TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Red Widow”
debut, 9-11 p.m., ABC.
Marta (Rahda Mitchell), a mother of
three, blends into upscale suburbia. No one would guess her father is
a Russian gangster, her brother is corrupt and her husband ships
Then – suddenly and violently –
she's immersed in it all. “Red Widow” is smartly crafted by
Melissa Rosenberg, who wrote the “Twilight” films. Mitchell leads
a terrific cast, with Goran Visnjic (“E.R.”) as the unflinching
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Vikings”
debut, 10 p.m., History.
The people who made the lush “Tudors”
are back, this time with a grittier, grimier setting.
In the 8th century, a Norse
chieftain (Gabriel Byrne) send his ships to plunder impoverished
countries to the east. Now a rebel (Travis Fimmel) hears tales of
riches to the west.
It's tough to sympathize with people
whose goal is to pillage, but this nine-week series succeeds.
Against gorgeous, natural backrops, we see strong (and, often,
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Celebrity
Apprentice” opener, 9-11 p.m., NBC.
This one is billed as “All-Star
Celebrity Apprentice” – even though some of its people are
neither stars nor celebrities. Still, it's a colorful bunch that even
has Omarosa and Gary Busey.
She's still mean, he's still vague, but
it's Trace Adkins who reveals the show's flaw: The winner is simply
whoever has the most rich friends donate money. Adkins doesn't even
bother to open his restaurant to the public; he calls it a private
event and waits for the big checks to arrive.
Other choices include:
– “Once Upon a Time,” 8 p.m.,
ABC. Ginnifer Goodwin has the focus in both worlds. In our world,
she's Mary Margaret, scrambling to keep the dagger away from Regina;
in fairytale land, she's Snow White, given an unconventional spell
that could save her dying mother, Queen Eva.
– “The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox. We
learn that Grampa was once Gorgeous Godfrey, a villainous wrestler.
Naturally, Bart wants to emulate him.
– “The Bible” debut, 8-10 p.m.,
History. Thing start on the ark, where Noah briefly recalls the
events – Adam, Eve, serpent, etc. – that preceded him. Then we
race ahead, wrapping up tonight with Joshua at the edge of Jericho.
This will continue for four more weeks, concluding on Easter Sunday.
It's steeply ambitious, but many of the stories don't translate well
in cold, naturalistic terms.
– “Annie Hall” (1977), 8-10 p.m.
ET, Turner Classic Movies. Here's a true classic, listed by the
American Film Institute as the fourth-best comedy ever. Woody Allen
won Academy Awards as director and co-writer; there were also Oscars
for Diane Keaton and – rare for a comedy – best picture
-- "Great Performances," 9 p.m., KNPB. From a fishing village in Italy, Andrea Bocelli sings love songs. He's joined by music director David Foster, trumpeter Chris Botti ans more.
– “The Good Wife,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Eli is battling the government in two courtrooms, with the help of
his eccentric attorney Elsbeth. That leaves Jordan (T.R. Knight) to
prep Peter for a debate. Meanwhile, things are still evolving in
Alicia's new role as a partner in the law firm.
– “The Walking Dead,” 9 p.m.,
AMC. Remember when Rick only had to worry about hordes of zombies?
Now that he's also fighting the government, he schemes to get more
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
The body of an elderly heiress is found in the living room of her