“Last Man Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC.
Travis) is a science teacher who can reel off reasons to avoid
smoking. But she's also under stress ... and leaning toward starting
a long-dormant habit. This strains the vow that has held her marriage
together: Mike (Tim Allen) will never listen to her problems or offer
A secondary story is
so-so, but the main one offers a sharp story and clever lines. After
hearing Vanessa vent, her daughter's sole reply is: “I heard that
your generation likes diaries; here's a pen.”
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Last week,we met
Claire Forlani as an FBI profiler. Tonight, she confronts a familiar
problem for TV characters – waking up with a dead stranger in her
Soon, she joins
McGarrett in the hunt for the chess-piece killer. Also, Kono (Grace
Park) meets a former surfing competitor who's now a disabled and
homeless war veteran.
ALTERNATIVE: “Timeless,” 8 p.m., NBC.
Expecting big things
from “Timeless,” NBC has given it endless promotion, a great
Monday timeslot (where “Blacklist” and “Blindspot” thrived)
and now a quick rerun of the opener.
The concept –
chasing a villain who stole a time machine – is fun and the people
in pursuit are appealing. Abigail Spencer – who's been superb in
cable's “Rectify” -- plays a historian, with Matt Lanter as a
soldier and Malcolm Barrett as their reluctant pilot. Still, the plot
gets too tangled and Spencer's character is required to be brilliant
one moment, daft the next. Let's call this a maybe.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Dream On,” 10-11:30 p.m., PBS (check local
Almost two centuries
ago, French writer Alexis de Tocqueville toured the U.S, marveling at
the optimism and the American dream of a middle-class life. Now John
Fugelsang retraces his roots.
He finds dreams
deferred. A New Orleans woman lost her job after Hurricane Katrina
... a Detroit man's pension was trimmed by the city's bankruptcy ...
an Atlanta woman spends $24 a week to get to her minimum-wage job ...
a former honor student's 15-year jail prison sentence for drugs will
cost Florida $500,000. It's a dark journey, brightened by some
good-hearted people who beat the odds.
p.m., CBS. Just as the team extracts a key witness, he's shot. Not to
worry, MacGyver has a driver's license and a hand-sanitizer; that
should be enough for a medical procedure.
8 p.m., Fox. Even your experienced chefs might not have done much
work with ostrich cuts. Now competitors must do that, using other
ingredients they can gather quickly.
“Dr. Ken,” 8:30,
ABC. Ken Jeong's real-life daughter Zooey guests as a stalker,
staring through the window at Albert. Meanwhile, Ken – an aspiring
comedian – is surprised when Pat (Dave Foley) is chosen above him
to host the company banquet.
9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Amid a national debate over
raising the minimum wage, Tavis Smiley visits California, where it's
already happened. He meets some workers whose lives were transformed,
others who had their hours cut. He also has two experts, one on each
side of the issue. It's a good report, somewhat hindred by the fact
that California's economy is so atypical.
9 p.m., Fox. Kat struggles with the fact that her friend Julia is
dead. Meanwhile, Marcus and Tomas get shocking news when they take
footage of the Rance home to papal emissaries.
10 p.m., CBS. Danny insists on pushing a case, after a young woman
who was held captive resists pressing charges. Meanwhile, his brother
has a chance to be technical advisor on as TV show; their dad, the
police commissioner, must deal with a police fundraiser who used a
fake cop car.
Lewis Black, 10
p.m., Comedy Central, rerunning at 1 a.m. Here's a new hour with
Black, whose darkly angry style may fit the national mood. That's
followed by a rerun with the brilliant Trevor Noah at 11 and new
half-hours with Mike Recine and Jacqueline Novak at 12 and 12:30 a.m.