TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Good Wife,” 9 p.m., CBS.
OK, now they have our attention. After years of quietly
creating deep drama, “Good Wife” jolted viewers last week by killing its
second-best character (Will Gardner) in a courthouse shooting.
Josh Charles had said he wanted to leave; but, no one
expected anything so conclusive. Now come the aftershocks: For Alicia, Will was
both a great friend (the only person to help her return to the workforce) and
an imposing enemy; for Diane, he was co-head of the law firm. Now feelings must
be sorted out.
TODAY’S MUST-SEE II: Sports overload, all day.
First, the NCAA basketball tournament finds its final four.
Two of the teams were decided Saturday on TBS; the other two will emerge from
games at 2 and 4:30 p.m. ET today on CBS.
Then fans can switch to ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, for the sort-of
baseball opener, with the Dodgers at San Diego. Other teams have their opening
day on Monday; also, two previous games in Australia count in the standings. That
means the Dodgers – the biggest-payroll team – could have a 3-0 record before
anyone else plays; they may replace the Yankees as baseball’s most-hated team.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Mr. Selfridge” season-opener, 9
p.m., PBS (check local listings).
People change, this classy “Masterpiece” series says …
especially when you jump ahead five years.
Agnes was a quiet clerk, sometimes working with Henri, the
charming store designer; now she’s back from Paris to become the store’s
display chief, he’s back from New York in despair. Harry, the store owner, had
been ruining his life with affairs; now he seems reformed. His personnel
director has three pre-schoolers and no sleep; their best customer has a nasty
husband who just returned. There’s much more, including the impending World War
I; the stories are fairly good and the settings are elegant.
Other choices include:
“The Departed” (2006) and “No Country for Old Men” (2007), 5
and 8:15 p.m., IFC. Here’s a chance to watch (or record) two best-picture
Oscar-winners back-to-back. Both are tough, complex crime stories that also won
Oscars for their directors and adapted screenplays.
“The Amazing Race,” 8 p.m., CBS. Last week, the show lost a
fan-favorite duo. Margie O’Donnell and her hearing-impaired son Luke Adams has
finished third and eighth in previous editions; this time, they again were
eighth. Tonight, the seven surviving duos face an exhausting challenge in Sri Lanka.
“The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox. Homer is hired as a World Cup
soccer referee – well, why not? – and confronts an elaborate bribery scheme.
“Resurrection,” 9 p.m., ABC. Sure, the first person to return
from the dead was an innocent kid. But the second was Caleb, who had robbed a
bank shortly before his death … and has now vanished after someone killed Dale.
Two enemies – the sheriff and the federal agent – link to find him.
“The Walking Dead,” 9 p.m., AMC. After endless horror, Rick
is still startled by tonight’s brutality.
“Revenge,” 10 p.m.,
ABC. Newly single, Emily uses her free time to tackle an old mystery.
“The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS. To catch art thieves, Patrick
Jane plans a dangerous sting operation.