TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “NY Med” season-opener, 10 p.m., ABC.
In a TV world of low-budget reality, this diligent series
stands out. Every two years, it takes us inside a hospital, for a deep look at
the medical crises and the human details.
Now we’re in a Manhattan hospital with prestigious doctors
(including Mehmet Oz) and a Newark one with gunshot victims. Tonight, a stage
actor, suddenly stricken, hovers near death. A passionate nurse is instantly
fired for a photo and sardonic comment in social media. And a 28-year-old
doctor finds humor in her residency duty of helping older men who have penile
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Defiance,” 8 p.m., Syfy.
In the season’s second episode, the makeover takes shape.
Nolan has found Irisa (the alien he’s raised since childhood), unaware of the
evil force inside her; now they’re back in Defiance.
He used to be the sort-of-sheriff there, when it had a good
mayor (played by Julie Benz) and good intentions. Now the Earth Republic is in
charge and she’s the assistant to a slickly scheming mayor. The show’s best
addition is Jessica “Berlin” Rai, a soldier with a sharp ability to pierce
Nolan’s cowboy façade. Tonight, amid a bomb and threats, the characters
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Sixties,” 9 p.m., CNN.
Two days after PBS’ powerful “Freedom Summer,” CNN tries a
bigger task – a decade of civil rights struggles, packed into two crowded
hours. We get a roller-coaster of triumphs and tragedies.
For a time, the movement slowed; then came a confrontation in
Selma, Ala.: Police had dogs, clubs and fire hoses; marchers had public
opinion. A profound change was coming (slowly) to the U.S.
Other choices include:
“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Here’s a rerun of a
terrific Valentine-time episode. Two couples go to wine country, while another
rushes Raj’s dog to the veterinarian’s office.
“Blazing Saddles” (1974), 8-10 p.m., AMC. Mel Brooks’ classic
– giving wondrous twists to cowboy cliches – tops a good night for cable
movies. “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006, 7:30 p.m., AMC) is a sleek, smart
comedy-drama; “The Bourne Supremacy” (2004, 8 p.m., USA) is a high-octane adventure.
“Rookie Blue,” 9 p.m., ABC. On a citywide project to seize
items bought with money obtained illegally, Andy (Missy Peragrym) gets a confession
that seems too easy. She tries to get to the bottom of it.
“Rectify,” 9 p.m., Sundance. The season’s second hour finds a
comatose Daniel drifting into fantasies about his prison life, before his
murder sentence was vacated. Some people don’t want his attackers found, but a
cop persists. Despite the slow, subtle pace, this excellent hour has some big
“Undateable,” 9:01 and 9:30 p.m., NBC. Now that CBS has
inserted “Big Brother” at 9 p.m., NBC can hope for a bigger chunk of comedy
fans. In tonight’s first episode, Danny manages to foul up his own life; in the
second, he tries to be a peacemaker when Justin’s father (Tom Cavanagh) visits.
“Last Comic Standing,” 10 p.m., NBC. The show has its top 10
comedians and starts giving them challenges. The first involves sketch comedy,
with Cheryl Hines (“Suburgatory”) as mentor.