MUST-SEE: “Code Black” debut, 10 p.m., CBS.
all started with a doctor's documentary about his old workplace. Ryan
McGarry showed a Los Angeles emergency room where the most extreme
code (rare in most places) happens almost daily.
that's been turned into a fictional series with a tough, gritty feel.
We meet four new residents (one, Bonnie Somerville, with a
complicated past), the senior nurse (Luis Guzman) and their
no-nonsense chief (Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden). Some of this has
the usual just-play-by-the rules cliches; mostly, however, “Code
Black” is a strong, solid drama.
MUST-SEE II: “Empire,” 9 p.m., Fox.
show teeters between being a sleekly terrific musical drama and
merely being a silly soap opera in the style of “Dynasty” -- a
title it partly borrows tonight. The silliest parts involve a
prosecutor who flashes big cleavage and withholds medicine;
fortunately, the music and the office politics are first-rate.
week, Lucious squelched one uprising in prison and another – from
ex-wife Cookie and two of their sons – at the record company. Now
Cookie strikes back, boosted and hindered by her mercurial son
Hakeem. The action is fast and flashy ... when it manages to avoid
dynastic soap suds.
ALTERNATIVE: “Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
week, we met Sam Trull, an American who spends her days in Costa
Rica, with sloths hanging on her. One of the sweetest sloths, hit by
pneumonia, was clinging to his life and clinging to her.
that story concludes and we see Trull at work, nudging another sloth
to swim and to be alone at night. Two other stories – also
involving animal orphans – are from Australia, involving fruitbats
and kangaroos. In each case, we get ernest humans, cute critters and
gentle, feel-good stories.
iHeartRadio Music Festival,” 8-10 p.m., CW. The second half of this
special has a Jackosn (Janet) and a Jonas (Nick), plus Blake Shelton,
The Weeknd, Puff Daddy, Prince Royce and Fall Out Boy.
8 p.m., CBS. A decade after his brother was a “Survivor”
champion, Vytas Baskauskas had an opposite fate: Last week, Baskauska
(who finished 10th in 2013) became the first person
eliminated. Now the remaining 19 compete; tonight, none of the tribes
is puzzled by a classichallenge.
Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. Last week ended with Sue sitting in her
brightly decorated half of a dorm room ... staring at the empty half
next to her. Now she waits ... then finds that having a roommate
isn't a sure road to happiness. Meanwhile, her brothers have their
own school adventures.
Fluffy Movie” (2014), 8:30-11 p.m., Fuse. This music-oriented
channel has had lots of changes, since merging with SiTV. Now it
debuts a new look and emphasizes two of its stars – Gabriel
“Fluffy” Iglesias in a stand-up comedy film, followed at 11 by
“Big Freedia,” a reality show about the person who popularized
Family,” 9 p.m., ABC. With money tight, Mitchell and Cam become
landlords. Meanwhile, Alex doesn't want to make a big deal of her
move to college; she even tells her parents the wrong day.
P.D.” season-opener, 10 p.m., NBC. Bokeem Woodbine guests as a
heroin kingpin who tops Chicago's most-wanted list. He kidnaps an
intelligence detective, setting off a furious search. Also, Lindsay
is in a downward spiral and Olinsky tells a secret from his past.
10 p.m., ABC. Last week's season-opener found Juliette raging at
Rayna, living away from her husband and baby and seeming ready to
crumble. Now she does – during a live TV show.