TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Mad Men” season-opener, 10 p.m., AMC.
Last season ended with lives crumbling. Don Draper was
suspended at work and disgraced at home.
And now? The season starts with one of the show’s great
ad-campaign pitches, then finds more disarray. Can Don feel joy on either
coast? Can Peggy find her way? What about Roger’s decadence and Joan’s ambitions?
In “Mad Men” style, this is deep and subtle; with 14 episodes left, the show
has work to do.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Inside the Hunt for the Boston
Bombers,” 9-11 p.m., National Geographic.
A compelling story is retold through a technique that is
odd, but successful.
Real interviews are re-created, with actors playing the people
– police, victims, friends – involved with last year’s bombing. A few actual
officials are also included, plus staged action scenes. It’s an odd hybrid, but
the underplayed style creates a powerful story that even finds some happy
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Bletchley Circle” season-opener,
10 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
In the 1940s, these Englishwomen were busy and vital,
helping crack codes. Then the war ended and they resumed dull, secretarial
lives … until a crime-solving crisis stirred them.
Now the second season begins with a silly contrivance – a former
colleague refuses to defend herself on murder charges. That evolves into a
fairly good tale, the first of two two-part mysteries..
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE II: “Years of Living Dangerously”
debut, 10 p.m., Showtime.
In a West Texas town, a drought left the factory closed and
the people jobless. Scientists pointed to long-term climate change;
townspeople, instead, quoted Scripture.
That’s in the start of a series that has stars and others
probing effects of climate change. Tonight, Harrison Ford is in Indonesia, New
York Times reporter Thomas Friedman is in Syria and Don Cheadle meets a conservative-Christian
scientist with an ability to communicate the crisis to her fellow Texans.
Other choices include:
“Once Upon a Time,” 8 p.m., ABC. In search of Prince Eric, Ariel
confronts Hook in both worlds.
“Signed, Sealed and Delivered” debut, 8-10 p.m., Hallmark. A
decade after her “Touched by an Angel” ended, producer Martha Williamson has
this movie launching a series. Eric Mabus and Kristen Booth lead a team that
delivers lost letters to their goals, transforming lives.
“Resurrection,” 9 p.m., ABC. Bellamy and Father Tom try to
deal with townspeople’s growing fears.
“Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local
listings). Glitter and tragedy link in a fund-raiser for massacre victims. As
the war looms, men prepare to enlist … and Lord Loxey prepares to profit.
MTV Movie Awards, 9 p.m., MTV. Conan O’Brien hosts an awards
show known for its offbeat fun.
“Nurse Jackie” and “Californication” season-openers, 9 and
9:30 p.m., Showtime. For “Californication,” the final season begins with Hank scrambling
for the life and the lover he abandoned; tonight’s final scene belts him. For “Jackie,”
once a comedy-drama, tonight is all dark drama.
“Silicon Valley,” 10 p.m., HBO. In a sharp episode, we learn
that there are complications to selling a sliver of your computer company for
“Veep,” 10:30 p.m., HBO. After the so-so season-opener, here’s
a brilliant episode. As a presidential candidate, Selena Meyer needs an instant
stand on abortion; what she has is a cacophony of advice.