TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Mindy Project” return, 9 and 9:30
This hour starts with a cautionary message about airplane
sex. Then it becomes much more.
Mindy has rarely been in charge of her romantic destiny.
Even tonight, she bounces between Danny (the colleague who adores her) and
Cliff. The hour starts moderately well, then becomes hilarious at a funeral and
beyond. Mindy grapples with a sex tape, an illness and her old boyfriend (Bill
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Last week, we met characters who may be around next season,
in a spin-off.
That’s in New Orleans, where Gibbs’ friend (Scott Bakula)
runs a scruffy NCIS office in the music district, with transplants from Alabama
(Lucas Black) and, newly arrived, Chicago (Zoe McLellan). These are interesting
characters in a great setting. Tonight, the story wraps up; Gibbs and Bishop
help the New Orleans people probe the murders of a congressman and more, while
others chase Washington leads
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Inside Amy Schumer” season-opener,
10:30 p.m., Comedy Central.
Funny things happen when the absolutes of scripture collide
with the shifting, wordy morals of modern life. That contrast soared in Lena
Dunham’s Adam-and-Eve sketch on “Saturday Night Live”; now Schumer has a
brilliant bargaining session with God (played, of course, by Paul Giamatti).
The rest is a quick mix of interviews, stand-up and
sketches, some brashly sexual and some quite clever.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE II: “The Story of the Jews” conclusion,
8-11 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
There was a time, Simon Schama tells us, when Jews thrived
at the top of the culture in Germany, Austria and beyond. Felix Mendelssohn,
Giacomo Meyerbeer, Arnold Schoenberg and others led worlds of music, art and
thought. Then came anti-Jewish diatribes, from Richard Wagner to Adolf Hitler.
Schama’s second hour watches Jewish towns crumble everywhere,
including his maternal roots in Lithuania. It follows the great sweep to
America, where a Jew co-wrote the consummate songs of the 1930s, reflecting
despair (“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime”) and hope (“Over the Rainbow”). That
ends powerfully, going from “Rainbow” to the Holocaust; the third hour is a
deep – and beautifully balanced – portrait of Israel, described by Schama as
the uneasy merger of “aspiration and reality.”
Other choices include:
“Glee,” 8 p.m., Fox. The show flashes ahead to a point months
after the glee club folded. Now many of the people are in New York, where
Rachel is a Broadway star, Mercedes is recording an album and others struggle.
Blair and Sam move in with Kurt; Artie finds the streets of New York are tough.
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. The team searches for
Kensi in Afghanistan.
“About a Boy,” 9:01 p.m., NBC. When Marcus gets to be home
alone, he soon must be rushed to the emergency room by his neighbor Will … who
promptly falls for a gorgeous doctor.
“Growing Up Fisher,” 9:31 p.m., NBC. Joyce (Jenna Elfman) is
trying new things since her divorce … which is why Mel finds marijuana in their
daughter’s bag. Meanwhile, their son has a quest.
“Justified,” 10 p.m., FX. As Art – Raylan’s friend and boss –
lingers in critical condition, Raylan obsesses on nailing Darryl Crowe for the
shooting. Others focus on the missing heroin stash; the result – mixing in Ava’s
prison ordeal – is a fairly good hour, setting up what could be a huge season-finale