TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Intelligence” debut, 9 p.m., CBS.
Hollywood loves the notion of a molding a supersoldier. This
time, that includes mind and body.
Like the heroes of “Six Million Dollar Man,” “Bourne
Identity” and “Nikita,” Gabriel (Josh Holloway) has great physical moves. Like the
“Chuck” hero, his mind works as a supercomputer.
It’s tough for his handler (Marg Helgenberg) or sidekick
(Meghan Ory) to control him, as he scrambles to find his wife and save his
father figure. The result mixes strong action with heart and … well,
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Mindy Project,” 9:30 p.m., Fox.
As a hot-tub date looms, Mindy frets about her weight. Her
solution is to have Danny as her trainer.
It’s an uncomfortable time for Danny (who secretly loves
her) and Mindy (who dislikes any work-out). Soon, however, it leads to some
hilarious sight gags.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “American Experience,” 8-10 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
A century ago, this compelling documentary says, poison was
easy to get and hard to detect. But in 1918, New York City put a remarkable
pair in charge.
Charles Norris, from upper-class roots, was medical examiner;
Alexander Gettler, a working-class guy, was chief toxicologist. They turned crime-detection
into a science, then spurred social change.
One factory’s toxins nudged its employees to madness,
another factory had young women dying after applying radium to watches. Norris
and Gettler pushed for federal efforts against workplace poison.
Other choices include:
“Pretty Little Liars” and “Ravenswood,” noon to 10 p.m., ABC
Family. An eight-hour catch-up marathon for “Liars” is followed by the
mid-season debuts of “Liars” (8 p.m.) and “Ravenswood” (9).
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. A drone has been stolen. Now Gibbs – working
with his former girlfriend Hollis (Susanna Thompson) -- races to get it back
before it’s used for a large-scale attack.
“New Girl,” 9 p.m., Fox. Flashbacks show how people got
their current jobs.
“Killer Women” debut, 10 p.m., ABC. Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar
Galactica”) plays one of the first female Texas Rangers. That’s in an
overcrowded hour when cable has another debut and two season-openers
“Justified” season-opener, 10 p.m., FX. Boyd Crowder is
scariest when he’s desperate. Now he scrambles to bribe Ava’s way to freedom;
that drives him to brutality and to Detroit. Meanwhile, Raylan faces the
nastiest members of the Crowe family. It’s a good hour … leading to a better
one next week.
“Cougar Town” season-opener, 10 p.m., TBS. It’s tricky to love your mom’s friend; now
Travis (Dan Byrd), Jules’ college-age son, snuggles openly with Laurie (Busy
Phillips, 34). Jules claims she’s cool with it; she’s not. Like most “Cougar
Town” episode, this is erratic, with enough laughs to keep us watching.
“100 Days of Summer,” 10 p.m., Bravo. “Our summers tend to
be epic,” one Chicago woman says. That’s because time is tight. After long
winters, there are three months of abandon; one man estimates he had sex with
60 different women one summer. This reality series introduces people who are
moderately likable, fairly interesting and extremely good-looking.