TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Chaos,” 8
After filling Fridays with killers,
ghosts and nightmares, CBS is trying a lighter touch. It let “The
Defenders” borrow the 8 p.m. slot; now it introduces another blend
of drama and comedy.
Rick (Freddy Rodriguez) has his first
day of work at the CIA, only to find budget cuts and a tangle of
lies. As the deceptions build, “Chaos” becomes quite funny –
even when a serious mission appears.
Martinez is amiable, with Eric Close,
Carmen Fiogo and Tim Blake Nelson strong in support.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Camelot”
debut, 10 p.m., Starz; reruns at 11:45.
From “First Knight” to “Merlin,”
people rework the Camelot legend. Now comes a darker version.
Merlin (Joseph Fiennes), sly and stern,
maneuvers to pass the crown to his illegitimate son Arthur. In the
way is Morgana (Eva Green), the king's legitimate – and very
estranged – daughter.
In this version, magic is rare and
glitz is scarce, but the cast and the Irish countryside are gorgeous.
Jamie Campbell Bower seems too raw as Arthur, but Fiennes and Green
lead a superb supporting cast.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Blue Bloods,”
10 p.m., CBS.
After a two week basketball break, this
show and “CSI:NY” return with new episodes.
The niece of Danny's wife is a model
who was poisoned at her first runway gig. Now Danny (Donnie Wahlberg)
and his police partner (Jennifer Esposito) probe the seedy side of
Other choices tonight include:
– “An Idiot Abroad,” 2:30 p.m. to
3 a.m., Science Channel; “The Ricky Gervais Show,” 9 p.m., HBO.
Both have Gervais and Stephen Merchant mocking their friend Karl
Pilkington – in a studio on HBO and by sending him worldwide on
Science. Actually, we enjoy “Idiot” more for Karl's folk wisdom.
– “Bee Movie” (2007) and
“Ghostbusters” (1984), 7 and 8:51p.m., Bravo. This may be an
ideal family double-feature. First is a cartoon, which Jerry Seinfeld
co-wrote and stars in, as a bee whose ambitions extend beyond honey
production. Then is a large comedy, big on sight gags.
– “Who Do You Think You Are?” 8
p.m., NBC. We already know Gwyneth Paltrow's gifted parents – the
ate Bruce Paltrow (the “St. Elsewhere” producer) and Blythe
Danner. This hour traces their roots.
– “Shark Tank,” 8 p.m., ABC. One
idea is presented by kids, who thought of it on a road trip. Another
is a furniture business led by a stay-at-home mom who taught herself
– “Star Wars: Clone Wars”
season-finale, 8-9 p.m., Cartoon Network. Trapped on a Trandoshan
moon, Ahsoka tries to elude hunters. She has allies – especially
after Chewbacca arrives as a captive.
– “Working Class,” 8 and 8:30
p.m., CMT. This comedy wraps up its first season with two episodes.
The first, involving a blind date, pairs the 5-foot-10 Melissa
Peterman with the 5-3 David Faustino. That's followed by three hours
of Faustino's old “Married, With Children.”
– “CSI:NY,” 9 p.m., CBS. David
James Elliott (“JAG”) returns as the FBI agent who is the
ex-husband of Jo (Sela Ward). She's in crisis tonight, after her
adoptive daughter witnesses a murder.
– “Fringe,” 9 p.m., Fox. Last
week brought a surprise – the show is renewed for next season –
and a great episode. Now here's a rerun, with Christopher Lloyd as a
member of Walter's favorite rock band.
– “Merlin,” 10 p.m., Syfy. This
show – no match for the dramatic power of “Camelot” – finds
Arthur and young Merlin captured. Also, a magic cup falls into the