“iZombie” debut, 9 p.m., CW.
TV people just can't
stay dead these days. Post-death, they've been nasty (“Walking
Dead,” “Z Nation”), perplexed (“The Returned,”
“Resurrection”) or heroic (“A.D”). Now comes bemused.
Liv (Rose McIver), a
diligent medical resident, inadvertently attends a zombie party. She
becomes one of the undead, then gets a morgue job because she must
occasionally eat brains; as a bonus, she gets flashes of memory from
the people she devoured, helping catch killers. Rob Thomas (“Victoria
Mars”), the director and co-writer, adapts this from a comic book;
the result cleverly mixes drama and humor.
“Undateable” season-oppener, 9 p.m., NBC.
In its first season,
“Undateable” had some moments that were witty – we expect that
from Bill Lawrence, the “Scurbs” and “Cougar Town” producer –
and some when the cynicism hit overload. The latter problem may
continue tonight; crass Danny teaches earnest Justin to have a
one-stand. Balancing that, however, is the addition of actress-singer
Bridgit Mendler, 22, as a wide-eyed waitress.
Mendler was very
likeable starring in Disney's “Lemonade Mouth” and “Good Luck
Charlie.” We'll hope this season is an improvement, making up for
the lame show (“One Big Happy”) that follows.
ALTERNATIVE: “180 Days: Hartsville,” 8 and 9 p.m., PBS (check
Hartsville is a
hard-scabble town of 7,800, in a state (South Carolina) that finished
45th in the 2013 test scores. Families face cutbacks in
state funding, food programs and more; we meet a mom who leaves for
her first job at 6:15 a.m. and returns from her second at 11 p.m.
Still, local scores
are on the rise. Tracing a school year, “180 Days” is sometimes
discouraging – a parent-involvement meeting draws one person –
but often ripples with idealism and optimism.
“The Voice,” 8
p.m., NBC. The battle round continues, giving NBC's comedies a big
“Fresh Off the
Boat,” 8 p.m., ABC. Here's a rerun of the fairly good pilot film,
with Eddie Huang recalling his culture shock at age 11: A big-city
hip-hop kid, he became the only Chinese-American in his Orlando
school. This pilot makes his mom cartoonish, but has enough clever
moments to hold us.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun, Gibbs is enraged by a scam hitting military
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. This reruns an episode that reunited the
“Quantum Leap” stars. Scott Bakula traces a 40-year-old case;
Dean Stockwell plays the father of his city-council enemy.
“One Big Happy,”
9:30 p.m., NBC. Two longtime friends – she's gay, he's not –
agreed to conceive a baby. Then he meets someone with an irresistable
combination -- big breasts and a British accent. This is occasionally
funny (thanks to Elisha Cuthbert as the mom-to-be), but mostly just
blunt and noisy.
Project,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. Now that her pregnancy is showing, Mindy
consults a stylist.
p.m., FX. One of the show's best characters makes a powerhouse
return. Four years ago, Kaitlyn Dever played Loretta, an orphaned
waif mentored by the local crime matriarch. She now plays the
youngest daughter on “Last Man Standing,” but tonight (at 18)
makes a key guest shot here. With guts, brains and inherited money,
Loretta throws a fresh complication into local crime schemes.