“Grantchester” debut, 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Riding a new high,
the once-struggling “Masterpiece” now adds new series alongside
“Downton Abbey.” Tonight, it introduces Sidney Chambers, a World
War II veteran who is now a clergyman,
zooming around his
village by bicycle while accidentally solving crimes.
As played by James
Norton (accurately described by “Masterpiece” chief Rebecca Eaton
as “gorgeous”), Sidney remains optimistic, despite a doomed love;
he forms a mismatched friendship with a semi-weary cop, skillfully
played by Robson Green, a “Masterpiece” favorite.
II: Football, 6:40 p.m. ET, CBS, followed by “Scorpion.”
By the end of the
night, we'll know who's in the Super Bowl. At 3:05 p.m., Fox has the
Packers at Seattle; then CBS has the Colts at New England ...
followed (at 10 p.m. ET or so) by “Scorpion.”
That's a key spot
for a first-year show that's already a ratings hit. “Scorpion”
had planned an episode with David James Elliott as a memory-impaired
officer, then slid that to Monday. Tonight, the team tries to find a
mole inside the CIA; also, Paige (Katharine McPhee) teaches Walter
ALTERNATIVE: “Galavant,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC.
Over the past two
Sundays, Galavant has launched his quest to win back his former love
Madalena. Now (a week from the finale) he reaches her castle, unaware
that she prefers being queen (“I really like stuff”) ... And that
the princess – who loves Galavant – has been forced to lead him
into a trap.
There's some funny
stuff here, sparked by two guest roles – Weird Al Yankovic as a
monk who's taken a vow of song, Rickey Gervais as Xanax, the
feel-good advisor. Weaved in are some witty songs; an early one –
with Madalena's mirror images singing back to her – is especially
(2011), 8-11 p.m., NBC. Here's the zillionth rerun of a broadly funny
comedy, which Kristen Wiig co-wrote and starred in during her
“Saturday Night Live” days.
9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). A quiet episode sets the tone for
bigger moments ahead, as we worry about Lady Mary's tryst ... and the
war memorial ... and Cora's overattentive friend ... and who killed
the valet who raped Anna Bates (Golden Globe-winner Joanne Froggatt).
9-10 p.m., Showtime. It's a busy Father's Day for Frank, one of the
world's worst dads His daughter gropes for romance on the day before
her ankle-tether is removed ... one son (breaking family tradition by
going to college) has a summer job, another schemes revenge on a
“Girls,” 9 p.m.,
HBO. In a big detour, this Manhattan-centric show send Hannah to
Iowa, for a writers' workshop. It's fun to see her in a world where
apartments are huge and bikes are unlocked.
9:30, HBO. The husband-wife relationship remains only moderately
interesting. Better are the scenes between her sleek sister and his
lumpy friend, sharing the house during tough times. That's followed
by an OK “Looking,” with Patrick facing a health scare.
p.m., ABC. Jack and David race to stop Emily and Victoria from
killing each other.
10:30, Showtime. Last week, Matt LeBlanc (playing a perverse verion
of himself) learned that half his money was embezzled. Now come
great moments, as he ponders cutting back.