“The Voice” opener, 8-10:01 p.m., NBC.
In its first seven
editions, “Voice” has topped almost everything (even “American
Idol”) in the ratings. Now Christina Aguilera is back, after
skipping two; it's her fifth edition, Pharrell Williams' second.
So far, she's only
managed one runner-up and two other finalists. “Voice” has been
dominated by Blake Shelton (four winners, three runners-up) and Adam
Levine (two winners, a runner-up, five other finalists). Usher, who's
not back, has the only other winner. Tonight, the swirling-chair
II: “Sleepy Hollow” season-finale, 9 p.m., Fox.
approach that works on cable, “Hollow” gives us small seasons –
13 episodes the first year, 18 this time – and big stories. It also
gives us a movie look and wild imagination.
emerged, 230 years after killing (temporarily) the headless horseman.
He linked with Abbie, a cop whose boss Frank Irving was temporarily
killed. (Don't expect much permanence here.) Ichabod's wife Katrina
is also back from the dead, but leaning to the dark side ... as is
their elderly son Henry, played by the great John Noble. Tonight, Fox
says, people will die and relationships will shatter.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Night Shift” season-opener, 10:01 p.m., NBC.
A hospital show with
a cowboy soul, “Shift” treads a line between solid drama and
noisy melodrama. In a hospital near a San Antonio military base, it
has ex-military doctors and a high-adenaline approach.
Last-season ended in
overload. TC was suspended (after a breakdown), his ex-girlfriend
Jordan was investigated, his friend Topher was shot. Now another
high-pressure event – there are many here – links TC, Jordan and
her boyfriend Scott Clemmons (Scott Wolf). Lives are at stake, once
8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Here's the show in which the bachelor – Chris
Soules, 32, an Iowa farmer -- invites each of the final three women
for a “fantasy suite” sleepover. Becca, a chiropractic nurse, is
25; Kaitlyn, a dance instructor, and Whitney, a fertility nurse, are
“Hate in America,”
8 p.m., Investigation Discovery. We see three examples of hate crimes
– against a black man in Mississippi, at a Sikh temple in
Wisconsin, against gays in New York City. Each is appalling; the
responses, however, indicate a world that will no longer accept this.
p.m., CBS. A tech billionaire hires the team to rescue his kidnapped
(2014), 9 p.m., HBO. As a social-political document, this is
profound; as a documentary, it's like watching paint dry. It follows
Edward Snowden as he prepares to release secret documents. Whether or
not you agree with him, you're likely to be struck by what's
apparently a calm, thoughtful person, feeling he must expose a
government gone wrong. It's important ... but slow and stagnant.
Inheritance,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., Fox Business. In the first
half-hour, a bequeathed comic-book collection allows a family ice
cream parlor to recover from Hurricane Sandy. In the second, Roy
Orbison's son inherits a never-released song track.
Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Some important issues
are pondered clumsily here. This film views a 1940s study of race
relations and suggests that things haven't really changed. That could
be, but the modern portions are mostly abstract and academic.
p.m., ABC. Here's a dilemma: An astronaut was killed inside a Mars
simulation. No one there could have done it ... and no one else could
have got in.