TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “History Detectives,” 9 p.m., PBS (check
At his peak, Jimmy Hoffa was a fierce force. In his four
decades with the Teamsters, he saw the union increase tenfold. It had a million
members and forged a national transportation contract.
At his low point, he spent four years in prison, convicted
of fraud and jury-tampering. He was still trying for a comeback when he
disappeared on July 30, 1975. That remains one of the classic unsolved
mysteries; using the FBI report, experts and survivors, this looks at Hoffa’s
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Face Off” season-opener, 9 p.m.,
This competition for aspiring movie make-up people has all
the reality-show clichés, but uses them well. It has a sharp host (actress McKenzie
Westmore) and top experts, including her father (Michael Westmore), who has an
Academy Award and three more nominations.
Tonight – after a 13-hour rerun marathon ends with last
season’s winner -- 16 contestants arrive and learn they might not stay. Each
must create a look representing life or death; then two will be ousted.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Drunk History,” 10 p.m., Comedy
OK, many of us know the story of a lawyer, temporarily
captive, writing a poem that was later set to a British drinking song; it would
become the National Anthem. But how many know of Edgar Allan Poe’s bitter
rival, who helped make him famous? Or Abraham Lincoln slipping into Washington
for his inauguration; he almost got stuck in anti-Abe turf, because Baltimore’s
noise rule banned trains at night.
Each story is told here by someone who is drunk. Spiced with
odd re-enactments, it’s a fun mix.
Other choices include:
“Food Fighters” debut, 8 p.m., NBC. Amateur cooks bring
their specialties – which celebrity cooks then try to top. Adam Richman (“Man
v. Food”) hosts and Lorena Garcia is a guest chef.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, a Marine photographer has
disappeared, before he could testify at a court martial. Now the team probes
that case and his current project, about homeless veterans.
Movies, 8 p.m., cable. There’s family fun in “Bolt” (2008,
Disney), an animated tale of a TV-star dog who thinks he really is a superhero.
For grown-ups, “21 Jump Street” (2012, FXX) is surprisingly clever.
“America’s Got Talent,” 9-11 p.m., NBC. The auditions have
finished and survivors face a “boot camp.”
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. This rerun eyes Hetty’s
past, after an anti-terrorist device is stolen.
“Chasing Life,” 9 p.m., ABC Family. This remains an odd
mish-mash. The core – skilled actors, in a story of a 24-year-old facing cancer
– is solid; around that is clumsy soap opera and an absurd portrait of the
newspaper world. Tonight, April’s romantic dreams wobble when Dominic gets a
“Frontline,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Here’s a
rerun of a Thanksgiving-week episode, focusing on three kids – ages 9, 10 and
12 – who face hunger day-to-day.
“Tyrant,” 10 p.m., FX. Last week’s hour stopped in
mid-crisis, on the anniversary of a late dictator’s genocide. Now his son –
until recently, a Pasadena pediatrician – scrambles to prevent more bloodshed.