TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC.
For its 100th episode, this show decides it’s the
100th anniversary of Orson, Ind. … or, officially, the Orsontennial.”
The Heck family is semi-excited.
Axl wants to make money, Sue wants her boyfriend back and
Brick wants to win the motto contest, possibly with: “Orson: 100 Years of
Moderate Progress.” Also, their parents are driving a giant parade cow.
Naturally, things go thoroughly – and hilariously – wrong.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: World Series, 8:07 p.m. ET, Fox, with
pre-game at 7:30.
Baseball dominates our attention for the next week, in a
battle between teams that had identical records (97 wins, 65 losses) in the
The best-of-seven series starts today and Thursday, with the
Boston Red Sox hosting in 101-year-old Fenway Park. Then it moves to St. Louis on
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “This is Spinal Tap” (1984), 9 p.m.,
BBC America; and other cable films.
Rob Reiner’s “Spinal Tap” is a masterpiece, a droll and
witty mock-documentary about a rock band. It’s on a night when cable uses
Hollywood’s best to fight the World Series.
There are epic adventures – “X-Men: First Class” (2011) at 7
p.m. on FX, “The Hobbit” (2012) at 7 p.m. on HBO, “Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows, Part 1” (2010) at 7:30 on ABC Family.
There are also a comedies – “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993) at 7
p.m. on CMT, “Legally Blonde” (2001) at 8 and 10 p.m. on WE – and even some
animated gems. “Wreck-It-Ralph” (2012) is 6:35 p.m. on Starz, “Finding Nemo”
(2003) is 8 p.m. on Encore.
Other choices include:
“Revolution,” 8 p.m., NBC.
A Texas Ranger – a figure from Miles’ rugged past – arrives; he might
help battle the Patriots. Also, Zak and Rachel ponder the possibilities of
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” 9 p.m., NBC. This
is a tough one for Barba (Raul Esparza), the assistant district attorney. In
the midst of a mayoral campaign, two men he admires face sex charges.
“Modern Family,” 9
p.m., ABC. Cam and Mitchell ask Pepper (Nathan Lane, a two-time Tony-winner) to
help plan their wedding; his ideas quickly become too big. Meanwhile, Gloria
hires a bad nanny, played by Adam DeVine (“Workaholics”) who has his own
late-night show starting Thursday on Comedy Central.
“Nova,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Often, we assume
robots will be made in man’s image; here, however, see nature copied. There are
robotic bees and drones that copy hummingbirds; some speedy robots copy
cheetahs; others, capable of carrying 400 pounds, copy mules.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 10 p.m., CBS. The show’s
300th episode brings back Marg Helgenberger as Catherine, helping
probe a case that went unsolved 14 years earlier.
“Ironside,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. Ironside battles memories while
rushing to keep a hit man from going free.