TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “New Girl”
debut, 9 p.m., Fox.
This starts with a stark close-up. It's
Zooey Deschanel, simply talking, being Zooey, being oddly charming;
we're sold instantly.
That's important, because the other
three characters are, at first, TV-cliche guys. One of them gradually
gains depth after she becomes their roommate; the others are
Not to worry, because Zooey – the
sister of “Bones” star Emily Deschanel – is in most scenes. She
makes Jess fragile, funny, weepy, zesty and just plain likable.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Body of Proof”
season-opener, 10:01 p.m., ABC.
“I used to live on a cul-de-sac,”
Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) says. “Nothing is ever what it seems.”
On “Desperate Housewives,” Delany
lived in a neighborhood filled with secrets. Now this murder is in a
similar upscale, secret-life world. It's a fairly good crime story
with neat twists. Wound through it are Megan's struggles with her
daughter and her ex-husband, now having an affair with her boss.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Unforgettable”
debut, 10 p.m., CBS.
Imagine you remember every detail of
your life. That real (and rare) skill merges into a crime show.
Poppy Montgomery plays an ex-cop,
pulled back in to solve a neighborhood murder. The story works here,
with the help of a neat video trick that lets her stroll through
scenes in her life. Even this hour is merely OK, however; the tougher
part will be to work her memories into every case.
Other choices include:
– “Dancing With the Stars,” 8 and
9 p.m., ABC. After a rerun of Monday's daces, someone is ousted.
– “The Biggest Loser” opener,
8-10 p.m., NBC. Hugely obese people – several in their 60s – are
told to run a mile in the desert. Then things get worse. Contestants
split by age, each with a trainer. Jillian Michaels is gone; Bob
Harper is back, with Dolvett Quince and tennis star Anna Kournikova.
– “Glee” season-opener, 8 p.m.,
Fox. As their senior year starts, the glee-club kids are still bummed
about losing the nationals. Also, Sue Sylvester is running for
– “90210,” 8 p.m., CW. In last
week's opener, Naomi started her college years in style. It turns out
that she isn't pregnant; also, she bought a spectacular house that
beats dorm rooms. Now she battles her new enemy (Dixon's roommate)
and rushes a sorority. Also, Navid needs Adrianna to help find his
– “Raising Hope,” 9:30, Fox.
There are some fairly funny moments, flashing back to a time when
Jimmy had real music talent.
– “Parenthood,” 10 p.m., NBC.
Last week ended with Haddie drunk and her boyfriend arrested. The
good news: Sarah, Haddie's aunt, re-met the young teacher (Jason
Ritter) she likes. Tonight, their relationship grows; also, Haddie's
brother Max enters a mainstream high school.
– “Sons of Anarchy,” 10 p.m., FX.
The Mayan gang saved Jax last week and wiped out the Russian gang.
Now Clay builds support for his scheme to move drugs for the Mayans –
which Jax agreed to, so he can then get out of the Sons. Built on a
web of lies, this could have huge repercussions.
– “Workaholics” season-opener,
10:30 p.m., Comedy Central. The guys are offended that teens have
stolen the statue they stole. That leads to some fairly funny
moments, going undercover in high school.