TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Falling Skies”
season-opener, 9 and 10 p.m., TNT.
This show has it all – fierce action,
human drama, historical perspective, even family warmth.
With aliens and their robots taking
over, Earthlings have a ragged, guerrilla troop. Tom (Noah Wyle), a
widowed history prof with three sons, surrendered to an alien ship,
to learn more about them.
Now he's back and in danger. Flashbacks
show some of what happened to him, but leave bigger questions.
Meanwhile, the battles rage; the result is a high-IQ
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: Basketball, 8
p.m. ET, ABC.
Until now, few people thought of
Oklahoma City as the center of the basketball universe. Still, that's
where the first two games of the best-of-seven finals were held.
Now things move to the more show-bizzy
world of Miami, where the Heat host the Thunder. (Yes, it does sound
like a weather report.) Jimmy Kimmel is at 7 p.m., with a preview at
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The Borgias,”
This is a night packed with cable
season-finales, but others won't match this for epic emotions.
The beautiful Lucrezia Borgia has
suddenly agreed to a politically correct marriage. Her father, Pope
Alexander VI, is joyous, but viewers know that can't last long. He
doesn't yet know that one of his sons has killed another; he also
doesn't know about a plot to poison the pope. The result is powerful.
Other choices include:
– Golf, 4 p.m. ET, NBC. The U.S. Open
is expected to continue until 10:30. It's kind of like basketball,
only without the running, jumping and cheering.
– “The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox. In
a fairly good rerun, Kiefer Sutherland plays a nuclear-plant security
guard, still quaking from his days as a CIA agent.
– “The Killing,” 8 and 9 p.m.,
AMC. Here's the two-parter that wraps up this two-season murder
story. At 8 is a rerun of last week's episode; at 9, Sarah wraps up
the case and the Larsens get closure.
– “The Good Wife,” 9 p.m., CBS.
In a rerun, Alicia's key witness commits suicide. She reluctantly
turns to Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker) for help.
– “True Blood,” 9 p.m.,
HBO.Things really aren't going well for the people closest to Sookie.
Her two lovers have been captured by the Vampire Authority; also, her
best friend just became a vampire and is acting very unpleasantly.
It's a good – albeit crowded – hour.
– “Nurse Jackie” season-finale, 9
p.m., Showtime. O'Hara is in labor and Cruz (Bobby Cannavale) is in a
panic. Then Cruz's son (played by Cannavale's son Jake) is an
emergency room patient.
– “The Big C,” 9:30 p.m.,
Showtime. In a wonderfully odd season-finale, a Puerto Rican vacation
has taken strange twists. Now the talkative and fretful Cathy is
stranded with a fisherman who doesn't speak English; the quirky
finish is fascinating.
– “Girls” season-finale, 10 p.m.,
HBO. Here's more quirkiness It starts with Lena's falling-out with
her longtime friend, ends with her in the sort of odd blur this show
is so good at.