TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Under the Dome” season-opener, 10 p.m.,
Viewers know that Dale Barbara (Mike Vogel) is good and “Big
Jim” Rennie (Dean Norris) is evil, as signaled by the difference in their hair
and looks. Still, Jim has prevailed and is about to hang Barbie.
We won’t spoil anything, but will say tonight’s hour adds two
elements: The dome turns magnetic (knives and nails and such flying about) and two
strong characters are added – a handsome loner (Eddie Cahill) and a smart
science teacher. It’s a good script (from “Dome” creator Stephen King, who has
four words of dialog in the diner), boosted by Jack Bender’s usual sharp
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Murder in the First,” 10:01 p.m.,
Last week, this beautifully crafted show saw Hildy (Kathleen
Robertson) leave a blind date to save a battered wife. She was a hero, but had
she been drinking? Why shoot to kill … with five bullets, no less?
Tonight, she worries about losing her job, in the midst of a
crucial murder case she’s investigating with Terry (Taye Diggs). They’re
focusing on an arrogant tech billionaire who now has a drug-laced weekend.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “112 Weddings,” 9-10:35 p.m., HBO.
Doug Block is a documentary-maker who supplements his income
by making wedding videos. Then he decided to go back and ask some of those
couples about their marriages.
At first, that’s plagued by broad generalities in many of
the questions and the answers. Gradually, we meet interesting people – some happy,
one battling depression, one taking all the blame for a divorce, another
reserving the blame for her husband. After a slow start, these are people worth
Other choices include:
“Baby Doll” (1956), 6 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. This
wraps up a string of five films with the gifted Eli Wallach, who died Tuesday
at 98. Two are mere fluff, but then “How the West Was Won” (1962, 1 p.m. ET), “The
Misfits” (1961, 3:45) and this one are directed by John Ford, John Huston and
“The Bachelorette,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. In Brussels, Andi Dorfman
has her second one-on-one date with Marcus, who she calls “the total-package
man.” She also dates Josh, takes the other four on a bike jaunt … then must
decide which four of the six to choose for visits to their home towns.
“Mom,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. Sometimes setting aside the show’s acerbic
wit, this excellent rerun has some warm moments as Christy and Bonnie help a
sick friend (Mimi Kennedy).
“24,” 9 p.m., Fox. With only three episodes left, Jack Bauer
races to stop an ever-widening terror threat. Meanwhile, his former lover
Audrey confronts her husband (the chief-of-staff of her late father, the
president) about his lies. Also, Kate learns the truth about her husband.
“Beauty and the Beast,” 9 p.m., CW. Gabe tries to take Cat
on a romantic date
“Two and a Half Men,” 9:30 p.m., CBS. Walden is invited to
the opening of his ex-girlfriend’s boutique. That may let Alan take his girlfriend
(Kimberly Williams-Paisley) to what he says is his beach house.
“Mistresses,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. Savi and Dominic worry about
repercussions, as work colleagues learn about their relationship. Meanwhile,
Savi shows a devil-may-care side with Zack … Scott makes his move on her sister
Joss … and their friend April gets disturbing news about the guy she’s
blissfully in love with.