“This is Us,” 9 p.m., NBC.
Logic might say this
episode will be all about Randall. He's the one who was stunned last
week, learning that his adoptive mother had secretly known the
identity of his biological father. Now he's enraged – in his
calculated, list-making way. Sterling K. Brown plays him perfectly,
But the surprise is
that this offers some fresh depth for is brother. People easily
dismiss Kevin as the pretty-boy actor who blew TV stardom and is now
in a play with a much-smarter Englishwoman. But tonight's twists give
us fresh insights into some beautifully layered characters.
“The Flash,” 8 p.m., CW.
“Supergirl” was ending, Barry Allen (The Flash) flashed in. His
town, Central City, was about to be attacked by the aliens called The
Dominators; he needed lots of superhelp.
That was the start
of something ambitious – a four-night crossover, assembling people
from four shows. Tonight, Barry seeks Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) and
the time-trekkers in “Legends of Tomorrow.” The story will
continue on their shows, Wednesday and Thursday.
ALTERNATIVE: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 8-9 p.m., CBS.
Here is something
that goes way back. It's 52 years old ... or 67 ... or 77. In 1939,
the story was written as a Montgomery Ward promotion. The song
followed in '49, the TV special in '64
There are plenty of
things to grumble about here, from the weak animation to the
overstretched story, with arbitrary detours to make it an hour long.
Still, audiences keep returning, making it a classic.
Strikes Back” (1980), 6:10-9 p.m., TNT. The second “Star Wars”
film starts a srong movie night. At 8 p.m., there's “Mean Girls”
(2004) on E and “As Good as It Gets” (1997) on Pop. At 9, there's
the fun “Enchanted” (2007) on AMC and the taut “A Few Good Men”
(1992) on Sundance.
Nine-Nine,” 8 p.m., Fox. Terry (Terry Crews) puts himself in the
field, in order to meet his favorite author. He joins Jake in
protecting the guy, who's had a death threat.
“New Girl,” 8:30
p.m., Fox. Two mismatched stories share this half-hour. One -- Nick
can't decide on a wedding gift –is lame; it makes a character
stupid, for the sake of random laughs. But the other works
splendidly; striving for a promotion to school principal, Jess must
impress a key parent, played by David Hornsby (Cricket in “It's
Always Sunny in Philadelphia”).
“NCIS,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. Nudged back an hour by “Rudolph,” this reruns an episodes
focusing on Ducky (played by David McCallum, 83). When an attacker
claims to know something about his late half-brother, we see
flashbacks to their final days together.
9 p.m., TNT, rerunning at 10. Here's a detour from the sleek, slick
Letty (Michelle Dockery) of the first three hours. She's in her home
town to catch a class reunion, see her son and maybe settle down.
It's an involving hour, but frustrating, with Letty's knack for for
10 p.m., NBC. The parents of Gabrielle and Antonio Dawson arrive for
an anniversary celebration that soon goes bad. Also, a secret emerges
about Chief Boden's stepson.
Scientology and the Aftermath” debut, 10 p.m., A&E. Amy Scovee
says she was lured into Scientology at 14. She was raped by an
executive, she says, but at 16 signed a billion-year (really)
contract to join the church's elite Sea Org. She kept being promoted,
but after complaining that the church's leader is violent, she was
sent to a “rehabilitation” camp. In this hour – poorly crafted,
but involving – she describes starting a life over at 42, with no
money, home or outside work history.