TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Masterpiece Mystery,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
Here’s the last of this season’s four “Endeavour” movies,
showing the early years of Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans), before he became the
all-wise Inspector Morse.
Tonight, he’s been probing three cases: A boy is missing, a
journalist is dead and someone has walked out of an open prison. Morse feels
they’re related and they point to a conspiracy among Oxford’s elite.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: “The Lottery” debut, 10 p.m.,
Suddenly, inexplicably, the world has turned infertile. There
are six known 5-year-olds; no one has been born since then. Now – as word comes
of a possible breakthrough – we see desperate moves.
The government covets the few children … and covets some newly
fertilized eggs. Now the plots grow. “Lottery” has a plot that’s good enough to
partially overcome its so-so filming and adequate cast.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Strain,” 10 p.m., FX.
Like last week’s opener, this hour tries some precarious
juggling. It’s a sleek, slick adventure drama, beautifully written, acted and
filmed. It’s also a gory horror story.
An airplane landed with only four survivors – except,
unbeknownst to officials, the others have returned to life. Meanwhile, a giant
box was smuggled out, carrying something viral and nasty. Now a Centers for
Disease Control doctor deals with his own crumbling life, while trying to warn
Other choices include:
“The Simpsons,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., Fox. The first rerun, a
delight, finds Homer waking up and seeing that he and everyone else is suddenly
made of Legos. The second has Marge deciding to quit having friends.
“Unforgettable,” 9 p.m., CBS. It’s got to be tough to play
poker with someone who remembers everything. Tonight, Carrie admits to fellow
cops that she’s played it at an underground casino; then she goes undercover
there, to probe the murder of a city official.
“Ray Donovan” and “Masters of Sex,” 9 and 10 p.m., Showtime.
Both shows started their seasons last week, in transition. Now Ray returns his
wayward dad to Los Angeles and the Sully-shooting case is (temporarily) buried.
Then Dr. Masters starts his new job, with Virginia Johnson’s future uncertain.
“Game of Crowns,” 9:01 p.m., Bravo. Even by reality-show
standards, this is a surprisingly dim-witted episode. When one of the women
tries a beauty pageant, the others make a harmless bet. Her husband over-reacts
… they over-react to that … and general stupidity ensues.
“Reckless,” 10 p.m., CBS. Jamie and Roy must set their
differences aside, when combining to defend football players charged with
murder. Also, Preston apologizes after he’s spotted in the sex tape.
“Gunslingers” debut, 10 p.m., America Heroes Channel
(formerly Military Channel). An accidental lawman, Wyatt Earp seemed
inscrutable and unbeatable; even at the OK Corral gunfight, he was barely
touched. Still, he hung with brutal people, including his brothers and the
crumbling Doc Holliday. This is the first of six episodes, mixing rich commentary
and fairly good re-enactments.