“Fargo,” 10 p.m., FX.
brilliant opener plunked a small-town, Minnesota couple into a bloody
mess. Rye Gerhardt killed three people in a diner, then stumbled into
a car driven by Peggy Blomquist (Kirsten Dunst) ... who simply kept
going. Her husband, Ed the butcher, ended up confronting Rye in the
Now Ed deals with
the body. The Gerhardts – in a power struggle with each other and
outsiders – search for Rye. And a local cop (Ted Danson) and his
state-trooper son-in-law (Patrick Wilson) investigate. Like the
previous “Fargo” miniseries, this is droll, odd and wonderfully
II: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” 8 p.m., CW.
A few scenes here
remind us how great last week's debut was. Others remind us how
difficult it is to maintain that quality in an hourlong comedy (with
music and drama) each week.
opening song explains the notion: Rebecca (Rachel Green, who
co-writes the show and the songs) was a big-time lawyer who chucked
it all to move to the California town where her long-ago boyfriend
lives. Now she sees his gorgeous girlfriend ... and somehow decides
to befriend her. Some moments seem stretched and belabored; others –
especially the two music numbers – are terrific.
ALTERNATIVE: “Belief,” 8 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network.
Jordan Richter was a
hot young California skateboarder. At 15, he was featured in a 1991
Spike Jonze documentary; at 16 he turned pro ... and at 19 he seemed
to disappear. There were drug problems (which also plagued his
parents) and more; he retreated, sampled religions and converted to
Now he's returned to
being a skater, teacher and park designer; this hour closes with his
first trip to Mecca, joining two million pilgrims. That wraps an
episode that has a painful story of love after a debilitating crash,
then has a sweet look at a touch-free romance among Hasidic Jews.
8-10 p.m., NBC. The battle round continues, tonight and Tuesday.
“Dancing With the
Stars,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. There was no elimination last week, when
partners were switched. Now we'll learn who's out, combining two
weeks of scores. For judges last week, Paula Deen were at the bottom;
Alexa PenaVega, suddenly paired with Derek Hough, was a perfect 10.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. The break-up of Sheldon and Amy has sparked
some great comedy this fall. Now the guys take fencing lessons from
Barry Kripke ... who expresses an interest in Amy. Meanwhile, she and
Penny and Bernadette help Stuart attract women to the comic book
“Life in Pieces,”
8:30, CBS. Teen-aged Tyler brings home a gorgeous girlfriend ... and
his parents soon make things awkward. Also, his sister gets a new
cell phone (behind her parents' backs) from her grandfather. And an
annoying colleague spots Matt romancing his girlfriend, their
p.m., CBS. Sometimes, saving the world can get silly. To disable a
nuclear missile, the team must don odd costumes and join a “Super
Fun Guys” movie being filmed in Kazakhstan.
“Jane the Virgin,”
9 p.m., CW. Jane is finally content with her baby, who was kidnapped
and quickly retrieved. More complicated is her love triangle with
Michael (her ex-fiance) and Rafael (the baby's father by accidental
insemination). Menwhile, her dad (the TV star) and mom could be sued
for missing a Las Vegas appearance; the solution is to perform on a
p.m., NBC. A standard hostage crisis suddenly has international
repercussions. The FBI and CIA collide, and their are doubts about