TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Masterpiece
Mystery,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
A new crime-solver arrives for three
movies – a fairly good one this week, then two terrific ones.
Haunted by a childhood tragedy, Jackson
Brodie has blown his marriage and his police job. He clutches
remnants of both in relationships with two females – his daughter
and his former colleague.
Tonight, Brodie meets mismatched
sisters and probes their long-ago tragedy. It's a tough ride, but
Jason Isaacs (Lucius in the Harry Potter films) brings depth to a
tortured and caring soul.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Desperate
Housewives,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Joy Lauren was 14 when she began
playing Bree's daughter Danielle. Now Danielle is back, after her
husband has left; her mom ranges from I-told-you-so to fretting about
The other housewives also have trouble.
Susan feuds with an art teacher, Gabrielle has PTA warfare and
Lynette suspects her separated husband is already seeing someone.
TONIGHT'S ALTERATIVE: “The Walking
Dead” season-opener, 9-10:30 p.m., AMC.
In any situation, a missing child can
be wrenching. Now imagine she's lost in a woods with zombies.
That's what happens here. With zombies
overrunning the world, survivors had pinned their hopes on rumors of
safety in Atlanta. There wasn't, so now a ragged convoy begins. It
soon finds a traffic jam that leaves opportunity and then the crisis
involving the missing girl. It's a compelling start.
Other choices include:
– “Visionaries” debut, 8 p.m.,
Oprah Winfrey Network. Growing up around an angry father, Tyler Perry
says, he was determined to control his life. He kept failing, then
scored big. Now he has movies, TV series and his film studio. He's a
fascinating subject, despite the lazy approach of this series. It
lets him do all the talking, with no follow-up questions, no outside
perspective, not even clips of his work.
– Football, 8:15 p.m., NBC. The Bears
and Vikings – with a combined seven losses in 10 games – collide.
Some fans may try baseball on Fox; it has the American League series
finale, if neccesary.
– “The Good Wife,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Will and Diane try to sort out the firm's future, with Lisa Edelstein
(“House”) back as Will's former love interest.
– “Ask Oprah's All Stars”
season-opener, 9 p.m., OWN. Quickly – sometimes too quickly – the
“Dr. Phil” and “Dr. Oz” stars and Suze Orman advise on
everything from tipping to heart health. The highlight comes near the
end, with the return of someone who previously said she was a virgin
– “Boardwalk Empire,” 9 p.m.,
HBO. This hour starts and ends with fierce moments involving “the
Commodore” (Dabney Coleman). In between, Nucky scrambles to get new
– “CSI: Miami,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Carlos Bernard (Tony in “24”) plays Horatio's new nemesis.
– “Our America” season-opener, 10
p.m., OWN. Lisa Ling does solid documentaries, sometimes on brash
subjects. Tonight, she meets a grandmother and a married couple who
make cable-porn in their homes. It's a non-judgmental approach that
lets us both like and doubt these people.
– “Pan Am,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. When
the flight is diverted to Rangoon, Kate might not be able to complete
her courier mission for the CIA; also, her sister Laura sees the
wilder side of life.