“Madam Secretary” and “Elementary” season-openers, 9 and 10
A week late, CBS'
solid Sunday line-up is in place. On “Madam Secretary,” a naval
base in Bahrain was destroyed by a storm; Elizabeth urges the
president to change his view on climate channge ... and to change his
foreign policy in general. Neither move is likely during an election
resurrects Shinwell Johnson, a character from a 1924 Sherlock Holmes
novel. Watson saved his life when she was a surgeon; now she needs
his help in tracing a serial bomber who's suddenly back after six
years. Also, Sherlock wonders if Watson is unhappy as a detective.
“Westworld” debut, 9 p.m., HBO; rernning at 10:15 and midnight.
Back in 1973,
Michael Crichton's movie was your standard robots-gone-wild tale. A
cowboy town was set up for tourists, until a robotic killer suddenly
started working for real.
Now Jonathan Nolan
(“Person of Interest”) has come up with a fresh twist, seeing it
partly through the androids' eyes. Anthony Hopkins plays the man in
charge; Ed Harris is the gunslinger and Evan Rachel Wood is the
Western damsel, realizing her life is an artifice. This could become
ALTERNATIVE: “The Irresistable Blueberry Farm,” 9-11 p.m.,
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Sweeney) is a Manhattan lawyer, sleek and successful. Now she must
deliver her late grandmother's letter to a person she's never known,
in a town she's never heard of.
Yes, this is your
typical Hallmark film, which makes it predictable. But it's also your
typical Sweeney film, which makes it well-crafted. As usual, she's
directed by Kristoffer Tabori, the actor who sometimes uses an
alternate name (K.T. Donaldson) when directing. As usual, Sweeney and
her colleagues deliver quiet depth; put this alongside “Westworld”
and you have something for everyone. Other choices include:
Football preview (7
p.m. ET) and game (8:20), NBC. Two strong teams,each with a 2-1
record, collide. Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs visit Ben
Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Once Upon a
Time,” 8 p.m., ABC. Emma returns to her therapy sessions ... which
is understandable, when you consider the world around her. A
mysteriopus newcomer has a past with the Evil Queen ... who keeps
trying to lure Zelena. Also, Belle needs Hook's help to hide from her
husband, Mr. Gold.
8 p.m., Fox. Mr. Burns needs a virtual-reality family, so he hires
all of the Simpsons except Homer ... who finds a neighbor (Allison
Janney) who's just like him.
“Ash vs. Evil
Dead” season-opener, 8 p.m., Starz, rerunning at 9:05 and 10:10.
Imagine the ultimate scenes in most action-horror films, the ones
soaked in blood, sweat and desperation. Now string them together for
35 minutes, with little plot to slow things down. That's the “Ash”
opener, which is (varying with your tastes) sensational or the
definition of overkill. The first season reruns from 4-8 p.m.
season-opener, 8:35 p.m., Starz; rerunning at 9:40 and 10:45. The
people around him actually have romances, but not Walter Blunt
(Patrick Stewart). Then he feels he's seen his long-lost true love.
It's a strong start for a promising season.
Lies,” 9 p.m., ABC. The telegenic marriage of Eric and Kate
(Michael Ealy and Jordana Brewster) ended quickly, when she plunged
to her death. Now a police detective uncovers secrets.
p.m., ABC. The first season flashed between FBI training and a future
crisis; this second one does the same, but with CIA training. There,
Alex and Ryan test their relationship; in the future, Ryan faces a
terrorist scheme to blend in with the hostages.