“Gracepoint,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Last week, people
badgered Jack (Nick Nolte) about a long-ago crime; he committed
suicide. Now we start with his funeral – then leap into a new
crisis that grips one of the lead cops.
even better than the British miniseries it's based on. There's one
flaw tonight: Carver's reaction to a surprise visitor is way out of
line, even for his troubled character. Still, everything else is
superb, especially Anna Gunn as the police detective whose son was
the best friend of the slain boy.
“Mom” and “Two and a Half Men,” 8:31 and 9:01 p.m., CBS.
started the season late (because of football) and with unusual story
arcs. On “Mom,” Christy lost the rent money, leaving four people
homeless; on “Men,” Walden is intent on adopting a child ... and
has even entered a sham marriage with Alan, to boost his chances.
Both shows have had
funny moments, but “Men” has also settled for cheap, heavy-handed
humor. We're skeptical about tonight, when these straight guys must
persuade a social worker that they're in love. More promising is
tonight's “Mom,” with Christy renting a house that has an iffy
ALTERNATIVE: “Newsroom,” 8 p.m., HBO; and/or “Dumb and Dumber”
(1994), 8:30-11 p.m., Comedy Central.
Jeff Daniels covers
opposite extremes tonight. On Comedy Central, he and Jim Carrey have
the title roles, with lots of sight gags. The result brought lots of
money, little praise and a sequel that opens Friday, 20 years after
the original. And on HBO, he's in what could be called “Smart and
Written and produced
by Aaron Sorkin (“West Wing”), “Newsroom” has razor-sharp
dialog, amid the pressure of a cable news channel, In this rerun, the
Boston Marathon bombing happens while the team – fresh from a
disastrous story, due to a bad source – is hesitent report
“Bones,” 8 p.m.,
Fox. A murder victim was a big-time hedge-fund manager who may had
gone bad. The case soon becomes personal for Aubrey, the FBI
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. One of the show's funniest episodes came when
Sheldon took Penny to the hospital. Now it's Leonard who's getting
minor surgery ... and Sheldon who panics.
8 p.m., ABC. Amelia faces fresh troubles as people learn of her past
p.m., ABC. With the nation's security at stake, the president and
Jake (Scott Foley) are busy feuding over Olivia.
9:30 p.m., CBS. In the show's terrific pilot film, Ronny was chosen
as his dad's new assistant basketball coach – a surprise since he
neither knows nor cares about basketball. Now his brothers (Joey
McIntyre and Jimmy Dunn) look for other jobs; they soon coach against
p.m., CBS. Tonight, we get two helpful pieces of information, via
fiction: Math-puzzle competitions can be deadly; also, Phil Simms
(the former quarterback) is a fine knife-thrower.
“How to Get Away
With Murder,” 10 p.m., ABC. A woman is charged with killing her
family's nanny while under heavy medication. Meanwhile, we learn more
about the relationship between Annalise's husband and his late
student; Rebecca and Bonnie find that their loyalty to Annalise has