“The Americans,” 10 p.m., FX.
Philip and Elizabeth
have always felt they're on the side of good. Deeply embedded in
1980s America, they're spies, reporting back to their Russian
homeland. Still, there's a dark side they can't duck: Often, they
take advantage of innocent people, ruining -- or even ending -- their
Now that peaks
doubly: Philip (Matthew Rhys) seduced and – using a false identity
– married Martha, an FBI secretary; he must send her to Russia
before her bosses find her. Meanwhile Elizabeth (Keri Russell) has a
quick crisis involving another contact. Lives are bent, in a
beautifully acted hour.
“Empire,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Lucious' new video
might re-spark his career, with a deeply personal look at his painful
childhood and his troubled mother. But it also brings fresh questions
from his son, Andre – who is belatedly learning that his own
bipolar disorder is similar to his grandmother's; now a dark secret
And all around
Andre, there are other emotional extremes: Both of his brothers have
secret affairs; also, his wife Rhonda is starting to remember who
pushed her down the stairs, almost killing her.
ALTERNATIVE: “Underground,” 10 p.m., WGN America.
A week from the
finale of the first season, crises overwhelm these runaway slaves.
Sam was captured and returned to the plantation, Noah was injured and
a slave-catcher (Christopher Meloni) has Rosalee.
As Cato and Noah try
to free her, “Underground” has a flaw that hurts many dramas –
creating a situation so difficult that no solution would be
believable. If you can overlook that, then catch an
otherwise-excellent episode of a well-crafted series.
films, cable. You can catch all four films – but not in order. IFC
has the original – Steven Spielberg's action masterpiece (1993) --
at 6 p.m.; it precedes that with the second one (1997) at 1 p.m. and
the third (2001) at 4 ... then has the third again at 10 p.m..
Meanwhile, HBO has the fourth film -- “Jurassic World” (2015) --
at 2:50 and 10 p.m.
p.m., CBS. Two weeks from the finale, the former tribes are even.
“Beauty” lost Julia Sokolowski (a college student, 19), leaving
two people – the same as for “Brains” and “Brawn.”
“The Middle,” 8
p.m., ABC. In previous years, viewers have seen Mother's Day plans
crumble. This time, Frankie tells everyone not to bother ... but then
has a new idea.
9 p.m., ABC. Both boys aren't sure how to ask for prom date. Luke get
advice from Mitchell and Manny from Cam ... who, of course, tends to
9 p.m., CBS. For the finale of its 11th season, the show
tries a big story – Hotch (Thomas Gibson) has been arrested on
conspiracy charges – and two returning guest stars. Sheryl Lee
Ralph plays the ex-wife of Rossi (Joe Mategna); Frances Fischer plays
serial killer Antonia Slade.
“Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit,” 9 p.m., NBC. John Munch is TV's most eternal
police detective. He started on “Law & Order,” then did 15
seasons on “Special Victims Unit”; the same character – always
played by Richard Belzer, now 71 – has done four other cop shows,
plus two Tina Fey comedies and “The X-Files.” Now, in his first
“SVU” in two years, one of his old cases re-opens.
p.m., ABC. When interviewed, Scarlett and Gunnar can't agree on their
own history as a music act. Also, Kelsea Ballerini plays herself and
sings “Peter Pan.”