“American Experience,” 9-11 p.m., PBS.
Amid the horror of
the Oklahoma City bombing, officials and newsment were quick to
speculate. This seemed to have Middle Eastern roots, they said; it
was probably from organized terrorists.
Then came the truth:
This was the mostly-solo work of Timothy McVeigh, a former Army
infantryman who had received a Bronze Star in the Gulf War. After
killing 161 people, he was arrested on a traffic charge ... and came
within an hour of being released. This richly detailed documentary
details the rage that transormed and the quick investigation that
“New Girl,” 8 p.m., Fox.
TV comedies love to
have their characters get accidentally high. They've done that to
John Ritter, Bob Newhart, Tina Fey, the whole “Barney Miller”
precinct; last week, it happened to the “Mom” stars.
Now it's Nick's turn
... right before his first chance to give a book-store reading. That
part is very funny; another plot – Winston's big scheme – starts
well and then goes lame. One out of two is OK.
II: “NCIS” and “NCIS: New Orleans,” 8 and 10 p.m., CBS.
Last week brought a
rarity – a Tuesday without any of the “NCIS” shows. A “greatest
commercials” special wiped out one; a last-minute news special took
the other. But now they're back, with new hours.
Both stories involve
laymen, trying their own solutions. First are “The Sherlocks” --
a seasoned group of crimesolvers, played by Jessica Walter, 76;
Richard Riehle, 68; Todd Louiso, 47; and (as Tony's dad) Robert
Wagner, who turns 87 on Friday. Then is a group of hackers (with Tom
Arnold as co-founder), trying to expose corruption in New Orleans.
ALTERNATIVE: “Imposters” debut, 10 p.m., Bravo; then midnight,
loves scam artists and imposters. “Good Behavior” just finished
its first season, “Sneaky Pete” just arrived, “The Catch”
returns March 9 ... each offering gifted con artists. Now “Imposters”
does the same – but also includes some bumbling beginners.
At first, we see a
gorgeous master (skillfully played by Inbar Lavi) at work, crushing a
decent chap. Then he strikes back – gradually joined by two of her
other victims. She's still scheming and scamming; so are they ... but
they're not very good at it. The combination works fairly well.
“The Middle,” 8
p.m., ABC. Frankie's feeling bad that she won't be having any more
children. A night of watching the neighbor kid may give her a fresh
perspective on being an older parent.
8:30, Fox. Chip faces the school's “Honor Board” ... which is led
by his sister. Also, their maid manages to dent the family's luxury
“This Is Us,” 9
p.m., NBC. In flashbacks, the kids' parents fret about their own
relationship, after getting bad news from Miguel. In current time,
Toby complicates Kate's weight-loss plan.
p.m., WGN America, rerunning at 10, 11 and midnight. Two somber
health stories – cancer and an unwanted pregnancy – exist
alongside some fierce moments. Here is “Big Foster,” facing
banishment from the clan he ruled ... and his son “Little Foster,”
raging in jail ... and their colleagues, determined to retrieve the
all-terrain-vehicle the lawmen grabbed. It's a strong, tough hour.
10 p.m., NBC. The police and fire worlds combine again, this time
when a dangerous criminal targets Lt. Casey and his firehouse.
debut, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central. Detroit has been the home of some
skilled ad agencies. In this show – nestled after the season-opener
of “Tosh.0” -- two guys try to start a new one. Former “Saturday
Night Live” writer Tim Robinson and actor Sam Richardson created
and starred in the show, with “SNL” boss Lorne Michaels and
alumnus Jason Sudeikis as producers.