TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Magic City”
finale and “White Queen” debut, 9 and 10 p.m., Starz.
These shows are opposites in many ways
– one rough and macho, the other warm (for now) and sweet. Each,
however, is a beautifully crafted period piece.
First, Ike's schemes – to gain
control of his Miami hotel and some Cuban casinos – are peaking.
Two mobsters (Danny Huston and James Caan) battle for control; the
result is explosive, literally.
Then we get an advance look at the
splendid “White Queen” mini-series, before it takes its regular
spot Saturday. Tonight, Elizabeth Woodville meet King Edward IV,
whose army killed her husband.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Hawaii Five-0,”
9 p.m., CBS.
This is turning into a good month for
“Five-0” reruns. TNT has just started airing early episodes (9
and 10 p.m. Thursdays); CBS has gone back to the start of the current
Last Friday had the season-opener, with
McGarrett learning his mom is alive. Now she's missing again.
Meanwhile, an art-heist has turned
deadly. The team consults August March, an art crook; Ed Asner plays
the role, as he did twice before – last season and (on the original
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Strike Back”
season-opener, 10 p.m., Cinemax.
Maybe we shouldn't have said “Magic
City” is macho. Compared to this show, it's “Downton Abbey.”
The hour starts with an up-close
murder, then gains energy. The guys are on foot, on motorcycles and
finally in a frantic, riverboat shoot-out. The women have it tougher,
sometimes doing battle while in underwear or an evening gown.
These are tough, strong women (and
men). Don't expect much of a story – or a plot that wraps up in
this hour; do expect lots of high-octane work by commandos.
Other choices include:
– “Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. In a
rerun, the murder victim was an ex-Marine, obsessed with a coming
apocalypse. Now doomsday preppers are key suspects.
– “Off Their Rockers,” 8 and 8:30
p.m., NBC. In a change, Betty White's hidden-camera show moves its
reruns to Fridays. The first episode includes trainer Bob Harper; the
second has Nicole Richie.
– “Perfect Score,” 8 and 8:30
p.m., CW. This game show has people trying to win dates and cash by
guessing who will come closest to them on a compatibility test. The
first episode pits two bankers.
– “America's Next Top Model,” 9
p.m., CW. Last week, the show launched the first edition to include
men and women, finding some eccentric and interesting contestants.
Now – with some harness help – they must walk a vertical runway,
down the side of a building.
– “The Following,” 9 p.m., Fox.
In a rerun, Claire tries to adjust to life in the mansion held by
Joe's followers, while Ryan and the FBI desperately try to locate it.
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Thrown from a moving car, a man is covered with rat bites. Danny
tries to figure out who might be trying to send a message. Meanwhile,
his dad the police commissioner tries to be diplomatic, when a
bigoted radio host comes to town.
– “Continuum,” 10 p.m., Syfy.
There's trouble for both sometimes-colleagues: Kiera is captured by
Julian's people; Alec, trying to find Travis, instead is hunted