TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Suburgatory”
season-opener, 9:31 p.m., ABC.
After a summer in the city with her
maternal grandmother, Tessa feels she's changed. She has her mom's
jacket and (maybe) her mom's musical touch.
What she finds, however, is that the
suburbs have changed, too. Her neighbors are warring over a nanny –
Dalia's monologue about nannies is a gem – and Lisa might mold a
new power structure. In this show's style, the result is smart and
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Nova,” 9
p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Weeks after bombs killed 191 people in
Madrid, police arrested Brandon Mayfield, an Oregon lawyer and father
of three. This seemed logical: A convert to Islam, he had defended a
terrorism suspect … and his fingerprint, an official said, was an
“absolutely incontrovertible match” to one in Madrid.
After 15 days in jail, he was released;
a man in Spain – also a perfect match – had been arrested. That
case shook the century-old belief in the uniqueness of prints. This
richly detailed documentary views other techniques being questioned,
along with scientists' efforts to improve them.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The Will”
season-opener, 9 p.m., Investigation Discovery.
Tammy Wynette's life was like a
country-music epic, with five husbands, four daughters and two
step-daughters. After years of illness,her daughters say, she called
everyone together and told of their inheritance and a million-dollar
insurance policy they would share.
When she died at 55, her widower
(producer George Richey) got almost everything. This is a tangled and
interesting story that talks to everyone, including the woman the
late Richey subsequently married.
Other choices include:
– The X Factor, 8-10 p.m., Fox.
Tonight, each judge chooses four acts from six semi-finalists.
Britney Spears' singers range from ages 13 to 17, Demi Lovato's from
18 to 22 and LA. Reid's from 27 to 40. Simon Cowell has the groups.
– “Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC. A
funny episode finds troubles everywhere – Cam at work, Mitchell at
home, Phil and Claire with their kids. Most troubled is Jay, who
can't rest next to a pregnant and snoring Gloria. “You're huge and
you're loud,” he says. “It's like sleeping with Rush Limbaugh.
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 9 p.m., NBC. Alexandra Eames – the cop Kathryn Erbe played
on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” – shows up in this rerun.
She's a lieutenant now, suddenly haltinng a sex-trafficking probe.
– “Chicago Fire,” 10 p.m., NBC.
After its poor start last week, the show delivers a better hour,
adding some depth to its characters. Kelly (Taylor Kinney), a sphinx
last week, has some emotional moments, including a moving scene at
the end of the episode.
– “Nashville,” 10 p.m., ABC. The
complex life of country star Rayna (Connie Britton) is fascinating.
Her husband's mayoral campaign leads to an embarrassing
investigation. Her intimate concert makes it clear she still loves
Deacon, the band leader young Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) is trying
– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
10 p.m., CBS. Instead of the bright lights of Las Vegas, the team is
working in the quiet expanse of the desert, where a 14-year-old
girl's body was found.