TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Glee,” 8 p.m.,
Fox; and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” 9 p.m., Fox Movie
Channel (generally via satellite or digital cable).
It was 35 years ago last month that
“Rocky Horror” hit theaters with its weird characters,
overwrought plot and vibrant songs. It became a midnight-movie
sensation and now has a Halloween-week splurge.
On “Glee,” Will learns that Emma is
a fan of the film and gets his singers to do the stage version.
(Barry Bostwick and Meatloaf, from the film, guest.) Afterward, some
viewers can see the original.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “The Good
Wife,” 10 p.m., CBS.
In the middle of a banquet, lawyers get
a shock: A massage therapist says an esteemed figure, about to
receive a Nobel Prize, groped her; the firm must quickly decide
whether to take the case.
Private eyes, lawyers and schemers are
all in hyperdrive. Viewers will be whipped back and forth.
This episode follows a nasty TV habit
by being too similar to a real-life case – one dismissed by police
for several reasons. (We fumed earlier when “Law & Order”
designed a character after Britney Spears' ex-husband, then made him
a killer.) Still, this one is done with surprising balance and
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Frontline,”
9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Yes, the Gulf oil spill has been
covered elaborately. Still, here's a chance for depth and detail.
This starts with a Texas City plant.
Its previous owners (Amoco) considered a safety measure used by many
companies, then declined; British Petroleum, which bought Amoco in
1999, rejected the same plan, which would have cost $150,000. A 2005
explosion killed 15 and injured 170.
One Texas hero is Eva Rowe. While other
settlements (totaling more than $1 billion) included secrecy
agreements, she refused; her settlement involved $32 million to
charity and the release of BP papers.
This report overflows with documents
about BP cutting expenses and resisting safety in Texas, Alaska (with
two massive spills) and the Gulf. It's a now-familiar story,
Other choices include:
– “No Ordinary Family,” 8 p.m.,
ABC. The best part of this hour has Jim confronting someone with
powers to match his own. Unfortunately, that's surrounded by
heavy-handed posturing by his wife and by lame plot twists involving
their teen children.
– “Nova,” 8 p.m., PBS (check
local listings). In a late change, “Nova” inserts an overview of
how international scientists and engineers combined to save Chilean
miners after 69 days underground.
– “In Treatment,” 9 and
9:30 p.m., HBO. The first two episodes (rerunning at 8 and 8:30 p.m.)
were excellent. Now we meet a brilliant-and-jumpy teen and Paul's own
therapist, superbly played by Dane DeHaan and Amy Ryan. Also, Alex
Wolff (“Naked Brothers Band”) takes over as Paul's son.
– “Raising Hope,” 9:01-10 p.m.,
Fox. Jimmy finally finds a way to party with Sabrina, by dressing as
Batman for Halloween. That part has some some warm and funny moments;
at other unfortunate times, however, “Hope” requires us to
consider Alzheimer's-type dementia to be humorous.
– “Independent Lens,” 10 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). Fans of “Mad Men” will love this,
once it gets past an unneeded prologue. Here are the creators of epic
ad campaigns; some, like the fictional Don Draper, describe bland
childhoods. Indeed, Hal Riney could be a clone of Draper; filling
commercials with the warmth he never knew, peaking with Ronald
Reagan's “Morning in America.”
– “Sons of Anarchy,” 10 p.m., FX.
The bikers finally reach Ireland, in search of the kidnapped Abel.