“The Muppets,” 8-10 p.m., ABC.
Sixty years ago, Jim
Henson proved that goofy kid stuff can co-exist with smart humor for
grown-ups. That approach keeps working for many companies (especially
Pixar) ... and for the Muppets that the late Henson created. Here's a
chance to savor four reruns from their Tuesday series.
At 8 p.m., a
stressed Kermit tries a yoga retreat, where he meets Jason Bateman;
that leaves Scooter feeling overwhelmed at work. At 8:30, Kristin
Chenoweth stirs up dissension in the band. At 9, Dave Grohl has a
drum-off with Animal; at 9:30, Mindy Kaling helps preparations for a
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 9-11 p.m., CBS.
Back in 2000, “CSI”
(plus “Survivor”) transformed CBS from stodgy and fading to
semi-stodgy and winning. So the network wisely let it return for a
big-deal finale, which reruns here.
A bomb explodes in a
casino, paralyzing Las Vegas. Soon, Grissom and Willows (William
Petersen and Marg Helgenberger) are back in town, alongside regulars
played by Ted Danson, Jorja Fox and more ... plus Melinda Clarke as
Lady Heather. A case is solved and a romance is settled.
ALTERNATIVE: Football, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC, with preview at 7.
Using its “flex
schedule” option, NBC has grabbed a game in which both teams have
shots at titles. The New York Giants are 6-8, the Minnesota Vikings
are 9-5, but each is a game out of first in its division.
The Vikings are at
home, setting up next week's regular-season finale in Green Bay.
Barring a late change, the Giants will be without star receiver Odell
Beckham, who has a one-game suspension.
films, 7 a.m. to midnight, ABC Family. The final movies air back to
back, at 7 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. That sets up the two-film
finale at 5 p.m. (2010) and 8:45 p.m. (2011).
“The '80s,” noon
to 6 p.m., repeating 6-11 p.m., National Geographic. This reruns a
quick romp through a big-money time. It pauses for a new “StarTalk”
at 11, then has more reruns to 3 a.m.
8 p.m., CBS. Here's the second of three Sunday episodes, before a
brief Friday run. Going undercover, the head of Nestle Toll House
Cafe finds she doesn't meet her own standards.
and more, 8-9:30 p.m., Fox. Three episodes from last Christmastime
are rerun. First, Marge bars Homer after he goes drinking on
Christmas Eve. Then Craig Robinson returns as the Pontiac Bandit on
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” At 9 p.m., “The Family Guy” meets Jesus
at the mall.
9-11 p.m., PBS (check local listings). A week from the excellent
opener of the final season, here's a chance to recall how last season
ended. When the family heads to the estate of Rose's new
father-in-law for some hunting, secrets emerge. Then it's back to
Downton, where the Christmas party brings a surprise departure ...
and a bigger-surprise proposal.
“The Last Man on
Earth,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. In the season-opener, Phil accidentally
drove away, leaving Carol at a gas station. In this rerun, he
scrambles (with no cell phone or walkie-talkie) to find her.
“The Royals,” 10
p.m., rerunning at 11:30, E. There's some unexpected bonding of Queen
Helena and Princess Eleanor; also, Liam investigates Domino. The
previous two episodes rerun at 8 and 9 p.m.; they're also at noon and
1 p.m., wrapping up a marathon that starts at 7 a.m.