“Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Frank Reagan (Tom
Selleck) has been diligent as a Catholic and as New York's police
commissoner. Now those worlds collide, when a priest refuses to say
what he heard in confession, leaving Frank's people with little
information to find a missing boy.
Meanwhile, one of
his sons (Donnie Wahlberg) investigates the death of a socialite who
had a secret life. The other (Will Estes) attends a wedding with his
police partner (Vanessa Ray).
“Soundbreaking,” 10 p.m., PBS.
Nile Rodgers figured
he was a hip, funky guy. A Black Panther and the son of beatniks, he
hung in Greenwich Village; then a girlfriend took him to a disco. “I
said, 'I want to be a part of this, where the music never stops.'”
His band Chic soared ... until the disco wave abruptly ended.
Or did it? “I
think disco has been more lasting” than people think, musician
Questlove says here. This excellent hour, on the music beat, traces a
strong line from R&B to funk to disco and on to the rest -- from
Madonna to electronic dance music. Whether by man or machine, the
beat seems eternal.
ALTERNATIVE: More music, 7:50-10 p.m., BET; 9-10 p.m., PBS.
While waiting for
the PBS show about music, you can hear music by the best. BET reruns
Tuesday's “Obama Celebration,” with music by Jill Scott, Usher,
Janelle Monae, Bell Biv Devoe, Michelle Williams, the Roots, De La
Soul and gospel greats Yolanda Adams and Kierra Sheard.
And PBS has the
misnamed “Alan Cummings Sings Sappy Songs.” Sappy songs are
superficial; Cummings tackles ones with immense depth. At times, he's
mastering ones from Chita Rivera, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus. At
others, he dedicates wrenching songs to his troubled father and
p.m., CBS. We really wish we had MacGyver in real life. Extremists
are attacking the U.S embassy in Latvia; fortunately, Mac has a
chisel and a matchbook to stop them.
Standing,” 8 p.m,, ABC. Chuck has inherited a car and Mike (Tim
Allen) wants to buy it. But Joe, a car buff (played by Jay Leno, the
consummate car buff) wants it too.
Salem,” 8-10 p.m., Investigation Discovery. In 1997 and '98, four
Latina lesbians were convicted of child rape, amid claims of
Satanism. Later, an alleged victims recantrf, the medical examiner
changed her mind and similar cases were discredited nationwide. The
women are finally out of prison, but haven't been legally exonerated.
Here's a rerun of a powerful documentary.
“Dr. Ken,” 8:30
p.m., ABC. This time, Ken's wife and co-worker reach their tipping
points. For Allison, it comes during a Thanksgiving drive to her
parents' house, when Ken and the kids misbehave; for Clark, it's when
he tries to micro-manage dinner at a shelter for the homeless.
9 p.m., CBS. A conspiracy theorist has been killed. (We suspect a
cospiracy here.) Now the team looks into the question he was probing:
Why was John Kennedy's cabinet on Oahu, just before he was
Ex-Girlfriend,” 9 p.m., CW. After a terrific hour last week, the
show settles for a barely-OK one. The story focuses on the show's
weakest element – Rebecca's extreme neediness – as she forces
Valencia into friendship and a festival. There are some good moments
with Paula in law school, but the music numbers are relatively small;
there's little to remind us that this is often a great show.
10-11:20 p.m., Pop. Here's the conclusion of a six-part mini-series
that started fiercely, with a loner (John Jarratt) attacking an
American family in the Australian Outback. Now the teen survivor
(beautifully played by Lucy Fry) closes in on him. Previous episodes
are at 8 and 9 p.m.