TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Unforgettable”
season-opener, 9 p.m., CBS.
Carrie Wells (Poppy Montgomery) is
bright and beautiful and blessed (or cursed) with a condition that
exists in real life: She remembers virtually everything in her life.
This was a fairly dark ride and CBS
dumped it after its first season. Now “Unforgettable” is back,
lighter and brighter. Carrie works for Major Crimes, with interesting
co-workers – Jay (James Hiroyuki Liao) is especially good – and a
high-tech setting. Best of all, however, is her own low-tech mind.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Masterpiece
Mystery,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Here's the year's fourth and final
“Endeavour” film … and easily the most passionate.
This “Inspector Morse” prequel has
kept a cool distance, following the start of Endeavour Morse's career
as an Oxford cop. Now the emotions finally flash: Morse returns home
to his dad and sister; his boss rages at a nightclub owner who was
his long-ago enemy.
There are good moments for Abigail Thaw
(whose late father John was the original Morse) as a newspaper editor
and for singer Rachel D'Arcy. Then things explode in the final
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Inside the
American Mob,” 9 and 10 p.m., National Geographic.
This may be the perfect time to reflect
on Mafia history. It's recent enough to have the key players still
alive … yet distant enough to have people out of jail and admitting
There are compelling stories from the
mobsters – ranging from a clever financial scheme to brutal
violence – and from cops. Joe Pistone repeats his tales of six
undercover years as Donnie Brasco. There are also fun stories …
including Mob-boss-to-be John Gotti, tipping his poker hands and
Other choices include:
– “Top of the Lake,” 1-8 p.m.,
Sundance. Slow and stylized, this mini-series was beautifully crafted
by writer-director Jane Campion, catching the haunting expanse of
rural New Zealand. It has Emmy nominations for sbest miniseries, star
Elisabeth Moss and six more, including two for Campion.
– “The Simpsons,” 7:30 and 8
p.m., Fox. In the first rerun, we learn that Grampa was once a
wrestling villain. In the second, Bart is reluctant to take piano
lessons … until he meets his beautiful teacher.
– “Celebrity Wife Swap”
season-finale, 8 p.m., ABC. Back in 1991, Gerardo Mejia scored with
the song “Rico Suave”; a decade later, Sisqo reached No. 3 on the
Billboard chart. And now? Mejia is a record executive and lay pastor
whose wife hosts a weekly Bible study; Mejia and his girlfriend like
coordinated outfits and 1200-calorie-a-day diets. Now the women
briefly trade homes.
– “Crossing Lines,” 10 p.m., NBC.
Hickman (William Fichter) is held captive by bank robbers.
– “Falling Skies,” 10 p.m., TNT.
Earthlings finally have a smidgen of hope, a weapon to attack one of
the aliens' towers. Except there's still a mole somewhere – now
striking with fresh force. The result creates a new life-and-death
crisis and a chance for some deep character moments.
– “The News Room,” 10 p.m., HBO.
This hour opens with a monologue that reminds us how brilliant Aaron
Sorkin can be. It diverts into several ups and downs –
campaign-coverage scenes make Jim seem smart-aleck, not savvy – but
ends by getting closer to the Genoa events that will create deep