TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Mistresses”
debut, 10:01p.m., ABC.
Under that glutzy, soapy title, the
original version of “Mistresses” was surprisingly subtle. A
British show, it had four bright women trapped by mistakes, often
And the U.S. version? It's glitzier and
soapier; the opening minutes leap between sexy affairs. It's also
prettier, with a slickly gorgeous look. Alyssa Milano and Yunjin Kim
(“Lost”) play a lawyer and a therapist, with big troubles and
troubled friends. Likable people scramble with hectic lives.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “The Fosters”
debut, 9 p.m., ABC Family.
Nudged by circumstance, a cop and a
vice-principal (Teri Polo and Sherri Saum) have five kids, four of
them foster or adopted. This story starts with the arrival of a
troubled teen (Maia Mitchell).
There are some major producers behind
this, including Benny Medina (whose own real-life adoption was the
inspiration for “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”) and Jennifer Lopez.
Tim Busfield, who directed the first two episodes, gives “Fosters”
a strong, sleek look that enfolds a solid story.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The Voice,”
8-10:01 p.m., NBC.
Adam Levine used to boast that he had
coached the first “Voice” winner. Then came the Shelton surge.
Blake Shelton had the second winner and
both third-season finalists. Now he could repeat.
Last week, two of Levine's people
(Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons) were ousted. That leaves Shelton with
half the top six, with one each for Levine, Usher and Shakira; now
viewers pick the final four.
Other choices include:
– “The Bachelorette,” 8-10:01
p.m., ABC. Some of the guys have a tough volleyball game, leading to
an emergency-room visit; others try stunt-man moves, with the winner
getting a date with Desiree.
– “The Secret Life of the American
Teenager” series finale, 8 p.m., ABC Family. Five years ago, this
started with Amy (Shailene Woodley) as a pregnant teen. Now,
belatedly, is the high school graduation.
– “Rules of Engagement,” 8:30,
CBS. A night of CBS reruns includes this one, with Liz – Russell's
crazy neighbor (and, briefly, wife) – wanting him to father her
– “Mike & Molly,” 9:30, CBS.
In a funny episode, Molly thinks she'll get out of cooking
Thanksgiving dinner, because Mike is sick. Alas, Vince's brother is
coming, with high expectations.
– “Anger Management,” 9:30 p.m.,
Fox. Charlie Sheen's fairly funny show often goes unnoticed on
cable's FX. Now it visits Fox, for an episode in which he tries a
new therapist; Marion Ross guests.
– “Hawaii Five-0,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Rumer Willis – the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore –
guests as one of the Victoria's Secret models Danny must protect.
– “Push Girls” season-opener, 10
p.m., Sundance. This excellent reality show – focusing on four
young women in wheelchairs – has its best moments tonight with
Tiphany Adams, a paraplegic since a car accident 13 years ago, when
she was 17. She rides a bull at a cowboy bar and meets a woman she
likes at a lesbian bar; she also learns just how difficult it is to
move into a solo apartmeent.
– “Revolution” season-finale,
10:01 p.m., NBC. Miles and Monroe battle, at the key point in the
world's long-ago power black-out. Miles' leadership skills and
Aaron's techno-skill become crucial.