TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: King & Maxwell”
debut, 10-11:05 p.m., TNT.
Sean King (Jon Tenney) and Michelle
Maxwell (Rebecca Romijn), former secret-service agents, are
detectives. She's strong, stoic and lethal; he's a lawyer, a
recovering alcoholic and troubled.
They offer an appealing mix. One
moment, there's comedy, even silliness; the next, there 's serious
drama, with bursts of action.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Switched at
Birth” return, 8 pm., ABC Family.
Summer brings opposite times for the
For the teens? Bay and Daphne find
transition – jobs, guys, more; Toby prepares for his wedding.
And the adults? Regina is back from
alcohol rehab and spreading her dark mood.
Those Regina scenes are clumsy, but the
rest works well. Vanessa Marano and Katie Leclerc give the girls zest
and contrast; a closing scene with Melody (Marlee Matlin) and her son
is a delight.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Mistresses,”
10:01 p.m., ABC.
“Whoa, whoa, you're over-reacting,”
one guy tells Karen. And overacting, too.
Karen's outburst – wildly out-of-sync
with everything preceding it – is one of many surprises tonight.
The pilot film's optimism has vanished, leaving an hour of regret.
Alyssa Milano has faded into a look drab enough to be elected head
librarian. It's a odd shift, but still leaves potential for a good
Other choices include:
– “Major Crimes,” 11 a.m. to 10
p.m., TNT. The entire first season reruns, with “Crimes” smoothly
spinning off from “The Closer.” Raydor (Mary McDonnell) takes
over the unit, while also becoming the guardian for Rusty, a key
witness. Then the second season starts at 9 p.m. (rerunning at
11:05). The team is in top form on a murder case, while Raydor and
Rusty face new challenges.
– “The Voice,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC.
We're down to the final five now, with Blake Shelton's grip loosened.
He has two acts, after Holly Tucker's ouster last week; the other
judges have one apiece.
– “The Bachelorette,” 8-10:01
p.m., ABC. When did this romance show become an action-adventure?
Tonight, a dodgeball game puts one guy in the emergency room; also,
guys learn cowboy skills from a stunt man and a date that includes
enduring a wind storm. Meanwhile, someone is accused of cheating.
Eventually, Desiree Hartsock – in a gown she designed herslf –
trims the field from 16 to 13.
– “The Fosters,” 9 p.m., ABC
Family. In last week's opener, Callie – direct from juvenile
detention – reached this foster home; then Brandon skipped his
music audition, to help rescue her brother. Tonight, Brandon's
divorced parents argue over his punishment; also, Callie is suspected
of stealing pills.
– “Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer,”
9-10:30 p.m., HBO. The protests were audacious – young Russian
women in colorful clothes and ski masks, singing punk-rock songs. But
then they broke into a church service and faced the possibility of
years in prison. This passionate film catches a rich controversy.
– “Anger management,” 9:30 p.m.,
Fox. A new episode of the show – usually Thursdays on FX – has
Brian Austin Green joining Charlie Sheen's therapy group.
--”The Winner Is,” 10:01 p.m., NBC.
This music competition, hosted by Nick Lachey, will settle into its
Thursday spot on July 11. It has advance episodes, however, on the
next two Mondays.
– “Last Call Food Brawl,” 10
p.m., Destination America. Each week, this high-energy, high-decibel
show goes to a different city, where late-night chefs compete. That
starts in New Orleans.