TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Mike & Molly” season-opener, 9
It took CBS only three weeks to realize its folly and dump “We
Are Men.” Now “Mike & Molly” is back.
The show returns with a sudden – and hilarious – shift. Molly
(Melissa McCarthy) has a mid-life crisis in front of her grade-school class.
She leaves school (out the window, no less) and her job. From here, things get
shaky; the next two episodes are disappointing. Still, tonight is a delight.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Sleepy Hollow,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Halfway through an already-compelling hour, viewers meet a favorite
of fantasy fans.
John Noble was brilliant in Fox’s “Fringe”; now he guests as
the mysterious “Sin Eater,” finding the link between Ichabod Crane and the
Headless Horseman. These are strong scenes, perfectly played.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Independent Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
Gustavo Madrigal was 9 when he and his mother spent three
days in the desert, slipping into the U.S.; she survived only because others
shared water. He became a star student … then learned that the top five Georgia
colleges won’t take him because he’s an undocumented immigrant.
Now he’s featured in the second half of the excellent “The
Graduates” documentary. Last Monday featured Latinas; tonight, we meet three varied
guys. Juan Bernabe, large and gay, was bullied; Eduardo Corona was a bully
type. With Madrigal, they bring involving life stories.
TONIGHT’S ODDITY: “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and
“Vanderpump Rules,” 8-10 p.m., Bravo.
Two season-openers entwine. Kyle Richards throws a party for
the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce; it’s catered by Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant
and its angst-filled young staffers.
We meet the new “housewives”: Joyce Giraud de Ohoven is a
spectacular beauty (former Miss Universe 1998 runner-up) who starred in NBC’s
failed “Siberia”; Carlton Gebbia is offended if people don’t like her kids’
names – Destiiny and Mysteri. Hey, it’s relative; Vanderpump’s daughter is
The staffers seem easily offended, too. Scheana Marie rages
at friends who didn’t text her after her dental surgery. Later, the delightful
Stossi Schroeder belittles the crisis: “(She) went to the dentist’s office;
(she) got a lollipop and toothbrush afterward.”
Other choices include:
Dancing With the Stars, 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Cher will open
the show by singing “Believe” and close it with “I Hope You Find It.” In
between, she joins Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba in judging the final
“The Voice,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. Over the next two nights, the
top 20 singers will perform live.
“Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. Did anyone expect a simple honeymoon
for Booth and Brennan? In Buenos Aires, they help solve the murder of a Nazi
war criminal; back home, friends struggle to take care of their baby.
“Mom.” 9:30 p.m., CBS. There are some large laughs when Bonnie
(Allison Janney) confronts menopause … and when she meets the conservative
parents of her pregnant granddaughter’s boyfriend.
“The Blacklist,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. Robert Sean Leonard
(“House”) plays a mad scientist.