“Rosewood,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Here's a plot that
always clicks: Waking up, a guy remembers nothing ... including why a
dead woman is in his bed. That idea worked for “X-Files,” “Law
& Order” and more; now it does again.
The guy is Joo Joo,
a police informant. There are some big leaps in logic, plus a weak
sub-plot concerning Dr. Rosewood's staff. Still, there are also
tender character moment for Villa and for Joo Joo; that puts
“Rosewood” in good shape for next week, when it will lead into
II: “The Americans,” 10 p.m., FX.
In some ways, this
is your standard marital drama ... albeit a marriage-of-convenience,
involving Russian spies imbedded in 1980s America. Still, there's
also the harsh underpinning: When needed, these two people will
commit murder, sometimes with up-close brutality.
Last week, Philip
and Elizabeth were showered with crises: Their neighbor accused him
of sleeping with his wife ... Their daughter told her pastor they are
spies ... Their handler put them in charge of a deadly, stolen virus.
Now each crisis brings fear and impact, in a tough and well-crafted
ALTERNATIVE: Sci-fi movies and/or shorts, all night, cable.
These days, fantasy
films get big budgets and big respect. Tonight, cable has two
“Avengers” films – the original (2012) at 7 p.m. on FX and its
spectacular sequel (2015) at 6:35 on Starz. It also has the
beautifully made – but relentlessly dark -- “Batman Begins”
(2005) at 8 p.m. on TNT.
But long ago? Turner
Classic Movies has a marathon of cheapies: Two “Batman” shorts
(1943) are at 8 p.m. ET, followed by two chapters each of serials for
“Batman and Robin” (1949) at 9, “Superman” (1948) at 10,
“Atom Man vs. Superman” (1950) at 10:45, “Green Hornet”
(1940) at 11:30 and more.
p.m., CBS. Last week, the tribes were shuffled and Anna Khait, 26, a
pro poker player, was sent home. That leaves four members of her
original “Beauty” tribe, compared to five of “Brains” and
three of “Brawn.” Tonight, we're told, they all compete for a
hearty food reward.
p.m., NBC. The show's opener, airing Tuesday, was a mixed blessing –
great star (Melissa George) and hyper story, leaning toward soap
excess. Now, as “Heartbeat” steps into its regular slot, the
excess grows. The story, about conjoined adults, is mostly
8 p.m., Pop. This oft-clever series follows a once-rich family, now
living in its only asset – a broken-down town. Tonight, the mom
wants to join a singing group, the dad borrows office space at the
garage and their daughter is living with a guy who has mixed feelings
9 p.m., ABC. Some people have too little time; Phil and Claire try a
Paris vacation while exhausted. And some have too much time; Jay, now
retired, has an epic remodeling project.
season-opener, 9 p.m., DirecTV and AT&T. One story has Ethan
hired to nab a mysterious beauty; another involves scheming Marty
Stein. Both are slick, monotone and entertaining. The second benefits
from great work by Sarah Carter as an intense cop and Richard Schiff
as Marty, her target.
Beyond Borders,” 10 p.m., CBS. The so-so second episode finds big
trouble for Americans in Mumbai. One is missing; another is near
death, after an organ-harvesting.
“Hap and Leonard,”
10 p.m., Sundance. The first half of this six-week mini-series
included some droll fun. Now, however, “Hap” takes a nasty turn:
The money has been found, but part of its is beyond repair. There are
schemes and counterschemes; Jimmi Simpson – brilliant as a
supernerd in “Breakout Kings” -- is great again, this time as a