TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Here’s a detour for Steve Zahn and Andrea Anders. He’s
played sweet geeks in “Treme,” “Mind Games” and more; she’s been the perpetual
love interest, from “Joey” to “Mr. Sunshine.” Now they’re the obnoxious couple
who might buy the house next door, with Phil as the reluctant realtor.
Also, Tyne Daly plays the tough teacher who intimidates Cam
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: “The 100” season-opener, 9 p.m., CW.
The first season was a canny mixture of sci-fi thrills,
character drama and cute teens in turmoil. Almost a century after radiation ruined the
planet, a space station was running out of resources; 100 teen prisoners were
sent down, to see if the Earth is inhabitable.
It is, for some. The “Grounders” who survived are lethal,
except for the one who fell in love with Octavia; then there are the enigmatic
forces who grabbed Clarke and imprisoned her. Also, one adult, Raven, landed on
Earth; now others have crash-landed. A huge (and fairly good) plot twist is
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “How We Got to Now,” 10 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
This was an early think tank: Venice cherished glassmakers,
even banning them from leaving town. Still, it considered their furnaces to be
fire dangers; in 1291, the artisans were moved to Murano Island. There, a confluence
of genius created see-through glass and more.
In this fascinating hour, Steven Johnson takes us through
the great moments of glass, from microscopes to magnifying glasses. He says it
took only seven watts to power the first picture from the moon. And he takes us
to modern fiber-optics: “The global village is woven together by threads of
Other choices include:
“The Mysteries of Laura,” 8 p.m., NBC. Laura is no fashion
buff, but now she’s flung into that world. When an upscale designer’s intern is
killed, the police converge on New York’s Fashion Week.
“The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. Jimmy Kimmel plays himself, in an
episode that includes Brick’s podcast, Axl’s search for a worthy table and
Sue’s grumbling about a gift necklace.
“Ghost Hunters,” 9-11 p.m., Syfy. For their 200th
episode, the hunters re-visit one of their favorite (or creepiest) spots -- the
former Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia. They bring back three past
hunters (Grant Wilson, Joe Chin., Dustin Pari) for a double episode. The
setting is great; the result – as in the previous 199 episodes – is a lot of
gasping about things that viewers can’t hear or see.
“Blackish,” 9:31 p.m., ABC. Dre and Rainbow vow not to
spank. Then misdeeds challenge that concept.
“Nashville,” 10 p.m., ABC. Rayna’s engagement to Luke gives
her a new layer of fame, with mixed effect on her kids. Also, Juliette and Noah
(Hayden Pannettere and Derek Hough) near their love scene.
“Chicago P.D.,” 10 p.m., NBC. When Voight doesn’t show up for work, his
police team springs into action. It turns out that he’s been kidnapped.
“American Horror Story,” 10 p.m., FX. A woman claiming to be
a fortune-teller fascinates Jimmy. That sets up a two-parter that next week
will have him collide with the killer clown.