TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Fringe,” 9
Don't you hate it when thieves aren't
restricted by gravity? They seem to have an unfair advantage.
For “Fringe” – a high-quality
show on a low-viewership night – that's one of the problems. A
bigger one involves the fact that Walter (John Noble) ruptured the fabric of the
universe, by journeying into the alternate world; now he tries to
slow the damage he's done.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Blue Bloods,”
10 p.m., CBS.
For the second straight week, this
focuses on the past of Danny, well-played by Donnie Wahlberg.
A former Marine war hero, now homeless,
has been killed; Danny – a police detective and an ex-Marine –
takes the case personally. In a separate story, someone has planted
the false rumor that his dad (Tom Selleck), the police commissioner,
is running for mayor.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Beast
Hunter,” 9 p.m., National Geographic.
For years, Pat Spain says, 19th-century
scientists scoffed at stories of a hairy, man-like beast that walked
the jungles. When a missionary returned with a skull in 1847, they
learned about gorillas.
Then what of the other legends? In
1910, newspapers told of dinosaur-like creatures. Spain travels to
the Congo Basin, where he gets first-hand reports and (as usual)
Like the show's first two episodes (one
of which reruns at 10), this is all about possibilities. Viewers must
settle for interesting glimpses of a dense jungle and the Pygmy
people who survive there.
Other choices include:
– “The Defenders,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Accused of killing a yoga instructor, a husband and wife want
separate lawyers. The firm temporarily dissolves, so Morelli and
Kaczmarek can each take one.
– “Who Do You Think You Are?” 8
p.m., NBC. In a rerun, Kim Cattrall (“Sex and the City”) traces
the grandfather who abandoned her mother and aunts. She emerges with
– “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa”
(2008, FX) or “School of Rock” (2003, TBS), 8 p.m. This a good
night to catch a family film. FX has an animated sequel (rerunning at
10) with delightful animal characters. TBS has Jack Black as a
musician pretending to be a teacher; the result (rerunning at 10:40)
is well-made, with Richard Linklater directing and Mike White writing
– “CSI: NY,” 9 p.m., CBS. Welcome
to the sort of world “Gossip Girl” knows – with rich kids in an
elite Manhattan school. Tonight, police investigate the murder of a
popular and gifted student.
– “Supernatural,” 9 p.m., CW.
When virgins are disappearing, the guys jump to the obvious
conclusion that dragons are responsible. Less obvious is how to
defeat a dragon.
– “Monk,” 9 p.m., MyNetwork. The
first time John Turturro played Adrian Monk's agoraphobic brother
Ambrose, he won an Emmy. Here's a rerun of his second episode; this
time, Ambrose seems more interested in Natalie than the case. That
follows an 8 p.m. rerun in which Natalie is a murder target.
– “Merlin,” 10 p.m., Syfy.
Pauline Collins has been on British TV for more than four decades;
she also won a Tony and was nominated for an Oscar for “Shirley
Valentine.” Now, at 70, she plays the ex-love of Merlin's mentor,
Gaius. Merlin can't convince him that she's under a spell, in a plot
to kill the king.