TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Mad Men”
season-opener, 9-11 p.m. AMC.
To marvel at the cynical world of these
1960s ad men, we need to see them from fresh eyes. Tonight, that's
provided by Don Draper's new wife, a young French-Canadian.
She just wants to give him a surprise
birthday party and a sexy song – except he hates surprises and
birthdays and personal attention. That provides the core of a fun
episode that starts and ends with the effects of a childish stunt at
another ad agency.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Finding Your
Roots,” 8 and 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Henry Louis Gates is a master at
digging into people's roots. In these hours, he has ideal subjcts.
The first one has Branford Marsalis and
Harry Connick Jr., who came from opposite directions to become
masters of New Orleans music. In the second, he has civil-rights
leader John Lewis and one of the people (Newark Mayor Cory Booker)
who has thrived in the next generation.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The Good
Wife,” 9 p.m (barring a basketball overrun), CBS.
If you forgive the weak, anti-climactic
ending, this is a terrific episode.
Alicia suddenly finds herself on a
police review board, surrounded by intense people (played by Matthew
Perry, Charles Dutton and more) who know the turf. At the same time,
she has to worry about office politics … and her attempt to buy
her old house … and an FBI probe of Kalinda.
Other choices include:
– Basketball, 2 p.m. ET, CBS. Here's
another doubleheader in the NCAA tournament. By the end of the night,
we'll hav the final four for next Saturday in New Orleans.
– “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), 5:30
p.m. Cartoon Network. It's not a cartoon, but it is a great film,
with enough magic, music and whimsy for kids or grown-ups.
– “Best in Show” (2000), 8-10
p.m., Ion. Christopher Guest's film pokes gentle fun at dog shows. It
assembles lots of masters of deadpan improvisation, including Parker
Posey, Fred Willard, Michael McKean, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy
and – prior to her “Glee” fame – Jane Lynch.
– “Desperate Housewives,” 9 p.m.,
ABC. Amid last week's moving funeral for Mike, two women decided to
change their lives. Now Lynette tries to get Tom back; Gabrielle
scrambles to find a big-money job, so Carlos can quit his.
– “Luck” finale, 9 p.m., HBO.
Ambitious and brilliantly acted, “Luck” was battered by troubles
– a complex story, an excess of characters and horse-racing lingo.
Ultimately, it was the deaths of horses during filming that caused it
to be cancelled early in the filming of a second season. Now we can
catch what was planned as the first-season finale. Walter and Gus
have top horses in the Western Derby, Ace (Dustin Hoffman) has a
surprise visitor, Jo – kicked by a horse while she was pregnant –
– “CSI: Miami,” 10 p.m. (barring
a basketball overrun), CBS. A corruption scandal brings the return of
a ruthless lawyer (Malcolm McDowell). Also, Calleigh (Emily Procter)
faces a life-changing decision.
– “GCB,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. Carlene
(Kristen Chenoweth) welcomes her uncle (Bruce Boxleitner, with a
party that has people dress as favorite Texans. Meanwhile, Heather
the Realtor is after his 500 acres.