TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Once Upon a
Time,” 8 p.m., ABC.
So far, we've known Cora only as evil
Regina's more-evil mom. She's cold and (literally) heartless.
But now we meet the young Cora,
beautifully played by Rose McGowan. She fumes at the power of the
one-percent … and makes the bizarre claim that she can spin straw
That story blends beautifully with the
modern tale of Mr. Gold (who was Rumplestiltskin in fairytale land)
lingering near death. It's another sprawling and emotional story.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Kingdom of
the Oceans” debut, 8-10 p.m., NatGeo Wild.
Over the next two Sundays, “Kingdom”
offers four hours of epic visions.
In this gorgeous opener, we see masters
of disguise, both predators and prey. We see the giants – a newborn
whale is already 1,500 pounds – and the acrobats. Dolphins, we're
told, have casual sex, not just for reproduction; they also have
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Escape Fire,”
8 and 11 p.m., CNN.
Americans keep seeking great health
care, this compelling documentary says. We spend $8,000 per person;
the average developed country spends $3,000. Still, we're 50th
in life expectancy.
Our system pushes more of everything –
more medications (a 10-fold increase in the past 50 years) and more
procedures. One young woman had heart-catheter surgery 27 times, with
no talk of prevention.
“Escape Fire” argues for diet,
exercise, attitude … and a front-line emphasis on preserving
Other choices include:
– “Our Wild Hearts,” noon and 2,
8 and 10 p.m., Hallmark Movie Channel. Rick Schroder directed and
co-wrote this film, co-starring as a rancher who never knew he has a
daughter. But the real star is Cambrie Schroder, 15, Rick's daughter,
as a Malibu teen, finally meeting her dad. Two talented and likable
actors turn this into a surprisingly good film.
– “The Amazing Race,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. The nine surviving duos are in Bali, where one of them, CBS
says, makes history. Also, one racer is reduced to tears.
– “The Bible,” 8-10 p.m.,
History. On the second of five Sundays, we meet action heroes. Joshua
seizes Jericho, Samson defends it, David rises from shepherd to the
king who conquers Jerusalem.
– “Revenge,” 9 p.m., ABC. Fans
have had two weeks to absorb the shock: Nate hid away on the
honeymoon boat, creating an explosion that killed Amanda. Now her
friend Emily vows revenge – she's good at that – while Jack
recovers and others worry about a key laptop computer, now in the
– “The Good Wife,” 9 p.n., CBS.
Working for an accused drug dealer, Alicia meets his meek-looking
attorney (Wallace Shawn). As witnesses start to recant, she wonders
how meek he really is.
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Lorelei – Red John's former accomplice – goes on a killing spree,
forcing Patrick Jane to make a key admission to his boss: He's the
one who helped her break out.
– “Vikings,” 10 p.m., History.
All of TV's previous anti-heroes seem downright pleasant compared to
these guys, whose lone goal when discovering a monastery is to kill,
steal and destroy.
– “Red Widow,”:10:01 p.m., ABC.
In last week's terrific season-opener, Marta's husband was killed
after two of his people stole drugs. Now she has to make good on it.
A self-described “soccer mom” improvises as a drug dealer; she
confronts deceit, blackmail and a future she never wanted.