MUST-SEE: “Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson,” 9 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings).
the next eight Fridays, the PBS Arts Fall Festival” has big-deal
performances. That starts with a splendid hour -- great music, given
the fresh approach of gifted musicians.
Jean Rodriguez's opening “Billie Jean” to Judith Hill's
powerhouse “Earth Song,” Michael Jackson's songs soars. Sheila E.
offers some vibrant drumming and hosts, introducing Jon Secada, Angel
Lopez, Michael Stuart, Jennifer Pena and more. Then everyone –
backed by a chorus and a terrific, 37-piece band – turns “Man in
the Mirror” into a glowing anthem.
ALTERNATIVE: “Reign” season-opener, 9 p.m., CW.
one level, this is history-turned-soap-opera, with iffty dialog
deliverec by adequate (and telegenic) young actors. It pretends that
France's King Louis and his bride, Mary Queen of Scots, were vibrant,
earnest, healthy and (in soap style) deeply in love. Often, it's
merely so-so drama.
another level, there's Megan Follows. In the three decades since
triumphing in “Anne of Green Gables,” she's done TV and
heavy-duty theater. Here, she's Catherine de' Medici, widow of the
French king. Her son is king and she's scheming with Queen Elizabeth
I. Tonight gives her some big moments.
ALTERNATIVE: “Red Oaks” debut, any time, Amazon Prime.
lives can be transformed, it seems, amid the grown-up playgrounds of
summertime. We saw that in “Dirty Dancing,” “Adventureland,”
“The Way Way Back,” “The Flamingo Kid” and now this amiable
show, a half-hour comedy with the feel of a good independent movie.
doesn't want to be like his folks (Richard Kind and “Dirty Dancing”
star Jennifer Grey), who don't particularly like each other. As a
country club's assistant tennis pro, he samples new worlds. The
result is an upbeat mixture of comedy and drama, with occasional
nudity, drugs and tennis.
Masks,” 11 and 11:30 a.m., Disney Channel. This likable new show
has three kids donning superhero masks (and pajamas) for nightime
adventures. Today, they compete with Luna Girl. The show also airs on
the Disney Junior channel, at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and
This is the first night of full play-off action, with doubleheaders
from both the National League (on TBS) and American League (various
channels); see Sports for specifics.
Amazing Race,” 8 p.m., CBS. The third leg begins. So far, two duos
– cousins and TMZ co-workers – have been eliminated.
season-openerm 8-9 p.m., NBC. Over two seasons and 23 episodes, this
has been a fairly funny view of 30-somethings in a Detroit bar. It's
been inconsistent, but last seaaon it did two things right – adding
youthful enthusiasm (Bridget Mendler, 22, as Candace) and trying a
live episode. That worked well, so now the entire season will be
live. Tonight, Justin, the good-hearted bar-owner, is about to get
serious with Candace. Alas, Danny offers advice; that's rarely a good
Ken,” 8:30, ABC. If the live “Undateable” isn't amusing you,
switch to this comedy, with Ken sent to a sensitivity seminar. The
writing is blunt and the performances are poor, but there are fairly
good moments at the beginning and with his parents at the end..
Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. McGarrett is ready to propose to Catherine
(Michelle Borth). Meanwhile, there's a case to probe; a scuba diver
was killed by a gun that was used in another murder.
Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. A reporter has been shot during a
ride-along, while he was wearing police gear. Frank suspects someone
was targetting cops.