“Inside Amy Schumer” season-opener, 10 p.m., Comedy Central.
This has had three
previous seaons, but now Schumer is a full-scale movie star. The
opener is erratic, as usual – the unscripted sex chats are so-so, a
fake commercial goes overboard – but has great moments.
Schumer does a
variation on the “most interesting man” commercials. And pitches
Lin-Manuel Miranda (the “Hamilton” creator and star) an awful
version of a hip-hop Betsy Ross musical. And – adding some sharp
satire – sees her medical care taken over by an all-male
“Mom.” 9:01 p.m., CBS.
In the “Mom”
world, big laughs and deep emotions co-exist. That's especially true
tonight, in one of the best episodes of one of TV's best shows.
Bonnie (Allison Janney) is giddy about her new lover (William
Fichtner) ... who doesn't get her obsession with Alcoholics Anonymous
meetings; he will. Her daughter Christy fumes about the arrival of
Travis, who was the boyfriend of the late Jodi. He's the one who
bought drugs, then fled before the ambulance arrived.
ALTERNATIVE: “Back to the Future” trilogy, 6 p.m. (1985), 8:30
(1989) and 11 (1990), AMC; and/or “Time Traveling Bong,” 10:30
p.m., Comedy Central.
Time-travel can take
all forms, from the dead-serious “Terminator,” “12 Monkeys”
and “Time After Time” to the sheer fun of these two. “Future”
is the all-time best, with a great original film and two fairly good
sequels. “Bong” is loose and loopy, but finds some big laughs.
opener, two cousins (Ilena Glazer and Paul Downs, both of “Broad
City”) puffed their way to Salem and to dinosaur days. Now they
visit cavemen, slavery and Michael Jackson's childhood. The result a
little lame (and a bit crude) at first, but gets much funnier on
Prejudice” (2005), 6:30 and 9:40 p.m., Oxygen; or “Some Like It
Hot” (1959), 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. Here are two more
great movies. “Pride” remakes a classic brilliantly, thanks to
the visual touch of director Joe Wright. “Hot” is a
black-and-white gem: The American Film Institute put it at No. 22 on
the list of best American movies ... and at No. 1 in the list of
“Bones,” 8 p.m.,
Fox. The show returned last week with Hodgins showing some zest ...
until word came that his paralysis seems non-reversible. Now he
fumes, in a way that is believable but terribly repetitious. There
are also some stabs at humor, plus a so-so case about the death of an
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Three days before the “Game of Thrones”
season-opener, we see the gang watching the show at a viewing party.
That's when a Sheldon-Leonard dispute explodes.
“The Odd Couple,”
8:31 p.m., CBS. This comedy tends to be quick, slick, funny ... and
overlooked. Tonight, Oscar dates the young nanny of his neighbor
Charlotte (Teri Hatcher); Emily insists that she and Felix finally do
something that she prefers.
p.m., ABC. Flashbacks show more about how Jake joined the bad guys.
Meanwhile, Olivia finally learns of his plan ... but it's already in
motion and she must hurry,
9 p.m., Fox. The problem with this reality show – alongside all the
macho speeches – is basic: The racing is fun, but the rest is
merely torture, seeing who will collapse first. That becomes brutally
obvious during the final minutes here, complete with an ice-water
“Game of Silence,”
10 p.m., NBC. There's some solid drama, as three men investigate the
warden, guards and inmates who brutalized their boyhood. The show's
lone weakness is Gil, a character who is wildly overwrought. He
dominates this hour, re-visiting a former guard who's given key