TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Welcome to Sweden” debut, 9:01 p.m.,
In real life, Greg Poehler was a lawyer who quit his job,
moved to Sweden and somehow became a stand-up comic and TV guy. Now he turns
that into a comedy: An accountant (Poehler) moves to the homeland of his
gorgeous girlfriend (Swedish actress Josephine Bornebusch).
“Welcome” is produced by Amy Poehler (Greg’s sister), who
guests in the first few minutes. With its low-key style and occasional
sub-titles, it won’t draw a big audience. Still, it has the sort of wit and
fish-out-of-water charm we haven’t seen since “Northern Exposure” began in the
summer of 1990.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Sixties,” 9 p.m., CNN.
One CBS guy got it very wrong: In a news report, Alexander
Kendrick said the Beatles “symbolize the 20th-century non-hero, as
they make non-music wearing non-haircuts.”
Another CBS guy got it right: Ed Sullivan booked the Beatles
and then all the others. This jaunty hour is billed as “The British Invasion,”
but it goes much deeper, showing a bland music world taken over by, as one man
puts it, “crazy young geniuses.” The report ranges from Tom Hanks (a “Sixties”
producer) to Smokey Robinson and Questlove, who praises the Beatles’ knack for
“the perfect three-minute record.”
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “NY Med,” 10 p.m., ABC.
Fun activities can be dangerous (and deadly), we see in this
strong hour. A 19-year-old is taking his first flying lesson, when the plane
crashes, killing the pilot and sending the student to the emergency room. A
basketball game leaves a young man with an ankle that must be snapped back into
And basketball causes a fractured finger for Dr. Mehmet Oz,
54, as he’s prepares for a heart procedure on a motorcycle cop who collapsed
from a stroke, in front of his wife and their young children. “When you’re a
surgeon, you need to have use of all your fingers, not just nine of them,” Oz
Other choices include:
“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. This funny rerun gives
Sheldon a surprise, when he visits his mom (Laurie Metcalf) in Houston. Back
home, Raj’s mystery party stirs up fights.
“Black Box,” 8 p.m., ABC. A famed neurologist, Catherine
Black has been hiding her own mental problems from her co-workers and her
lover. Now that reaches a breaking point in a strong episode.
“Rookie Blue,” 9 p.m., ABC. There are partner problems
everywhere: Andy faces accusations by the jumpy rookie she’s been training. And
Dov starts to suspect his friend Chris.
“Rectify,” 9 p.m., Sundance. Daniel has tried to survive in
a small town where most people still consider him a killer. Now he tries
anonymity in Atlanta. Meanwhile, his sister ponders a new life.
“Working the Engels” debut, 9:30 p.m., NBC. The first
minutes are hilarious, as a widow (Andrea Martin) adjusts poorly to the news
that her late husband’s law practice has big debts. From there, we get an OK
comedy as the office is tackled by her three kids, only one of them (a lawyer)
“Last Comic Standing,” 10 p.m., NBC. After pausing to show
the season’s 100 best jokes (many of them hilarious) so far, “Comic” is back to
business. With Ellen Degeneres, the final eight learn talk-show skills.