TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Cougar Town,”
10 p.m., TBS.
Viewers have always known Jules and
Ellie (Courteney Cox and Christa Miller) as close pals and
wine-drinking buddies. This episode – one of the best – flashes
back to a time when they were opposites.
Cox, who grew up in a prosperous
Alabama family, has fun playing Jules as a redneck. She's as crude as
her then-husband Bobby; moving into the neighborhood, they leave
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Body of
Proof” season-opener, 10 p.m., ABC.
This was already an above-average show,
with a terrific central character – Dana Delany as Dr. Megan Hunt,
a steel-willed medical examiner – and solid mysteries. Still, it
was on the shelf for 10 months, getting a makeover that makes things
Short-term, a kidnapping strikes Megan
directly. That propels a strong story that concludes next week.
And long-term? Her former investigator
is dead; the previous cops are gone. Now she's reluctantly working
with a handsome police detective (Mark Valley) from her past.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Smash,” 10
It's a busy night for our recording
devices, with all of the best shows at 10 p.m.
This one catches “Bombshell” in
limbo, waiting for a Broadway go-ahead. Julia keeps rewriting it,
aided by a teacher (Daniel Sunjata of “Rescue Me”). Derek uses
the interlude to direct a concert special for a star (Jennifer
Hudson), with a young songwriter (Jeremy Jordan) scrambling for a
Some of this seems contrived, but there
are sensational moments for Hudson and others.
Other choices include:
– “NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. Mourning
the shooting death of his wife, Vance (Rocky Carroll) tries to return
to work as division chief. He soon learns devastating personal
– “New Girl,” 8:30 and 9 p.m.,
Fox. In a rerun, Jess and Nick discuss their no-sex relationship.
Then a new episode has roommates battling for a parking spot and
Winston searching for a condom.
– “NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. Probing the lone survivor of a terrorist group, Kensi and Deeks
go deep into a woods.
– “Guns in America” and
“Frontline,” 9 and 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Over the
next two nights, PBS will have four prime-time hours looking at
violence. Tonight's first hour takes a historic look, from frontier
justice to the Newtown tragedy. The second views the childhood of
Adam Lanza, the alleged Newtown shooter.
– “Cult” debut, 9 p.m., CW. A
reporter probes a sticky question: Is a fictional TV show linked to
murders outside the show? This is a complex hour for viewers, but it
has some talented people: Rockne O'Bannon (“Farscape”) is the
writer-producer; Robert Knepper (“Prison Break”) is the prime
– “The Mindy Project,” 9:30 p.m.,
Fox. Mindy gets a one-minute medical spot on TV.
– “Vegas,” 10 p.m., CBS. A
hot-shot producer has roared into town with a gorgeous starlet. That
creates problems for Savino, who runs the Mob's casino, and his young
assistants, Mia and Tommy.
– “Justified,” 10 p.m., FX. Yes,
this 10 p.m. spot is thoroughly overcrowded. Here, Raylan faces two
problems – a beautiful grifter and a vengeful enemy from the past.
Also, Boyd and Ava seek ways to make money from some of Harlan