TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Black-ish” debut, 9:31 p.m., ABC.
Life is comfy for Andre and Rainbow (Anthony Anderson and
Tracee Ellis Ross). He’s an advertising executive, she’s an anesthesiologist
and money is abundant.
The trouble, he feels, is that their kids have no feel for
their black heritage; their son wants to have a bar mitzvah, like his
classmates do. Produced by Anderson and Laurence Fishburne (who plays his dad),
this is a smart show, but a one-note one that leaves us wondering if there’s
enough story to keep going.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Survivor” and “Big Brother,” 8 and
9:30 p.m., CBS.
Right before “Brother” ends its season, “Survivor” starts one.
And for the second time, it has each person competing with someone close to him
There’s a father and son, a mother and daughter, a father
and daughter. There are brothers and twin sisters (the Andersons, from two
rounds of “Amazing Race). There’s a married couple, some college sweethearts
and two dating duos. One includes John Rocker, the former major-league pitcher
whose comments – “the biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the
foreigners” – preceded his decline.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Bridge,” 10 p.m., FX.
Last week was clouded by Marco’s absurd decision to head
into Fausto’s armed compound virtually alone, to suggest a surrender. The suggestion
was rejected and he was captured.
Now the Mexican government’s Marines consider an attack,
while Sonya digs through Eleanor’s crime ledger. It’s a fairly good hour with
some superb moments. One little gem comes when a calm avenger briefly visits
the office of Robles, who is a corrupt police captain and a rapist.
Other choices include:
“The Mysteries of Laura,” 8 p.m., NBC. In last week’s opener
– entertaining, but overwrought – Laura (Debra Messing) dealt with her nasty
sons and showed that her police boss was a killer. Alas, the new boss is her estranged
husband. Yes, that’s wildly unlikely; so were parts, but we’ll give this a
chance as it moves into its time slot. When a woman is killed during a date set
Online, Laura goes undercover.
“Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings). A delightful,
three-week penguin documentary starts with the frantic extremes these creatures
face, as they head to their breeding ground.
“Nova,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Yes, there are
brilliant hackers out there, stealing our identities. This hour views the other
side – squadrons of geniuses, trying to combat cyber-theft.
“Modern Family” season-opener, 9 p.m., ABC. Fresh from its
fifth straight best-comedy Emmy, “Family” eyes some changes at the end of the
summer. Cam is still in his honeymoon mood; Mitchell is more matter-of-fact.
Also, Alex’s return transforms her family’s dynamics.
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” season-opener, 9
p.m., NBC. The season starts with Olivia raising a foster baby and Amaro exiled
to traffic duty. Then those fates merge, when he arrests a teen prostitute.
“Chicago PD” season-opener, 10 p.m., NBC. After being off
the air for two months, this show returns with troubles everywhere. Voight is a
crash victim while driving undercover … Burgess dislikes her new partner … and
Lindsay (Sophia Bush) meets her mom (Markie Post) for the first time in