TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Fargo” finale, 10 p.m., FX, repeating
This is how we’d expect this great show to end -- alternately
funny, violent, weird and wonderful.
Mild-mannered Lester killed his wife and watched Malvo kill
the investigating police chief; he framed both murders on his brother, married
his ditzy assistant and thrived … until Malvo returned, killing Lester’s second
wife. At one point, Molly was the only cop who suspected Lester; now she has
support from two FBI guys and her husband Gus, an ex-cop. A big, splendid
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “American Experience,” 9-11 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
Back in 1961, civil-rights struggles were being ignored by
many Americans, including John and Robert Kennedy. Then protestors forced the
issue by defying the segregation of interstate buses.
“Freedom Riders” ranges from ride leaders to the Southerner
(then a young girl) who saw a mob attack riders outside her home. It also
includes the rider whom police forgot to arrest; he politely reminded them.
It’s a superb rerun, leading into next Tuesday’s new “Freedom Summer.”
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Perception” season-opener, 10 p.m.,
Pierce’s mind takes him in odd directions, including
conversations with people who aren’t really there. That’s his sub-conscious at
work, sometimes helpfully and sometimes not.
But this time, he has a whole spy adventure bouncing before
him in Paris, with bigger-than-life characters. He’s never imagined anything this
elaborate. The result is wonderfully clever, twice as good as the usual
“Perception” … and ten times as good as the lame “Rizzoli & Isles” that
Other choices include:
“Rizzoli & Isles,” 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., TNT. Usually a
strong, solid show, this reruns its entire, 16-hour fourth season. Then the
fifth season starts with an oddly weak hour. The crime story – a slain jogger,
a missing baby – is a backdrop for Rizzoli’s personal secret. Both stories are
relatively limp and mild.
“America’s Got Talent,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC. Auditions
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. As the team searches for the terrorist
Parsa in this rerun, its newcomer – Bishop (Emily Wickersham) – reveals she has
a past connection to him.
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Sam and Callen
head to Mexico, searching for a retired killer they confronted during their
first case together.
“Chasing Life,” 9 p.m., ABC Family. This second episode,
like the first, is a maddening mix of extremes. It has a charming cast (led by
Italia Ricci and Aisha Dee ) … gorgeous Boston settings … and fresh turf,
telling of a 24-year-old with leukemia. It also has an absurd view of newspaper
work, plus numbskull moments from the lead character. One of those is in
tonight’s first scene; then “Life” gets better.
“The Night Shift,” 10:01, NBC. This San Antonio emergency
room is stuffed with injured Alamo re-enactors – hey, it was a tough battle –
and with a violent amnesiac. Also, a secretly gay doctor has military exercises
with a homophobe. Like previous hours, this has awful scenes with the administrator;
unlike previous ones, it turns its best character (Jill Flint as the shift
chief) into a brooding fool.