TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “American Masters,” 9-11 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
As the J.D. Salinger mystique grew, people envisioned a
solemn hermit. After his 1951 “Catcher in the Rye” drew cascades of praise, he
disappeared into the New Hampshire woods. He had nothing published in the
second half of his 91 years.
The actual story, we’re told here, is deeper and richer. Salinger
was an outgoing and confident young man who even carried pages of “Catcher”
into the D-Day invasion. He married three times and had long friendships with
young women. And he wrote obsessively, including several books that will emerge
in the next few years. The result is a fascinating portrait of a complex and
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Mindy Project” mid-season finale,
9:30 p.m., Fox.
This clever comedy is about to take a long break, not
returning until April 1. Meanwhile, it has one more assault on Mindy’s
fractured love life.
Last week, she saw former fiancé Casey in Los Angeles; now
Cliff has broken up with her for lying about it. She wants to chase him, but
Danny takes her to see his dad (Dan Hedaya).
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Originals,” 8 p.m., CW.
Get ready for one of the darkest – and wettest – hours in TV
history. Davina’s life is veering out of control; “she’s hemorrhaging magic”
one person says.
The result plunges the city into a fierce storm. Some people
scramble to save New Orleans, others to revive dead witches. It’s all very dark
and damp and emotionally powerful.
Other choices include:
“Klondike,” 7 and 9 p.m., Discovery. First is a rerun of
Monday’s opener, with the gold-hunters racing to tiny Dawson City in the Yukon.
Then a new chapter (rerunning at 11:04) finds food running short and trouble
erupting between two real-life characters – Bill Haskell and shop-owner Belinda
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, a widow urges the team to
probe her husband’s death in Afghanistan.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” 8:30 p.m., Fox. Jeffords (Terry Crews)
is back as a street cop now. He takes advice from Jake about controlling his
“New Girl,” 9 p.m., Fox. As Nick tries to throw Jess a great
birthday party, Winston and Coach compete to make the perfect cake. Also,
Schmidt helps Cece in her new bartending job.
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun of the
season-opener, Sam and Deeks are rescued, but lives are still in danger and the
after-effects of the torture linger.
“Chicago Fire,” 10 p.m., NBC. Here’s a situation many
Northerners have been through lately: On a freezing cold night, there’s a power