“The Big Bang Theory” and “Mom,” 8 and 8:31 p.m., CBS.
Always very funny,
these shows have gradually added character depth and moving moments.
That's on display a little bit in the third run of a key “Big Bang”
episode: A power outage requires a quick feast, involving all the
food that Wolowitz's late mom had been saving in the refrigerator.
And the depth is
thoroughly on display in the arc now rerunning on “Mom”:
Crumbling after her ex-husband's death, Bonnie (Allison Janney)
resumed her addiction, this time using pills for her back pain. Now
her AA friends rush to her support; her daughter Christy, who's seen
this before, won't budge. TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Mistresses,” 9
The Calista season
is now a week from wrapping up. When Alyssa Milano quit, “Mistresses”
had her character (Savannah) flee town. The show gave her sister Joss
a new friend, the high-maintenance Calista ... who soon concocted
revenge schemes against her husband, Luca.
Now Calista has been
arrested for Luca's murder ... Joss – pondering a plea baragain,
despite her innocence -- is charged as a conspirator ... and someone
may be framing both. Karen reluctantly keeps the secret that Vivian
has had a health relapse. And April is happy with Marc ... until his
ALTERNATIVE: “Under the Dome,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Two weeks from the
season-finale – and, we're promised, the dome's dissolution –
people are still choosing sides. Joe chooses to work with Christine
(Marg Helgenberg), who tells him about the entity behind the dome;
others are in the Resistance, trying to rescue loved ones from her
While Barbie (Mike
Vogel) rushes to rescue Eva, Big Jim and Julia work with Hektor, head
of the corporation that wanted to harness the dome's power. He wants
to test a cure for those infected.
“Beauty and the
Beast,” 8 p.m., CW. To defeat Liam (Jason Gedrick), Cat and Vincent
may have to use their secret weapon.
(2000), 8-11 p.m., AMC. A divorced mom with a two-year college
degree, a law clerk tackled a giant utility, using charm, smarts
and/or sex appeal. It's a great story, beautifully told; Julia
Roberts won an Academy Award, with nominations for the movie, the
script and Albert Finney.
“Bones,” 9 p.m.,
Fox. The victim may have been bullied, causing Brennan to recall her
9-10:30 p.m., Lifetime. Kiernan Shipka, 15, is the guest judge, which
seems logical: The task involves putting a modern twist on a classic
design; Shipkaa spent parts of eight seasons wearing 1960s clothes in
10 p.m., ABC. Everything is changing, both personally – now that
Marlo and Sam have their baby – and professionally; after the
corruption scandal that included Commissioner Santana and Gail's
brother, the precinct will be overhauled. Andy (Missy Peregrym) feels
this may be the right time to accept an undercover job that would
have her leave town for four months.
10 p.m., IFC. This mock-documentary series opened last week with Bill
Hader and Fred Armisen pretending to be women in a crumbling mansion.
Now comes a quick change with a mock-doc about two journalists,
searching for a Mexican drug lord.
p.m., FX. Russ' mother visits, criticizing his life and praising a
stranger she met on the Internet ... and is about to join on a
cruise. There are some funny moments, but they're scattered.