,TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “24,” 9 p.m., Fox; and “Longmire”
season-opener, 10 p.m., A&E.
This is more than we expect in the summer – two macho
adventures, airing back-to-back. One is as tense as a big-city crisis, the
other as casual as a Wyoming prairie, but both are well-made.
Less than halfway into its 12-hour season, “24” has already
had explosions and disasters; now Jack has a scheme to lure the leader of the
drone-takeover plan. “Longmire” is a droll, smart show about a quiet Wyoming
sheriff (Robert Taylor) and his big-city deputy (Katee Sackhoff); tonight, he
faces the aftermath of the arrest of Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Mistresses” season-opener, 10:01 p.m.,
We really can’t expect beauty and brains in one show, can
we? Sleek and stylish, “Mistresses” has great visuals and a plot that’s big
enough to choke a soap opera.
Last summer, Karen (a doctor), was loved by a married
patient and (after his death) by his son; the widow retaliated with a gun.
Also, Savi (Alyssa Milano) was pregnant – via her husband or her colleague –
before a car crash. Now someone has died, but it takes a few minutes to learn
who. More crises happen to Josslyn (Savi’s free-spirit sister) and April. It
all looks great, anyway.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Beauty and the Beast” return, 9
Three months ago, Vincent was suddenly arrested for murder …
just as the show was taking a break. Now it’is back for a six-episode summer
run, with Cat trying to free him.
She’s the beauty, he’s the beast (sometimes) and more
problems loom. The show will be back sometime next year; that’s progress for a
network that once lacked mid-season shows … or new summer shows.
Other choices include:
“The Bachelorette,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Here’s the second
half of a tryst that began Sunday with Andi Dorfman taking the 16 remaining
bachelors to Santa Barbara, Cal.
“A Hard Day’s Night” (1964), 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic
Movies. A half-century ago, people assumed all rock movies would be dim-witted.
(This assumption is verified by “Go Go Mania,” the 1964 oddity that follows at
9:45 p.m. ET.) Then along came this wondrous little black-and-white film, mixing Richard Lester’s stylish
direction with the charm of the Beatles’ music and attitudes.
“Mom,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. In a funny episode that reran
Thursday, Christy met a guy (Nick Zano) who looks great and drinks heavily. This
rerun finds her so smitten with him that her mom must do her chores.
“Mike & Molly,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., CBS. In a late change,
CBS is inserting these reruns. The first has Molly encouraging Mike to try
something new; the second has her trying something very new – operating a
forklift in Vince’s warehouse.
“Ladies of London” debut, 10 p.m., Bravo. OK, there are
plenty of “Real Housewives” shows with American women behaving badly; now it’s
time to see if Europeans throw drinks and tip over tables.
More summer series, 10 p.m., cable. If you missed the “Halt
and Catch Fire” opener Sunday, try it tonight on AMC; the early days of
computers are shown as a compelling and confusing battleground. Meanwhile, FX
has two more half-hours of the splendidly unpredictable “Louie.”