“New Girl,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Lives are changing
and no one seems happy about it. Cece is moving in with her fiance
Schmidt ... Winston wants to quit having Aly (whom he secretly loves)
as his police partner ... and the usually cheery Jess actually hates
her boss (Elizabeth Berkley) and her job.
This script (by
Nasim Pedrad, who plays Aly) has some funny moments, especially from
Winston's new – and immensely incompetent – partner. And along
the way, there are life-changing moments.
“Crowded” debut, 10 and 10:30 p.m., NBC.
These days, most new
comedies (including “New Girl”) are filmed movie-style, with lots
of settings and no studio audience. “Crowded” is an exception:
Slick and jokey, it's taped multi-camera, with an audience ... and
with James Burrows, the multi-camera master, as director and
Burrows has had
great shows -- “Cheers,” “Frasier,” “Will & Grace”
and more; lately, he's sunk to “The Millers” and “Mike &
Molly.” Alas, “Crowded” -- which will promptly move to Sundays
-- is another so-so one. Patrick Warburton and Carrie Preston play
empty-nesters whose daughters (Mira Serafina and Miranda Cosgrove)
return; humor – sometimes clever, often not -- follows.
ALTERNATIVE: “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” 10 p.m., FX.
As the trial
continues, lives implode in compelling ways. Johnnie Cochran, usually
in control, is blasted by his past. Robert Kardashian starts to
wonder if his friend O.J. could actually be guilty. And the
friendship of defense lawyers Marcia Clark and Chris Darden reaches a
high and then a low.
All of this is is
skillfully written and beautifully played, with great moments for
Courtney Vance (Cochran), David Schwimmer (Kardashian), Sarah Paulson
(Clark) and Sterling Brown (Darden).
ALTERNATIVE II: “Of Gods and Prophets,” 10 p.m., ABC.
Last week's opener
left us with a bitter after-taste. Blindly following a prophet, King
Saul (beautifully played by Ray Winstone) slaughtered a harmless
tribe. The aftermath cost the life of his would-be son-in-law; it
also blew his chance to unite the 12 tribes of Israel.
This second episode
finds Saul desperate as an enemy army nears. He's unaware that his
concubine is a spy ... and that there are big things ahead for the
shepherd (David) who is his harpist.
Basketball, 6:30 and
9 p.m. ET, TruTV. On Thursday, the NCAA tournament sprawls across
four networks. First are games today and Wednesday, setting the final
four spots in the 64-team field.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. For its 300th episode, the show returns to a subject
it has emphasized – wounded veterans. Taye Diggs plays a lone
survivor, key to Gibbs' re-investigation of an ambush in Iraq.
Liars” season-finale, 8 p.m., Freeform, rerunning at 10. A stalker
is threatening to kill all the “pretty little liars,” if they
don't reveal who killed Charlotte.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. When a sailor is killed by a party bus in
the French Quarter, Brody (Zoe McLellan) is convinced this is related
to the death of her own sister.
Prejudice” debut, 9-11 p.m., FYI. In its first two years since
replacing the Biography Channel, FYI has been trying distinctive
relationships shows, including “Married at First Sight,”
“BlackLove” and “Kocktails With Khloe.” Now this series
starts with three couples who face biases. One is gay; the others
cross racial and religious lines.
p.m., CBS. Desperate to break away from Sen. Morra, Brian splits from
the FBI and heads to Russia, looking for the woman who may have an