“New Girl,” 8 p.m., Fox.
After receiving a
restraining order, one should always ... well, exercise some
restraint. That's not Jess' strong suit, you know. She soon pursues
Sam (David Walton) with unrestrained zeal. What follows – involving
a pick-up truck, a car wash and Selena Gomez music – is flat-out
A second plot –
involving a trendy nearby bar and its owner (Busy Phillips) – is
also quite funny. It adds up to one of the best episodes for a show
that doesn't get nearly enough attention.
II: “Jackie Robinson” conclusion, 9-11 p.m., PBS.
The first half of
the story was all triumph. Breaking baseball's color barrier,
Robinson was rookie of the year, then most valuable player; his
Dodgers kept winning championships. The rest gets tangled.
Robinson took a
business job and struggled with politics. Disappointed in John
Kennedy (for choosing Lyndon Johnson as vice-president) and then in
Richard Nixon (for not phoning Martin Luther King), he ended up with
Nelson Rockefeller. He fought for civil rights, but clashed with
militants. Two of his children thrived and one stumbled. Even for a
hero, this excellent film shows, real life is complicated.
ALTERNATIVE: “Game of Silence” debut, 10 p.m., NBC.
An idyllic childhood
was suddenly pierced by a tragedy. Soon, four 13-year-olds were in a
brutal detention center. One bounced back neatly; now he's a top
lawyer, with a rich and beautiful fiance. The others, however,
couldn't shake the horrors; 25 years later, a fresh tragedy pulls
them back together.
Similar themes have
been used previously in movies (“Sleepers,” “Mystic River”)
and on TV (“Black Donnellys”), with boyhood violence returning to
overshadow adult years. “Game” -- which moves to Thursdays after
tonight – does it quite well, making this gripping, yet painful to
Project” return, any time, Hulu. The second half of the season
starts, with episodes doled out one-per-week. This one finds Mindy
and Jody hosting some college girls who are in New York to get their
eggs frozen. Alas, they're kind of wild and Mindy is distracted by
romance with Danny.
8-10 p.m., NBC. This is the middle of a three-night week for “Voice.”
On Monday and today, viewers hear the top 20 and vote. On Wednesday,
we'll learn which 12 will move on.
“NCIS: New Orleans,” 8-10 p.m., CBS. Here's a rerun of January's
crossover. On a private-plane flight from New Orleans to Washington,
D.C., the passengers are poisoned. That means the prime suspect is
the chef – Abby's brother (Tyler Ritter). Now Gibbs heads to New
Orleans, where Pride probes the involvement of a Russian sleeper
cell. Sebastian flies to D.C. to work with Abby.
O'Neals,” 8:30 p.m., ABC. Here's another chance to see the pilot
film, with all the family secrets pouring out in one public burst.
It's a bit excessive, but also quite funny.
season-finale, 9 p.m., CW. As the second season of this clever show
ends, there's even a song from Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty). That's
at Vaughn's rager, which Liv crashes; this follows another new hour
at 8 p.m., with Vaughn getting meaner and Liv having Blaine as an
Nine-Nine,” 9 p.m., Fox. Many people know Dennis Haysbert as the
insurance-commercial guy, but to Fox viewers he'll always be the
sturdy President Palmer from “24.” Here, he plays an FBI agent;
his friend Capt. Holt asks him to help with a seemingly impossible
p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Naz (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) has been
accused of funding terrorism. Working to clear her, Brian and Rebecca
come across a family secret she's been keeping.