TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Homeland,” 9 p.m., Showtime.
Fresh from winning her second straight Emmy, Claire Danes
gives a brilliant performance.
She plays Carrie, once the lone voice saying that Brody –
prisoner-of-war turned politician – was working for terrorists. Now she’s on
the other side … the one person who feels he’s been framed. She’s alone,
intense, crumbling; it’s a huge role, done stunningly well.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox.
For 24 straight Halloween seasons, “Simpsons” has aired a
“Treehouse of Horror.” Each has three offbeat stories, with wit and gore. This
one has more gore and less wit, but is still a fun show.
The opening, from movie director Guillermo del Toro, is busy
and messy. Then there’s a witty “Cat in the Hat” take-off (in verse).
Afterward, Bart’s head is stitched alongside Lisa’s – a bad situation for
sibling rivalry -- and Homer is a side-show killer.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Paradise,” 9 p.m., PBS (check
After ignoring the setting for decades, TV suddenly has two
series set in department stores. Both are lushly filmed period pieces for “Masterpiece
The strength of “Paradise” is its central character, a
shop-girl who’s smart, innocent and ambitious. The weakness is the owner; he
has all the arrogance of the “Mr. Selfridge” guy, with none of the charm.
The opening story is a weak one about mistaken blame. Still,
any story flaws are redeemed by the beauty of the store and the likability of
Other choices include:
“Miley: The Movement,” 8 p.m., MTV. On the night after Miley
Cyrus’ “Saturday Night Live” gig, MTV expands its hour-long documentary to 90
“Jerseylicious” season-opener, 8 p.m., Style. The stylists
leave their salon and party on the Jersey shore.
“Drop Dead Diva” return, 9 p.m., Lifetime. A fresh,
five-week stretch starts with both the law firm and Jane’s personal life wobbling.
The story that follows strains believability, but does offer some good moments
involving Jane’s friends, Stacy and Owen.
“Big Rich Texas” season-opener, 9 p.m., Style. For three
seasons, viewers have shown Whitley Whatley and her socialite mother Bonnie.
Now these six episodes follow Whitley’s pregnancy.
“Boardwalk Empire,” 9 p.m., HBO. There are dark turns for
both Eddie and Gillian. It’s a morose hour that also has one epic moment, with Al
Capone’s mob trying an election-day confrontation.
“The Good Wife,” 9:30 p.m., CBS. Alicia and Cary are suing
the NSA for spying on a client … unaware that the agency may also be spying on
“Masters of Sex,” 10 p.m., Showtime. Dr. Masters’ sex study
is forced out of the hospital and into a brothel … just as he’s trying to dump
Virginia Johnson, who provided a much-needed human touch. It’s an OK episode,
but lacks the fun of the opener.
“The Mentalist,” 10:30 p.m., CBS. As the team probes four
Red John suspects, Patrick Jane comes up with an important clue about his
“Hello, Ladies,” 10:30 p.m., HBO. The second episode finds
Stephen with a limo and Jessica with dreams of brainy discussions with her
actress friends. Like the first, it alternates between clever and just sad.