Here's the TV column for Monday, Sept. 29, which is a tad out of order. Righter after this one, you'll find the Wednesday and Tuesday ones:
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Castle” season-opener, 10:01 p.m., ABC.
The season starts spectacularly – a car crash, flames, water
… then a massive missing-person mystery. Beautifully molded by Rob Bowman (also
a key “X-Files” director), it’s deeply involving.
Viewers will demand to know what happened … and, alas, won’t.
Alongside its other blessings (humor, warmth, intelligence), “Castle” has
usually had an answer at the end of each hour. This time, it merely leaves us
waiting – very eagerly – for the episodes to come.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 and 8:30
This is good news for “Big Bang” fans and bad news (temporarily)
for fans of “Mom.” In a late switch, CBS decided to put two “Big Bang” episodes
(one new, one rerun) on the next three Mondays. Then “Big Bang” returns to
Thursdays – where “Mom” gets the coveted spot behind it, starting its season
Tonight’s new “Big Bang” has Wolowitz throwing the first
pitch at a Los Angeles Angels game. The rerun has Sheldon realizing his “scientific
breakthrough” is a fraud.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Scorpion,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Last week’s debut introduced an awkward band of geniuses,
ready to intermittently save the world. It had its moments, but needed emotion,
humanity and believability. Now two of those have been added.
The hour starts and ends with critically ill children. It’s
passionate, human … but hardly believable. At one point, a genius acts like a
total fool; he was chosen because he could memorize the papers … apparently
because this is the only TV team without a mini-camera. It’s an OK hour, but a
Other choices include:
“Dancing With the Stars,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. The season’s
first two weeks had, logically enough, a results night; on Tuesdays, track star
Lolo Jones and newsman Tavis Smiley were ousted. Now “Stars” shrinks to one
night; tonight’s busy episode will end with the third ouster.
“Gotham,” 8 p.m., Fox. Last week’s epic-style debut
introduced the young people who will become Catwoman and the Penguin. Selina Kyle
is sleek and silent, Oswald Cobblepot is squirmy and lethal; they’re
beautifully played by Camren Bicondova and Robin Lord Taylor. Tonight, Selina is
grabbed by a child-abduction ring; Oswald makes his deadly way back to Gotham
“Sleepy Hollow,” 9 p.m., Fox. Last week’s season-opener
glimpsed Crane’s bitter memories of his old boss, Benjamin Franklin (Tim
Busfield). Now we’re back there: In his latest effort to retrieve his wife,
Crane may try to re-create a creature that Franklin envisioned in the
“The 50 Year Argument,” 9-11 p.m., HBO. In its masthead, The
New York Review of Books prints those last two words (“of books”) much smaller.
It reviews life, often stirring arguments. This documentary, co-directed by
Martin Scorsese, views its first half-century, richly illustrated by TV clips
“The Blacklist,” 10 p.m., NBC. Red wants to take down a
money-laundering bank that’s just been robbed.
“Gone with the Wind,” 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET, Turner Classic
Movies. Here’s another chance to see (or, probably, record) this great movie,
which turns 75 on Dec. 15.