TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Flashpoint,”
8 p.m., CBS.
Let's give this show some credit: In
TV's black hole – summertime Fridays and Saturdays – it offers a
new, scripted hour, done to solid, Canadian standards.
Tonight centers on Mike “Spike”
Scarlatti (Sergio Di Zio). Leaving his father's deathbed, he tries to
dis-arm a bomb; he soon decides he can't do it without figuring out
what the bomber was thinking.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Torchwood:
Miracle Day” (Starz) or “Strike Back” (Cinemax), 10 p.m.
For some cable-viewers, this gets
crowded: Starz has the brilliant “Miracle Day,” in the seventh of
its 10 weeks, with Gwen near a breakthrough; also, “Strike Back”
is much better than expected.
Filled with macho posturing, the opener
had strong action and a weak script. This second episode, however,
rounds out the characters. A British sergeant (Philip Winchester) and
a dishonorably discharged American (Damien Scott) are trapped in a
hotel under siege. Except for one too-easy escape, this is a strong
action drama, sharply filmed and subtly acted.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Tanked”
debut, 9 p.m., Animal Planet.
Las Vegas used to stridently avoid its
Mob roots. Not any more; as this reality show (about an aquarium
company) starts, the Copacabana Hotel is planning its exhibit, “The
Las Vegas Mob Experience.”
The aquarium guys, Wayde King and Brett
Raymer, come up with an impressive tank for the exhibit. They also
build a stunning, New York-themed tank for a private home. And they
try to persuade Heather King – Wayde's wife, Brett's sister – to
work inside a shark tank, simply because she fits. They insist she's
4-foot-11, despite her strident claims that she's 5-foot.
Other choices include:
– Football, 8 p.m. ET, Fox. The
second straight night of pre-season football has the Atlanta Falcons
and Jacksonville Jaguars. Both teams lost their openers, but the
Falcons – 13-3 during the regular season last year – got a great
start from quarterback Matt Ryan.(PLEASE NOTE: In Lansing, this will be pre-empted by the Lions-Browns game, starting at 7:30 p.m.)
– “Friends With Benefits,” 8 and
8:30 p.m., NBC. In the first episode, Sarah wants a real
relationship, not just sex; Ben thinks a just-sex situation with his
girlfriend would be just fine. In the second, Sarah is desperate to
avoid a date with a co-worker; she asks Aaron to bid on her in the
– Movies, 8 p.m., cable. Three
mega-movies collide. There's warmth in HBO's “The Blind Side”
(2009), ferocity in HBO's “The Dark Knight” (2010) and both in
Showtime's “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (2010, starting at 7:55
– “CSI: NY,” 9 p.m., CBS. Gregory
Harrison plays a big-deal lawyer. After a jewelry heist in his
penthouse, there are suspicions that this might be linked to a case
that's in the morgue.
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
One story in this rerun has Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) probing the
murder of a high-priced escort. Another has his father (Tom Selleck)
on a personal case from long ago.
– “Against the Wall,” 10 p.m.,
Lifetime. Here's a rerun of the third episode of this Sunday series.
It somehow mixes strong acting with the bludgeoning of clumsy,