TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Newsroom” season-opener, 10 p.m., HBO.
Nothing is easy here. Complex dialog
swirls by at blurring speed. Some of it is about relationships from
last season; more is about events we won't even see until next week.
It's dizzying … but worth it. Aaron
Sorkin (“West Wing”) gives brilliant words to great actors.
In the first season, he made news
anchor Will (Jeff Daniels) a bit too all-wise; now there's none of
that. Will's bombast – calling the Tea Party “the American
Taliban” – stirred trouble. A new issue, drone attacks, seems to
paralyze him. Then there's the mistake – a big one, apparently –
we'll see next week.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Celebrity Wife
Swap,” 8 p.m., ABC.
At opposite ends of the macho scale,
Lorenzo Lamas and Andy Dick both have tangled personal lives.
Lamas lives with his fifth wife – who
runs the home while holding two jobs – and three daughters. Dick
lives in a trailer with his girlfriend; that's in the driveway of the
home where his ex-girlfriend lives with their daughter and her own
two daughters. Tonight, she trade lives with Lamas' wife.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Masterpiece
Mystery,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
It's not easy being Endeavour Morse,
with a taste for classical music. Other cops mock or shun him.
But then a serial killer throws out
clues relating to opera music. Like Rudolph on a foggy Christmas eve,
Morse becomes useful.
All of this seems way too contrived and
convenient, but it's beautifully filmed, with rich use of music.
Abigail Thaw – whose late father John starred as the older Morse
for 13 seasons – is back as a newspaper editor, which she'll
continue for the season's final two “Endeavour” films.
Other choices include:
– “The Simpsons,” 7:30 and 8
p.m., Fox. In the first rerun, Homer hangs with a trendy couple from
Portland, Oregon – voiced by Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen
from the delightful “Portlandia.” In the second, a new pastor
makes Homer a deacon.
– “Tia & Tamera”
season-opener, 8 p.m., Style. The Mowry twins range from trying the
odd (an herbal formula for intimate areas) to self-propelled personal
crises. This is strictly an acquired taste.
– “True Blood,” 9 p.m., HBO.
Leaping around wildly, this hour flashes back 5,500 years (really).
It also shows Sookie the truth of how her parents were killed and it
has most of the vampires behind bars, some voluntarily. It's a busy
hour – too busy sometimes.
– “Dexter,” 9 p.m., Showtime. Two
women tug at Dexter in opposite ways, in another strong hour. Dr.
Vogel (Charlotte Rampling) pushes for non-emotion; Deb – who has
secretly killed a cop and a crook lately – is crumbling with
emotion, at the edge of confessing to her former police colleagues.
– “Crossing Lines,” 10 p.m., NBC.
A two-parter begins with the kidnapping of a rich teen-ager.
– “Falling Skies,” 10 p.m., TNT.
On one level, civilization is re-forming, complete with a president,
despite alien attacks. On the other, Tom (Noah Wyle) is on a family
mission with his sons, colliding with a bandit family. It's a strong
hour that ends in mid-crisis.
– “Ray Anthony,” 10 p.m.,
Showtime. Some cops want to keep Mickey (Jon Voight) out of prison,
but his son Ray works to get him back in. We see why, as Mickey
creates chaos everywhere.