TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Dallas” return, 9 p.m., TNT, rerunning
It was back in 1978 that the Southfork ranch house became an
American icon, the home of the rich and ever-troubled Ewings. And it was on
April 14 that its fire erupted.
John Ross’ wife had raged, after discovering his affair; his
mom Sue Ellen had passed out drunk upstairs. Now, after a four-month break, the
show starts the second half of its season in mid-crisis.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: “America’s Next Top Model”
season-opener, 9 p.m., CW.
We can think of this as the start of the new season … if we
stretch things a lot. Most fall shows are a month away … and no other CW show will
start until October. But “Top Model” tends to be early.
It was set to debut this Friday, then was nudged ahead four
days. Now the first six episodes will air on Mondays and rerun on Fridays …
which will then become the regular night. This is the 21st edition
of Tyra Banks’ show, but only the second with guys. At first, seven and seven
women will share the house.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Switched at Birth” and “The Fosters,”
8 and 9 p.m., ABC Family.
The season-finale of “Switched” (which reruns at 10) and the
summer-finale of “Fosters” run back-to-back. That’s a mixed blessing, for
dramas that share so many strengths and flaws.
Each has a good heart and a fine cast. Each has an event – a
graduation, a fund-raiser – that includes soaring music and a speech by a teen
girl (with Maia Mitchell superb as Callie in “Fosters”). And each defies its
own reality, creating smart characters and making them do stupid things for
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE II: Kids’ shows, PBS and Nickelodeon.
If cuteness sufficed, these shows would triumph. One is “Daniel
Tiger’s Neighborhood,” daytime (check local listings) on PBS. Daniel’s baby
sibling – cute and sweet -- arrives in the second-half hour.
Then “Dora and Friends” debuts at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon,
before taking its regular spot at noon weekdays. The “Dora the Explorer” days
are gone now; Dora’s 10, living in a city and doing good deeds. The opener
involves puppies, making this roughly the cutest half-hour in television
Other choices include:
“Teen Beach Movie” (2013), 7:30-9:30 p.m., Disney.
Simultaneously, the talented Maia Mitchell stars in the emotional “Fosters” and
this frothy film. She plays a surfer, swept to the set of a 1960s beach film.
“Running Wild” with Bear Grylls,” 8 p.m., NBC. In the first
three hours, Grylls’ wilderness mates (Zac Efron, Channing Tatum, Ben Stiller)
have been mostly young and always fit. Now Tom Arnold -- 55, and with a past of
weight and substance-abuse issues – joins him in Oregon’s coastal mountains.
“An Adventure in Space and Time“ (2013), 8-10 p.m., BBC
America. Five days before introducing the 12th Doctor (Peter
Capaldi, 56), this channel reruns its movie telling the shaky start of the now-wonderful
“Doctor Who” series, a half-century ago.
“Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart,” 9-11 p.m., HBO. In
1990, Smart admitted to having sex with one of her teen students; he and two
friends then killed her husband. What she’s never admitted to is paying (or
asking) them to do it. She was convicted and has been in prison for more than
half her life; she and others are interviewed, in a compelling portrait of the
effects of media focus.
“Under the Dome,” 10 p.m., CBS. Last week, Dale “Barbie”
Barbara found his dad; now he asks him for help re-connecting with Julia …
without realizing that this guy might not be trustworthy.
“POV,” 10-11:30 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Mahdi Fleifel
only lived briefly in a Lebanese camp for Palestinian refugees, but his grandfather
has been there 64 years. Here is a dark and disturbing portrait.