“Goliath,” any time, Amazon Prime.
Billy McBride (Billy
Bob Thornton) was a great lawyer. Juries loved him; he built a super
firm ... then sank into alcoholism and despair. Now he lives in a
tacky motel while that firm – which includes his ex-wife (Maria
Bello) and is run by his enemy (William Hurt) – has become a
This could be grim
... but not with David Kelley in charge. From “L.A. Law” and
“Chicago Hope” to “Monday Mornings,” Kelley's shows have been
beautifully written. Now he and Jonathan Shapiro (“The Practice,”
“Boston Legal”) are back in the courtroom. The result is superbly
written and acted.
II: “Supergirl” and “Frequency,” 8 and 9 p.m., CW.
Once a minor
distraction for teen girls, the CW network has grown enormously in
both scope and quality. These reruns should help you catch up.
First is the
“Supergirl” season-opener, the first episode made after the show
moved from CBS; it's big -- complete with the arrival of Superman and
of Lex Luthor's adopted sister – and well-made, especially in the
scenes with Kara and her boss (Calista Flockhart). Then “Frequency”
has a young cop talking to her late father via odd radio signal; it's
done well enough to have us almost believe it.
ALTERNATIVE: “Grammy Salute to Music Legends,” 9-11:30 p.m., PBS.
The sheer starpower
is dazzling; here are music masters, performing and being honored.
It's the first time the Grammy Lifetime Achievement awards get their
A few honorees –
Jefferson Airplane, Herbie Hancock, Earth, Wind & Fire –
perform; for others – Linda Ronstadt, Run-DMC, the late Celia Cruz
and Ruth Brown and more – there are performances by such stars as
Martina McBride, Kris Kristofferson and Andy Garcia. For brief spurts
– especially in the second half – this is splendid; too often,
however, it's flat, stagnant and talky, lacking musical joy.
p.m., CBS. Even in this computer age, we need MacGyver and his duct
tape. In Russia, that's pretty much all he has available to stop an
antiquated warhead and computer from iginiting war.
8 p.m., Fox. Nobody seems to enjoy making sausage – or seeing it
made. The losers of tonight's first challenge must make it from
scratch; the winners will go surfing.
Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. When this show started, Boyd was just a
toddler. Now he's 10 and his grandpa wants to give him a shotgun and
take him hunting. His dad, Ryan, disapproves.
“Dr. Ken,” 8:31
p.m., ABC. Shocked by his parents' split, Ken frets about his own
9 p.m., CBS. The “Five-0” people seem to spend a lot of time
being captured. Now it's McGarrett and Alicia (Claire Forlani), being
held by a serial killer.
10 p.m., CBS. After Lt. Gormley is beaten by a mob outside his home,
Danny and Frank get help from a police detective (Steve Schirripa)
with a link to the neighborhood.
10 p.m., Syfy. Vanessa “Van” Helsing – descended from the
long-ago vampire-hunter – is now the captive of a vampire brood;
escaping may put her in a tougher spot. Meanwhile, the refugees have
a serial killer in their midst; also, they scheme to seize control