TONIGHT’S MUST-TRY: “The Almighty Johnsons” debut, 10 p.m.,
A 21st birthday can be a rough transition for
anyone. Still, it’s even rougher if people suddenly want to kill you … and
others say you’re now a Norse god … and your cousin turns out to be your
Yes, this all might seem odd and silly; this New Zealand series
adapts to that smartly. Its cast – unknowns, plus Oscar-nominee Keisha
Castle-Hughes (“Whale Rider”) as Axl’s flatmate Gaia – is subtly perfect; its
script adds clever quirks. When was the last time you heard someone say “my
mother the tree”? Or you saw a key event determined by a supernatural speed
round of rock-paper-scissors?
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
A three-drama-rerun night concludes with an hour awash in
trouble for Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) and his family.
There’s his daughter Erin, an assistant district attorney,
now held hostage in the courtroom. And his son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), the
chief negotiator in the courtroom. And his other son Jamie, who has disobeyed
orders; now Frank must decide the punishment.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Mark Twain Prize,” 9-11 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
In its first 12 years, this comedy prize went to 10 men,
plus Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin. Then that changed, with three women –
Tina Fey, Ellen Degeneres and Carol Burnett – in four years.
Burnett, 81, adds this to a list that includes six Emmys and
16 more nominations. This rerun (stuffed with comedians and potential fun), includes
people with long links to her – Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, Julie Andrews,
Lucie Arnaz and Tony Bennett. Fey is also there, plus Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph
and Rosemary Watson, a relative unknown whom Burnett spotted via a letter and
Other choices include:
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001), 7:30 p.m.,
ABC Family; or “Frozen” (2013), 8 p.m., Starz. It’s a good night to catch a
family movie. “Frozen” is gorgeous, visually and musically; “Stone” launches
the “Harry Potter” series and will also start a marathon at 7 a.m. Saturday,
with the second film at 10:30.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 8 p.m., CBS. Nick and Greg
probe the death of a 16-year-old girl who had links to a brothel.
“Girl Meets World,” 8:30 p.m., Disney. The former “Boy Meets
World” people have done a clever job of stepping into a new generation.
Tonight, a homework project requires teen Riley to actually talk with Lucas
face-to-face, instead of merely texting.
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. This was the season’s second
episode, back when Kono and Adam were on the lam. Meanwhile, a Texas Ranger
(Tim Daly) arrives, looking for his daughter.
“24,” 9 p.m., Fox. Heading into Monday’s finale, here’s one
more chance to see the episode that sets it up: Jack, Kate and Mark race to
find the terrorists, while Audrey tries the diplomatic route.
“Crossbones,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. Alarmed by a plan for
Blackbeard (John Malkovich) to attack civilians, Lowe finds a way to report
back to Jagger. Then he starts to wonder if Jagger is a worse madman.