“The Detour,” 7 and 7:30 p.m., and “Full Frontal,” 10:30
Ever since switching
to all-comedy, TBS has sputtered. It's had Conan O'Brien (11 p.m.)
and great reruns (“Big Bang Theory” from 8-10:30 p.m. today), but
It's salvation is
the husband-wife team of Jason Jones and Samantha Bee; he has
“Detour,” she has “Frontal” and each works on the other.
Tonight only has reruns, but they're good ones. “Detour” moves
the family to New York, where things crumble in (mostly) funny ways.
“Frontal” sends Amy Hoggart to Scotland, where she finds
hilarious rage toward Donald Trump and his golf course.
“Major Crimes” return, 9 p.m., TNT, rerunning at 10.
For a dozen years,
these people have given us crisp stories set in Los Angeles'
high-tech police depeartment. Now the fifth season (after seven years
of “The Closer”) resumes with a sharp story.
That starts with a
high-octane distraction, then gets to the main plot: The murder
victim had dated a ragged chap with anger issues and a tech innovator
with big money. There are flaws here – an overwrought boss (Camryn
Manheim), a lame side plot involving Rusty – but the basic plot is
ALTERNATIVE: “Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS.
This feels like
spring-breakers gone wild – rowdies are climbing high towers and
leaping into a pool, splashing onlookers. Except these are monkeys in
India, seizing control of a water trough.
That starts a
delightful hour of bad behavior by animals. Birds steal others' fish
in mid-air; penguins swipe each other's nest stones. Some moments
seem like scenes from “The Crying Game” (a clever bird pretends
to be a female) or “Scarlet Letter” (a meerkat is banished for
7-10:30 p.m., AMC. This epic won five Oscars, including best picture
and Russell Crowe as best actor. It faces three more gems -- “Mystic
River” (2003) at 8 p.m. on HBO; “O Brother, Where Art Thou”
(2000) at 8 p.m. on CMT; and – at 8 p.m. ET on Turner Classic
Movies -- “Roman Holiday” (1953), which won Oscars for a luminous
Audrey Hepburtn and blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo.
p.m., NBC. When clues point in several directions, the team splits
into unusual duos – Weller and Roman, Jane and Zapada and Patterson
“The 100,” 9
p.m., CW. Like “Game of Thrones,” this isn't one of those shows
that sputters in neutral. It has major plot twists and is willing to
kill much-loved characters; we're reminded of that with this strong
hour. We're also reminded that it has a bizarre habit of making
everyone self-destructive. “What if (this) is all we are –
torture, kill, destroy?” someone finally asks, in the midst of
“Star,” 9 p.m.,
Fox. Cotton is moving out of the house, after Carlotta (Queen
Latifah) refused to accept the fact that her son is transitioning
into her daughter. Also, Carlotta's beauty salon has been thrown into
chaos by the killing of Simone's rapist foaster father.
9 p.m., ABC. For Phil and Jay, the property-management scheme may
fai. And Gloria's gift – an in-office spa treatment – comes at
the worst time, after Claire ordered budget cuts.
9:31 p.m., ABC. On jury duty, Dre feels compelled to give extra
attention to a young black man who clearly seems guilty.
p.m., CBS. This second episode, like the first, has great characters,
strong monologs, brief humor ... and weak court cases. The main one
-- a married couple having sex, despite her Alzheimer's disease –
lacks challenges, drama or even a strong prosecutor.