TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Torchwood:
Miracle Day,” 10 p.m., Starz.
This brilliant series won't string us
along forever, “Killing”-style. It promises to wrap things up
with 10 episodes; this one, the third, tells us about the villains
and their scheme.
Suddenly, no one can die (except Jack
Harkness, who used to be immortal); a conspiracy has formed. Fighting
back are Jack, his Welsh colleague Gwen Cooper, two CIA people and a
This hour is filled with smart
science-fiction, plus sex (straight and gay) and occasional humor.
When told that lemonade is fizzy in Great Britain and flat in the
U.S., Gwen says that “just about sums it up.” Filmed in the U.S.,
but crafted by the British, “Miracle Day” crackles with good
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Who Do You
Think You Are?” 8 p.m., NBC.
The bad news is that “Friday Night
Lights” is gone, after a brilliant, five-year run.
The good? NBC is helping two
low-viewership nights by inserting reruns of this excellent,
roots-tracing documentary. Tonight, Ashley Judd traces one ancestor
to a Civil War battlefield and another to the country's earliest
settlers. That will be followed by Gwyneth Paltrow on Saturday, then
Steve Buscemi and Tim McGraw next Friday and Saturday.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Iron Man”
(2008, FX) or “Titanic” (1997, WE), 8-11 p.m.
This might be a good night to settle
back with a big movie. The Oscar-winning “Titanic” fits that
description; James Cameron wrote and directed it so well that it
works long before the ship sinks.
But “Iron Man” is also a pleasant
surprise. Its plot is badly stretched – requiring, for instance,
the least-observant jailers in movie history – but Jon Favreau
directed it sharply, with a fine cast. Robert Downey Jr. brings extra
humor to the role and the underemployed Gwyneth Paltrow is his
Other choices include:
– “Toy Story” (1995), 7-9 p.m.,
Disney. Here's another strong movie choice. It propelled Pixar to the
top of animation, thanks to a clever idea (traditional toys become
heroes) and a witty script.
– “Flashpoint,” 8 p.m., CBS. The
media culture goes too far – robberies streamed live on the
– “Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. Here's a
rerun of the season-opener, with the team in disarray. Scattered
around the globe for individual projects, people learn Cam needs help
on the tough case of an unidentified boy's body. In “Bones”
style, this is a quietly entertaining blend of mystery and character
– “House,” 9 p.m., Fox. Masters –
the young doctor who is usually no-nonsense – finds herself with a
crush on the patient, a bullfighter, in this rerun.
– “CSI: NY,” 9 p.m., CBS. For Jo
(Sela Ward), things get complicated when her adopted daughter
witnesses a murder. David James Elliott – whose “JAG” used to
rule Fridays – returns as Jo's ex-husband, with Taylor Kinney (“The
Vampire Diaries”) as the killer.
– Hooters swimsuit contest, 9 p.m.,
Spike. Spike – billed as the first cable channel for men – has
determined that men want to see what Hooters waitresses look like
when they don't dress so modestly.
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Three teens have died from a narcotic. Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) rushes
to learn what it is and how to prevent an epidemic.