TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Falling Skies,”
10 p.m., TNT.
Last week, our heroes – ordinary
Earthlings, formed into a ragged army to fight the aliens – were
told of an impending attack. They sent their kids to a sanctuary –
except that it was all a lie, with turncoats planning to give the
kids to the aliens.
What follows is prime “Skies” – a
sharp action-adventure, alongside a full range of human emotions.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Castle,: 9
At times, “Castle” floats along
with a wink and a grin, solving mysteries in a sly, wry way.
Still, it has the ability to turn dead
serious. This rerun, wrapping up a two-parter, is proof.
On a large scale, a federal agent
searches for a “dirty bomb” in New York. On a small scale, Castle
and Beckett are trapped in a container, short on warmth and oxygen.
Lives are at stake, in a strong episode.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Same Name”
debut, 9 p.m., CBS.
David Hasselhoff is a working guy in a
Texas town of 27,000. He has a full-time electrical job with his dad,
a part-time lawn-service job with his mom … and a night-time job
helping his wife with the baby.
Then he trades lives with the other
David Hasselhoff. The Texans are dismayed that the Hollywood
Hasselhoff lives alone in a mansion, eats sushi and doesn't know his
Still, “Same Name” aims for the
feel-good style of “Undercover Boss.” In this OK opener, it
tries to show us that in their hearts, all Hasselhoffs are the same.
Other choices include:
– “Leverage,” 7-10 p.m., TNT.
This starts with two excellent reruns. In the first, the team must
build up a schemer, then tear him down; the second has the quietly
moving tale of an inter-racial romance in the 1940s. That's followed
by a new hour (at 9, repeating at 11) about big agriculture and a
– “The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox. A
mystery unfolds in this rerun, after Lisa finds a secret classroom.
– “Masterpiece Mystery,” 9-10:30
p.m., PBS (check local listings). The first “Zen” film was
terrific, but this one is almost impenetrable. Tangled in here are a
murder (or suicide), a courageous informant (or mad
conspiracy-theorist) and an icily beautiful prosecutor. At one point,
Zen is given an important satchel, casually sets it on a desk and
strolls away; it's that kind of story.
– “Drop Dead Diva,” 9 p.m.,
Lifetime. In a story reflecting real life, lesbians are banned from
– “True Blood,” 9 p.m., HBO.
Dazed and bewildered, Eric has been staying at Sookie's house –
unaware that he owns the place; late in this hour, there are major
aftershocks. Meanwhile, Jason has a shot at freedom and Bill is
caught in the battle between witchcraft and vampires.
– “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” 10
p.m., HBO. In a funny episode, Larry finds ethnic lines blurring when
the best chicken is at a Palestinian restaurant. Also, he finds new
duties as “social assassin.”
– “Breaking Bad,” 10 p;m., AMC.
Financial success isn't wearing well on these guys. Walt has a gun
and a scheme; Jesse has the blahs and a loud party.
– “Entourage” season-opener,
10:30, HBO. The eighth and final season begins with Vince emerging
from rehab and his brother scrambling to rid the place of any hint of
drugs or booze. Everyone is busy trying to soothe Vince … except
Eric and Ari, who both have big troubles with their women.