“Star,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Few shows have been
as promising and as frustrating as “Star.” It's best moments –
including tonight's final minutes – are sensational; other parts
are often repetitious, sometimes absurd.
is the idea that it takes $30,000 to make a music demo for a
festival. Its repetition involves attitude: In “Empire” (from the
same producer), we love Cookie's in-your-face attitude; in “Star,”
it's sort of all-Cookie, no-nuance. With few exceptions, characters
keep snapping angry dialog in each other's faces. We almost agree
with the character who says: “I don't like none of them.”
“Match Game” return, 10 p.m., ABC.
It's been a streange
ride for ABC lately. In the regular season, it has strong, smart
shows that draw so-so ratings; in the summer, light game shows draw
big numbers.Now some of those games get extra time.
“To Tell the
Truth” has taken a temporary Sunday spot; now “Match Game”
returns. Hosted by Anthony Anderson and Alec Baldwin, respectively,
they lean to comedy. Tonight's panels have comedy people – Jason
Alexander, Caroline Rhea, Wayne Brady, Cheryl Hines, Ellie Kemper --
and Ice T
ALTERNATIVE: “Nova” season-opener, 9 p.m., PBS.
Two opposite worlds
– careful science and daredevil mountain-climbing – merge. We're
in the Himalayas, one of the last places on Earth that people
settled. Some 6,000 people now live here ... and high above them are
caves that were carved into the rock; at times, artifacts fall from
These are tombs,
created long ago. Now climbers take scientists there, to gather
artifacts and learn about a distant world. The result is factually
intertesting and visually stunning.
8 p.m., Fox. Murtaugh – with a temporary new partner – and Riggs
are in the midst of a turf war. On one side are new drug dealers; on
the other is an established Koreatown gang.
p.m., NBC. After a six-week break, this show is back for the second
half of its season... amid big trouble. Patterson is missing and
Roman is wandering with amnesia.
8:30, ABC. Each year, the family takes an impromptu road trip. This
time, Ray has something special in mind. His mom (Minnie Driver)
doesn't like it, but then reacts to an emergency.
9 p.m., ABC. After his Thanksgiving failure, Cam hopes to rebound
with a New Year's Day feast. Mitchell tries to save the day with a
“concierge” ... who turns out to be Cam's former boyfriend
(Kelsey Grammar). Also, Phil finds that his former babysitter is his
dad's new girlfriend.
“Code Black,” 10
p.m., CBS. Defying orders, Leanne (Marcia Gay Harden) uses the
hospital's helicopter, so a family can be re-united for one last
“It's Always Sunny
in Philadelphia” season-opener, 10 p.m., FXX. Suddenly, Kaitlin
Olson is starring in one show and co-starring in another, both of
which tend to be quite funny. “The Mick,” in its first season, is
Tuesdays on Fox; “Sunny” starts its 12th season with
an offbeat, body-switching tale.
Woman” season-opener, 10:30 p.m., FXX. In the first two seasons,
Josh has endured odd nightmares, in search of a girlfriend. Now he
has one, but things remain bizarre. She's played by Katie Findlay,
who was in “How To Get Away With Murder” as the edgy (and then