TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Fringe,” 9
Even with a tiny audience, “Fringe”
has persisted. Science-fiction shows – especially smart ones like
this – do well overseas, so the studio can get by with less money
If this fourth season is the last,
producers promise, the two-week finale (called “Endgame”) will be
satisfying. First, comes a “Fringe” tradition – the 19th
episode (in 22-episode seasons) is a mind-bender.
This one jumps ahead to the year 2036.
The Fringe team and the Others are in a crucial battle.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Rules of
Engagement,” 8:30 p.m., CBS.
This show refuses to die. It has
returned to its plush Thursday slot, plus occasional weekend reruns.
Tonight we get the season-opener, after
Russell (David Spade) realized he had married the loopy Liz (Wendy
McClendon-Covey) during a drunken cruise. He tries to get out of it;
she won't budge.
That part is quite funny, in a broad
way. The rest, including Jeff trying to talk dirty, is mostly lame.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Magic City,”
10 p.m., Starz.
By the end of this third episode, we
see Ike Evans as one of TV's classically flawed figures.
He's often a decent guy, struggling to
maintain his hotel in 1959 Miami Beach. But his silent partner is the
brutal Ben Diamond. When his boyhood friend led a labor strike, Ike
asked Ben to take care of it.
Now Ike suspects that Ben went too far;
so does the FBI. The result is strong and bittersweet drama.
Other choices include:
– “A Cinderella Story” (2004) and
“Another Cinderella Story” (2008), 7 and 9 p.m., ABC Family. He
are two modern variations on the classic tale: Regular teens –
played by Hilary Duff in the first film and Selena Gomez in the
second – have regal and romantic encounters.
– “Who Do You Think You Are?,” 8
p.m., NBC. This rerun has Reba McEntire tracing her roots. That
includes an ancestor's painful journey to America and a dark moment
in U.S. history.
– “Mike & Molly,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Mike and Carl have had an annual pilgrimage to the Chicago Cubs'
home opener. In this rerun, Mike tarnishes the tradition by bringing
– “Need to Know,” 8:30 p.m., PBS
(check local listings). Ray Suarez looks at the border patrol.
– “Art in the Twenty-First
Century,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). One artist, David
Altmejd, admits he paints a lot better than he talks. That should
have been a clue to this show, which simply has the artists talk,
with little structure. The work – by Altmejd, Lynda Benglis, the
animator-artist Tabaimo and the duo called “assume vivid astro
focus” – is great; the talk isn't.
– “CSI: NY,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a
rerun from a year ago, the body of a beautiful woman is found in the
trunk of a stolen Ferarri. That leads to a family of car thieves –
and a rush to find the killer.
– “The Ricky Gervais Show”
season-opener, 9 p.m., HBO. Gervais and Stephen Merchant (the
“Office” co-creators) chat with a friend, Karl Pilkington,
mocking his ideas mercilessly; then the chats and ideas are turned
into cartoons. Tonight's opener has some scattered fun, plus the
usual problem: Pilkington isn't as daft (and they aren't as clever)
as Gervais and Merchant seem to think.
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
This rerun has Danny trying a romantic weekend with his wife,
despite a murder case. Meanwhile, his younger brother Jamie goes
undercover in a Mob family.