TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “True Blood” (HBO) or “Whodunnit” (ABC)
season finales, 9 p.m.
Summer shows are wrapping up now. For “True Blood,” that
brings a fresh crisis for humans and vampires; Sookie ponders a change and her
brother feels a vampire attraction.
And for “Whodunnit,” the field of 13 strangers has dwindled
to four. There’s Cris, 27, a former beauty queen; Melina, 29, a flight
attendant; Lindsey, 27, an engineer; and Cam, 30, a lawyer for Homeland
Tonight, we learn which one is the “killer” planted in the
show … and which one wins $250,000.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Masterpiece,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
Imagine you’re sure someone has disappeared … but others say
she was never there. That notion has been borrowed by some films (including “Flightplan”)
and TV series, but it was the 1936 novel “The Lady Vanishes” that captured
Alfred Hitchcock filmed it in 1938 and Cybill Shepherd
starred in a TV-movie remake in 1971. Now comes a fresh version, filmed with
the Balkans as a backdrop. Tuppence Middleton stars, with Keeley Hawes and
others in support.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Crossing Lines,” 9 and 10 p.m., NBC.
Ambitious and international, this has had trouble drawing an
audience. Still, tonight’s show – a movie-length two-parter – could be worth
Hickman (William Fichtner) is the sole American, on a police
team authorized to cross European borders. In tonight’s first hour, he’s framed
for murder; in the second, he’s fighting for his life.
Meanwhile, Louis remains obsessed with finding Dimitrov, who
killed his son. Now Dorn (Donald Sutherland) has information that could help.
Other choices include:
Football, 7 p.m. ET, Fox. The cartoons step aside today.
Taking their place is a pre-season game, with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis
Colts visiting Eli Manning and the New York Giants.
“Breaking Bad,” 7:57 and 9 p.m., Showtime. First is a rerun
of the superb season-opener. Jesse is overwhelmed with guilt; Walt is
overwhelmed by the suspicions of his brother-in-law. Both act rashly; then
comes a new episode, with the aftershocks.
“Secret Millionaire,” 8 p.m., ABC. Debbie Johnston, who made
a fortune with her home-health-care business, goes from prosperous Richmond,
Va., to hard-pressed Richmond, Cal.
“Unforgettable,” 9 p.m., CBS. The murder victim is a
scientist who helped Carrie understand her remember-everything syndrome. To
find the killer, she meets others who share her skill.
“The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, the owner of a
ragged wild-West show has been killed.
“The Newsroom,” 10 p.m., HBO. As the season started, viewers
learned this newscast would make a huge error; now we see some of the final
steps leading up to it. Also in this superb hour, Will tries a likability
consultant; the romantic triangle continues, nudging Maggie to a near-meltdown.
“Ray Anthony,” 10 p.m., Showtime. Ray and his brothers mark
the anniversary of their sister’s death.