“iZombie,” 9 p.m., CW.
In its second
episode, this show hints at the great potential ahead. Last week, a
diligent medical resident inavertently become a zombie. She got a job
in a morgue because of its convenient food supply – then found that
while digesting people's brains she was absorbing memories that could
help solve murders.
Now there's more:
After munching an artist, she wants her apartment (and her life) to
be more colorful. She also becomes more lustful. Rose McIver has
jumped from “Power Rangers” and Tinker Bell (on “Once Upon a
Time”) to this showcase role, letting her leap into new emotions
II: “Justified,” 10 p.m., FX.
Powerful forces seem
headed for a final collision. Raylan feeds false news to Boyd ...
whose response may be true or false or true-pretending-to-be-false.
And between them is Ava, who is Boyd's lover and his brother's killer
and Raylan's ex-lover and current informant.
This would be one
dandy series finale ... except that's still three weeks away. For
now, we get more trickery, more detours and a final twist that proves
“Jusified” never stops surprising and jolting.
ALTERNATIVE: “James Baker: The Man Who Made Washington Work,”
8:30-10 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
The son and grandson
of rich Houston lawyers, Baker got advice from his dad: “Work
hard, study, stay out of politics.” Then he went political, running
campaigns for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
But his real success
was as chief of staff and secretary of state. This was, narrator Tom
Brokaw says, “a time before compromise was a dirty word.” Baker
managed to link Democrats and Reagan, Soviets and Americans, Arabs
and Israelis. He sometimes erred, this fairly solid film says, but
made things work.
(2012), 7-10 p.m., FX, and/or “Agents of SHIELD,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Marvel continues its TV takeover, with shows competing against each
other. Cable has a movie linking Thor, Hulk, Iron Man and Captain
America. And “SHIELD” finds team members reeling from internal
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. McGee works with his girlfriend Delilah, when the Defense
Department joins a case involving a thief's body found in a Marine's
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. Three murder cases seem unrelated ... until
the names of all three victims are spotted on a mural.
p.m., NBC. Last week's season-opener had some clever moments, during
a fake trial. Still, it virtually ignored the new character, a
waitress played by Bridgit Mendler, a former Disney star who could
counterbalance this show's runaway cynicism. Tonight, she introduces
“One Big Happy,”
9:30, NBC. Last week's debut was way too broad and blunt. This
episode is better, which makes it nearly adequate; Lizzy (Elisha
Cuthbert) reluctantly makes room (in her home and her life) for the
bride of her best friend – the guy who is the sperm donor for her
p.m., ABC. Henry, the guy who never stays dead, gets a tough memory
jolt: A murder case leads him to the ship where he was killed for the
“The Late Late
Show,.” 12:37 a.m., CBS. On his second night, James Corden's guest
is Chris Pine, who starred with him in the “Into the Woods”
movie. Also, there's music from Modest Mouse.