“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” 8 p.m., CW.
Here's a plot that
always works: You send a message, then are desperate to intercept it.
“Seinfeld” did that in 1991 with voice-mail and others have
followed. Now “Crazy” moves it to the text-message era.
With the hourlong
format, the result is mixed, but sometimes brilliant, especially
during the songs. There's the ghost of Steve Jobs, a musical debate
over the words “textmergency” or “textastrophe” and a
self-loathing ballad, which Golden Globe-winner Rachel Bloom delivers
II: “Independent Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
The giant “Firebird”
ballet banner left Misty Copeland stunned. “That's a curvy black
woman at the front of the (Metropolitan Opera House),” she said.
“And it's me!”
Copeland had other
reasons to feel like an outsider in ballet. She grew up in
California, the quietest of six kids; when her mom left her step-dad,
the kids sometimes slept on apartment floors or in a motel. She
started ballet late, at 13; fresh troubles piled up. While soaring in
“Firebird,” she felt a fracture; people said her career was done
at 29. Nelson George's splendid film catches an artist still soaring.
ALTERNATIVE: “Full Frontal” debut, 10:30 p.m., TBS, TNT, TruTV
We needn't have
mourned Jon Stewart's departure from “The Daily Show.” His
replacement, Trevor Noah is terrific and the show (11 p.m. Mondays
through Thursdays on Comedy Central) remains brilliant. And now his
former correspondents are everywhere.
Bee's husband, Jason
Jones, has his own show coming to TBS, but first here's hers. If you
disliked the “Daily Show” politics, you might hate this; if you
can set that aside, however, you're in for a treat. Pre-show samples
have Bee attacking current events with a lacerating wit that's ...
ALTERNATIVE II: “The Magicians,” 9 p.m., Syfy, repeats at 11 and
intriguing – if terribly dark – episodes, “Magicians”
suddenly takes a huge leap up or (opinions will vary) down. It shows
that it has skillful actors and a capability for huge detours.
himself from a mental institution, Quentin was shown a school that
teaches real magic. His childhood friend Julia (who shared his
fondness for an old novel about magic) tried to get in, failed the
test and joined some back-alley magicians. Now Quentin finds himself
in an alternate world. The hour is strange, imaginative, sometimes
deeply disturbing and, in its way, very well done.
London,” any time, www.acorn.tv.
Fans of PBS' “Mr. Selfridge” and “The Paradise” will like
this documentary series about a real London department store. It's
been there since 1875, but now has an American in charge. This is a
place that prides itself in the word “idiosyncratic.”
“The X-Files,” 8
p.m., Fox. A city official has been killed – but not, apparently,
by anything human.
p.m., CBS. Here's another mega-problem for the team – an earthquake
rocking Los Angeles. Also, Curtis and Happy may finally make progress
p.m., Fox. Don't tell Cam Newton about this, but a superstar
quarterback has just found a dead woman in his swimming pool.
Naturally, he contacts his good friend Lucifer.
“War & Peace”
finale, 9-11:02 p.m., History, Lifetime and A&E. After four weeks
and eight hours, this Tolstoy epic concludes with Natasha's complex
romantic life at stake.
10:01 p.m., ABC. After an 11-week break, “Castle” offers its
typical style – mostly light and kind of fun. Castle and Beckett
are still pretending to feud, while separately working a case that
includes buoyant music – some of it from Corbin Bleu, the gifted
“High School Musical” co-star.