.”
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Masterpiece Mystery,” 9-10:30 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings).
The three-part “Breathless” concludes with a cascade of
secrets. For a cocky surgeon, his wife and a cowering anesthesiologist there’s
a dark deed in wartime Burma. For another surgeon, it’s an affair with an older
woman. For his wife, it’s her secret sister (another nurse) have a demented
Some points are logical, and some – especially involving the
anesthesiologist’s search for another job – make no sense. What started as a
sleek, 1960s drama concludes as an odd (but interesting) soap opera.
Other choices include:
“Saving Private Ryan,” 8-11:45 p.m., TNT. Here is Steven
Spielberg’s epic, World War II masterpiece.
Football, 8:20 p.m. ET, with preview at 7, NBC. The first
Sunday of the pro season wraps up with Peyton Manning’s old team (the
Indianapolis Colts) visiting his new team (the Denver Broncos).
“Unforgettable,” 9 p.m., CBS. There’s a surplus of suspects, when a worker
at a top-dollar matchmaking service is killed.
“Boardwalk Empire,” 9 p.m., HBO. The final season begins
with glimpses of Nucky’s troubled boyhood, long before he ruled Atlantic City.
That’s against the backdrop of dealings in Havana, as he dreams of a post-Prohibition
windfall. There are other snippets of stories, some turning violent, in a show that’s
often hard to follow, but remains fascinating along the way.
“Reckless,” 10 p.m., CBS. Six days before the show’s
two-hour finale, we see complications in Lee Anne’s upcoming trial – a possible
jury-tampering and a growing romance between the competing lawyers. Meanwhile,
Vi’s ex-husband faces a malpractice charge that points to a bigger problem.
“The Strain,” 10 p.m., FX. Last week’s powerful episode saw
Jim Kent (Sean Astin) killed by his colleagues, after it was clear he’d been
infected. Tonight, Eph races to protect his own family.