“The Good Wife,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Big bursts of humor
pepper this hour. Yes, there are serious stories – one (a
driverless car causes an accident) interesting, the other (an
election-board vote) not. But there's also the fun of campaign
As Peter runs for
president, a story says he and his wife haven't slept together in
three years. This is the stickiest kind rumor ... one that happens to
be true. Now staffers – including Eli, wedged into a micro-office –
must manufacture a fake relationship to impress a potential donor
“Once Upon a Time,” 8 and 9 p.m., ABC.
With “Blood &
Oil” ratings crumbling, ABC took drastic steps: It trimmed the show
to 10 episodes – only three remain – and yanked it for this week,
doubling up on “Once Upon a Time.”
That's good news for
viewers, because “Once” tends to have impressive visuals and
imaginative plots. Both hours include King Arthur and Merlin: In the
first, they battle Emma and her friends; in the second, they cross
paths with imposing women – Merida (from “Brave”), Ruby (an
alternate form of Little Red Riding Hood) and Mulan.
ALTERNATIVE: “Into the Badlands” debut, 10 p.m., AMC.
Maybe zombies aren't
the scariest thing on AMC. After the 9 p.m. “Walking Dead” (a new
threat appears during an attempted return to Alexandria), we meet
stone-faced Sunny. He has a tattoo mark for each of the 404 people
he's killed so far ... and he's the show's hero.
This is a world
where guns were banished; sticks, swords, fists and gore prevail.
Visually, “Badlands” is truly impressive; emotionally ... well,
so far it's merely stoic.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Breakthrough,” 9 p.m., National Geographic.
On six Sundays, this
ambitious series has a key Hollywood figure look at a big-deal
subject. The first two were good; this one – Brett Ratner, director
of the “Rush Hour” films, on brain research – is better.
Unlike the previous
filmmakers, Ratner doesn't narrate; that job goes to Adrien Brody,
whose voice is ideal. Ratner focuses on great visuals and clever
storytelling. We learn that the sub-conscious makes decisions (often
incorrectly), long before the conscious knows. Memories deteriorate,
as shown when people try to describe 9/11. And for brains battered
by disease or combat stress, there may be solutions.
Contessa,” 1 p.m., Food Network. With Thanksgiving only 11 days
away, it's time to see the lives of the fortunate. Ina Garten does
some of the cooking, but her neighbor Bobby Flay (the star chef)
smokes a turkey and shares his recipes for chopped salad and potato
Football, preview at
7 p.m. ET and kickoff at 8:30, NBC. After almost winning the Super
Bowl last year, the Seattle Seahawks have floundered to a 4-4 start.
They host the Arizona Cardinals, 6-2.
7 and 8 p.m., Fox. The first rerun has someone stealing Homer's
smoker, just before a cooking contest. The second has the “Futurama”
crowd going back in time, to warn Homer.
Indian Summers,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). In the
second-to-last episode, the prime story is peaking. Viewers know the
homeless woman was the mother of Adam ... whose father is Ralph
Whelan, a powerful official. They don't know who killed her, but are
quite sure it wasn't Ramu, the prosperous farmer now on trial for
murder. Meanwhile, Sarah still threatens to reveal Alice's secret.
p.m., ABC. The trainees start to suspect their individual assignments
are connected. And in the flashforward, Alex suddenly feels there's a
second bomb in New York City.
season-opener, 10 p.m., E. The first season started with the death of
Prince Robert, heir to the throne; his brother Liam had to get
serious. It ended with the death of their dad, King Simon; with Liam
and his sister declared illegitmate, Simon's brother Cyrus reigns
while schemes grow.