TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Girl Meets World” debut, 9:45 p.m.,
Two decades ago, families watched comedies – pleasantly
adequate ones, mostly – together, Fridays on ABC. Now – in an era of separate TV’s
and cable-kid-comedies – Disney tries an interesting variation.
“Boy Meets World” spent seven so-so seasons on Fridays, with
Ben Savage as Cory, Danielle Fishel as brainy Topanga and William Daniels as
their teacher and principal. Now the same producers, writers and stars are
back, with Daniels, 87, as guest star. Cory and Topanga married during “Boy”; now
she’s a lawyer and he’s a teacher, with a daughter (in his history class) and
son. A sampling seems promising.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: “Rake” return, 9 p.m., Fox.
After forgetting it for almost three months, Fox offers the
final episode of this once-promising series.
Keegan (Greg Kinnear) must scramble, when a man (Brian
Baumgartner of “The Office”) and his mom each confess to the same murder. Also,
as usual, Keegan’s life is a shambles. He knows the guy whom Mikki is dating;
also, he’s shadowed by an annoying kid from the win-a-day-with-a-lawyer
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “La Boheme,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local
Back in 1981, Franco Zeffirelli staged a lavish “La Boheme,”
using all three of the Metropolitan Opera’s rotating stages. Now that staging
has been re-created … but with some extra backstage drama.
When the scheduled star had the flu, the Met turned that
morning to Kristine Opolais. She had sung the role in Berlin, Vienna and her native
Latvia and will do it next year at the Met; now, however, she was stepping in
the night after doing “Madama Butterfly.” She seems (to these untrained ears)
perfect; she and Vittorio Grigolo inhabit a story (with English subtitles)
that’s gorgeous and heartbreaking.
Other choices include:
“The Normal Heart” (2014), 7:15 p.m., HBO. Here’s another
chance to see this passionately written and beautifully acted story of agony
and inaction, in the early years of the AIDS crisis.
“MasterChef,” 8 p.m., Fox. In a change, Fox reruns Monday’s
hour. First, teams prepare seafood meals for a beachfront wedding; then members
of the losing team make traditional steak-and-fries meals.
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. This rerun finds Danny (Scott
Caan) trying to re-unite his parents, played by Melanie Griffith and Tom
Berenger. (Caan’s real-life dad, James, had a different role two seasons ago.)
Meanwhile, the team tackles a case in which a girl was taken from her home and her
father was shot.
“Cold Justice,” 9 p.m., TNT. The season’s second episode of
this solid, non-fiction show finds the women probing the murder of a promising
fashion designer in Waller County, Texas.
“Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. As they probe a bombing, Danny
and his police partner (Donnie Wahlberg and Maria Ramirez) face community
resistance. Also in this rerun, Frank (Tom Selleck), the police commissioner,
faces his own community troubles, after someone slugs an intense cop.
“Crossbones,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. Coyle isn’t sure who is more
dangerous – the pirate he’s spying on (played by John Malkovich) or the English
officer who sent him (Julian Sands).