“Once Upon a Time,” 8-10 p.m., ABC.
week, this show gives us epic, imaginative stories. Tonight, it
expands to movie length, with stories in Arendalle (of “Frozen”
fame) and in Storybrooke.
former, the Snow Queen -- Elizabeth Mitchell of “Lost,” “V”
and “Revolution” -- tries to split the sisters, Elsa and Anna. In
the latter, Emma flees after her powers spin out of control. David
and Mary Margaret try to find her; Mr. Gold suggests stripping her
powers. Then there's Regina (searching for the storbyook author),
plus Hook, Robin Hood, Will Scarlet and others.
MUST-SEE II: “Masterpiece Contemporary,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check
week ended with a great escape: Using his island connections, Johnny
(Bill Nighy) fled with Margot (Helena Bonham Carter). Now they're on
the run; powerful people – including the prime minister (Ralph
Fiennes) – want to find him and the documents he has, outlining
film is talky – hey, it's English – but the talk is beautifully
written and acted. There's great work from gifted actresses,
including Judy Davis, Felicity Jones, Saskia Reeves and Olivia
ALTERNATIVE: “The Newsroom,” 9 p.m., HBO.
week's superb season-opener followed this news team after the Boston
Marathon bombing. Now comes a cascade of fresh stories, many of them
strong enough to fill out the show's final season.
involve ethics – insider trading, overhearing conversation. One
involves a carelessly conceived, latenight Tweet. A bigger one, with
ownership of the operation in balance, includes a spectacular little
moment for Jane Fonda. And the bigges crisis carries the spectre of
espionage charges; that brings out the full, stunning brilliance of
Aaron Sorkin (“West Wing”), Hollywood's finest screenwriter.
Angels,” 7 and 9 p.m., UP. Richly filmed and solidly acted, this is
the sort of film UP (formerly- Gospel Music Channel) seeks – a
Christmas tale with hard times, good hearts and some religion. Josie
Bissett plays a waitress, struggling to raise teens; Matthew Settle
plays a businessman and dad-to-be, with his own troubles. Jimmy Wayne
(who co-wrote the song and book it's based on) sings three songs.
Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox. A new teacher vows tor crush Bart's spirit.
Secretary,” 8:01 p.m. (or later, with football overrun), CBS.
Elizabeth digs back into the plane crash that killed the previous
secretary of state, played by Brian Stokes Mitchell in flashbacks).
Nine-Nine,” 8:30 p.m., Fox. The precinct is on lockdown for
Thanksgiving, with Jake in charge. Things soon fall apart.
Good Wife,” 9 p.m., (or later), CBS. Alicia is urged to go negative
in her election bid. David Krumholz plays a campaign advisor and
David Hyde Pierce returns as a commentator.
Crime Scene Investigation,” 10 p.m. (or later), CBS. Here's the
hour – delayed previously by football – with suspicions that the
Gig Harbor Killer is back. Mark-Paul Gosselaar plays twins.
10 p.m., ABC. The FBI closes in on Victoria, who also faces a new