“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” season-opener, 10 p.m., CBS.
This show really
didn't expect to be here right now, in a comfortable time slot. But
“Doubt” was a ratings disaster and was dumped after two episodes.
Now, after a one-week gap, “Borders” steps in.
The series has Gary
Sinise lead a high-tech team, rescuing Americans overseas. Sometimes,
it just saves one or two people; tonight, an entire, 23-person church
group has vanished in Tanzania.
“Survivor” opener, 8-10 p.m., CBS.
So far, Sandra
Diaz-Twine has been unbeatable. She was the Season 7 champion, then
returned for Season 20 (on the “Villains” team for “Heroes vs.
Villains”) and won again. Now she's 42 -- a law secretary, married,
with two kids -- and back, in what the show calls a confluence of
She faces two other
champions: Tony Vlachos, now 43, won Season 28; a Jersey City
bodybuilder and cop, he was on the “Brawn” team. J.T. Thomas,
32, won Season 18, then was on the “Heroes” team in Season 20,
finishing 10th. Others range from two runners-up to four
who finished 14th or worse.
ALTERNATIVE: “Underground” season-opener, 10 p.m. ET, WGN
America, rerunning at 11:01 p.m. and 12:03 and 1:04 a.m.
At noon ET, the
entire first season reruns, setting up tonight's tense situation.
Yes, seven slaves escaped, but now many have been killed or captured.
Noah is charged with murder, while his lover Rosalee is on the run
with Harriet Tubman (Aisha Tyler, who arrived at the end of the first
The white folks
range from abolitionist lawyer John Hawkes, grasping for a courtroom
way to save Noah, to slave-catcher Patty Cannon. At the plantation,
Ernestine is back in the fields, her mind wobbling. This is
unrelenting stuff; tonight's hour is beautifully crafted, but filled
with brutal jolts.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Designated Survivor” return, 10 p.m., ABC.
This show took a
three-month break, after a high-stakes episode. It was inauguration
day for the president (Kiefer Sutherland), once a lowly cabinet
official and now the lone survivor of a Capitol bombing. Now a sniper
aimed at him; Hannah (Maggie Q) intervened, but someone was shot.
Tonight we learn who
that is. Hannah, whose evidence has been stolen, ponders revealing
MacLeish's role in the Capitol bombing. And Emily frets that her new
boyfriend Aaron may be the Capitol mole.
p.m. to 2 a.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. A week before the start of the
second season, here's a chance to catch up. The first season's final
four shows rerun, with the final three re-rerunning form 11 p.m. to 2
a.m. Also, the final eight will rerun from 3-11 p.m. Sunday.
8 p.m., Fox. Hilarie Burton is back as a DEA agent, helping the guys
get key information on the cartel's next move. Riggs is clearly
attracted to her ... and is getting more impulsive.
“Star,” 9 p.m.,
Fox. An arrest has been made in the murder of Otis, Simone's abusive
foster father. Meanwhile, Star advances her relationship with Hunter;
Carlotta tells why she kept a secret for years.
9 p.m., ABC. Jane Krakowski is back as Dr. Donna Duncan, Gloria's
nemesis, challenging Gloria to do more at school. Also, Phil faces
pressure at the charity basketball game.
9:31 p.m., ABC. When Diane gets a white doll for her birthday, her
mom tries to exchange it for a black one. That launches a look at
biases in the media and in Dre's own outlook.
Woman” season-finale, 10:31 p.m., FXX, rerunning at 11:31 p.m. and
1:31 a.m. This is the hour that didn't seem possible: Josh (Jay
Baruchel) is getting married. After two seasons of failure (some of
it hilarious), he met Lucy (Katie Findlay); it's time for the