TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Person of Interest,” 10:01 p.m., CBS.
As bullets keep whizzing by, selectively skipping our heroes,
viewers can get overconfident. Then came last week’s jolt: Carter (Taraji
Henson), one of the stars, was killed.
That was apparently planned all along. Henson, an
Oscar-nominated film star, only signed for two-and-a-fraction years. Still, it
was a jolt and sets off this aftershock, with Finch fearing murderous revenge.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Dancing With the Stars,” 9:01 to 11
On Monday, the final four -- Corbin Bleu, Amber Riley, Jack
Osbourne and Bill Engvall – performed; plans called for one to be dumped, with
the final three getting viewers’ votes. Now they have one more chance to get
judges’ points and one will be champion.
First, Lady Antebellum, Enrique Iglesias and Ylvis will perform.
All of the ousted dancers – Snooki and Elizabeth Berkley and such – will be
back. And Valerie Harper will dance with Tristan MacManus to Colbie Caillat’s
rendition of “What a Wonderful World.”
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Great movies, 8 p.m., cable.
“November Christmas” (2010, Hallmark) is a warmly perfect
holiday movie; Robert Harmon, director of the “Jesse Stone” films draws subtle
emotions from John Corbett, Sam Elliott and more. “The Challenger Disaster”
(2013, Science) is a smart film starring William Hurt; “Toy Story 2” (1999,
Disney) is a delight.
For more greatness, switch to Turner Classic Movies. At 8
p.m., “Night at the Movies” has crime authors discussing the best cop films,
filled with ample clips. Then we get an example; Peter Yates’ “Bullitt” (9
p.m., 1968) has a compelling cop (Steve McQueen) and one of the first great car
Other choices include:
“Agents of SHIELD,” 8 p.m., ABC. A mysterious force could
destroy the team. The only solution might be a secret from the past of Melinda
May (Ming-Na Wen).
“The African-Americans” finale, 8 p.m., PBS (check local
listings). After the idealism and triumphs of the civil rights movement, this
hour (starting in 1968) tells us, things became more complex. Blacks rose into
political office, business leadership and upper incomes, but the gap between
rich and poor widened.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 8 p.m., CBS. A year from
its 50th anniversary, this cartoon keeps drawing big ratings. A
two-minute song was stretched (overstretched, perhaps) to an hour.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” 8:30 p.m., Fox. Amy would do anything
to impress the boss (Andre Braugher), including throwing a Thanksgiving party.
Jake (Andy Samberg) would do anything to avoid the party, including work a
case. The result is uneven, but has some funny moments.
“Boston’s Finest” season-opener and “Marshal Law: Texas”
debut, 9 and 10 p.m., TNT. Boston cops and Texas marshals are impressive and
efficient … which doesn’t always provide interesting viewing. They get accurate
tips, show up en masse and make smooth arrests; it’s often admirable, rarely
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9:01 p.m., CBS. Back when he was 14,
Ernie Reyes Jr. starred as a karate kid in ABC’s “Sidekicks.” Now, 27 years
later, he guests in a story about a knife-fighting Nepali solider.
“Chicago Fire,” 10 p.m., NBC. When a young girl in
their neighborhood is hit by a drive-by shooting, Cruz and his brother ponder
their own efforts to escape gang life