TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Chicago P.D.” debut, 10:01 p.m., NBC.
For decades, the “Law & Order” shows had episodes with
calmness and closure. Now producer Dick Wolf goes the opposite way, with a cable-style
The opener has two beheadings by the bad guys and fierce
brutality by the cops. This unit is led by Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), a dirty
cop from Wolf’s “Chicago Fire”; he’s out of jail and back in charge.
His unit has gorgeous cops (Jon Seda, Sophia Bush) and a
crusty old pro (Elias Koteas). The result is intense and well-crafted, albeit
excessively brutality. It’s an intense hour that ends in mid-crisis.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “People’s Choice Awards,” 9-11 p.m.,
A big night for Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs starts with
reruns of their “2 Broke Girls”: At 8 p.m., they’re on a plane with rapper
2Chainz; at 8:30, Caroline (Behrs) must defend her crooked dad on TV.
At 9, they host “Choice.” The awards are wildly
insignificant, but the show aims to entertain, including music by Brad Paisley,
Sara Bareilles and OneRepublic.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Mind of a Man” debut, 8-10 p.m.,
Game Show Network.
What lie do guys tell the most? Where do they learn their
lovemaking technique? In the “Family Feud” style, questions like that were
asked to 100 men; then two women must guess the result.
They get advice (mostly tongue-in-cheek) from host DeRay
Davis and four others. In the episode we saw, Alonzo Bodden was a delightful
advisor, others were so-so and “Mind” was moderately entertaining.
Other choices include:
“Revolution,” 8 p.m., NBC. After a six-week break, the shows
returns with Miles, Monroe and Rachel finding trouble when they cross into
Mexico. Meanwhile, Charlie and Gene search for Aaron.
“The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. Dave Foley returns to his
delightful role as the guidance counselor. This time, Brick – fueled by scary
reports on his iPad – finds increasing fears.
“Super Fun Night,” 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., ABC. In the first
episode, Kimmie tries her rapper persona … and draws romantic interest from a
rapper’s bodyguard. In the second, her dinner with James is clouded by many
things – including the arrival of her drunken sister (Ashley Tisdale).
“Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC. A small lie – to trick his son
into taking a dance class – ends up putting Phil in jail. Meanwhile, Cam and
Mitchell find it’s tough to book a wedding venue.
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” 9 p.m., NBC. A
trial forces Benson (Emmy-winner Mariska Hargitay) to face her attacker and
reveal secrets about her ordeal.
“Psych” season-opener, 9 p.m., USA. After airing a dandy
musical between seasons, “Psych” offers another change-of-pace: The guys head
to England, where they work on a case with Pierre (Cary Elwes), the master
thief; Gus, alas, spends the entire time dressed for a Harry Potter convention.
“David Blaine: Real or Magic,” 10 p.m., ABC. In an
entertaining rerun, Blaine does amazing, close-up magic in front of regular
folks and celebrities, ranging from Katy Perry to Stephen Hawking.