TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Alphas” debut,
10-11:30 p.m., Syfy.
Sleek and sinewy one moment, sci-fi
smart the next, “Alphas” does a lot in a hurry. It lacks the
humor of “Eureka” and “Warehouse 13,” which precede it
tonight, but packs dramatic power.
A Defense Department project has
assembled special people. One's adrenalin puts his muscles into
hyperdrive; another messes with minds. Others see or hear things far
This could be just another strong cop
show. But David Strathairn – Emmy-winner, Oscar-nominee, great
actor – plays the neurologist/psychiatrist . Even at its most
muscular, “Alphas” is brainy sci-fi.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “The
Bachelorette,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC.
Ashley Hebert takes the last six guys
to Taiwan for exotic fun. Constantine releases love lanterns (no,
that's not a euphemism), Ben F. takes her on a scooter ride, catching
Four of the six will survive to take
her to their families next week; one will find eternal love. Except
that this show rarely produces anything that lasts. Tonight includes
an interview with Emily Maynard, the latest person who had a
crumbling romance with two-time “Bachelor” Brad Womack.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Rizzoli &
Isles,” 10 p.m., TNT.
Cable clearly rules the night. Just as
Syfy launches its Monday line-up, TNT brings back its top cop shows.
Tonight has a so-so “Closer” at 9 p.m., but a terrific “Rizzoli”
Then we meet Rizzoli (Angie Harmon),
three months after she was severely wounded. She's not taking it
well; she spars with her mom (Lorraine Bracco), her friend and more,
while tackling a tough case.
Other choices include:
– “How I Met Your Mother,” 8
p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Barney finally meets his dad (John Lithgow).
– “Eureka,” 8 p.m., Syfy. In a
town filled with science geniuses (plus two overwhelmed cops),
anything can happen, often with humor; tonight starts on the wedding
day for two androids. There's more; two opposites – brainy Fargo,
hunky Zane – have a taut, outer-space adventure. “Eureka” is
– “Warehouse 13,” 9 p.m., Syfy.
There are the usual exotic cases to solve tonight. That starts with
vibrations from Jimi Hendrix's guitar, then has pictures creating
classic deaths. Still, there's more going on: Myka may not be back; a
cop who's a human lie detector may replace her. And an FBI agent
(Ashley Williams), with a sweet voice and fierce soul, dislikes them
– “The Closer,” 9 p.m., TNT. One
of TV's best dramas returns for its final season, starting with a
surprisingly poor case. Filled with cliches about rappers, it's a
half-step from being racist. What saves it is the interchange between
Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) and her police colleagues; the department is
in transition, she's under investigation and forces are battling.
– “Love Crimes of Kabul,” 9 p.m.,
HBO. The two sweet-faced women, ages 18 and 20, giggle as they
discuss their handsome boyfriends. They are chatting it in prison –
one because she had premarital sex, the other because she's accused
of having sex. It's a odd and disturbing few of Afghan life.
– “Law & Order: Los Angeles,”
10 p.m., NBC. Here's a leftover episode from when Skeet Ulrich was
still on the show. He probes the killing of a soccer star's brother.
– “Tough Cookies,” 10 and 10:30
p.m., Food Channel. The Jersey obsession continues on cable. Now we
visit Crazy Susan's Cookies in Garden City, with an expanded and
noisy family at work.