“The Family” debut, 9 p.m., ABC.
Here's more proof
that ABC can match anyone – even cable – in great drama. “Family”
-- which promptly moves to Sundays -- ranks alongside its current
“American Crime” and upcoming “Secrets & Lies.” Each uses
a crime story as the start of a deeply layered character drama.
We won't spill the
plot – try to avoid the ads, which say way too much – except for
this: A decade apart, this family gets two huge jolts, the second one
leaving bigger mysteries. There's brilliant work by Joan Allen (as
the matriarch), Alison Pill (her daughter) and Andrew McCarthy (a
II: “American Idol,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
The show has its top
10 now, with more performances tonight – includiong a couple other
stars. Demi Lovato does “Stone Cold” and “Confident”; Harry
Connick does “(I Do) What We Do.”
Also, we learn which
eight have survived ... then vote on who will be back next week. The
line-up includes four men and six women, ages 15 to 24.
ALTERNATIVE: “Colony,” 10 p.m., USA.
Two weeks from its
season-finale, this show has seemingly tied itself into unbeatable
knots. Aliens (never shown) have taken control, using Earthlings as
collaborators. Desperate to get his younger son back, Will (Josh
Holloway) has joined the government.
What he doesn't
realize is how deeply his wife (Sarah Wayne Callies) is into the
resistance. Tonight, that peaks: He has a lead on catching Broussard,
the resistance leader she's high on. In a house full of secrets and
disclosures, some high-pressure moves aim for opposite goals.
8 p.m., ABC. Over 12 seasons, Meredith has transformed from a nervous
resident to an experienced surgeon. Now a patient from her first
surgery is admitted with a new aeurysm, this time as Amelia's
patient. Meanwhile, Arizona ponders whether to resume dating.
“You, Me and the
Apocalypse,” 8 p.m., NBC. In the sixth of 10 episodes, these
farflung stories finally start to merge. The skeptical priest (Rob
Lowe) finds Jamie and tells him about his roots. Rhonda (Jenna
Fischer) finds her son ... the hacker who has (for now) escaped from
Jamie's evil twin Ariel.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. A fairly good rerun catches Sheldon and Amy
post-break-up. He's jolted that she's dating somene, played by
Stephen Merchant, co-creator of the British “Office.
Demate, 9-11 p.m. ET, Fox News Channel. The Republicans debate in Detroit. All five survivors are expected, including Donald Trump, who skipped a previous Fox debate after grumbling about Megyn Kelly.
p.m., CBS. A health scare sends Bonnie into a panic. Christy tries to
be supportive ... which isn't easy when you have a high-maintenance,
“How to Get Away
with Murder,” 10 p.m., ABC. As Annalise begins a dangerous plan to
protect her team from Philip, Wes pushes for information about his
p.m., FX. This semi-comedy slogs down when focusing on dismal Chip
Baskets (Zach Galifianakis). It's better when veering to two people
played with deadpan precision by non-actors – Eddie the rodeo owner
(Ernest Adams) and Martha (Martha Kelly), Chips' only friend. So
tonight's episode – an odd road trip with Chip, Eddie and Martha
–is one of its best in an uneven series.
House Party” season-opener, 12:30 a.m., Comedy Central. The show
moves to Hawaii, where each half-hour continues to have three
comedians and a slight situation-comedy overlay. That part tonight is
OK, but two of the comedians are superb: Jacob Williams is droll and
witty; Chris Garcia has a brilliant bit playing his own father, a
hard-working immigrant with a silly son.