MIGHT-SEE: “James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty,” 9 p.m., PBS (check
Whistler carried opposite extremes, this elegant film says. His personality
reflected his American roots; brash and bombastic, he was at the center of
London’s party scene. But his paintings were understated, a hint of the
impressionism that Europeans later embraced.
art critic said his abstracts amounted to merely “flinging a pot of paint in
the public’s face”; Whistler sued him, won and went broke in the process. He
bounced back and his painting (understated, of course) of his mother became a
MIGHT-SEE II: “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
(Tom Selleck), the police commissioner, goes into high gear whenever a cop is
killed. This time, it was an undercover cop in his son’s precinct; Frank is
intense … then finds a secret.
this rerun, teen Nicky seeks a former classmate who is living on the streets.
Her uncle Jamie (Will Estes) and his police partner help with the search.
ALTERNATIVE: “Z Nation” debut, 10 p.m., Syfy.
anyone watching “The Walking Dead,” with its zombie herds and gore, grumble
that there’s too much subtlety? Apparently, because “Z Nation” avoids that
in full crisis – lots of chomping, shooting, spurting – before reluctantly
introducing its characters. They’re in a human outpost, with a handsome
semi-leader (Tom Everett Scott). Soon, they meet a solid soldier (Harold
Perrineau), hear a passionate radio voice (DJ Qualls) and get a mobile mission.
That’s accompanied by much gore and little intervening subtlety.
& Julia” (2009), 7 and 10:10 p.m., Oxygen. Bouncing between eras, this is a
jaunty portrait of Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and the blogger (Amy Adams) who
obsessed on her recipes.
Standing,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC. Yes, it’s good news that Eve has a boyfriend and
told her mom about him; not so good, her older sisters feel, is the fact that
the couple will be on an ROTC camping trip together. In the second rerun, Boyd’s
report causes people to consider changing the school’s name.
8 p.m., Fox. This reality show settles into its Tuesday/Friday pattern.
Nightmares” season-finale, 9 p.m., Fox. Gordon Ramsay revisits several spots,
to see if people really followed through. Did the professional belly dancer
quit dancing and focus on her restaurant? Did a dad hand over control to his
daughter? Are sisters cooperating? We’ll see.
Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. Nick Jonas plays a young computer hacker in this rerun.
McGarrett must link with police Captain Grover (Chi McBride) to serve him a
Knick,” 10 p.m., Cinemax. Rumors swirl that this hospital (in early-1900s New
York) will head to the same posh surroundings where its rich patrons moved.
Still, in this OK episode we also see how crucial it is to its hard-scrabble
neighborhood … and how deeply its administrator is imbedded in local