TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Chicago Code,”
9 p.m., Fox.
Now it's definite: “Chicago Code”
has passed “Boardwalk Empire,” as the season's best new show.
There was already rich depth to the
police commissioner and her best detective. Now we get a deeper view
of a powerful alderman (Delroy Lindo), a guy with Tony Soprano-like
There's a standard cop story here – a
good one about a deadly bank robber. Alongside that, in the second
half of the hour, are the taut, understated scenes that propel this
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Amanda Knox:
Murder on Trial in Italy,” 9-11 p.m., Lifetime.
This true-life story is both compelling
An American student – attractive,
seemingly carefree – is accused of murdering a roommate in Italy.
There's a mountain of circumstantial evidence and odd behavior
pointing to her guilt … but there's also a prejudice against a
privileged American with a nickname (“Foxy Knoxy”) from
What's frustrating is that there's no
way to resolve this. Still, Robert Dornhelm directed skillfully in
Italy and Hayden Panettiere is subtly perfect, making Knox warm, fun,
fragile and bizarre.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Blue-Collar
Dogs,” 8-11 p.m., Nat Geo Wild.
The second and third hours are
standard, in the style of “Border Wars” and other cable shows. We
see the training and work of customs dogs in the Southwest (9 p.m.)
and police dogs in New York (10).
The first hour, however, is much more.
It tells rich stories of dogs that can use their amazing noses and
empathy to sense when a human has cancer or is near a diabetic or
Other choices include:
– “The Bachelor,” 8-10:01 p.m.,
ABC. Brad Womack visits the homes of the final four. In Chico,
Calif., he sees the family funeral home where Shawntel is a mortician
and the future owner. In Madawaska, Me., he buys lobsters with
Ashley. In Seattle, Chantal introduces her intimidating father; in
Charlotte, N.C., Emily decides whether to introduce her daughter.
– “House,” 8 p.m., Fox. Dr. House
breaks all the rules at a school's Career Day.
– “World's Deadliest Towns,” 8-11
p.m., Animal Planet. In India, predator expert Dave Salmoni says,
villages have moved into the animals' world. Elephants kill 200
people a year; one killed 17 in multiple raids. In the first hour
(sometimes too brutal), he watches attempts to scare the giant
creatures away from crops. The second hour has killer hippos in
Zambia; the third has killer tigers in India.
– “Secret Service Files,” 8-10
p.m., National Geographic. The first hour is a no-nonsense look at
Miami agents. The second views preparations for the United Nations
General Assembly in New York.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. This show has reverted to reruns until Charlie Sheen returns
from rehab. Here's a good one, with Alan moving back to Charlie's
place (with Lyndsey and her son) after accidentally burning her place
– “Hawaii Five-0,” 10 p.m., CBS.
On one hand, Scott Caan gives a superb performance. On the other, the
story strains credibility, as Danny (Caan) defies ethics when his
brother (well-played by comedian Dane Cook) is under federal probe. A
second story involves a high-tech revenge scheme.
– “Castle,” 10:01 p.m., ABC.
Forget the light tone of many “Castle” hours; this one – the
start of a two-parter – is dead-serious and rock-solid. Adrian
Pasdar is excellent as a federal agent.