“MasterChef Junior” and “Hell's Kitchen,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox.
The two faces of
Gordon Ramsay will be on display tonight. One is quite pleasant;
Ramsay seems oddly homan in the presence of kids ages 8-13. Tonight,
the final four make souffles, then make a dish from a select cut of
pork; three will advance to next week's finale.
When he's with
professional chefs, however, he turns nasty; last week, he screamed,
swore and shut down half the kitchen ... as he seems to do in every
season-opener. Tonight, contestants have a race to make shrimp
dumplings ... while being bombarded by Las Vegas-style distractions.
II: “Reign”mid-season finale, 8 p.m.., CW.
Beginning next week,
CW's Fridays will be filled with vampires, via “Vampire Diaries”
and “The Originals.” This show will return eventually, but now it
has a chance to stir some cliffhangers.
A young widow, Mary
finds herself drawn to Gideon ... but feels she needs to make a
politically productive liaison. Meanwhile, the struggle continues for
a temporary regent to fill the void created by the death of her
husband, the king of France.
ALTERNATIVE: “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the
National Lampoon” (2015), 8 p.m., History and Showtime.
Back in 1970, humor
took two giant leaps. One was TV's “Saturday Night Live”; the
other – starting a half-year earlier – was the National Lampoon
magazine, mixing smart satire and silly-sexy antics.
would take some of its writers (Michael O'Donahue, Anne Beatts) and
many of the stars of its stage show (John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Gilda
Radner, Bill Murray). Others, led by John Hughes, would go on to
movies ... where Lampoon briefly sparkled with “Animal House” and
the “Vacation” film; this documentary views an era of delightful
ALTERNATIVE II: “Mad Dogs,” any time, Amazon.
Some middle-age guys
are suddenly invited to a buddy's gorgeous, beachfront estate in
Belize. It seems too good to be true ... which, they soon learn, it
Based on a British
mini-series, this is the start of a lushly crafted adventure series
with Steve Zahn, Mark Imperioloi, Ben Chaplin and more.
Prejudice” (2005), 7:50 p.m., Oxygen. With the right director (Joe
Wright) and star (Keira Knightley), even this classic novel can be
done with few words and great visuals. More top movies follow at 8:
“Little Shop of Horrors” (1986) on TV Land, “Man of Steel”
(2013) on FX, “European Vacation (1985) on CMT and the
Oscar-nominated “Mad MaxL Fury Road” (2015) on HBO.
Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. In a rerun, Vanessa argues that her
daughter Eve should be getting behind the idea of a woman president.
“Dr. Ken,” 8:31,
ABC. This rerun finds Ken unenthused by Clark's promotion.
9 p.m., CBS. While Grover is in Chicago to get Clay Maxwell's
confession, Chin and Kono are held at gunpoint by people who don't
know they're cops.
“Avengers: Age of
Ultron” (2015), 9 p.m., Starz. The Avengers heroes link for a big,
broad film that's occasionally too frenetic, but mostly a whiz-bang
good action tale.
10 p.m., CBS. A drug dealer has returned to Baez's neighborhood ...
where she saw him commit a murder, long ago. Also, Frank faces a
crisis when a newly retired police lieutenant is accused of shooting
potential muggers in a subway.