TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Following,” 9 p.m., Fox.
The first season’s finale saw a lighthouse burn with serial-killer
Joe Carroll inside. But the season-opener – which ran eight days ago and reruns
at 8 p.m. today – delivered some jolts.
Followers, wearing Carroll masks, committed subway murders.
One man told Ryan (Kevin Bacon) that the killer is still alive. And in a
closing scene, viewers saw a bearded Carroll.
So far, Ryan hasn’t told the FBI. Tonight, phone calls nudge
him toward a confrontation.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “How I Met Your Mother,” 8 p.m., CBS.
For eight seasons, “Mother” has been careful not to show us
Ted’s wife-to-be. But now – in the final season, in the 200th
episode overall – she’s played by Cristin Milioti and gets the focus.
This episode takes her viewpoint. It shows how she met Ted
and what she’s been up to for eight years.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Independent Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS (check
In July of 2010, a new Arizona law allowed police to demand
the papers of anyone who seems to be an illegal immigrant. Passions boiled.
There were protests and court challenges; the key state senator was recalled,
the most-visible sheriff was re-elected.
This documentary tries to tackle everything, recording people
on both sides. The result is thorough and fair, but chaotic; like the issue
itself, this film triggers a whirl of angry voices.
Other choices include:
“The Bachelor,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. The international portion
begins tonight. Logically, it finds Sharleen (an opera singer from Germany) on
a solo date with Juan Pablo Galavis, a former soccer player from Venezuela.
That’s in South Korea; the other women split into two groups of six – one for
pop music and dancing, the other for an offbeat night, ranging from karaoke to
a fish pedicure.
“2 Broke Girls,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. Deke invited everyone to
his home at the dumpster. Soon, Caroline learns something key about his
“Mike & Molly,” 9 p.m., CBS. After a fight (about money)
with Molly’s mom, Mike and Molly move in with his acerbic mother.
“Mom,” 9:30, CBS. Christy’s dad (Kevin Pollak) has been
absent throughout her life. Now, however, she tries to get to know him – a project
that upsets her mom.
“The Blacklist,” 10 p.m., NBC. As Liz probes an adoption
agency, Red has a new mole suspect.
“Archer,” 10 p.m. FX. Things keep getting worse for our
hero, who traded real drugs for counterfeit money. Now he frets about both
sides – police and drug kingpins – in a sometimes-funny episode.
“Castle,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. Here’s a cops-and-robbers
variation on “The Devil Wears Prada”: The assistant to a tyrannical magazine
editor has been killed.