“Downton Abbey” finale, 9-11, PBS.
six-season tradition ends. It doesn't surprise us that this finale
has subtlety, depth and a quiet knack for understated emotions; it
DOES surprise us that it's also stuffed with plot developments.
The sisters are now
at opposite extremes: Mary's married, but her husband feels aimless;
Edith broke up with Bertie, who hesitated after learning of her
illegitimate daughter. Their servants grapple with a new society;
even Carson -- the unflinching, unchanging butler – can't stop a
moving world. You'll be startled by how much happens in this finale
... and by how fond you've become of these quiet people.
II: “The Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
stunning opener, the Warrens fell apart after young Adam disappeared.
His mom became a politician, with his sister as her canny aide. His
brother drank and crumbled; his dad had an affair.
And then, 10 years
later, Adam stumbled home. This superb follow-up has the aftershocks
on everyone, with brilliant work by Joan Allen (as the mom) and
Andrew McCarthy (as the falsely convicted neighbor). The cop who
originally worked the case tries to figure it out; the brother keeps
trying to add one more intriguing question: Are we REALLY sure this
ALTERNATIVE: “Once Upon a Time” return, 8 p.m., ABC.
At first, this
series seemed to juggle two genres -- kid-friendly fairy tale and
grown-up adventure. Now? We can forget the kid part; darker and
deeper, the show goes straight to Hell. Literally.
In the previous
episode (rerunning at 7 p.m.), Dark Ones sought souls and Hook was
thrust to the Netherworld. In this new hour, everyone searches for
him there. Things aren't any cheerier in the fairytale portions;
Regina keeps working on stealing (really) Snow White's heart.
Storywise, this is grim and Grimm; visually, however, “Once Upon a
Time” remaoins dazzling.
8 p.m., Fox. Fresh career options: Lisa interns with a veterinarian;
her mom cleans up crime scenes.
Secretary,” 8 p.m., CBS. On a ship full of Libyan refugees, there
may be information about where to find the world's most-wanted
“The Good Wife,”
9 p.m. Sunday, CBS. After an Oscar break, “Wife” starts the final
two months of its seven-season run. Alicia (Juliana Marguiles) is
hoping to relax with her new guy Jason (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the
private eye; her familiy, however, keeps interfering. Also, she's
trying to learn details of the latest grand-jury probe of her
husband, the governor.
Dead,” 9 p.m., AMC. Rick and his allies face a new enemy and may be
“Last Man on
Earth” return, 9:30 p.m., Fox. Returning from a three-month break,
this oddly clever show has an episode with NONE of its regulars. In
the past, we've had brief glimpses of Phil's brother (Jason Sudeikis)
on the International Space Station. Now he's back on Earth, with only
two other actors – Mark Boone Junior (“Sons of Anarchy”) as a
survivor, Jacob Tremblay (“Room”) as an imaginary view of Phil as
a kid. The result is sometimes funny, but always strange and
return, 10 p.m., ABC. Sure, a lot has been settled now. Alex
(Priyanka Chopra) was cleared of charges; Elias admitted to being the
insider who aided the bombing. But as Alex testifies, she still
suspects someone else was involved. And in the flashback portions,
new FBI recruits arrive.
p.m., Showtime. After a one-week Oscar break, we're at the aftermath
of a superb episode. Meeting to forge a compromise, Bobby Axelrod and
the district attorney (Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti) instead
collided; Axe walked away – and now gets the full force of legal