MUST-SEE: “The Grinder” debut, 8:30 p.m., Fox.
real life, Rob Lowe is a lawyer's son who plays lawyers (and others)
on TV. And here? He plays a lawyer's son who played a lawyer on TV
... until the show was canceled. He retreats home and decides to
“help” at the family law office with his father (William Devane)
and brother (Fred Savage).
short on knowledge and long on charisma; his brother is the opposite.
Now they're mismatched in all the right ways. The result is a neatly
assembled comedy, thoroughly entertaining.
II: “Grandfathered” debut, 8 p.m., Fox.
After a shabby first
week of the season (introducing the fairly lame “Minority Report,”
“Scream Queens” and “Rosewood”), Fox is springing back with
two of the year's best new comedies. Neither has a lot of huge-laugh
moments, but each is consistently funny, with a great concept and
John Stamos portrays
a slickly handsome womanizer, which doesn't surprise us. Then he
learns he has a son (Josh Peck).and a granddaughter. In an instant,
he's gone from in-control to dazed-and-confused. Peck, a former
kids-cable star, and Christina Milian give solid support to the
perfectly cast Stamos.
ALTERNATIVE: “Frontline,” 10 p.m, PBS (check local listings).
For years, Ken
Dornstein was a story editor for “Frontline,” PBS' superb
documentary series. Now he's tackled the mega-story that has
overshadowed his life.
Dornstein was 19
when his older brother David died in the 1988 bombing of an airliner
that crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland. Investigators came up with 10
suspects tied to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, but only one was
convicted ... and he was released a decade later, when he had cancer.
Now Dornstein begins a three-week probe that is involving, despite
spending way too much time on process.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Gibbs has a new look, setting off rumors. Stirring things is his
obsession with a case that seems to have strong personal links.
“The Muppets,” 8
p.m., ABC. After a great opener last week, “Muppets” settles into
a fairly good episode. As Miss Piggy implodes, her colleagues decide
she needs a boyfriend ... not just any guy, but the golden-voiced
Josh Groban. But is a happy Piggy even more dangerous than a grumpy
“Fresh Off the
Boat,” 8:30 p.m., ABC. After his girlfriend dumps him, Eddie drifts
into despair, playing the same song over and over. Also, his dad
suddenly groans about not having a daughter.
“Agents of SHIELD”
season-opener, 9 p.m., ABC. The team faces double trouble – the
disappearance of Simmons and a confrontation with a team that's
interested in finding people with extra powers.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. When a blogger with top-secret documents is
killed, the case leads to dark secrets about a Bolivian mission.
9 p.m., Fox. Last week's debut introduced a sorority and two skeptics
– the dean (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Grace the reformer (Skyler
Samuels). Tonight, Grace learns secrets and the dean appoints a new
More, 10 p.m. NBC
had planned to slide Neil Patrick Harris' live “Best Time Ever”
to 8 p.m., beginning today; now it stays at 10, at least for another
week. Meanwhile, ABC's show for that slot (“Wicked City”) is
still a month away; instead, here's a rerun of Sunday's so-so