“The People v. O.J. Simpsons,” 10 p.m., FX.
For a while, this
terrific episode suggests, the “dream team” was closer to a
nightmare. Its leader, Robert Shapiro, was self-centered and
self-delusional. Robert Kardashian had little courtroom experience;
F. Lee Bailey had a lot of it, but that was many years (and a
drunk-driving trial) ago.
Into this mix,
however, came Johnnie Cochran. As played by Courtney Vance, he's
bright and passionate. Tonight the defense team transforms ... and
the prosecution realizes it has a problem.
II: “New Girl,” 8 p.m., Fox.
For the third
straight week, the addition of Megan Fox makes a good show even
better. She plays Reagan, a bisexual beauty who is a temporary
loftmate while Jess (Zooey Deschanel, on maternity leave) is on jury
duty. A strong-minded drug rep, tonight she challenges the guys.
Appalled at the
indeciveness of Nick and Winston, she tells them she'll sleep with
one of them ... if they can decide which one. Meanwhile, Schmidt and
Cece search for a hall for their wedding reception.
ALTERNATIVE: “Frontline,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
With two hours of
air time, “Frontline” can catch the full scope of the heroin
problem. We meet a guy who shattered his career and his parenting; we
also meet a 20-year-old ex-suburbanite, now six-plus years into her
addiction and using any means – stealing, dealing, sex – to get
$1,000 a week.
Some blame is aimed
at a drug company that promoted OxyContin furiously; in the past 15
years, we're told, deaths from overdoses of heroin and prescription
opiods have quintupled. And a possible solution is pondered in
Seattle, where the emphasis is on help – if it's available –
instead of arrests.
(2013), 7-10 p.m., FX. Four gifted actors drew Oscar nominations in
this bizarre (and fun) tale, based loosely on real life. In 1978, a
con man (Christian Bale) has a shaky wife (Jennifer Lawrence) and a
gifted scam partner (Amy Adams). An FBI guy (Bradley Cooper) pulls
them into what would become the “Abscam” corruption case..
Roots,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Let others boast about
ancestors who atrived on the Mayflower; Neil Patrick Harris learns of
one who came two years before that ... then survived a massacre and
won the New World's first breach-of-promise case. Also in this
interesting hour, Gloria Steinem learns her grandmother helped a
nephew flee from Nazi Germany and was the first woman elected to the
Toledo school board. Author Sandra Cisneros learns her dad fabricated
a false identiy to get into World War II.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. At the start of the season, Jon Cryer played a quirky surgeon
who saved Gibbs' life. Now he's back, operating on a suspect and
finding a key clue.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. Sonja's childhood friend heads a ring that
p.m., CW. It's been quite a ride for Liv, who keeps assuming the
personalities of the murder victims she munches. In an early episode,
she was dark and gloomy; now she takes after a relentlessly
optimistic coffee-shop owner.
10 p.m., NBC. As Casey runs for alderman, he faces a rugged
p.m., CBS. We learn about the dark past of Sands (Colin Salmon), Sen.
Morra's menacing aide. Now he's desperate to have Brian help him,
while keeping it secret from Morra.