TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Perception,”
10 p.m., TNT.
Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) Is a
brilliant professor who's aware of his mind's tricks. He sees and
talks to people – including the lovely and wise Natalie – who
simply aren't there.
Last week, that finally hit overload.
After reporting a murder that apparently never happened, he agreed to
go to a hospital …. where the real Natalie works. Tonight, that's
resolved in a smart, complex hour.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “CMA Music
Festival,” 8-11 p.m., ABC.
Each year, this special lives up to its
subtitle, “Country's Night to Rock.” Nashville's softer side –
yes, it has one – is mostly ignored; things turn rowdy and fun.
That's obvious when the first performer
(Carrie Underwood) shows that silver hot pants go well with an
American-flag shirt. It's clear when Luke Bryan sings “Drunk on
You” and “Shake It For Me.”
He hosts with Kimberly Perry of The
Band Perry. Performers include some newcomers (Eric Church, Brantley
Gilbert, Hunter Hayes) and lot of stars – Blake Shelton, Miranda
Lambrt, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum,
Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town and more.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Revolution”
debut,10 p.m., NBC.
TV often thrives when telling of a
civilization being rebooted. From “Lost” to “Jericho,” from
“Walking Dead” to “Falling Skies,” it finds fresh drama when
humans have to improvise.
This time, we're told that all the
world's electricity suddenly vanished. People scattered and made do.
There are way too many questions and
holes here, but if you get past them you have a skillfully filmed
adventure, with Billy Burke as a tough guy who's bad and/or good.
Other choices include:
– “Bones” season-opener, 8 p.m.,
Fox. Last season ended with Brennan accused of murder. While Booth
scrambles to prove her innocence, she's on the lam with their baby
and her dad (Ryan O'Neal). Now things are settled, with lots of help
from her lab-mates. It's a good hour, despite an odd ending,
– “How I Met Your Mother,” 8-9
p.m., CBS. In an offbeat, two-part rerun, Lily is having her baby,
Marshall is racing back … and we get flash-forwards to Barney's
– “Alphas,” 8 p.m., Syfy,
rerunning at 10. Voters keep overlooking sci-fi actors, including
David Strathairn. In other shows, he has two an Oscar nomination and
an Emmy; here, he does great work as Dr. Rosen, facing a painful
decision. On a lighter note, Kat breezes into her first undercover
– “The Mob Doctor, 9 p.m., Fox.
This takes multi-tasking to the extreme: A young doctor (Jordana
Spiro) keeps up her hospital duties, while also keeping a family
obligation to patch up bad guys. Then a crisis makes her worlds
collide; Spiro is fine, but this mostly feels like an overwrought
– “2 Broke Girls,” 9-10 p.m.,
CBS. In another two-part rerun, the women scheme to get Martha
Stewart (playing herself) to sample their cupcakes.
– “Warehouse 13,” 9 p.m., Syfy,
rerunning at 11. Laura Innes, of “ER” and “The Event,” guests
as the estranged mom of Steve Jinks. With his life and Claudia's life
in danger, he needs her help.
--”Hawaii Five-0,” 10 p.m., CBS. In
a rerun, one team member is shot and two people are kidnapped.