TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Leverage” and
“Falling Skies,” 9 and 10 p.m., TNT.
First, “Leverage” delivers an
especially smart hour. Its villain is a nasty political operative who
stays in the shadows; Nate must make him famous, then bring him down.
And “Skies”? The first three weeks
focused on Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), a former history prof fighting
aliens. Now a key episode has great moments for Dr. Anne Glass (Moon
Bloodgood), plus Tom's eldest son (Drew Roy) and Lourdes (Seychelle
Gabriel), a tough teen who was rescued from a biker gang.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Primetime,”
9-11 p.m., ABC.
Jaycee Dugard was 11 when she was
kidnapped, 29 when she was re-discovered.
Two years later, she lives with her
mother and her two daughters; she tells Diane Sawyer about simple
pleasures: “I can decide to jump in the car and go to the beach
with the girls. Wow, it's unbelievable.”
Her mother tells Sawyer, “I knew she
was out there somewhere.” Also, viewers will finally hear her
mother's comments during the kidnapers' sentencing hearing.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The
Indestructibles” debut, 10 and 10:30 p.m.. National Geographic.
Each episode will show us a horrific crash, followed by analysis of
why people survived.
In tonight's opener, a helicopter
plummets 800 feet in New York, crash-landing on a roof. In the second
episode, a man in Dayton, Ohio, is seemingly crushed by a rolling
Each crash was fierce. Now we meet the
people involved and learn why they are still alive.
Other choices today include:
– “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
Stone” (2001), 7 a.m., ABC Family. Here's the first Potter film,
with the next four airing in order. They're at 10:30 a.m. and at
2:30, 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.; afterward, you'll still need to find the
other two films, before the last Potter opens Friday in theaters.
– “Big Brother,” 8 p.m., CBS.
After introducing its contestants Thursday, this show settles into
its pattern. Episodes are at 8 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays, followed
by an ouster at 9 p.m. Thursdays.
– “The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox.
After a whirlwind romance with Fat Tony, Selma becomes a Jersey Shore
housewife, in this rerun. Concerned, her sister Marge brings the
family for a visit.
– “Masterpiece: Mystery,” 9-10:30
p.m., PBS (check local listings). “The Pale Horse” is the
season's only new Marple mystery, with Julia McKenzie as the modest
crime-solver. Shortly before being killed, Marple's friend sent her a
list of names.
– “True Blood,” 9 p.m., HBO. Last
week's final moments offered a delightful detour, when a witch
stripped the menacing Eric of his memory. Tonight's hour starts with
neatly off-kilter moments between Sookie and Eric; it ends with a
brief dialog that you definitely wouldn't hear on any other show.
– “Secrets of SEAL Team 6,” 9
p.m., Discovery. Earlier, Discovery drew a strong audience with
“Killing Bin Laden.” It repeats that one at 10 p.m., preceded by
this profile of the unit involved.
– “The Marriage Ref,” 10 p.m.,
NBC. Ellen Pompeo, the “Grey's Anatomy” star, is reportedly a big
fan of this fun show. Now she's on the panel, with comedians Kathy
Griffin and Brian Regan.
– “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
season-opener, 10 p.m., HBO. One theme involves showing (or avoiding)
strident Jewish views. That peaks in the third episode; tonight,
Larry learns his lawyer isn't kosher.