“The X-Files” season-opener, 10 p.m. ET Sunday (after football),
Ever since 1993,
“X-Files” has fascinated and perplexed its viewers. It's had nine
seasons, three movies ... and a 15-year pause since the last TV
Now it's back, with
six oddly varied episodes. This one is deep and dark, with a
conspiracy buff (Joel McHale) spurring Mulder to question his
strongest beliefs; it's flawed, but fascinating. We'll get back to
that in the sixth episode; but coming up are mismatched hours ...
including one that's a goofy comedy.
Football, 3 p.m. ET, CBS and 6:40 p.m. ET, Fox.
First is the return
of two classic quarterbacks – Tom Brady (still near his peak) and
the New England Patriots host Peyton Manning (struggling with an
injury-plagued season) and the Denver Broncos.
Then Carson Palmer
and the surprising Arizona Cardinals visit Cam Newton and the
Carolina Panthers, who are riding high from a 15-1 regular season.
The winners collide Feb. 7, in the 50th Super Bowl.
ALTERNATIVE: “Billions,” 10 p.m., Showtime.
Alongside lots of
talk about finance and law and such, three compelling characters are
being built. One is the district attorney (Paul Giamatti); the other
is his target, financier Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis). In between is
Wendy (Maggie Siff), the DA's wife and Axelrod's in-staff
Tonight, we see some
rare hesitance from the DA ... and the usual, boom-ahead approach
from Axelrod. He manages to shatter an employee, then a “friend,”
then – in a brilliant scene – an upper-crust family.
“Love on the Air”
(2015), 7-9 p.m., Hallmark. As co-hosts of a radio show, a feminist
(Alison Sweeney) and her opposite (Jonathan Scarfe) clash verbally.
You can probably guess the rest, but this is one of the better
Hallmark films, thanks to sharp dialog, delivered skillfully.
American Princesses,” 8 p.m., Smithsonian. The first three weeks of
this intriguing series saw women find troubles after marrying
Europe's elite; in the finale, we meet some who soared. One became a
noted designer, another a top fashion stylist. And Nancy Astor, born
in Virginia's mountains, became the first woman in the British
Parliament, battling Winston Churchill and others.
and “NCIS,” 9 and 10 p.m., CBS. Nudging things around, CBS plans
to follow football with two hours of “60 Minutes” and then these
reruns.The first has the president's plane missing; the second has
McGee and Bishop go undercover as husband and wife.
9 p.m., PBS. Last week's episode closed with two key smoments – the
wedding of Carson and Mrs. Hughes and the surprise return of Tom and
his daughter. Tonight, in another good episode, Anna struggles with
her pregnancy effort; Dolly pushes to find a farm for Mr. Mason.
Unbreak My Heart,” 9 p.m., Lifetime. Here's a rerun of Saturday's
film, with Lex Scott Davis as Braxton, an immense talent who faced
bankruptcy, divorce and a health crisis with lupus.
debut, 9:30, AXS. Viewers know Donovan Leitch as a sometimes-actor,
but he's also a musician (the career of his dad, folksinger Donovan)
in the Los Angeles club scene. Over the next six weeks, he hopes to
show that there are some talented semi-knowns, to be briefly paired
with a star for advice and a duet. That starts well, with gifted
singer-songwriter Andie Case and Dave Navarro.
10 p.m., PBS. Last week's opener introduced the uneasy Civil War
compromises of a temporary Union hospital inside a Virginia
plantation home. Tonight, Mary (an abolitionist) struggles to improve
her patients' lives; Emma (a Southern belle) nurses her friend.