TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Sleepy Hollow”
debut, 9 p.m., Fox.
This has been a really rough day for
Ichabod Crane. It started in the Revolutionary War, when he
decapitated a British soldier, was shot … and regained
consciousness in our era
That's not a good time for him. He
doesn't understand cars or women in trousers or why people are so
skeptical of his time story of a headless horseman.
You may be skeptical too, but give it a
chance. “Sleepy Hollow” has epic-movie visuals and a clever
script partly written by the “Fringe” people.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Under the
Dome” season-finale, 10 p.m., CBS.
After getting huge ratings all summer,
“Dome” plans at least a bit of closure tonight. We'll finally
learn who the Monarch is, where the dome is from and why it was
plunked onto Chester's Mill.
Other stories may linger; tonight,
nasty Big Jim tries to get rid of heroic Dale “Barbie” Barbara.
TODAY'S ALTERNATIVE: “The Queen
Latifah Show” debut, daytime (check local listings).
Few people are better suited for a
daytime talk show than Latifah. She has a take-charge manner that's
swept her from Newark to Hollywood. She has a sense for music, comedy
Yes, she had a previous show that
failed. But that was 14 years ago; at 43, Latifah seems ready.
She has fame, experience, a gorgeous
set (designed by rocker Lenny Kravitz), A-list producers (Will Smith
and Jada Pinkett Smith) and access to top stars, starting with John
Travolta on opening night. She also has no Oprah competition; for
Latifah's mixture of emotion and fun, that's important.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Dancing With
the Stars” opener, 8-10:01 p.m., ABC.
The smallest contestant and the oldest
will share some of the early attention.
One is “Snooki” Polizzi, 25, the
4-foot-8 “Jersey Shore” alumna; the other is Valerie Harper, 74,
whose lung cancer had some people saying she might not survive the
Instead, she's part of a field that has
a comedian (Bill Engvall), a former football star (Keyshawn Johnson),
a reality-show guy (Jack Osborne), a science guy (Bill Nye) and
actors – Corbin Bleu, Amber Riley, Leah Remini, Elizabeth Berkley
Lauren, Christina Milian and Brent Daugherty.
Other choices include:
“Bones” season-opener, 8 p.m.,,
Fox. In the midst of a tough case – with Freddie Prinze Jr. as a
CIA agent, found clearing out evidence – Booth and Brennan try to
decide if their romance has ended.
“How I Met Your Mother,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. A week before the season-opener, this rerun has Robin and Barney
hoping for pre-wedding relaxation. That's shattered by the world's
most annoying couple.
“2 Broke Girls,” 8:30 and 9 p.m.,
CBS. In the first rerun, Max and Caroline make a discovery that could
revive their cupcake business. In the second, Caroline is supposed to
defend her dad on TV.
“The Big Bang Theory,” 9:30 p.m.,
CBS. In a transplanted rerun, friends compete for a tenure spot.
“Siberia” finale, 10 p.m., NBC.
This scripted drama, pretending to be a reality show, finally has the
two groups find each other. There's little time to celebrate: Another
person is in danger and the expected “rescue party” might not be
what it seems.