“The Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
This third hour
continues the impact of the first two. Alongside ABC's just-emded
“American Crime” and its upcoming “Secrets & Lies,” it
proves that the big networks can deliver cable-quality drama.
Adam disappeared at
age 8 and returned – if this is really him -- a decade later, just
as his mother (Joan Allen) prepared to run for governor. Now we see
how the neighbor (Andrew McCarthy) was framed; we get glimpses of
someone who may be the real kidnapper. We get a few answers and a lot
of questions, amid deep portraits of ordinary humans facing
II: “The Carmichael Show,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., NBC.
Carmichael, the show's co-creator) is delighted with tickets to see
his boyhood idol, Bill Cosby. But his girlfriend – appalled by the
charges against Cosby – refuses to go. Soon, she has the rest of
the family entwined in a lively debate about values, justice and
A fairly good show
during its summer try-out, “Carmichael” has become much better
now, thanks to sharp writing and the skilled pros (Loretta Devine and
David Alan Grier) playing Jerrod's parents. Tonight's second episode
give Grier some focus, as he plans a funeral for his estranged
ALTERNATIVE: “Little Big Shots,” 7 and 8 p.m., NBC.
Each year, NBC tries
a temporary Sunday makeover ... then waits impatiently for football
to return. Often, it stubbornly tries (and fails) with dramas; this
time it's going light. There are comedies at 9 and “Hollywood Game
Night” at 10 – preceded by this amiable trifle.
At 7 p.m. is a
rerun of Tuesday's “Shots: debut, starting with a delightful,
4-year-old making basketball trick shots. At 8, Steve Harvey
introduces a dazzling 4-year-old pianist, a 6-year-old choir
conductor and (really) a 5-year-old who seems to put a rooster and a
lizard to sleep. It's great fun.
Afraid,” 9 a.m., Discovery. Here's a rerun marathon, leading to two
new hours – an “Uncensored” at 9 p.m. and the season-opener –
in the cold of Canada – at 10.
8 p.m., Fox. When Lisa volunteers for a one-way trip to Mars, her mom
Guide to Surviving Life,” 8:30, Fox. A fun friend from college
shows up ... and soon wears out his welcome.
p.m., CBS. With “Good Wife” resting for the second straight week,
CBS offers this transplanted rerun. A computer virus turns the “smart
house” into a blazing death trap.
Investigations” debut, 9 p.m., Smithsonian. During summers, we're
told, Alaska averages a plane crash per day, sometimes with no way to
retrieve the wreckage. This series – quiet, steady, maybe a bit
drab – follows probes, starting with one in which the pilot went
“Last Man on
Earth,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. Even when there seemed to be only seven
people on Earth, two were named Phil Miller. Now one has died and the
other – going by his middle name of Tandy – feels separation
pains. Meanwhile, the six known survivors – Tandy doesn't know his
brother is alive – go through romantic tangles, in a fairly funny
p.m., ABC. After being trained in the use of informants, the recruits
learn how difficult that is in real life. And in the flashforward,
Alex may have to spill confidential information.
“Race for the
White House,” 10 p.m., CNN. If you thought campaigns are nasty now,
look at the one with Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. This
follows an 8 p.m. town hall on CNN and TV One: Democratic candidates
field questions in Columbus, Ohio; Jake Tapper and Roland Martin