“Empire” return, 9 p.m., Fox.
Four months ago,
“Empire” ended the first half of its season with shellshocks:
Hakeem voted with Camilla (Naomi Campbell) to push his dad out of the
record company. Also, someone pushed Rhonda – the pregnant wife of
Hakeem's brother Andre -- down the stairs.
Now comes a fierce
hour of revenge, regret and recovery. As usual, it unfolds with the
absurd speed of a soap opera ... yet remains compelling because of
strong emotions, a gifted cast and great music. Some of the best
moments, late in the hour, come from the talented Jamila Velazquez as
“Rosewood,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Given a golden
opportunity this fall – as the lead-in to “Empire” --
“Rosewood” failed in the ratings. But now it has a second chance
... and has a change-of-pace episode.
The case is kind of
absurd, with an unforced confession. Still, it's a springboard to
other things: There's the friendship of the captain (whose fourth
marriage is ending) and an old colleague .... And a brilliant monolog
in which Dr. Rosewood contrives an intense tale involving Villa, the
cop ... And a chance to show off Villa variously in bikini, evening
gown and short-shorts; each is a good look for her.
ALTERNATIVE: “Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Damian Aspinall, a
millionaire entrepreneur, runs an animal santuary in England; Dr.
Rebecca Atencia, a veterinarian, treats and nurtures orphaned chimps
in the Congo. Both have returned animals to the wild, leaving
questions: Would the animals still know them? What are their memories
We find out here.
Atencia seeks a chimp she released two years ago, Aspinall searches
for a gorilla he knew five years ago, others seek a cheetah, an
elephant and more. This hour adds occasional comments from experts,
but remains mostly just a warm, feel-good show.
ALTERNATIVE II: Emerging networks.
“The Path” (any
time, Hulu) arrives today, with an intriguing notion: Eddie (Aaron
Paul) is a longtime member of a cult whose leader (Hugh Dancy) used
to be the loved one of Eddie's now-wife. Suddenly filled with doubts,
Eddie has trouble saying anything about it.
Also “Rogue” (9
p.m., the Audience Network, via DirecTV and AT&T) finds two
tricky pursuits. Deakins fumes when her prime witness was murdered in
prison; Ethan chases a mysterious beauty who has a valuable
flashdrive. The latter story switches direction, during a tough, taut
(1984), 7:10 p.m., Starz. Sharply written and directed by James
Cameron, this sci-fi classic starts a strong movie night. Disney has
the animated “Horton Hears a Who” (2008) at 8 p.m.; Turner
Classic Movies hasd “The Artist” (2011) – a silent,
Oscar-winning delight – at 9:30 p.m. ET.
p.m., CBS. Last week, Peter Baggenstos, an emergency-room doctor, was
the second person from the original “Brains” team to be ousted.
Now a merger involves the four remaining “Brains” and “Beauty
people and the three from “Brawn.”
p.m., NBC. It's another big, broad story – this one complete with a
backward-talker and hospital-room sex. Some parts, including an
over-the-top grandmother, go way too far. Still, the lead character
(Melissa George) is so likable that “Heartbeat” is sometimes
9 p.m., ABC. In a rerun, Gloria is way too excited about jury duty.
Her husband Jay is much less excited about being the pre-school
10 p.m., FX. Troubles keep building for Philip and Elizabeth, since
they tried to recruit their teen daughter to join them as Russian
spies. Now she's told her pastor; their Russian handler may help, but
he has bigger concerns, shipping a deadly virus. The hour ends
“Hap and Leonard,”
10 p.m., Sundance. What started as a quirky delight has skidded, with
two straight episodes in which the guys are held hostage. It's a
great showcase for the talented Jimmi Simpson as the villain; still,
the surprises wear off and the brutality lingers, in this