TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “NCIS: New Orleans” opener, 9 p.m., CBS.
We’re used to all the just-the-facts characters on “NCIS,”
“CSI” and “Law & Order” shows. Some have pristine offices; many seem to
have pristine lives.
Not this one: Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula) runs his little
NCIS bureau in of an old building surrounded by the music and flavor of New
Orleans. He sometimes lives there (his marriage seems to be wobbling), savoring
his co-workers (Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan) and others. In tonight’s opener, the
victim was once a troubled young man Pride mentored. In the “NCIS” mode, it’s a
fairly solid, straightforward tale.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Forever,” 10:01 p.m., ABC.
After a terrific debut Monday, “Forever” settles into its
time slot. It has another good mystery, alongside the ongoing story of Dr.
Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), a medical examiner.
Henry (has been around for 200 years, reviving after each
death. Only one person (Judd Hirsch) knows this; a cop (Alana De La Garza)
knows only that this odd guy is worth linking with. Tonight, they try to learn
why a young woman plunged from a bridge; only Henry feels it wasn’t suicide.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: All night, PBS (check local
Real lives can create some of the best storytelling. Tonight
starts at 8 p.m. with “Finding Your Roots,” tracing three people – Stephen
King, Gloria Reuben, Courtney Vance – who knew little about their dads; they
get big surprises. It ends with a late addition -- “Joan Rivers: A Piece of
Work” (2010) at 10:30 p.m.
In between is an “American Masters” detour, “The Boomer List.”
Here is one person for each baby-boomer year, from 1946 (author and Vietnam vet
Tim O’Brien) to 1964 (actor John Leguizamo). Individually, their stories range
from dull to fascinating; together, they offer a snapshot of an era.
Other choices include:
“Awkward,” 4-10:33 p.m., MTV. First, catch up on the season
so far. Then the show returns (after a three-month pause) with Jenna facing
finals. Also, “Faking It” opens its season at 10:33.
“Dancing With the Stars,” 8 p.m., ABC. This is the second
and final week of a Tuesday results show. Next week, “Stars” reverts to the
clumsy one-show-a-week format.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. The season starts with action. Escorting
a computer engineer, Gibbs and McGee are on the run from Russian mercenaries. Their
colleagues try to find them with techno-skills.
“Candid Camera,” 8 p.m., TV Land. Imagine an overgenerous
yogurt machine; it just won’t stop. Or a waitress who samples all your food.
That’s in the finale of the first season of this “Candid” revival. Mayim Bialik
and Peter Funt host, with Carnie Wilson as the waitress.
“Agents of SHIELD” season-opener, 9 p.m., ABC. Now fugitives,
the “SHIELD” people still must save the world. Guest stars include Lucy
Lawless, Patton Oswalt, Adrian Pasdar, George Stephanopoulos (really) and Hayley
Atwell, in the role (Peggy Carter) she’ll play in the mid-season “Agent
“Chicago Fire” season-opener, 10 p.m., NBC. Last season
ended with a deadly hospital explosion. Now the chief tries to pull his squad back
together; Severide has disappeared and Casey goes looking for him.