TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Falling Skies,”
9-11 p.m., TNT.
The world is crumbling (again), this
time from brutal, outer-space aliens. Heroes emerge.
Most Earthlings are already dead, but
some have split into rag-tag military-civilian units. On the run,
they forage for food and weapons, sometimes fighting back.
As we expect from a Steven Spielberg
production, “Skies” has superb action and rich character
portraits, centering on Noah Wylie as a widowed professor and dad and
Moon Bloodgood as a doctor.
“Skies” says, accurately, that
humans tend to act nobly during crisis. In the second hour, however,
it also adds a fierce villain, sharply played by Colin Cunningham.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: Daytime Emmy
Awards, 8-10 p.m., CBS.
Soaps have been stumbling, but this
show plans a Las Vegas party. That includes music by Gladys Knight
and Marie Osmond and performances by Cirque de Soleil, Blue Man Group
and Jabbawockeez dancers. Wayne Brady hosts, with career awards for
game-show hosts Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak.
“All My Children,” which ends in
September, has 13 nominations, including best daytime drama, where it
faces “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Young and the
Restless” and “General Hospital.” Its star, Susan Lucci, isn't
nominated, but will be a presenter; in her 41 years on the show,
she's had 21 nominations and one win. There are also nods for talk
shows, kid show (led by PBS) and games.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Game of
Thrones” (9 p.m., HBO) and “The Killing” (10 p.m., AMC) season
For the steeply ambitious “Thrones,”
there are fierce clashes tonight. Also, Arya tries to escape, Tyrion
heads south and Catelyn demands the truth about the fall that left
her son partly paralyzed.
And the superb “Killing”? Last week
ended stunningly, when a villainous message was traced to a mayoral
candidate's computer. Tonight, we may learn who killed Rosie; AMC
makes no guarantee.
Other choices include:
– “The Shawshank Redemption”
(1994), 7 p.m., AMC; or “The Majestic” (2001), 8 p.m., Ion.
Choose between two period dramas by gifted diretor Frank Drabont.
“Shawshank” has Tim Robbins wrongly imprisoned in the 1940s;
“Majestic” has Jim Carrey wrongly considered a war hero in the
– “Masterpiece Mystery” opener, 9
p.m., PBS (check local listings). Hercule Poirot (David Suchet)
usually does fine on his own, but now two enthusiastic amateurs tag
along, forming an age-gap romance. One is an actor, played by Martin
Shaw, 66; the other is a beauty played by Kimberley Nixon, 25. “Three
Act Tragedy” is superbly acted and filmed; its so-so story,
however, is an extreme stretch.
– Miss USA, 9-11 p.m., NBC. Viewers
could reach Las Vegas overload tonight, with this one and the daytime
Emmys. For hosts, NBC has people from its cable networks – Andy
Cohen from Bravo and Guiliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne from E.
– “Finding Sarah” and “Ryan &
Tatum,” 9 and 10 p.m., OWN. Oprah Winfrey's Network is working on a
Sunday reality block. First, Sarah Ferguson tries to revive her
writing career; then, in the series opener, Ryan O'Neal tries to
patch his long falling-out with his daughter Tatum.
– “Amsale Girls,” 10 p.m., WE. In
an OK second episode, Kori tries to move up to a sales job and Debbye
learns how tricky online dating can be.