TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle,” 8-11
p.m., PBS (check local listings).
When Jim Sterenko strolled in for an unscheduled job interview,
he got a rare offer – pick any Marvel comic to work on. “I pointed to the worst
book they had,” he says here.
That was “Nick Fury, Agents of SHIELD.” He would briefly
make it a revolutionary comic book; 45 years later (see next item), SHIELD
would become huge in movies and TV.
Such stories fill this delightful documentary. Comics soared
in the 1940s, stumbled under heavy restrictions in the ‘50d, had a glorious
renaissance, then struggled anew. Today, comic sales are low, but their heroes
rule the movie theaters. It’s a big story, told with fun and flair.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” 8 p.m.,
Now for the modern version of “SHIELD.” After its brief
glory (see previous item) it faded … then became a side point in mega-movies.
Clark Gregg had small roles in four films as its leader, Phil Coulson.
This series -- a quick success with viewers and critics –
has Coulson as a regular guy, running a team of superheroes. Tonight, one woman
seems to be single-handedly launching high-stake heists. Coulson learns her
identity … and wishes he hadn’t.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Biggest Loser” season-opener, 8
After a late decision to yank it last week, NBC finally has
It will be one hour instead of two (a definite improvement)
and has its first celebrity contestant. That’s Ruben Studdard, who soared to
462 pounds, a decade after winning “American Idol.”
Other choices include:
Baseball, 4 p.m. ET, Fox. The American League moves from
Boston to Detroit, for the third game of a best-of-seven series. At 8 p.m., TBS
has the National League’s fourth game, with St. Louis at Los Angeles.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. A murder case takes Gibbs and McGee to
an Afghan women’s shelter that was secretly supported for years by an American
“Brooklyn Nine Nine,” 8:30 p.m., Fox. Dean Winters continues
his TV monopoly. He’s ranged from “Rescue Me” and “30 Rock” to being Mayhem in
all those insurance commercials. Now he’s a detective who breezes in from
another precinct and gets credit for a case Jake had almost solved.
“New Girl,” 9 p.m., Fox. Searching for a meaning to life,
Schmidt consults with a rabbi (Jon Lovitz).
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. The show’s 100th
episode has a man who says he’s Callen’s father.
“The Voice,” 9 p.m., NBC. Battle rounds continue, with
teammates competing in duets.
“The Mindy Project,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. Accused of being too
mainstream, Mindy takes her boyfriend to an art show by Christina (Chloe
Sevigny), featuring nude photos of Danny.
“Person of Interest,” 10 p.m., CBS. The machine offers the
name of a prominent lawyer whose husband was killed. The next job is to
determine if she’s the killer or she was framed.
“Chicago Fire,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. Severide is eager to move
ahead with arresting and convicting the arsonists. Distractions appear,
however, including a shock for Dawson and Shay on a routine call.