TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Baseball, 8 p.m. ET, Fox, with preview
After seeing most of the play-offs shuffled away to cable,
baseball finally gets the main focus – prime time on a broadcast network – for
the World Series.
That starts in Kansas City, with the Royals hosting the San
Francisco Giants. Each finished second in its division, then caught on big;
they combined to win eight of nine in the league-championship round.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Flash,” 8 p.m., CW.
If you missed the first two episodes of this above-average
series, don’t fret. Tonight’s hour is big on flashbacks to the night when a
storm ignited a research-lab explosion, giving Barry Allen superspeed.
The show’s flaws are common ones – too much power to the hero
(chase scenes aren’t much fun when you get there instantly) and to the villain;
tonight’s bad guy is so strong that beating him defies believability. Beyond
that, “Flash” is beautifully cast and sharply written; alongside the flashes of
action, tonight’s hour gives several characters a moment of quiet human dramas.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Makers,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local
Fresh from school as the Vietnam War was heating up, a nurse
joined the Army. Her dad held her and wept; “four sons,” he said, “and I send
my daughter to war.” She was entering a mixed world – no weapons, no
weapon-training, but people firing at her; women were told to simply duck under
That’s one of the recollections in a richly detailed look at
American women at war. This ranges from the ‘40s – a retired general recalls
joining because no typing was required – to recent times. We meet the first woman
to lead a unit in combat and the first to fend off a captor who attempted rape.
Other choices include:
“NCIS” and “NCIS: New Orleans,” 8 and 9 p.m., CBS. In the
first hour, Gibbs again turns action hero; he’s trapped on a ship controlled by
pirates. In the second, an officer is killed and his wife is kidnapped.
“Selfie,” 8 p.m., ABC. Here’s the latest life-lesson for self-centered
Eliza, in this clever series. Challenged to do something good, she babysits for
a boy who knows all about having fun..
“Agents of SHIELD,” 9 p.m., ABC. Adrianne Palicki – who starred
in the rejected “Wonder Woman” pilot – returns to the comic-hero world here as a
tough foe. She’s Bobbi Morse, the Hydra security chief.
“About a Boy,” 9:30 p.m., NBC. Palicki competes against
herself tonight. Here, she’s Will’s New York girlfriend, a doctor, flying to
California to help him pack and move … except he seems reluctant..
“Forever,” 10 p.m., ABC. Most TV characters (vampires
excluded) can only flash back a generation or two. But Henry, the doctor who
can’t die, has been around for 200 years. Now there are modern copies of a Jack
the Ripper case (1888 London) and the “Black Dahlia” case (1947 Los Angeles). Henry,
of course, worked the Ripper case, so flashbacks ensue.
“Sons of Anarchy,” 10 p.m., FX. Midway in the final season,
this continues to be a brutal year; tonight’s loss is devastating. Meanwhile,
Jax launches his elaborate scheme, using the newly captured Juice as a pawn;
Jemma (Jax’s mom) fears that Juice will reveal her secrets. It’s a good hour,
despite one absurdly out-of-character scene with Jemma and her grandsons.