“Masterpiece: The Durrells in Corfu” opener, 8 p.m., PBS.
Running out of money
and patience, Gerald Durrell's widowed mother took a drastic step in
1933: With her four eccentric kids, she moved to a Greek island.
Durrell would turn that experience into three books; now they've been
adapted into a thoroughly enjoyable, six-week mini-series.
Don't expect the
brooding beauty of the shows that follow (“Poldark” and “Indian
Summers”). “Corfu” has a breezy charm, especially with the
superb Keeley Hawes as the mom. The other PBS shows have worlds at
stake; “Corfu” has low stakes, casual rewards and gentle fun.
“Killing Reagan,” 8 p.m., National Geographic, reruns at 10 and
For the fourth time,
a Bill O'Reilly books has become a solidly competent movie. The
others dealt with the killing of Abraham Lincoln, John Kennedy and
Jesus; this is the wounding of Ronald Reagan.
Neither the shooter
nor his scheme are interesting. Wisely, this shifts the focus to the
victim and the aftermath. It depicts Ronald Reagan (Tim Matheson) as
an affable guy who prefers to skip details ... Nancy Reagain (Cynthia
Nixon) as deeply devoted and (with astrology) a tad daft ... and
Alexander Haig as merely creepy. Their worlds transform.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Nothing is forever
in television ... except this. Here is the 27th annual
“Treehouse of Horror” edition, which is also the 600th
episode overall. That's celebrated by a big, “Goldfinger”-style
That's a great
ending to a half-hour that's merely OK. It starts cleverly, with Mr.
Burns hoarding all of Springfield's water, then trails off, with lots
of gore and occasional wit. (It really is funny, actually, when a
grief counselor is killed by a falling “It gets better” sign.)
Then comes the big “600” finale.
“Once Upon a
Time,” 8 p.m., ABC. Visiting the past, we see Jekyll develop his
formula to separate a man's good and evil sides. In the present,
alas, his evil side (Hyde) is trying to steal the formula.
Lies,” 9 p.m., ABC. After taking a debate break last Sunday, the 9
p.m. and 10 p.m. shows are back. Eric – suspected of killing his
wife – tries to find her missing assistant; he soon has questions
about her secret life ... just as a cop finds new questions about
“The Walking Dead:
The Journey So Far,” 9 p.m., AMC, rerunning at 11:05. Next Sunday,
the seventh season begins; first, here's a quick summary of the first
six. If you prefer the slower approach, reruns begin with the first
episode, at 6:50 a.m. They'll continue from 6 p.m. to midnight on the
five weekdays, then take up much of next weekend.
debut, 9 p.m., Epix, rerunning at 11:10. CIA schemes abound in
Berlin, some involving leaks of secret material. Great actors –
Richard Armitage, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Forbes, etc. – and rich
production values partly make up for the monotone gloom encasing each
“Last Man on
Earth,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. Now that they know they're not the last
people on Earth, Tandy and Melissa each fashion a sort of alarm
system. Also, everyone decides on a change of scenery.
p.m., CBS. This never seemed to happen to Sherlock in the Victorian
and Edwardian eras: A gang leader kidnaps him, demanding he find who
was responsible for a hit.
10 p.m., Epix, rerunning at 10:35. Some 25 years after leaving
office, Richard Graves (Nick Nolte) starts to suspect he was a bad
president. His personal journey begins. Graves' rampages are
heavy-handed and unfunny, but there are great supporting characters,
led by Sela Ward as his wife.