TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: Touch debut, 9
A widower (Kiefer Sutherland) tries
desperately to reach his son, who is locked in silence.
Is he autistic? What about the
professor (Danny Glover) who says there is something bigger here?
This pilot film that will move you and
surprise you. Sutherland gets to show all the emotions that were
bottled up during “24”; creator Tim Kring – whose “Heroes”
wavered – gets to finish a story each week. The only problem: We'll
have to wait two months for “Touch” to return in a regular slot.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation, 10 p.m., CBS.
Last week had fierce twists for
Catherine (Marg Helgenberger). An old FBI-agent boyfriend was back;
so was an old friend (Annabeth Gish) with a menacing husband. Then
the friend was apparently kidnapped and killed; Catherine was
attacked by gunmen, barely rescued by her boss (Ted Danson).
Now they're on the run. This hour has
some faults – odd leaps of logic, plus a rather bland way for
Helgenberger to end her 11-plus seasons as a regular. Still, it has a
story that will surprise and grip you.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Royal Pains,”
10 p.m., USA.
Last week's episode left Hank worrying
about the health of a friend (Tom Cavanagh) and fuming about Divya.
Working a second job, she'd stretched herself too far, making a
Both problems persist here, alongside
lighter fare. Members of a rock band show similar symptoms; also,
Hank's brother may be panicking about his engagement.
Other choices include:
– “Another Cinderella Story”
(2008) and “A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song” (2011), 7 and 9
p.m., ABC Family. Yes, the same story keeps being adapted, with
sweet-faced young actresses. First, Selena Gomez loses her iPod at a
masked ball; then Lucy Hale finds her song given to her step-sister.
– “Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check
local listings). On Alaska's Admiralty Island, the summertime scenery
is gorgeous, even when the story is disturbing. Global warming has
delayed the annual salmon run by two months. Mother bears scramble to
keep their cubs alive; giant creatures turn gaunt as they wait.
– “American Idol,” 8 p.m., Fox.
These auditions are trimmed to an hour, to make room for “Touch.”
– “The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. A
night of ABC reruns starts with Frankie and Sue in the same play.
Also, Brick asks his odd uncle (Norm Macdonald) to visit on “special
– “Suburgatory,” 8:30 p.m., ABC.
In this funny episode, Tessa passes her driving test (easily), Dalia
flunks hers (thoroughly) … and Tessa becomes Dalia's driver.
– “Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
In a late change, ABC inserts the episode that has the family helping
– ineptly, at times – when a neighborhood home burns down.
– “Hot in Cleveland,” 10 p.m., TV
Land. Previous episodes introduced Joe Jonas and Jennifer Love Hewitt
as the son of Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli) and th daughter of
Victoria (Wendi Malick). Now they're back, with a surprise
– “Mistresses,” 10 p.m., BBC
America. Visiting her childhood home, Dr. Katie Roden learns a dark
secret about her roots.