TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Lights Out,”
10 p.m., FX.
In an Emmy-worthy performance, David
Morse adds rich depth to a solid series.
“Lights” Leary, the former boxing
champ, knows he's risking his health and his head with a comeback
title bout. Near bankruptcy, he'll risk it.
Now he meets a punch-drunk ex-champ,
given rich layers of humanity by Morse. The story whip-saws in the
final minutes, establishing this as one of the best drama episodes
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Best in Film:
The Greatest Movies of Our Time,” 9-11 p.m., ABC.
For 11 years, the American Film
Institute and CBS chose the best movies overall and in categories.
Now ABC and People magazine try to do that all in one chunk.
The public voted online, which may
explain how “Grease” reached the best-musical finals. Olivia
Newton-John is interviewed, along with Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins
There's a best-film category, plus
others for best comedy, musical, western, sci-fi and animated film;
there are ones for best action film and its kin – horror,
suspense/thriller, political/historical. Others are for best
character, line, kiss, romantic couple and “chick film.”
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The
Rainmaker” (1997), 8-11 p.m., AMC.
John Grisham's novel about a new lawyer
reached the right people here.
It was directed beautifully by Francis
Ford Coppola. Matt Damon – then an unknown, but about to be a star
– was perfect in the lead; Claire Danes was superb (as always) as
an abused woman.
Other choices include:
– “Glee,” 8 p.m., Fox. This
reruns the first Gwyneth Paltrow episode, when she filled in for
– “NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. When a
teen is suspected of killing his father, Gibbs handles the
– “NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. A Venezuelan politician's life may be in danger, after the
disappearance of the Naval Commander who was tracking his moves.
– “Destination Truth”
season-opener, 9 p.m. Syfy. The good news: We see fascinating
settings including a crumbling former prison island off Panama. The
bad: The narration is overwritten and pooyly read; also, this is
another of those shows where you almost (but not quite) see
– “Traffic Light,” 9:31 p.m.,
Fox. In a terrific rerun, Adam learns Callie is wallowing in debt.
– “The Good Wife,” 10 p.m., CBS.
The firm represents a drug kingpin in a divorce case.
– “Our America,” 10 p.m., Oprah
Winfrey Network. Lisa Ling wraps up her seven-week season with a
film that spent two years tracing people with drug addictions in
Richland County, Ohio.
– “The Fabulous Beekman Boys”
season-opener, 10 and 10:30 p.m., Planet Green. It's fun to see
likable city guys struggle with their farm. In the first episode, Dr.
Brent Ridge obsesses on his lone llama; in the second, we get hints
of emotional scars. Reruns fill a block that goes form 5 p.m. to 3
– “Marcel's Quantum Kitchen”
debut, 10 p.m., Syfy. Marcel Vigneron uses high-tech devices to cook
an elaborate meal. The result holds so-so interest to cooks and/or