TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Devious Maids”
debut, 10 p.m., Lifetime.
A year after his “Desperate
Housewives” left, Marc Cherry is back and in top form.
Adapted from a Mexican telenovela, this
focuses on five housekeeper/nannies. Most have hidden agendas –
from romance to music – and one is working undercover.
The lone flaw is that their employers
are so wildly cartoonish; unlike “Housewives,” this show is
difficult to take seriously. But Cherry – a former situation-comedy
writer – flashes biting wit, alongside gorgeous backdrops and
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Crossing Lines”
debut, 9-11 p.m., NBC.
Let's credit the producers for sheer
ambition, creating an international series.
William Fichtner plays an ex-cop –
wounded physically and emotionally – who is recruited by Donald
Suthrland to work for a police unit that can work throughout Europe.
Based in Prague, “Lines” was filmed in Paris, Nice and beyond.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Celebrity
Wife Swap” return, 8 p.m., ABC.
Two famous daughters trade lives –
and care of their sons – for a few days.
In Los Angeles, Melissa Rivers has a
heavily scheduled life with Conner, 12. In Alaska, Bristol Palin has
a free-form one with Tripp, 4.
Now Melissa flies north with her mother
Joan … and is startled to find snow in May. Bristol heads south
with her sister Willow.
Other choices include:
– “Elementary,” 8 p.m., CBS. Next
week, “Big Brother” will take over here. For tonight, the spot is
filled by this rerun; Watson tackles her first solo case, while
Sherlock ponders a subway murder.
– “Whodunnit?” debut, 9 p.m.,
ABC. This reality show has 13 strangers – from a former beauty
queen, 27, to a former homicide cop, 62 – arrive in a mansion and
instantly have a “murder” to solve.
– “Drop Dead Diva” season-opener,
9 p.m., Lifetime. Last season ended with Jane ruining everything with
a wedding-day kiss. That throws this episode into chaotic overdrive.
The two court cases are lame, but the humor is brisk and – with the
exception of an overwrought newcomer – clever.
– “True Blood,” 9 p.m., HBO. Last
week's strong season-opener saw the Louisiana governor launch fierce
anti-vampire steps. Now Eric tries to reverse that, while Bill – in
his transformed state – marvels at his new powers. Sookie, who has
loved both men, meets someone who shares her powers.
– “Castle,” 10 p.m., ABC. After
loaning its Monday spot to “Mistresses,” this show has reruns on
summertime Sundays. Tonight, Castle and Beckett find themselves
trying to protect a witness in a rough part of town, with no badge,
phone or gun.
– “Copper” season-opener, 10
p.m., BBC. Donal Logue joins the show as a former Union general, now
a political boss mixing righteousness and brutality. That last part
is the show's one problem. Producer Tom Fontana (“Oz”) again
gives us intense characters worth watching, but a brutal overload of
– “Mad Men,” 10 p.m., AMC. A
terrific series ends its season, with AMC mum about details.