TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Good Wife”
season-opener, 10 p.m., CBS.
Alicia had enough things to worry
about. Her husband is trying to rebuild his career, after frequenting
prostitutes; a partner at her law firm has renewed a long-ago love
for her. Now she has a big case coming up … and a judge suddenly
makes her assist a guy defending himself for murder.
That trial has some sharp twists, some
centering on Kalinda (Emmy-winner Archie Panjabi), the firm's
detective. Also, Alicia must face Cary, the sharp young lawyer she
beat to get this job.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Baseball: The
10th Inning,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Ken Burns had resisted sequels to his
brilliant documentaries – until now. As soon as he'd finished his
1994 “Baseball,” the game changed wildly.
A strike ended the '94 season six weeks
early. Afterward, baseball needed a big comeback.
Then everything clicked – new
stadiums, a surge of Latino stars, the records chase of Cal Ripken,
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. It was a giddy time … deflated later
by reports that many of the sluggers were steroid-boosted. That part
will wait until Wednesday's conclusion.
TONIGHT'S DEBUT: “No Ordinary
Family,” 8 p.m., ABC.
Many families hope a vacation can spur
a life-change – but nothing like this. After crashing into a jungle
river, the Powells have superpowers.
Stephanie's ultra-speed is helpful for
a scientist/supermom; Daphne's thoughts-reading complicates her teen
social life. Jim – a police sketch artist – is now stronger and
faster than the cops or crooks.
There's some fun here, especially as
Jim and a friend learn what he can (and can't) do. The cast (led by
Julie Benz and Michael Chiklis) is likable, with one catch: Chiklis'
transformation is less dazzling, because he had a heroic look before
the change began.
Other choices tonight include:
– “Glee,” 8 p.m., Fox. You
probably guessed that Brittany would want the glee club to do a
Britney Spears number. Will is hesitant, but has other concerns:
Emma, his love, is falling for a handsome dentist. John Stamos plays
the dentist; Britney Spears (logically) plays herself.
– “Dancing With the Stars,” 9
p.m., ABC. It's time for the second person to be cut. After losing
one of its eccentrics (David Hasselhoff) last week, ABC can only hope
that someone bland will go.
– “After the Spill: The Last
Catch,” 9 p.m., National Geographic. This focuses on Venice, La.,
where some people say British Petroleum has a choke hold. It decided
which locals would get hired for the clean-up; it brought in
outsiders, creating a bloated community of haves and have-nots.
– “Sons of Anarchy,” 10 p.m., FX.
Framed for one murder, Gemma then helped kill someone who would have
turned her in. Now she takea her senile dad (Hal Holbrook) to a home
… and still doesn't know her grandson was kidnapped. It's another
fierce, Emmy-worthy performance by Katey Sagal.
– “Detroit 1-8-7,” 10:01 p.m.,
ABC. Detroit has plenty of strong cultures for this show to visit.
One story here (partly comic) involves a death at a Polish riverboat
wedding, complete with polka band. Another (mostly heartbreaking)
involves the murder of a college football star. As in last week's
opener, the breaks and clues come way too easily; still, there's a
gritty earnestness that's appealing. In his own, stone-faced way,
Det. Fitch (Michael Imperioli) is becoming a great character.