“Heartbeat” debut, 9 p.m., NBC.
Like many soap
heroines Alex (Melissa George) is blonde and beautiful, with a
tangled life. Her ex-husband, a gay rock star, helps with their kids.
She lives with one surgeon and is smitten by another.
But Alex happens to
be a brilliant surgeon herself, one of the best. Beautifully played,
she's tough and skilled. This first hour is fairly good; the second
(8 p.m. Wednesday, its regular slot), is overwrought.
“The People v O.J. Simpson,” 10 p.m., FX.
At first, this
splendid hour says, jurors were happy in their hotel. Then came the
rules – no TV (except old tapes), no swimming, censored newspapers.
Over eight months, there was dismay and dismissals.
Meanwhile, we see
the trial proceed. Tonight, a prosecution witness withers; then the
hour ends with a bombshell that thrusts us toward the final two
ALTERNATIVE: “Beyond the Tank” return, 10 p.m., ABC.
smart to settle for pretty good. Three years ago, ABC dumped “Body
of Proof” from this slot, despite OK ratings; since then, it's
spent a fortune on shows that failed instantly. This year alone it
had “Wicked City” and “Of Kings and Prophets,” now cancelled
after two grisly episodes.
So it retrieves back
this “Shark Tank” spin-off. Tonight, Mark Cuban and Barbara
Corcoran deal with two companies whose stales stagnated; Kevin
O'Leary calls one that was rejected.
ALTERNATIVE II: “You Me Her” debut, 9 p.m., Audience Network
(DirecTV and AT&T).
Jack and Emma are
bright, attractive people, married (to each other) with children.
They're also in a sexual slump. Then they learn of “escorts” who
offer everything except (supposedly) sex.
That launches a fun
twist on romantic-comedy notions, with subtle writing and perfect
casting. Greg Poehler (Amy's brother) is thoroughly likable as Jack,
just as he was in “Welcome to Sweden.” Rachel Blanchard is
wonderful as Emma; a restaurant scene with the rent-a-girlfriend
(Priscilla Faia) is beautifully done. Combined with Wednesday's
“Rogue” season-opener, it's a fine week for Audience.
“Last Days in
Vietnam,” 8-10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). After more than a
decade of warfare, the U.S. saw the North Vietnamese overrun Saigon.
The final withdrawal (April 30, 1975), like much of the war, was
chaotic. Rory Kennedy -- whose uncle was president during the war's
early years -- made the compelling documentary, rerunning here. She
includes Vietnamese allies who got out and those who were left behind
... and the Americans who were stunned by the order to abandon them.
“New Girl,” 8
p.m., Fox. As the wedding nears, the bride (Cece) is distracted by a
job. Now the groom (Schmidt) needs Jess to help with the planning.
Complicating things is his dad (Peter Gallagher).
“NCIS.” 8 p.m.,
CBS. When a Navy officer is killed, his widow and his mistress accuse
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. After his daughter is attacked on campus,
Pride (Scott Bakula) finds a surveillance van filled with photos
documenting his life.
p.m., CW. This clever show has Rose (an involuntary zombie) munching
the brains of murder victims – absorbing memories and
personalities. Tonight, it's a research scientists.
season-opener, 10 p.m., Freeform. The idea is the same as “iZombie”
– except no brain-nibbles are needed. (“This is not zombies,” a
character says. “This is science.”) As the first season ended,
Cameron killed himself, so Kirsten could search his brain. But can he
be brought back to life? And if he can, will he (and Kirsten) be the
same people? The result is a fairly good episode.