“NCIS” season-finale, 8 p.m., CBS.
has been playing Tony DiNozzo almost forever. He started in two “JAG”
episodes that spawned “NCIS”; he did one episode apiece on the
Los Angeles and New Orleans spin-offs. And now he's leaving after 13
seasons and 305 “NCIS” episodes.
This is a big story,
wrapping up a multi-week search for an escaped British spy who
targets agents. Joining the hunt are two actors (Sarah Clarke and
Duane Henry) who may be regulars next year. Also involved is Tony's
dad, played by Robert Wagner ... whom Weatherly once portrayed in a
“Coupled” debut, 9 p.m., Fox.
Desperate for a
post-“Idol” reality hit, Fox links with “Survivor” producer
Mark Burnett to re-imagine dating shows. Several new touches work
splendidly – a gorgeous Caribbean setting, a breezy host (Terence
J), a multi-racial feel, an emphasis on one-on-one conversations.
Also, there's an acknowledgement that these people might have sex.
“Adults do that, you know,” one woman explains.
More iffy is the
show's promise to have “accomplished, sophisticated” women. Its
has a “Bachelor”-type mix -- a lawyer and a CEO, but mostly
starter-job folks. It also has some unsophisticated shrieks.
ALTERNATIVE: “Frontline,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
How did this happen?
After other forces – Saddam, bin Laden, Al-Qaeda – were crushed,
how did ISIS become a quick powerhouse? This richly researched hour
points at two administrations. Neither Barack Obama nor Dick Cheney
agrees to be interviewed, but other key players did.
Trying to claim a
Saddam/bin Laden connection, the film said, Cheney brought attention
to a minor figure, Abu Musab al-Zargawi. When the U.S. disbanded the
Iraqi army, Zargai recruited for ISIS. He was killed and ISIS faded
... until the 2011 Iraq troop withdrawal made a revival easy.
“The Voice,” 8
p.m., NBC. A week before the season-finale, the field will be trimmed
in half. On Monday, eight people sang and viewers voted. Tonight, the
top three will be spared and the bottom two will be sent home. That
leaves the middle three to perform, with judges saving one of them.
Also performing will be Alicia Keys and OneRepublic.
Presents,” 8 p.m., Fox. When Kelly and Donald Trump clashed in an
August debate, both seemed to benefit. Now she has a special,
interviewing Trump, plus actors Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New
Black” and Michael Douglas and LegalZoom.com founder Robert
Shapiro. It's reportedly Shapiro's first TV interview since a
mini-series mocked his role on the O.J. Simpson defense team.
SHIELD,” 9 and 10 p.m., ABC. These are the hours the show has
pointed to all season. The evil scheme of Hive is now clear; there's
a confrontation, with not everyone surviving.
“Secrets of the
Dead,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Most experts feel
Cleopatra was buried in an ancient city that sank into the sea.
Disagreeing is a criminal lawyer (and self-taught archaeologist) from
the Dominican Republic. This interesting film watches as she
continues her 20-year search.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. With 900 pounds of explosives missing, New
Orleans is in danger. The search includes agents from Homeland
Security (Ivan Sergei) and the Coast Guard (Toni Trucks).
Interest,” 10 p.m., CBS. Reese protects a police analyst who is
probing a computer glitch.
Manager,” 10 p.m., AMC. Now we start to realize the immensity of
the illegal-arms operation that Roper (Hugh Laurie) has built. In a
compelling hour (the fifth of six), one man (Tom Hiddleston) works
undercover to stop him, with shrinking support from British spies.