“Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” debut, 10 p.m., FX.
“Rescue Me” was a revelation for FX, a rare blend of humor, rage,
pain and heroic firefighters. This new show is shorter (a half-hour),
with no heroes but more fun.
Leary plays a rock
singer who blew his shot at fame. His guitarist (John Corbett) and
drummer found success elsewhere, while he stumbled along. Now he
meets a daughter (Elizabeth Gillies) he didn't know; she wants to be
a rock star and he reluctantly re-assembles the band. The result is a
spectacular breakthrough for Gillies, who has ranged from Broadway's
“13” to Nickelodeon's “Victorious.”
“Geeks Who Drink” debut, 11 p.m., Syfy.
Remember when sports
fans got to do most of the drinking? Not any more; some bars have
added trivia contests, letting pop-culture geeks swig and score; now
that's been turned into a game show.
Zachary Levi has
sci-fi cred, after playing Fandral in the second “Thor” movie and
being cast in the “Heroes Reborn” series. He produces this show
and does a smart, fun job as host. In a bar-like setting, we meet
teams that have celebrity captains (Eric Christian Olsen of “NCIS:
Los Angeles,” Scott Porter of “Hart of Dixie”) and regular-folk
geeks. Drinks flow freely; so does knowledge and fun.
ALTERNATIVE: “Astronaut Wives Club,” 8 p.m., ABC; and “Aquarius,”
9 p.m., NBC.
Both dramas are
against the backdrop of a changing 1960s world. “Astronaut”
(starts in 1961) tends to do it with subltety and skill; “Aquarius”
(1967) is heavy-handed, but has one of its better episodes here.
the civil-rights movement is gaining momentum and Trudy Cooper (a
pilot, married to an astronaut) fumes at attempts to scuttle a
program for female astronauts. On “Aquarius,” a female cop,
mocked by her colleagues, is suddenly key to an intense manhunt. The
result is sometimes overwrought and the ending leaves you feeling
kind of empty; still, there are some strong moments.
“The Big Bang
Theory” and “Mom,” 8 and 8:31 p.m., CBS. Here are two excellent
reruns. The first includes a final dinner as a tribute to Howard's
late mom, with food she'd made and prepared; the second sees Violet's
mom and grandmother visit her therapy session.
9 p.m., Fox. A week from the season-finale, Ethan is ready to tell
people the truth about their town. Also, he probes past
disappearances, after Harold attempts an escape.
“Dates,” 9 and
9:30 p.m., CW. Last week's debut had a brilliant half-hour, with Oona
Chaplin as Mia, a cynical beauty dating a good-hearted lunk. Now Mia
is back, dating a confident surgeon. He's played by Ben Chaplin,
who's not related to her or anyone else famous; by comparison, she's
descended from Charlie Chaplin (her grandfather) and Eugene O'Neill
(great-grandfather). The second half-hour has Gemma Chan as someone
unable to tell her Chinese family that she's dating a woman.
10 p.m., ABC. Nick finally has information about the drunken driver
who killed his parents 18 years ago. Now Juliet worries that he'll
strike on his own.
“Under the Dome,”
10 p.m., CBS. Two frequent foes, Big Jim and Julia, reluctantly link,
trying to discredir Christine (Marg Helgenberger) ... whose plan
brings a deadly result.
season-opener, 10:30 p.m., FX. Visiting a retirement community, Lina
(Judy Greer) finds two surprises: Her mom thinks its Thanksgiving ...
and is sexually active. There is some humor here, but Lina's overall
view – insisting on taking her mother home – is difficult to buy
11:30 p.m., Syfy. This is a weekly pop-culture talk show. Dave
Huntsberger – who made great micro-versions of “Jurassic World”
and “Mad Max,” using backyard toys – hosts.