TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “American Idol” season-opener, 8-10
After a sluggish 12th season, “Idol” has retooled
and refueled. Gone are Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj; far gone is
the old emphasis on bad auditions and acerbic judges.
Keith Urban is the lone surviving judge from last year,
joined by the return of Jennifer Lopez and by Harry Connick Jr. The others dub
him “Hatchet Harry,” but we see few signs of it here. Mostly, three smart and
likable judges praise (sometimes excessively) some talented young singers.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Suburgatory” return, 8:30 p.m., ABC.
Tessa’s world is ready to transform again. Her vagabond mom
has vanished and she’s back with her dad … who, after breaking up with Dallas,
is ready to return to the city life Tessa once loved.
What could keep them in suburbia? The dad has rescued a
mangy mutt from the pound; neighbors in this pedigree world are appalled. Tessa
has a new cause and “Suburgatory” has a strong episode.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Chicago P.D.,” 10 p.m., NBC.
This show’s opener delivered tough strokes. One cop was
killed; another’s son was kidnapped, in a scheme to free a big-time killer.
Now Antonio (Jon Seda) races to find his boy, with his boss
(Jason Beghe) taking a by-any-means approach. The bad news is that this
continues TV’s obsession with torture as a solution; the good is that it offers
a taut and involving portrait of people who are passionate about family and
Other choices include:
“Revolution,” 8 p.m., NBC. Monroe is on new turf, having to
make a decision about his son. Meanwhile, Neville and Julia continue to argue.
“The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. Sue finally learns that Axl is
the one who stole her mascot head; belatedly, she plots prank revenge. Also,
Frankie’s boss (Jack McBrayer) wants her family to fill his friendship void.
“Two and a Half Men,” 8 p.m., CBS. Here’s a transplanted
rerun of the show’s first Miley Cyrus episode, a good one. She plays the
daughter of a friend of Walden … who is suddenly feeling very old
“The Millers,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. Sibling rivalry resurfaces,
decades late. Nathan (Will Arnett) is stunned to learn that his sister is their
dad’s favorite. He decides to spill some of her old secrets.
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” 9 p.m., NBC.
Stepping out of a party, Amaro joins a chase and gravely wounds a teen-ager.
The case soon has the focus of the community and the SVU team.
“Modern Family,” 9
p.m., ABC. An impressive guest cast has Jesse Eisenberg (an Oscar-nominee for “Social
Network”) as a judgmental, eco-conscious neighbor … Jane Krakowski (four-time
Emmy-nominee for “30 Rock”) as a “mean girl” mom … and Tony-winner John
Benjamin Hickey as Alex’s therapist.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 10 p.m., CBS. At first, an
airline headed to Las Vegas seems to merely have a petty crime and a
disgruntled passenger (Joel Grey). Then a murder is found onboard.