TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Touch”
season-opener, 8-10 p.m., Fox.
In its first season, this was a good
idea that almost – but not quite – worked. Martin (Kiefer
Sutherland), an earnest widower, strained to understand the deep
concepts in the mind of his autistic son … and how they connected
to ideas and events around the universe.
Now it seems to click. Martin meets
Lucy (Maria Bello), whose daughter – also blessed with a deep mind
– is missing. They probe the sort of global ties that creator Tim
Kring first tackled in “Heroes.”
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Rock Center,”
10 pm., NBC.
This news magazine has had solid
reports, a popular anchor (Brian Williams) … and a small audience.
It has moved from Mondays to Wednesdays to Thursdays to a half-step
Its Friday slot begins tonight, with
plans (subject to change) for light features. Kate Snow profiles
sisters, ages 12 and 10, who are averaging one endurance event a
week. Lester Holt interviews a Polish captain whose emergency landing
saved 230 lives. Natalie Morales talks to the husband and wife who
surveyed couples and wrote “The Normal Bar.” Then Willams sums up
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Shakespeare
Uncovered,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Everyone, it seems, has played Hamlet.
Here, David Tennant talks with Jude Law and shows scenes of Laurence
Olivier, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Kline, Derek Jacobi and, well, David
They've had plenty of options; three
versions were considered official by some people. One – possibly an
attempt to recall the play by memory – says: “To be or not to
bee, aye – there's the point.”
In the second hour, Trevor Nunn eyes
“The Tempest.” It's a skillful end to a three-Friday season.
Other choices include:
– “The Job,” 8 p.m., CBS. The
leaders of non-fiction TV – Mark Burnett (“Survivor”) and
Michael Davies (“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”) – link for a
show that has five people compete for one job. In the opener, that's
an assistant-manager spot at a Palm Restaurant, with some on-the-job
testing. The result is just adequate, but does have helpful tips for
job-seekers … mostly of the what-not-to variety.
– CSI:NY, 9 p.m., CBS. On Wednesday,
Mac (Gary Sinise) was in Las Vegas, searching for his girlfriend;
D.B. Russell (Ted Danson), of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
joined himthe second half of this crossover takes them to New York,
short of time to save her.
– “Alpha Dogs” debut, 9 and 9:30
p.m., Nat Go Wild. These small-town, Indiana guys are bearded, burly
and blunt. They could be mistaken for a biker gang; actually, they
train elite dogs for the military and law enforcement. The result is
a mildly interesting reality show.
– “Spartacus,”. 9 p.m., Starz;
repeats at 10. There are brutal horrors early in this hour, as the
rebels seem just as cruel as the Romans they're trying to overthrow.
Then come new twists, with the arrival of outsiders AND a Roman unit
led by Crassus' young son. Their collision ends spectacularly.
– “True Justice,” 9 p.m., Reelz.
The best way to catch an Albanian kingpin, Steven Seagal decides, is
to kill his top aide, so you can watch what the leader does next.
That's not the officially recommended procedure (one hopes), but it
sets up enough action to fill more than half the show.
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Newly appointed as a Hasidic leader, a man dies suddenly. His older
brother, who wanted th appointment, is one of the suspects.
– “Banshee,” 10 p.m., Cinemax.
Things keep getting more complicated for a thief who has taken the
identity of a small town's sheriff. In a good episode tonight,
complications are nasty (a hostile biker gang) and pleasant (a
lustful young Amish woman).