TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Pete Holmes Show” debut, midnight,
Vertically, vocally and geographically, Holmes seems to fit
He’s 6-foot-5 – the same as former late-night host Craig
Kilborn, an inch above Conan O’Brien (whom he follows). He’s from
Massachusetts, the same as O’Brien and Jay Leno. And he’s the voice of the “E-Trade
baby,” in popular commercials he sometimes helps write.
A sampling indicates he’s clumsy but clever. One sketch
(“X-Men”) is brilliant, others are very good. In the opener, his guest is
comedian-actor Kumail Nanjiani (“Franklin & Bash”) and he visits Jon
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Big Bang Theory,” 9 p.m., CBS.
This wraps up the three-week stretch in which “Big Bang”
reruns fill in on Mondays. Tonight, in a funny episode, Howard and Raj try to
learn why Sheldon seems to disappear at 2:45 p.m. daily.
The Monday shift began when CBS yanked “We Are Men” and
nudged “2 Broke Girls” to 8:30 p.m. “Mike & Molly” will take the 9 p.m.
slot, with a hilarious episode Nov. 4 and then two overwrought ones.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Independent Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
Chastity Salas lives with her mom in a South Bronx homeless
shelter; she’s a gifted poet eyeing top colleges. Stephanie Alvarado’s dad
moved the family from El Salvador to escape violence, then found violence in
Chicago; she’s a top student, even helping in Senegal and speaking at a
At first, Darlene Bustos of Tulsa lacked their optimism. She
says her pregnancy (before her sophomore year) was almost intentional; now she’s
rebuilding her life. These stories – and boys’ stories next week – are told in
rich detail, peppered by the recollections of Latinos who overcame past hurdles.
Other choices include:
“Dancing With the Stars,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Things got
scrambled when the wrong phone numbers were shown on the screen. As a result,
no one was ousted last week and only the judges’ votes carry over. Tonight,
each duo dances twice – once by itself and then in a group number
“The Voice,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC. The “knock-out round”
begins, with contestants choosing their songs.
“The Graduate” (1967), 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies. This
became a true classic, thanks to Mike Nichols’ brilliant direction and Dustin
Hoffman’s breakthrough performance.
“Seduced and Abandoned,” 9 p.m., HBO. Following Alec Baldwin
and writer-director James Toback to the Cannes Film Festival, this movie has
opposite extremes. The good side: Talented people discuss the changes in
getting a movie made; their views are smart and thoughtful. The other: Toback
seems more like a huckster when pursuing financing for a shaky idea, sort of a
new version of “Last Tango in Paris.”
“Hostages,” 10 p.m., CBS. Last week’s dumbfounding episode
had the parents risk their lives so their teen children could escape … only to
have the lunk-headed son blow it. This hour has the mom (a brainy surgeon) be
the foolish one. She meets the kidnapper on his turf; also, her troubled sister
“The Blacklist,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. Liz must probe a beautiful
corporate terrorist … while also being confronted by her husband … who insists
the box of fake passports is simply someone framing him.