MUST-SEE: “iZombie” season-opener, 9 p.m., CW.
a while, it was easy to ignore the CW, with its so-so shows aimed at
a narrow audience. But last season started with “Jane the Virgin”
and ended with “iZombie”; both had originality and wit.
(Rose McIver) is a doctor and a reluctant zombie. Now she works in
the morgue, munches brains ... and absorbs memories, helping solve
crimes. She also absorbs attitudes; tonight, after munching a crabby
old man, this 27-year-old is grumbling about kids-these-days. We also
see aftershocks of last season's decision -- making her ex-boyfriend
a zombie. That saved his life, but he's not happy about it.
MUST-SEE II: “The Grinder,” 8:30 p.m., Fox.
the terrific opener, Dean (Rob Lowe) – fresh from playing a lawyer
on TV – returned home. He decided he could help his father and
brother (William Devane and Fred Savage) at their law office.
“Grinder” fills in the details. We see delightful clips of Dean's
old show; it was, as a newcomer helpfully tells him, cheesy and
melodramatic. We see that Dean has instantly charmed his dad and
nephew ... while the brother ponders his role in life. And we meet a
young woman lawyer who is refreshingly immune to Dean's charms;
“Grinder” has few big laughs, but is thorougly entertaining.
ALTERNATIVE: Schedule changes, 10 p.m., NBC and ABC.
TV season has barely started and two networks are already fiddling
with this timeslot. NBC's original plan was to air Neil Patrick
Harris' “Best Time Ever” at 10 p.m. for two Tuesdays, then slide
it to 8; instead, the show now has its fourth straight run at 10.
had once set “Quantico” for 10 p.m. Tuesdays. When a Sunday show
was delayed, a plan was hatched -- “Quantico” to Sundays, a
“Shark Tank” spin-off temporarily on Tuesdays. But now, for the
second straight week, ABC has a “Quantico” rerun here. On the
lam, Alex scrambles to clear her name.
8 p.m. ET, ESPN. The play-offs begin in a classic site – Yankee
Stadium. The Yankees face the Astros, in a one-and-done series, to
see who continues Thursday in the next round.
Voice,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. The teams have been decided now, but
“Voice” will rerun audition highlights (including some new
footage) and have the judges reflect on their choices.
Flash” season-opener, 8 p.m., CW. Already a mournful man – his
mom was killed and his dad was convicted of the murder – Barry now
feels he triggered tragedies at the end of last season. Tonight's
hour spends too much time with his funk, but stick around. There are
big, pivotal moments tonight.
Off the Boat,” 8:30 p.m., ABC. This comedy is set in 1990s Orlando,
when Shaquille O'Neal was the biggest (literally) star in town. Now –
following a “Muppets” with Gonzo trying Online dating -- he has a
guest role; the episode centers on Eddie's water slide and his
of SHIELD,” 9 p.m., ABC. An ancient monolith has swallowed Simmons.
This is not a good thing, so the team hopes an Asgardian can help.
New Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. The team must determine if a crash was
caused by pilot error or plane error. That follows an “NCIS” in
which McGee and Bishop must pose as a married couple.
10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). After the 1988 airliner bombing
that killed 259 people, investigators focused on a Swiss timing
device designed by Edwin Bollier. Then came a detour: Bollier said he
was the one who (using an alias) had correctly pointed them to
Libyans as the prime culprits. Bollier, about 77, remains an enigma.
He's questioned in the second of three hours, with Ken Dornstein
studying the bombing that killed his brother. Like the first part,
it's both fascinating and frustrating.