“Agent X” debut, 9 and 10 p.m.,
has plenty of heroes
flawed or wobbly or anti- or such. Now
it adds an old-school hero (Jeff
smart and sturdy, he's a
secret agent in the Bond caliber.
one knows he exists, except for his boss the new vice-president
(Sharon Stone) and her know-it-all aide (Gerald
McRaney). In a sharp start, he faces a
worthy opponent (Olga Fonda).
MIGHT-SEE: “The Good Wife,” 9:30
Lahti's superb acting career has included six Emmy nominations (and
one win) plus an Oscar nomination. Now she plays the lawyer for a
tech firm that fired a man
who flunked a polygraph test.
Peter's presidental campaign could bring collateral damage: His
former advisor Eli is ready to plant a story that would hurt Peter
... but would also damage Alicia.
ALTERNATIVE: “Home Fires” series finale, 8 p.m., PBS (check local
a quiet start, this series has been packed with strong stories. Even
if you've missed the first five weeks, you could still catch an
1939, some English villagers have gone to war. One wife copes with
running the farm, another with running the church; the butcher's wife
fears for her son. The doctor is gravely ill; one daughter is widowed
and the other is having an affair. There's an abusive husband, a
bookkeeper forced to help a profiteer and more, including a
conscientious objector, in stories told
with subtlety and skill.
tales, ABC Family and ABC. The two
sister channels are on similar turf
tonight. ABC Family has a dandy double-feature of new and old --
“Tangled” (2010) at
6 p.m. and “Sleeping Beauty” (1959)
at 8:10. ABC counters with “Once
Upon a Time” at 8;
our heroes boldly try to slip
into King Arthur's
castle to swipe his broken Excalibur
preview, 7 p.m. ET,
and kick-off, 8:30, NBC. Before the
season started, this seemed like a big one – the Eagles (10-6 last
season) at the Cowboys (12-4). Alas, the Eagles are 3-4 this season;
the Cowboys have a 2-5 record and an injured quarterback, Tony Romo.
Simpsons,” 7 and 8 p.m., Fox. After a baseball break last week,
here's a rerun – the Simpsons on the home planet of Kang and Kodo –
and then a
new episode, with Lisa having a rich friend.
Librarians,” 8 p.m., TNT, rerunning at 11:01. This global adventure
should fit neatly alongside “Agent X.” Tonight, an oil-rig
disaster reveals a shape-shifting monster (no, not an oil executive)
that grows whenever a lie is told. Let's hope it doesn't hear
any of the debates.
Indian Summers,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). This lush
miniseries, which had such a promising start, is sliding into dark
melodrama. Last week we learned that Ralph (the viceroy's top aide)
is Adam's father. Tonight, after Adam's mother's body is found,
there's a rush to judgement.
“Last Man on
Earth,” 9:30 p.m. Fox, and “Getting On” season-opener, 10 p.m.,
HBO. The terrific Mel Rodriguez now has back-to-back shows. On Fox,
he's Todd, facing a power problem. On HBO, he's Patsy; tonight, Dr.
James meets her replacement.
10:01 p.m., ABC. An explosive mid-term exam sees some of the FBI
students sent home. Flashing forward, Alex is wondering if there's
anyone she can trust.