“Blindspot” debut, 10:01 p.m., NBC.
Authorities tend to
pay attention when a duffel bag is abadoned in Times Square. They pay
even closer attention when a naked woman emerges from it. She doesn't
know who she is, but soon finds she has a soldier's skills ... and
tattoos that are new, elaborate and clues to crimes.
Certainly, some of
this was taken from “Bourne Identity,” “John Doe” and more.
Still, those are good places to plunder; “Blindspot” has a sharp
story and, in Jaimie Alexander, a strong star.
II: “Life in Pieces” debut, 8:31 p.m., CBS.
The idea sounds kind
of arbirary: Each week, tell four mini-stories – one each about an
older couple (James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) and their grown
children. The fourth brings them together.
It's contrived ...
but it works because it's written cleverly and performed perfectly.
Some moments may be too anatomically oriented for some viewers, but
many are sharp, especially when a secret is revealed (before the
scene, fortunately) about Santa Claus. Betsy Brandt (“Breaking
Bad”) shines in that one; Colin Hanks, Zoe Lister-Jones and Thomas
Sadoski also have great moments.
ALTERNATIVE: “Gotham” season-opener, 8 p.m., Fox.
Diving deep into its
dark roots, this beautifully crafted hour offers a pivotal episode.
Jim Gordon – the most honest cop in a nasty city – loses his job.
To get it back, he may have to compromise his ideals.
former fiancee Barbara Kean is in a mental asylum. Bruce (the future
Batman) strains to learn family secrets. The Riddler is ruling the
crime world, with Selena (the future Catwoman) as an aide ... but a
new force promises to create an all-star team of evil. It's a great
opener, 8-10:01 p.m., NBC. Auditions begin, with the judges – Blake
Shelton, Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams –
competing for the singers they like.
“The Big Bang
Theory” season-opener, 8 p.m., CBS. It's time for Leonard and Penny
to marry in Las Vegas ... except she's still staggered by his
confession of a kiss during his North Sea project.
season-opener, 9 p.m., CBS. The genius team is in limbo, with Walter
(Elyes Gabel) rehabbing his injured hand and their FBI handler fired.
Then they're back together, in an hour that follows the “Scorpion”
formula: The story seems absurd, with extreme feats done instantly,
just in time. But the emotions are beautifully underplayed,
especially by Gabel and Katharine McPhee.
debut, 9 p.m., Fox. The 2002 Steven Spielberg movie had “precogs”
identifying “pre-criminals” ... who were arrested before they
could do anything. This version is set 10 years after the program was
abandoned. Spielberg produced it, but it's only so-so, with huge
Charleston” and “POV,” 9 and 10 p.m., PBS (check local
listings). On a giddy night for other networks, PBS counters with
serious subjects – a town hall about racial shootings and a
portrait of a young woman's struggles during 19 years as an
Angeles” season-opener, 9:59 p.m., CBS. Callen goes rogue, with a
secret mission. Which is pretty much how “Castle” starts this
season and started last season; maybe shows feel it's required.
season-opener, 10:01 p.m., ABC. Last season started with a
multi-parter that had Castle go off on a secret, seemingly criminal
effort, without telling Beckett. And now? It's a multi-parter that
has Beckett on a secret, seemingly criminal effort, without telling
Castle. We'll give zero points for originality ... but we'll
definitely catch next week, when the story is told from Beckett's