TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Welcome to Sweden,” 9:01 p.m., NBC.
After taking a week off (for the “Last Comic Standing”
finale), this drolly clever show has its best episode since the pilot film.
Bruce’s parents (Patrick Duffy and Illeana Douglas) travel to Sweden and meet his
girlfriend’s family; cultures clash about marriage, religion and … well,
Wrapped into this is a possible pregnancy. That brings some
great moments from Greg Poehler, the show’s co-writer and star, as Bruce gropes
(unsuccessfully) for the right things to say.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Rookie Blue” season-finale, 9 and 10
For five summers, this show has had solid crime stories,
against the backdrop of young cops in love and angst. It offers quiet Canadian
competence and a likable star, Missy Peregrym.
She plays Andy, happy in her romance with Sam and wondering
what can go wrong. A lot, it seems. Duncan – the rookie she tried to train – is
back and is still over-eager, just as a car bomber lets loose.
TODAY’S MUST-SEE (or tape): “Doctor Who” and “The Simpsons,”
all day, cable.
Two of the longest-lasting (and best) shows in TV history
offer marathons. For “Who,” it’s BBC America’s build-up to Saturday’s arrival of the 12th
Doctor; the terrific 11th Doctor and his companion (Matt Smith and
Karen Gillan) are introduced in a brilliant episode at 9 a.m., then continue
throughout the day.
And for “Simpsons,” this is big. The FXX channel (an FX offshoot,
owned by Fox) has bought all 552 episodes. It will rerun them all, starting at
10 a.m. with the offbeat holiday opener from Dec. 17, 1989.
Other choices include:
“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Everyone seems to face a
tough choice in this rerun: Raj is dating both Lucy and Emily, maybe
simultaneously. Penny has another cheesy movie offer. And, alas, Sheldon must
decide between two game systems.
“Inside the Actors Studio,” 8 p.m., Bravo. This reruns Robin
Williams’ appearance in June of 2001.
“Rectify” season-finale, 9-10:05 p.m., Sundance. When his conviction
was vacated, Daniel came home after 19 years in prison … with many townspeople
still considering him a killer. Now he disagrees with his lawyer on the approach
to a new trial; also, there are turning points for his sister and step-brother.
“Elementary,” 10 p.m., CBS.
This rerun – the directing debut of Lucy Liu, who plays Watson -- has
Sherlock reluctantly working with his brother Mycroft, on a life-and-death
“Marriage,” 10 p.m., FX. After improving sharply in recent
weeks, this show reverts to the sexual themes of its so-so pilot. The result is
often grim and only occasionally funny.
“The Honorable Woman,” 10:05 p.m., Sundance. In its first
three weeks, this tense show kept pointing to a dark secret from Nessa’s past.
Now a flashback shows us what happened. It requires us to believe a smart woman
would take a foolish risk; the rest – particularly Janet McTeer as the spy
chief – is brilliant.
“You’re the Worst,” 10:30, FX. This sharp,
acerbic comedy links two people who are toxic to the world, but can’t really
hurt each other. Now they toy with their relationship; since they’re not “exclusive”
– or are they? – they should be free to have sex with others. It’s a darkly
funny, and sort of pivotal, episode