TODAY’S MUST-SEE: “Where Were You: The Day JFK Died,” 9-11
The 50th anniversary of the John Kennedy assassination
will be key today in news shows and beyond.
Cable will continue its push. Tonight, History has “JFK
Assassination: The Definitive Guide” at 8 p.m. and “Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours
to Live” at 10.
And NBC has this special. Tom Brokaw -- a college student,
23, at the time of the assassination – hosts; he’ll have Dan Rather -- than a
CBS bureau chief, 31, working in Dallas – and others.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Raising Hope,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., Fox.
The run-and-gun nature of this show – leaping between wild
plot points and quick sight gags – means “Hope” will always be erratic. Tonight,
we get a terrific episode and then an almost-OK one.
The first has the family deciding to give Hope a memorable
vacation experience; that story has a direct thrust, some neat surprises and a
strong character twist for Sabrina. The second is more muddled, with funny-video
Web sites, health check-ups, new glasses, a colonoscopy and more; it’s
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Nashville 2.0: The Rise of
Americana,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Radio emerges as the villain and the hero of this tightly
packed hour. Slick commercial stations squeezed country music into a narrow
category; then satellite and Internet radio opened things up again.
“Americana” – an indefinable blend of country, folk, blues
and more -- thrives. This hour does an OK job of explaining it and a superb job
of illustrating it. We see the old masters (Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale,
Roseanne Cash and such) and the new forces. Many acts deserve attention; one
(Mumford and Sons) won the best-album Grammy. At that moment, Americana soared.
Other choices include:
“The Carrie Diaries” (8 p.m.) and the “Nikita” season-opener
(9 p.m.), CW. Both shows focus on young women, but you won’t get them confused.
Carrie is occasionally accused of a fashion blunder; Nikita has been accused of
killing the president.
“Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. The Brennan-Booth wedding – simple,
basic, in the middle of a murder case – wasn’t enough for their friends. Angela
plans a belated bachelorette party, amid a new case.
“Last Man Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. This comedy is set in
Colorado, where the first legal marijuana stores are expected to open in
January. Mike is jolted when his dad says he’s planning to start one.
“The Neighbors,” 8:31 p.m., ABC. More parental chaos: Marty’s
dad (Stacy Keach) arrives at Thanksgiving, announcing that he’s divorcing and
moving in. Also, oddly, Jackie’s parents (Reginald VelJohnson and Meredith
Baxter) visit from their home planet.
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. More Thanksgiving surprises:
McGarrett’s aunt (Carol Burnett) arrives, bearing a secret. Meanwhile, a Secret
Service agent has been killed during the president’s visit to Oahu.
“Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. The prime suspect in a murder
is the estranged brother of Danny’s police partner Baez (Marisa Ramirez).