TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Rizzoli & Isles” mid-season finale,
9 p.m., TNT, repeating at 11:02.
Cable’s most-watched summer, scripted show will take a few
months off after tonight. First. It has a fresh case … and a chance to leave Jane
(Angie Harmon) in mortal danger again.
Jamie Bamber, who was Apollo on “Battlestar Galactica,”
plays an assistant district attorney whose mistress is murdered. He becomes the
top suspect; Jane has doubts … and then has danger.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “NCIS,” 8 and 9 p.m., CBS.
Three weeks before “NCIS: New Orleans” opens, here’s a rerun
of the two-parter that set it up: When a congressman is slain, Gibbs heads to
New Orleans, where, his friend (Scott Bakula) has an NCIS bureau.
With two assistants (Lucas Black and Zoe McLellan, a Northern
transplant), he has a tattered office that fits the city’s charm. They tackle a
fairly good mystery, helped by a wise coroner (CCH Pounder), Gibbs and Ellie Bishop
(Emily Wickersham); the other NCIS people work the Washington angles.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Story of ‘Frozen’,” 8-9 p.m.
Just before Christmas in 1844, Hans Christian Andersen
published a story his Danish countrymen could relate to: “Snow Queen” had love
and treachery, in a land that became encased in ice.
Almost 170 years later, Disney’s turned that into a gold
mine. “Frozen: passed $400 million in the U.S. and Canada box office (the fifth
highest ever) and $1.2 billion globally. This special visits the stars (Kristen
Bell, Idina Menzel) and the husband-wife composers, who went from naughty
Broadway (“Avenue Q,” “Book of Mormon”) to Disney warmth. It also views the
landscape the animators studied.
Other choices include:
“Houdini,” 7-10:31 p.m., History. First is a rerun of the
opener, with Harry Houdini emerging from a tough childhood to become a master
showman. The finale, at 9, sees him among world leaders.
“MasterChef,” 8 p.m., Fox. In a change, Fox has a quick
rerun of Monday’s episode. It starts with the final six contestants running a
high-end restaurant … with Gordon Ramsay as their consultant.
“The Simpsons,” 8 p.m. to midnight, FXX. The marathon has
ended now, but these reruns will dominate this network’s prime time today,
Thursday, Friday and next Monday.
“New Girl” and “The Mindy Project,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., Fox.
Here are reruns of the season-finales. First is the romantic cruise that Nick
and Jess planned before their break-up; they’re going ahead with it, but
inviting their friends. Then Mindy reads a newspaper account of her own romantic
“America’s Got Talent,” 9-11 p.m., NBC. A dozen acts
perform; on Wednesday, half will survive.
“Bitchin’ Rides” debut, 9 p.m., Velocity. This has all the
standard reality-show elements, including fun co-workers and a bad beard. The
highlight tonight, however, involves three gorgeously restored vehicles – a 1934
Dodge (in one family for 80 years), a ‘48 Ford truck and a ’67 Impala, rigged
up so it can be quiet on the streets, but roar when the neighbors (and cops)
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 10:01 p.m., CBS. Sam was once on a
protection detail for a little girl. Now she’s 10 and missing … and someone has
stolen the software for a vital project her dad was lead engineer on.