TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Wilfred”
debut, 10 p.m., FX.
Here's the best surprise of the summer
– or maybe the whole year. It starts with a suicide attempt, adds a
talking dog and somehow works wonderfully.
Elijah Woods – star of the “Lord of
the Rings” movies – is perfect as Ryan, a morose chap who wants
to end it all … except that a beauty wants him to watch her pet. To
the rest of the world, this is an ordinary dog; in his pill-driven
fog, Ryan sees a guy in a dog suit, speaking in an Australian accent.
Why Australian? Because Jason Gann, who
co-created the original version in Australia, repeats the role here.
This is what life would be like if your dog talked to you –
assuming you had a truly perverse dog.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Rookie Blue”
season-opener, 10 p.m., ABC.
A year into their jobs, these young
cops seem fine. Andy (the wonderful Missy Peregrym) is living with
Luke, a police detective; Gail seems to be living with Chris.
Everyone is happy.
Except, of course, for Luke's ex-lover,
who has just transferred to the precinct. And for Dov, who doesn't
like having Gail as a non-paying roommate. And soon everyone will be
miserable, when a concert shooting turns personal for Andy; it's the
return of a solid, Canadian show.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Expedition
Impossible” debut, 9 p.m., ABC.
Carefully copying “Amazing Race,”
this adds only a few twists. There are teams of three people, not
two; they stay in one country (Morocco) instead of traveling the
Still, this is from producer Mark
Burnett, with his extremes. There's great camerawork and interesting
people, including cops, former football players and a blind mountain
climber; there's also Burnett's sadistic touch, virtually torturing
people in the Sahara sun.
Other choices include:
– “So You Think You Can Dance,” 8
p.m., Fox. After failing to dump anyone last week, the judges are
supposed to crop four dancers tonight.
– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
9 p.m., CBS. This rerun focuses on a man who fell to his death.
– “Burn Notice,” 9 p.m., USA. For
four years, Michael is finally chasing the last of the conspirators
who ruined his life. He brings his friends, in an hour that's long on
action, short on closure.
– “Suits” debut, 10 p.m., USA. A
lawyer, hard and harsh, piles up successes and enemies; a phenom is
so smart he can fake an education. With the right people (Hugh Laurie
and Matt Damon, for instance), this might have worked. With Gabriel
Macht and Patrick Adams, it's fairly flat and uninteresting.
– “Futurama” season-opener, 10
and 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central. In “The Simpsons,” Matt Groening
has one episode a year (“Treehouse of Horror”) when his
imagination can soar. “Futurama,” however, is like having 13
treehouses a year – futuristic tales with endless possibilities.
Tonight's first story has genders switched; the second has robots
reproducing. Both are erratic, with great moments.
– “Louie” season-opener, 10:30,
FX. Raw and ragged, this series juggles witty stand-up bits by Louis
C.K. and fictional scenes from his life. Tonight, a pregnant sister
brings a crisis.