TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox.
For 549 episodes, the Simpsons have been comfortably
cartooned. Now they become Lego figures.
They seem happy in a world “where everything fits together
and no one gets hurt.” The bully can be taken apart and put in a drawer … as bullies
should be; when Bart breaks the school, he simply rebuilds it. Still, Homer
recalls being “a hideous flesh monster.” The result is fairly funny and very
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Resurrection” season-finale, 9 p.m.,
After a huge start, this show dwindled to kinda-good ratings.
Now it ends its season in crisis: More of the formerly dead are returning; the
sheriff has his own scheme and Arcadia is in a state of siege.
And yes, the dead will be with us for a while. ABC is
expected to renew “Resurrection”; meanwhile, Sundance will have a second season
of the brilliant French series “The Returned” … and A&E is re-doing “The
Returned” as an English-language series.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Veep,” 10:30 p.m., HBO.
A fairly good show
for two seasons, “Veep” is a great one in the third, as Vice-President Selena
Meyer runs for president. Once a comedy about frustration, it’s now about raw ambition.
Tonight, Selena finally chooses a campaign manager. Staffers
obsess on this … except for her press secretary, who’s consumed by a fertility
project with his wife. There are collisions with an opponent and blundering
Jonah. This is sharp comedy, a perfect fit for John Oliver’s new show, which
follows at 11.
Other choices include:
“Once Upon a Time,” 8 p.m., ABC. In Storybrook, people fret
that Zelena will steal Mary Margaret’s baby when it’s born. And in Oz, a girl
from Kansas confuses things for Zelena and the other witches.
“The Good Wife,” 9 p.m., CBS. During jury duty, Alicia meets
a charming entrepreneur.
“Game of Thrones,” 9 p.m., HBO. While the Lannisters scheme
to fill the power void, Jon Snow starts his new mission and Daenerys plots her
“Nurse Jackie,” 9 p.m., Showtime. At home, life is the usual
mess, as Jackie meets her ex-husband’s fiancé. At work, however, there are
moving stories about two troubled patents, one a baby.
“Californication,” 9:30, Showtime. One night before doing heavy
dramatic duty in the new “24,” Mary Lynn Rajskub has a funny role here, as a
dark and dreary TV writer.
“The Bletchley Circle,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Millie (Rachael Stirling) is free from her captors, who expect her to do
black-market work for them. Instead, she’s desperate to stop their
human-trafficking; her friends, all former wartime code-breakers, can help.
It’s a strong end to a good story.
“Mad Men,” 10 p.m., AMC. Pete underestimates Peggy (as
people often do); Roger has trouble at home.
“David Spade: My Fake Problems,” 10 p.m., Comedy Central.
Here’s a so-so stand-up hour.
“Silicon Valley,” 10 p.m., HBO. This episode is erratic, as
usual, but ends cleverly. It also has a great scene, as the high-tech wizards
struggle with new communication methods.