“Supergirl” season-opener, 8 p.m., CW.
After a year on CBS,
“Supergirl” offers the first episode it made for CW. It's a big
one; arriving are Superman ... and a mysterious alien ... and an
assassin ... and Lex Luthor's adopted sister.
There's a lot of
action – you expect that with two superpeople zooming around –
plus humor and warmth. Some of that comes because Kara, strong and
confident as Supergirl, is indecisive about her career and her
romance. And some of it comes from Calista Flockhart as her boss.
With the filming moving to Vancouver, Flockhart won't be a regular
this season; for tonight, at least, she's here and great.
II: “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Miracles do happen
(occasionally), people do change, lives do transform. And now Sheldon
and Amy are actually sharing an apartment and a bed.
We're not talking
about sex. (That's already happened once and he's promised to make it
an annual event.) But we are talking about Amy sleeping beside the
world's most maddening bedmate. By “Big Bang” standards, this
episode is merely OK; by any other show's standards, it's a delight.
ALTERNATIVE: “Scorpion,” 10 p.m., CBS.
In real life, space
ships hardly ever lift off on their own, thrusting laymen into the
stratospere. But that happened to kids in the “Space Camp” movie
and it happens to Walter here. Now a team of geniuses must find a way
to get him back ... even when his own brain is turning foggy.
The first half of
this hour is terrific; the second skids into odd turf, with a
terribly specific hallucination. That's the sort of thing has worked
well on “Star Trek,” but it doesn't quite fit “Scorpion,”
which leans closer to reality. It stirs up lots of disbelief ... but
also, fortunately, stirs strong emotion.
“The Code,” any
time, www.acorn.tv. Through three
decadesin the U.S. (including seven seasons of “Without a Trace”),
Anthony LaPaglia has returned often to work in his native Australia.
Now he's a tough villain in this six-part cyber-tale. It's the second
“Code: mini-series, focusing on a brilliant-but-fragile hacker
(superbly played by Ashley Zuckerman), his girlfriend and his
“Dancing With the
Stars,” 8-10:01, ABC. The show trims to once a week ... and does it
with a shortage of guys. So far, four men (and no women) have been
eliminated; the only survivors have been the athletes – swimmer
Ryan Lochte, driver James Hinchcliffe and retired football star
8-10 p.m., NBC. The “battle round” begins, with coaches sending
out two of their people for a duet duel. Added as mentors are Joan
Jett, Sammy Hagar, Bette Midler and Charlie Puth.
“Kevin Can Wait,”
8:31 p.m., CBS. Don't you hate it when someone is having more fun
than you are? After hearing all the laughter in his wife's book club,
Kevin wants to spice up his guy gatherings.
“2 Broke Girls”
season-opener, 9 and 9:30 p.m., CBS. After five years of struggling,
Max and Caroline are part-owners of the diner, which they've
converted to the Dessert Bar. As the opening nears, however, Sophie
is having her baby. Andy Dick is in both episodes, with 2 Chainz in
“No Tomorrow,” 9
p.m., CW. Catch the excellent opener, before the second episode airs
Tuesday. A careful planner falls for a guy who lives as if the world
is ending ... which, he's convinced, it is.
10:01 p.m., ABC. Hayes (Hayley Atwell) – the brainy, beautiful and
sometimes bratty daughter of an ex-president – picks the second
case for her unit, which looks for wrongful convictions. Long ago,
three youths confessed to rape ... but did they do it? The story is
quite good and Atwell is excellent. Still, “Conviction” is hurt
by two things – an artificial (and absurd) five-day limit for each
case and a universal cynicism that makes each character seem the