“American Crime,” 10 p.m., ABC.
When it comes to
quality – deeply layered portraits of interesting people – this
is first-rate, with rich subtlety to its writing and acting. But
“subtle” can go too far; at the end of this second hour, we still
don't know what the central story is.
A social worker has
a personal crisis, at the same time that she deals with a 17-year-old
prostitute. A young farmworker is drug-addicted; an older one
searches for his son. And a trailer fire has killed 15 workers. These
are potent stories; when they're weaved together – eventually --
“Crime” could be great.
“Shades of Blue,” 10 p.m., NBC.
Now for the exact
opposite of “American Crime.” Devoid of subtlety, “Blue”
crashes through each scene with noisy ferocity. It's overwrought and
overzealous ... yet does hold our attention.
Last week, Wozniak
(the cop) and Stahl (the FBI guy) had a war of hidden-camera footage.
It destroyed both men's families and ended with and Woz holding a
deadly choke on Stahl's neck. Now we learn if Stahl survived ... and
if Harlee (Jennifer Lopez) can keep her own secrets, including the
fact that she killed her daughter's father. It's an intense episode;
and, like last week, it ends with a fierce jolt.
“The Good Fight,” any time, CBS All Access.
So this is how “Good
Fight” will use the freedom available on a pay-extra streaming
service. It's not with nudity or violence or such; there are plenty
of places for that. It's with an adult approach to a serious subject
– in this case, cyber-hate, using rampant (but fictional, we hope)
examples and a brilliant guest performance by John Cameron Mitchell.
The basic plot –
top-tier lawyers, spending their time arguing the specifics of an
E-mail – is absurd. Within that, however, there are powerful
moments. Other storylines also move well and there are great moments
with Elsbeth (wonderfully played by Carrie Preston). the odd “Good
ALTERNATIVE: “The Weapon Hunter” season-finale, 9 p.m.,
Some weapons become
more than shooting machines; they carry human stories. As Paul Shull
tries to re-create the one-of-a-kind “stinger,” he comes across
the Tony Stein story.
Stein grew up in
Dayton, the son of Jewish immigrants. A machinist before World War
II, he managed to turn an airplane gun into a portable machine gun.
Amid the horrors of Iwo Jima, he kept using it to charge the enemy
and bring back Marines. Shull makes the gun and learns the Medal of
noon to midnight ET. CBS limits itself to three games today (noon and
2:30 and 5 p.m. ET, handing the evening slot(7:30 p.m. ET) to TruTV.
There are also doubleheaders on TNT (6 and 8:30 p.m.) and TBS (7 and
9:30). At the end of the night, we'll have next week's “sweet 16.”
8:30 p.m., Fox. It's easy to impress a girl when you have a time
machine. Now, however, Deborah Revere (Paul's daughter) is starting
to realize that Dan didn't invent the thing.
Secretary,” 9 p.m., CBS. The secretary of state is leading a
landmark, 200-nation treaty to fight climate change globally. (As you
can tell, this is set inn an alternate reality.) Then China threatens
to pull out because Elizabeth is meeting the ailing Dalai Lama.
“Time After Time,”
9 p.m., ABC. After a strong start, “Time” is sputtering. It has a
bland H.G. Wells, a so-so Jack the Ripper and the same problem as
“Timeless” -- if you can't change the past, you (and viewers) are
helpless. Those problems complicate this episode, as Wells visits a
“Last Man on
Earth,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. Scrambling for an answer to her illness,
the guys must dig deeply into Melissa's life before the virus
destroyed most of mankind.
p.m., CBS. A detection system claims to have heard a gunshot, but
police can find no evidence. Meanwhile, Shinwell (Sherlock's ex-con
colleague) is linked to an unsolved murder.