TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Killing”
(AMC) or “The Borgias” (Showtime), both 10 p.m.
Each Sunday, these two collide. One is
brooding, the other brash; both are brilliantly crafted.
“Killing” is spending 13 weeks on
one crime, with deep portraits of the cops, the suspects and the
grieving parents. Tonight, the police find key pieces – we won't
learn what – of the victim's secret life.
“Borgias,” by comparison, is full
of Vatican spectacle. Tonight, we learn more about the political
schemes of 15th-century Italy; one pawn in those schemes, Lucrezia
Borgia, gets married. There's a great wedding-reception scene
involving her mother.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Extreme
Makeover:Home Edition” return, 8 p.m. ABC.
Now that “Secret Millionaire” has
finished its trial run, this show is back.
Tonight, it goes to Wichita to help
Carl Hall. A former star athlete, he had a busy life with his wife
and four kids; then, a hear ago, a car accident left him paralyzed.
Now the Halls gets a sports vacation while builders and designers
remake their home.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “What Happened
in Waco,” 8 and 11 p.m., CNN.
The 1993 stand-off between federal
agents and the Branch Davidian cult ended with 86 people dead, 24 of
them children. This documentary calmly and colorlessly views mistakes
on both sides.
It visits two survivors –
apparently, the entire current flock of Branch Davidian – who meet
each Sunday. Also, a man who left the cult has cleared the land, with
hopes for a religious gathering.
Other choices include:
– “Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check
local listings). Two years ago, a fire swept through Victoria in
Australia, killing 173 people and scorching a million acres. Then,
almost instantly, a comeback began. Animals recovered, plants grew,
trees survived – all of it recorded beautifully.
– “Human Planet,” 8 and 9 p.m.,
Discovery. Here's the mid-section of this gorgeous series. Tonight
follows Inuit fishermen in the Arctic, then goes to Burma, Ethiopia
for life in jungles and grasslands.
– “Lemonade Mouth” (Disney) and
“The Shunning” (Hallmark), both 8-10 p.m. Here are quick reruns
of two fairly good films, viewing opposite youths – rockers on
Disney, an Amish woman on Hallmark.
– “Desperate Housewives,” 9 p.m.,
ABC. Fresh from a kidney transplant, Susan obsesses on gambling.
– “Masterpiece Classic,” 9 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). Packing a lot into three weeks, this
“Upstairs Downstairs” sequel is beautifully done but crowded.
Tonight has good news for Agnes, dark dealings for her self-centered
sister. Also, a new housekeeper is ushered into and out of the story.
– “Game of Thrones” debut, 9
p.m., HBO. It's a slow start for this epic and violent, 10-week
fantasy series. We need the whole hour to start to know the
characters – even longer to care about them.
– “The Fall of Sam Ax” 9-11 p.m.,
USA. Bruce Campbell's “Burn Notice” character gets his own movie,
a prequel to the “Burn Notice” series.
– “TV Land Awards,” 9-10:30 p.m.,
TV Land. This starts with Liza Minnelli singing “New York, New
York,” then piles up TV memories with Michael J. Fox, John
Travolta, Bill Cosby and more.
– “River Monsters,” 10 p.m.,
Animal Planet. In a strong hour, Jeremy Wade traces stories of a
giant, killer snake in New Zealand. He finds a fierce eel that fits