TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: Football, 8 p.m.
Pre-season games are filling networks'
prime time – tonight and Friday on Fox, then Sunday on NBC.
This could be the best of the three. It
has intrastate rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia
Eagles, each fresh from a division title; it also has well-known
The Steelers have Ben Roethlisberger,
who appeared only briefly in their 16-7 opening loss to the Redskins;
he's backed by Byron Leftwich. The Eagles have Michael Vick, who was
sharp in a short stint during the 13-6 win over the Ravens; he's
backed by Vince Young and Mike Kafka.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “The Office,”
9 p.m., NBC.
Here's a rerun of the episode that
wrapped up Will Ferrell's four-episode run.
As Deangelo Vickers, he's just taken
over as branch manager. He promptly reveals his management style,
with an all-male “inner circle.” That does not go well.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Wilfred,”
10 and 10:30 p.m., FX; repeating at 11:30 and midnight.
There's a bittersweet feel to the smart
humor of this show.
Ryan (Elijah Wood) is a solemn loner, a
former lawyer with no job and no life. That may be why he imagines
that Wilfred, the neighbor's dog, is talking to him; tonight, both
episodes view the dark side.
In the first, Ryan takes his mother
(Mary Steenburgen) back, after years in a mental institution; alas,
mom likes Wilfred best. In the second, Wilfred wants him to be known
by the neighbors; he starts, oddly enough, by making everyone think
Ryan's a thief.
Other choices include:
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun, Sheldon and Amy spread rumors; also, Howard takes a
big step with Bernadette.
– “Jersey Shore,” 8-11 p.m., MTV.
First, you can catch up on the start of the season, as the gang
arrives in Italy. Then the 10 p.m. episode (rerunning at 11) has
drama revolving around Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. He tells
everyone he hooked up with Snooki; also, Deena uses female twins to
– “Expedition Impossible,” 9
p.m., ABC. A week from the finale, only five teams remain in this
Moroccan adventure. Tonight, they face river crises, with water
rushing and boats sinking.
– “Project Runway,” 9-10:30 p.m.,
Lifetime, following a rerun at 8. Nina Garcia usually sits back in
judgment. Colombian-born and Boston-educated, she's the fashion
director of Marie Claire magazine and she's been a “Runway” judge
since the show started in 2004. Tonight, however, she's in the
foreground; designers compete to make clothes for her to wear at an
– “Rookie Blue,” 10 p.m., ABC.
After learning of a killing planned for that night, Dov and Gail are
on stake-out. He's been sick, however; heavily medicated, he's
getting groggy. Meanwhile, Andy has some second thoughts, when she
gets to ride a police horse in a contest.
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
In a rerun, prison guard has been killed outside a jewelry story and
Patrick Jane suspects one of the inmates maneuvered this. Also,
Rigsby questions his father about it.