TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher,” 9:01
and 9:31 p.m., NBC.
After cozy, Olympic debuts, these comedies TAKE semi-comfy
spots behind “The Voice.” Both mix wit and warmth, while taking full advantage
of being filmed movie-style. A studio-audience comedy could never match the
pool party (complete with bikinis, high-dive and tiger) in “Boy” tonight.
“Boy” does strain a little, taking its lead character (David
Walton as a self-centered womanizer) to the edge of being irredeemable. By
comparison, all the “Fisher” people (led by J.K. Simmons as a blind lawyer and
Jenna Elfman as his divorcing wife) are instantly likable.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Mind Games” debut, 10 p.m., ABC.
Brilliant and bipolar, Clark (Steve Zahn) is an expert on
manipulation techniques. He’s also fragile and decent; his brother Ross (Christian
Slater), an ex-con, is neither.
Now Clark has lost his faculty job because of an affair and
reluctantly works in a new firm with his brother, using his skills for good
and/or profit. Zahn is superb, in a great follow-up to his “Treme” work; still,
this opener is tangled and difficult to enjoy.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Justified,” 10 p.m., FX.
Last week, FX decided to skip a week, avoiding a
confrontation with the Olympics. Good move; this episode is way too good to
waste when people are watching something else.
Raylan is ignored by his boss and mocked by his
maybe-girlfriend, who’s not his usual bar-bimbo type. Still, he manages to find
a computer-fraud case that’s funny and interesting. The bigger deals involve
Crowders. In prison, Ava spots a scheme; in Mexico, Boyd’s in a complex deal
that ends powerfully.
Other choices include:
“The Bachelor,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. In a transplanted episode, Juan
Pablo Galavis heads to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, with the three women
he chose in Monday’s episode, after visiting four home towns,
“NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles,” 8 and 9 p.m., CBS. The
ratings-leaders have new episodes, scrambling to catch defective bullet-proof
vests, then chasing for an assassin from Sam and Callen’s first case together.
“Glee” return, 8 p.m., Fox. Competition can bring frayed
emotions. Santana wins the spot understudying for Rachel in “Funny Girl”; back
home in Ohio, Tina and Artie compete for valedictorian.
“New Girl,” 9 p.m., Fox. Last week, Jess’ wild sister (Linda
Cardellini of “ER” and “Mad Men” visited. Now she jolts Jess by planning to
stay … and by eying romance with one of the loftmates.
“Frontline,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local listings). This
views the dramatic transformation, as Pope Benedict retired and Pope Francis
brought a new view of the Vatican.
“Brooklyn Nine Nine,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. Facing crushing debt,
Jake (Andy Samberg) might be tossed out of his apartment … unless Gina comes up
with a scheme. Also, Holt and Jeffords hold performance reviews.
“Perception” return, 10 p.m., TNT. Did a young savant steal
a train and kill the security guard who harassed him? The case ends up being
far more complex, with some too-convenient twists. The comic sub-plot (about a
young prodigy) is lame, but the epilog is well-done.