TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Nikita”
debut, 9 p.m., CW.
Leaping across continents, “La Femme
Nikita” has been a French movie, an American movie and a cable
series filmed in Canada, with an Australian star. Now comes the
fourth version – with an American (Maggie Q) who first became a
star in Hong Kong.
In the previous versions, a street kid
was molded to become a fierce secret agent. This series starts later:
Already trained and lethal, Nikita has broken free and wants revenge
on her handlers; we bounce between that and the story of a new
trainee (Lyndsy Fonseca) named Alex.
It's a good concept, with great action.
Still, we never get much of a chance to care about Nikita.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE II: Football, 8:30
p.m. ET, with pre-game concert at 7:30, NBC.
Last season, the New Orleans Saints won
the Super Bowl, the sort of thing Hollywood would script. In a
battered city, there were reasons to celebrate.
Part of the prize is that New Orleans
hosta this season-opener. The Saints face Brett Favre and the
Minnesota Vikings; first, there's a concert with Dave Matthews and
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Destination
Truth” season-opener and “Beast Legends” debut, 9 and 10 p.m.,
Two shows walk the shaky balance
between reality and fantasy, with moderate results.
In “Truth,” Josh Gates and his team
look for scary spirits in Pompeii and a killer beast in Africa. There
are great travelogue moments, en route to so-so results.
In “Beast,” a team hears legends of
a long-ago creature. After studying current ones, it re-creates the
beast with special effects. There are a few OK moments, but it's a
long way to go for speculation.
Other choices include:
– “Vampire Diaries”
season-opener, 8 p.m., CW. Things only get worse for sweet Elena.
Tonight, she finds her uncle's body; she also learns what happened to
Jeremy. Meanwhile, the ruthless Katherine is back to trouble the
decent Stefan and his nasty brother Damon. Also, Caroline is
– “Big Brother,” 8 p.m., CBS. On
Wednesday, the show will pick its winner, who gets $500,000. Leading
up to that, here's the final head-of-household competition.
– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
9 p.m., CBS. Last week, “CSI” started a two-part rerun in which
Langston was a suspect in the “Dr. Jekyll killer” case;
colleagues raced to find the real killer. Now that story wraps up,
concluding the season; after a one-week break, the new season starts
– “Rookie Blue” season-finale, 9
and 10 p.m., ABC. The training period has ended and the learn if
they've become full-scale cops. For Andy, that comes during a case
that makes her wonder if she wants to the job. In the second hour,
she ruins a drug bust, then tries to make up for it by going
– “9/11: State of Emergency,”
9-11 p.m., History. Here are fresh glimpses of Sept. 11, 2010,
through the eyes of several individuals.
– “Project Runway,” 9-10:30 p.m.,
Lifetime. Last week's episode (rerunning at 7:30 p.m.) had the
designers working on bridesmaid dresses; tonight, they turn to resort
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Leslie Hope – who played Jack's wife in the first “24” season –
returns as Kristina Frye in this rerun. She's the psychic Patrick
Jane is attracted to.