TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Chuck,” 8
Next Friday, “Chuck” wraps ups its
thoroughly entertaining, five-year run. Tonight, Chuck and Sarah head
to Japan, where a hostage situation develops.
On a speeding bullet train, they face
Nicholas Quinn – played by Angus Macfayden, the imposing Scotsman
whose previous roles have ranged from Blackbeard to Zeus. The mission
forces Casey to make a key decision – and plunges us toward the end
of a fun series.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Shark Tank”
season-opener, 8 p.m., ABC.
Last season, one investor (Robert
Herjavec) accused another (Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner) of
being a bully. Feelings may be stronger this year; Cuban is there for
every episode and works to steamroller the others tonight.
Things start pleasantly, when former
basketball great Bill Walton helps a push for a easy-to-clean water
bottle. They end vibrantly, amid bickering over an event-reservations
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Need to
Know,” 8:30 p.m., PBS (check local listings; see below).
As the South Carolina primary nears,
Jeff Greenfield focuses on that state.
Almost a half-century after the Voting
Rights Act has passed, he say, blacks find their political power
there is slipping. Whites, who make up 70 per cent of the state, have
gone Republican; redistricting has left blacks with a few safe
legislative seats, causing them to be ignored elsewhere.
It's the sort of in-depth report we get
on PBS. Bill Moyers, who used to have this slot, launched “Moyers &
Company” last weekend, with a deep look at the growing income gap;
he continues that theme this weekend.
(Times vary. In East Lansing, Mich., for instance, both shows air Saturday on WKAR World, 23.4 digital; "Need to Know" is at 8 a.m., Moyers at 7 p.m.)
Other choices include:
– “A Gifted Man,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Here's a rerun of the episode that temporarily added Eriq La Salle
(“ER”) as a neuro-psychiatrist. Michael is so impressed that he
tries to hire him.
– “CSI: NY,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a
rerun, Mac and others recall the Sept. 11 attack. Jaime Ray Newman
plays Mac's late wife; Robert Forster plays his friend.
– “Great Performances,” 9 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). Anna Netrebko has the title role in “Anna
Bolena,” opening the season for the Metropolitan Opera.
– “Fringe,” 9 p.m., Fox. Catch
this excellent show now, because Fox has hinted it's not likely to be
back next season. This episode finds Peter still in the alternate
world, where that world's fringe division faces an imposing foe.
– “Grimm,” 9 p.m., NBC. The
creature community frets that Monroe is loyal to Nick, the cop.
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. In
this rerun, Danny learns that a former cop was involved in an
attempted bank robbery. Monica Raymund (“Lie to Me”) guests as
Jamie's new partner.
– “Merlin,” 10 p.m., Syfy. As
Camelot celebrates Arthur's birthday, he's an assassination target.
– “Portlandia,” 10 p.m.,
Independent Film Channel. Life can be complicated when everyone is
cool and correct. In funny bits tonight, a wedding relentlessly
avoids tradition, a smart-phone disaster leads to a shattered life
and a shopper (Jack McBrayer of “30 Rock”) is shunned for not
bringing his own bag.
– “The Increasingly Poor Decisions
of Todd Margaret,” 10:30, IFC. Todd's lies – including one about
growing up in a hospital in Leeds – are catching up with him in