TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Downton Abbey”
season-opener, 9-11 p.m., PBS.
Last season ended with Mary set to
marry Matthew, the heir to her family's estate. All was settled.
Except for the constant flux of new
questions and controversies. Will Lady Sybil arrive with her husband,
an Irish militant and ex-chauffeur? Will Lady Edith marry the
much-older neighbor? Has Robert blown the family fortune? And what
about Bates, in prison on a shaky murder conviction?
The plot is rushed and flawed, but the
elegant writing and acting make this eminently entertaining. It's at
its best when two dowagers (Maggie Smith and a visiting American,
Shirley MacLaine) collide.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: Football, 1
p.m., CBS, and 4:30 p.m., Fox.
This year has brought a rarity –
three top rookie quarterbacks in one season. Now you can catch all
three in one play-off afternoon.
At 1 p.m. on CBS, Andrew Luck and
Indianapolis visit Baltimore. At 4:30 p.m. on Fox, Russell Wilson and
Seattle visit Robert Griffin III and Washington.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The Biggest
Loser” opener, 9-11 p.m., NBC.
After two years away from the show,
Jillian Michaels is back and seething. She soon has contestants
vomiting, collapsing and possibly quitting.
Fortunately, she and the others are
much gentler on three teens –ages 16, 13 and 13. Those immensely
likable kids are an auxiliary part of this edition, putting some
focus on childhood obesity.
There are some other worthy moments
here – plus, as usual, many loudly repetitious ones
Other choices include:
– “Emeril's Florida,” 10:30 a.m.
ET, Cooking Channel. Emeril Lagasse opens his new series in Orlando.
He visits a spot called “The Ravenous Pig” and surprises the
staff at Emeril's Orlando.
– “District 9” (2009), 7 and 9:30
p.m., BBC America. Here are two chances to see this film about aliens
from outer-space, confined to a ghetto. It drew praise, plus Oscar
nominations for best picture and for its script, editing and special
– “Once Upon a Time,” 7 and 8
p.m., ABC. First is a rerun, with Emma and Mary Margaret scrambling
for the magic compass, atop a beanstalk ruled by a giant (Jorge
Garcia). Then a new episode finds Emma doubting a murder charge
against her nemesis, Regina.
--”The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Homer joins a survivalist group that has set up camp outside
Springfield, waiting for the end of the world.
– “Revenge,” 9 p.m., ABC. After a
month-long break, this show is back with a new episode. Emily is
focusing on her next villain to ruin; Victoria, however, has a scheme
that includes Emily.
– “The Good Wife,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Will has a case that could bring millions to the financially troubled
firm. He also has a problem: Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) is on the
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
The team probes a murder at an upscale rehab center.
– “666 Park Avenue,” 10:01 p.m.,
ABC. With only four episodes left, producers say they're setting up a
big finish. Tonight, Jane finds her dark dreams merging with reality;
she studies the building's history.