“Extant” season-opener, 10 p.m., CBS.
Last season was
rough on Molly (Halle Berry), the astronaut. Returning from a
13-month solo mission, she was inexplicably pregnant. The fetus was
removed and became the mind-controlling Offspring who almost killed
her; her android son saved her, but was mostly killed, surviving only
as a video image.
Now the second
season starts six months later, with Molly in a mental ward. Hearing
of murders similar to what she saw in space, she escapes and links
with a cop (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). The result is the mid-section of
CBS' summer dramas, with “Zoo” on Tuesdays and “Under the Dome”
“MasterChef,” 8 p.m., Fox.
episode begins amid beauty – a fog-shrouded, oceanside cliff in
Rancho Palo Verdes, near Los Angeles. There, the dozen contestants
(talented home cooks, not professionals) must make dinners for 100
VIP's; then the six on the losing team must each make a birthday
Soon, in a fun
episode, everything goes wrong. Oysters are overcooked, duck is
undercooked and Gordon Ramsay proclaims one creation “the ugliest
cake ... in America.”
ALTERNATIVE: “Mr. Robot,” 10:01 p.m., USA.
This confirms that
life isn't fair – two techno-thrillers in the same timeslot.
“Extant” has Oscar-winners as producer (Steven Spielberg) and
star; “Mr. Robot” has a terrific star and last week's great
That showed Elliot
(Rami Malek) juggling two worlds: By night, he's a hacker, exposing
bad guys; by day, he's a computer-whiz for a group hired by E
Corporation. (Since he's telling the story, people call it Evil
Corporation.) Now he's being recruited by opposite forces -- a hacker
group and Evil's tech chief.
ALTERNATIVE II: “First Peoples,” 9 and 10 p.m., PBS (check local
Isolation can be a
mixed blessing, the first hour says. When a group is too confined,
its gene-pool suffers from in-breeding; extinction may follow. In
Asia, early homo sapiens may have saved themself by sometimes
procreating with more-primitive species, including Neanderthals.
But defying most
trends are the remarkable Aborigines. Thoroughly isolated on
Australia, they managed to survive. The second hour offers reasons
why and serves up some stunning cave visuals.
Effect,” 7 p.m. to 4 a.m., TruTV. Here's a nine-hour rerun marathon
... kind of like Monday's four-hour string and ones coming next
Monday and Wednesday. We can't blame TruTV; its other shows are weak
and this one – mixing wit, magic tricks and hidden cameras – is
“The Middle,” 8
p.m., ABC. Valentine's Day brings mixed expectations: Brick's
girlfriend expects their first kiss; Axl's expects nothing.
8 p.m., PBS (check local listings). From raging rhinos to cute little
pandas, animals from the wild are saved by veterinarians using rescue
vehicles and high-tech science.
9 p.m., ABC. Phil fears that Luke isn't as interested in being with
him. Now Andy (Adam DeVine), the nanny, becomes a sort of surrogate
Swap,” 10 p.m., ABC. Two lives – one conventional, one not –
are swapped. Actress Holly Robinson, 50, is married to former
pro-football quarterback Rodney Peete. With 17-year-old twins (one
diagnosed with audism), plus sons 12 and 10, they race to kids'
sports and such. Margaret Cho, 46, is bisexual and an advocate of
varied experiences. She takes Rodney to what ABC calls a “naughty
dungeon”; meanwhile, comedian Selene Luna shows Holly a world of
wine and fun.
season-opener, 10 p.m., Bravo. Jeff Lewis makes two drastic decisions
that don't fit together – firing some of his employees and then
expanding his business.