TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Masterpiece
Mystery,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
In last week's superb movie, Kurt
Wallander – a veteran Swedish cop – shot and killed someone. Was
it justified? Was it tied into his own rage (and self-doubts) about
We don't know, but Wallander is wracked
with agony. As this film begins, he's on leave and in a deep funk;
now a friend talks him into tackling a case. In the “Wallander”
style, this has subtle writing, superb use of the bleak Swedish
countryside and a perfect performance by Kenneth Branagh.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Desperate
Housewives,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Now that she knows about the baby
switch, Gabrielle hires a detective to find her birth daughter.
Meanwhile, Tom gets a prescription for
medical marijuana and Renee (Vanessa Williams) wants to pick up guys
with Bree. Also, Susan's dance moves are being stolen.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Boardwalk
Empire,” 9 p.m., HBO.
Based loosely on a long-ago Atlantic
City boss, Nucky (Steve Buscemi) continues to unfold as one of TV's
Tonight, we see him raging fiercely
over details of his own surprise party … dancing gently with the
Schroeder widow … and squirming at the racism around him. In an
excellent episode, we also get peeks at the fierce extremes of an
early Al Capone.
Other choices include:
– “The Simpsons,” 7:30 and 8
p.m., Fox. First is a rerun in which Bart is convinced that the new
neighbor is Sideshow Bob (Kelsey Grammer) in disguise. Then a new
episode has Lisa coaching Bart's Little League team … despite a
lack of baseball knowledge.
– “Undercover Boss,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Mike White, whose DirecTV has 25 million customers, goes undercover.
Among other things, he accidentally offends a customer.
– “Rubicon,” 9 p.m., AMC. For its
first 10 weeks, this show has poked lightly at possibilities. Now it
has an imminent crisis to deal with: As a terrorist plans his move,
the lies and schemes expand and begin to tie together. The episode
– “Dexter,” 9 p.m., Showtime.
Last week's episode (rerunning at 8 p.m.) gave Dexter a new target,
to take his mind off the murder of his wife. Tonight, he closes in on
his prey … and hits a new kind of crisis. Skillfully directed by
Ernest Dickerson (“Juice”), it's a strong episode.
– “CSI: Miami,” 10 p.m., CBS. A
murder at an elite club leaves a prestigious set of suspects.
– “Mad Men,” 10 p.m., AMC. In
mid-crisis, Don meets a former colleague.
– “Bored to Death,” 10 p.m., HBO.
There are some funny moments here, with Jonathon held hostage and his
friends creating one of the clumsiest rescue attempts in TV history.
– “Brothers & Sisters,” 10:01
p.m., ABC. The age issue comes across in different ways. Luc prepares
to celebrate Sarah's birthday – unaware of her real age. Also, a
friend preaches plastic surgery to Nora.