TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Torchwood:
Miracle Day” debut, 10 p.m., Starz.
Two years ago, “Torchwood”
transformed from a pretty good series to a great mini-series.
That was the five-part “Children of
the Earth.” This one is twice as long and almost as good.
It starts on the day no one dies –
not the convicted killer (Bill Pullman) who gets a lethal injection
or the CIA agent (Mekhi Phifer) who has a horrific accident or anyone
else on Earth.
This is clearly the turf of Torchwood,
a secret British agency that disbanded. Its only survivors are Jack
Harkness (who is eternal, literally), ex-cop Gwen Cooper and her
overwhelmed husband. Linking with two CIA people and a doctor, they
try to save the world. Again.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Friday Night
Lights,” 8 p.m., NBC.
For five years, “Lights” has
crafted a deep portrait of a tough Texas town, focusing on its
football team. Now, a week from its finale, “Lights” hits an
The coach (Kyle Chandler) won a state
championship for Dillon High, then was bounced to low-income East
Dillon – where he's heading to the state finals again. His wife
(Connie Britton) became principal of Dillon, drew controversy, then
became the guidance counselor at East Dillon.
Each of their conversations tonight is
a gem of understated eloquence. Meanwhile, young people are returning
– Tim from prison, others from college. A great show offers waves
of quiet passion.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Flashpoint,”
8 p.m., CBS.
Last week, Ed (Hugh Dillon) was shot.
Now he's rushed to the hospital – where his wife has a difficult
delivery of their baby.
Meanwhile, his colleagues on the police
Strategic Response Unit search for the shooter, who may be linked to
a drug kingpin. And a psychologist continues to interview members of
Other choices include:
– “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
Stone” (2001) and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
(2002), 3:30 and 7 p.m., ABC Family. Here are the first two films of
the Potter series; they'll be back (with more) Saturday and Sunday.
– “Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. A rerun
has Sweets and Booth pondering their relationships with Daisy and
Hannah. Meanwhile, a case seems to involve a bike trick that went
– “Salt” (2010), 8:19 to 10 p.m.,
Starz. This slick thriller is being timed to lead directly into
“Torchwood.” Angelina Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent
accused of being an enemy spy. All of this is wildly unbelievable,
but Jolie and director Phillip Noyce turn it into a high-octane,
– “House,” 9 p.m., Fox. In a
rerun, a man's wife still thinks he has a comfortable real-estate
job. Now his ailment seems linked to his secret, blue-collar job.
– “CSI: NY,” 9 p.m., CBS. In this
rerun, a serial rapist has been killed, after being restrained in the
same way he held his victims. Now police reluctantly pursue the
killer. Lindsay Price (“Lipstick Jungle”) plays one of his
victims; Megan Ward (“General Hospital”) plays her lawyer.
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Danny (Donnie Whalberg) has seen a murder by a drug boss who's known
for intimidating witnesses. Now someone in Danny's family is in