MUST-SEE: “Revolution” season-opener, 8 p.m., NBC.
season ended with a whip-lash high and low: The power was restored; a mad man
used it to fire missiles at cities, then disabled it anew.
regulars have dispersed. Charlie is in the treacherous Plains territory; others
are in the New Texas … where a new threat emerges. It’s a great start … even if
the final minutes are merely odd.
MUST-SEE II: “Modern Family” season-opener, 9 and 9:30 p.m., ABC.
week, this splendid show will be followed by the rather-awful “Super Fun Night”
debut. Before that, settle back for two episodes of one of TV’s best comedies.
summertime, with Phil and Claire juggling their kids’ adventures, in order to
have a child-free week. Then everyone seems to have a key day -- the first day
of 1st grade (Lily)
and high school (Luke and Manny) …. The first day back working at her dad’s
company (Claire) and at a new substitute-teaching job (Cam). That last one
leaves Mitchell watching Lily while having with a big meeting at work.
ALTERNATIVE: “Broadchurch” finale, 10 p.m., BBC America.
with rich layers of pain, hope and character depth, “Broadchurch” has been
compelling from the start. It’s the fictional story of the search for a boy’s
killer in a sweet, seaside town.
finale happens to be a disappointment on two fronts: No detective work is
involved in its conclusion … and there’s no room for the viewer to feel the
satisfaction of closure. Mostly, viewers will simply feel a wrenching pain. At
least they’ll feel strongly; that alone puts “Broadchurch” near the top of any
Middle” season-opener, 8 p.m., ABC. Frankie and Mike are relieved that Axl is
actually making it to college. They insist on the whole family going; Sue and
Brick, alas, are not on their best behavior.
Bad,” 8 p.m., AMC. Here is the ultimate marathon. It starts here the pilot of a
great series. It continues non-stop (except for a few early-morning slots),
right up to the series finale at 9 p.m. Sunday.
(2012, HBO) and “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008, IFC), both 8 p.m. We don’t really
need them on this busy night, but here are two brilliant winners of
best-picture Oscars. If that’s not enough, catch the fun of “Bolt” (2008) on
Disney or “Juno” (2007) on Oxygen.
the Game” debut, 8:30 p.m., ABC. Terry grew up in the shadow of her dad (who
is, of course, Terry Sr.). She became a star athlete … until pregnancy
intervened. Now she’s back home with her son, reluctantly coaching with her dad
(James Caan) hovering. The result is fairly good.
& Order: Special Victims Unit” season-opener, 9-11 p.m., NBC. TV’s (and
this show’s) obsession with kidnapping is reaching an extreme. Tonight,
colleagues desperately search for Benson, while coming across more hostages and
murders. Then a young boy disappears.
“Capture,” 9 p.m., CW. The season ends with
the winning team getting $250,000.
10 p.m., ABC. The second season of this show gives Rayna some soap-sized woes.
She’s in a coma, her cheating husband is stunned to know his mistress is
pregnant and her daughter is stunned to learn who her real father is. Also,
Teddy is awaiting sentencing.
Bridge,” 10 p.m., FX. A week from the season-finale of this excellent show,
Sonia tries to repair the tattered relationship with her police colleague