TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Masterpiece
Mystery,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
For a moment, Kurt Wallander (Kenneth
Branagh) has a hint of a smile. This morose police detective has
found a good woman (Saskia Reeves); he's almost happy.
It can't last, of course. A body is
found on his property – no, it's not just a coincidence – and his
life crashes anew. This year's three Wallander mysteries are even
better than the previous ones, linking smart writing, a great actor
and the sprawling gloom of the Swedish countryside.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Once Upon a
Time,” 7-11 p.m., ABC.
The first rerun is the dazzling pilot
film, in which young Henry takes Emma (Jennifer Morrison) to
Storybrooke, Maine, where fairy-tale characters still live, unaware
of their identity.
Then is the 15th episode
(Emma hires Ruby), followed by the two-part season-finale, with lives
in danger in our world and in the fairy-tale land.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: Pro football,
The pre-season games are done now and
the NFL will dominate ratings during the regular season.
In the afternoon, that's on CBS and
Fox. Then NBC takes over, with a studio show at 7 p.m. ET and two
epic quarterbacks at about 8:15. Peyton Manning, the league MVP four
times with the Colts, now is with the Denver Broncos; they host Ben
Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Other choices include:
– “Puppy Love,” 1 p.. and 9 p.m.,
Hallmark. If you missed this pleasant-enough movie Saturday, here's a
quick rerun. A dog is accidentally owned by two strangers (Candace
Cameron Bure and Victor Webster).. The dog is cute, the people are
pretty and you know the rest.
– “Broadway of Bust,” 8 p.m., PBS
(check local listings). Imagine “American Idol” with more
finalists and more talent. Here are 60 immensely gifted teens, each a
winner or runner-up regionally. We see their week in New York, as
they learn from Broadway's best. After three episodes, a winner is
– “The Simpsons,” 8 and 8:30
p.m., Fox. In the first rerun, Homer is now the only human in a
planet run by robots. In the second, he bumps his head, gets six
weeks of rest at home and – surprisingly – tries to use the time
to become a better husband.
– “The Good Wife,”9 p.m., CBS. In
a previous episode, Alicia met a tough and ambitious judge (Matthew
Perry). In this rerun, he forces her back into the political
– :”Hell on Wheels,” 9 p.m., AMC.
Cullen – a former Confederate officer and a killer – has become a
security guy for the railroad. Now his past is catching up with him.
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Some of the focus shifts to Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) in this
rerun. Investigating a surfer's death, she comes across her former
– “Copper,” 10 p.m., BBC America.
This intense series follows a cop – vengeful and violent, but
honest – in 1864 New York City. Tonight, he finds key info about
the kidnapping of his wife and the murder of their daughter.