TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Following, 9
The grisliest moment is past us now and
viewers can settle in for a great character drama.
At the core are Ryan Hardy (Kevin
Bacon), a former FBI agent, and Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), a
brilliant author, professor and serial killer. He's back in prison,
but his followers are at work.
To get back at Carroll's wife (and
Hardy's ex-lover), they've kidnapped his son. That's led by a nanny
with a sweet face and fierce mind. A flashback with her own mom is
stunning and startling.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Dallas”
season-opener, 9 and 10 p.m., TNT.
Larry Hagman – who died Nov. 23, at
81 – was still in fine form when these episodes were filmed.
Still, don't expect the sly pace of his old “Dallas.” This is
soap-on-steroids, with absurd developments shoveled atop each other.
No one needs to dig for dirt; it's all on the surface, waiting to be
Even Bobby Ewing's family is
susceptible. His new wife is reduced to a whimper; his adopted son
Christopher learn the true identity of the woman he briefly married.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The Carrie
Diaries,” 8 p.m., CW.
There would be every reason to give up
on this teen version of Carrie Bradshaw, who's kind of a snitch.
Tonight, she tells on herself (needlessly) to her dad and her
boyfriend; she also tells on her sister.
Still, “Diaries” is fun to watch.
Set in 1984, it offers bright colors, big hair and bursts of
optimism. AnnaSophia Robb is immensely likable as Carrie weaves
between her suburban life and the Manhattan that her future self
mastered in “Sex and the City.”
TONIGHT'S ODDITY: “Built” debut, 9
A reality show about guys who are
models and handymen? It sounds silly, especially when following the
truly awful season-opener of “Jerseylicious.” Still, it's a
competent home-improvement show.
The guys – educated as a lawyer, an
aeronautical engineer, etc. – have a “Hot and Handy” company
and work with a skilled designer. Tonight, they convert a mansion's
third floor into a gorgeous mega-closet for a woman who has, we're
told, $300,000 in handbags alone.
Other choices include:
– “The Bachelor,” 8-10 p.m., ABC.
One woman gets a glamorous date, but the others don't have it as
easy. There's rock-climbing, roller derby and an ambulance ride to
– “How I Met Your Mother,” 8
p.m.,CBS. In a rerun, people have a haunting realization: They're
dating (or married to) people a lot like one of their parents.
– “Jerseylicious” season-opener,
8 p.m., Style. One woman announces she'll have “the Jersey version
of the royal wedding, only bigger.” Then people screech at each
other a lot.
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8:30,
CBS. In its final Monday rerun (before “Rules of Engagement”
returns), this show finds Sheldon being jealous, when the comic-store
guy asks Amy for a date.
– “2 Broke Girls,” 9 p.m., CBS.
In a funny rerun, two Amish men want to sample city life. Max and
Caroline are glad to help – especially if the guys will build a
barn for Caroline's horse.
– “Castle,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. In a
rerun, Castle and Beckett plan a romantic weekend in the Hamptons.
Then, of course, a dying man stumbles into the yard and falls into
the swimming pool.