TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Blue Bloods,”
10 p.m., CBS.
A solid cop show, “Blue Bloods”
becomes even better when it uses its family links. It has three
generations of cops, four generations of family and deep pools of
Tonight, Frank (Tom Selleck) argues
with the mayor and his son Danny probes a suspicious “suicide.”
Then Henry (Len Cariou) – the police commissioner prior to his son
Frank – has a heart attack.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Women Who
Rock,” 9 p.m., PBS.
Even before rock music had a name,
women – Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey and more – shaped it. More
would follow. This special shows Janis Joplin wailing “Piece of My
Heart”; catches the piano skill of early Aretha Franklin, the
showmanship of Tina Turner.
Many keep going strong. (“What else
am I going to do?” Deborah Harry asks. “Real estate?”) Bonnie
Raitt reflects sardonically on her luck at being able to open for the
blues masters, “because I played pretty good guitar for a girl.”
Nelson George and other experts explain the specific genius of
There's much more, from Heart to Lady
Gaga, in this strong performance documentary.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Dateline,”
10 p.m., NBC.
Darlene “Dee Dee” Foley, 41, was a
grade-school teacher in Coldwater; her son, Tom, was a stay-at-home
dad with their son. In 2009, she failed to show up for the boy's 10th
birthday party; Tom said he rushed home and found her shot to death.
Police decided he had clumsily staged a
break-in; he was convicted … then new witnesses appeared. Josh
Mankiewicz views the case.
Other choices include:
– “Live With Regis & Kelly,”
9 a.m., WILX (Channel 10). For 36 years, Regis Philbin has hosted
morning TV. Now, at 80, he steps down from the show that has carried
his name for 23 years.
– “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,”
8-10 p.m., ABC. In Bible college, Dale Dunning made soup for her
classmates. Now he goes much further: At 2 a.m. daily, she gets up
with her husband and son, to cook and deliver to 17 soup kitches
around Delaware. Now the team surprises her.
– “Chuck,” 8 p.m., NBC. There's
an assassin somewhere at the Buy More convention.
– “A Gifted Man,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Some viewers worried that this show would slight Margo Martindale,
the Emmy-winner who plays Patrick's assistant. Tonight, a
Thanksgiving reunion with her son is cut short by his motorcycle
accident; Tom Wopat, a two-time Tony nominee, plays her husband.
– “CSI: NY,” 9 p.m., CBS. A judge
has been assassinated. Also, Jo (Sela Ward) confronts a past rape
suspect; she also faces the politician who blames her for the failure
to convict the man.
– “Girls Who Like Boys Who Like
Boys” season-opener, 9 and 9:30 p.m., Sundance. It's the second
season of this well-made reality show about straight women and the
gay guys they befriended. This time the show's in Nashville and the
people are likable, despite the requisite reality breakdowns.
– “Boss,” 10 p.m., Starz. So far,
Mayor Tom Kane has been able to push blame onto others, including his
father-in-law, the previous mayor. Now new evidence could link him