“Indian Summers” debut, 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
We're in 1932 India,
just 15 years from independence, but Englishmen assume they'll rule
forever. Each summer, they move the colonial government to the
mountains, to escape the heat.
Ralph, the viceroy's
scheming aide, is in charge; his sweet sister has arrived with a baby
and claims to have a late husband. One person wants to shoot Ralph,
another wants (less understandably) to seduce him. We also meet a
kindly missionary, his ditzy wife, an earnest native clerk, his
activist sister and more. It's a big, rich, nine-part epic,
beautifully acted in grand settings.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” finale, 9-11, CBS.
For a while, CBS
seemed wheezy and wobbly, with an old audience and old-feeling shows.
That changed in 2000: It launched “Survivor” in the summer and
“CSI” in the fall.
three spin-offs (one of which returns next week), but now it's
departing, nine days shy of its 15th anniversary. The
finale sees a catastrophe paralyzes Las Vegas. The original stars
(William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger) return, to work with Ted
Danson, Jorja Fox and more.
“Once Upon a Time”
season-opener, 8 p.m., ABC. Powerful forces link, trying to tug Emma
from the dark side. In the Enchanted Forest, she searches for Merlin
and confronts Merida, the arrow-shooting “Brave” heroine; in
Storybrooke, old enemies combine. It's a big and visually impressive
season-opener, 8 p.m., Fox. The 27th season (really)
starts with Homer separating form Marge ... and dating a
20-something. Lena Dunham is the guest star.
Nine-Nine” season-opener, 8:30, Fox. Wisely, Fox's Sunday shows are
pillaging old “Saturday Night Live” talent. This one stars Andy
Samberg, with some hilarious help tonight from Bill Hader; “Last
Man on Earth” stars Will Forte, with help from Jason Sudeikis.
Hader arrives to replace Captain Holt, whose talent is being wasted
in headquarters. Also, Jake and Amy ponder that first kiss.
Football, 8:30 p.m.
ET, NBC, with pre-game at 7. Here are two teams with opposite starts:
The Denver Broncos (12-4 last season) are 2-0; they visit the Detroit
Lions (11-5 last year), who are 0-2.
“Fear the Walking
Dead,” 9 p.m., AMC, and “The Strain,” 10 p.m., FX. These
similar (and well-made) horror tales end their seasons next week. In
“Fear,” the National Guard policy forces a tough decision; in
“Strain,” Eph must choose between endangering his son and
endangering the entire city.
“The Last Man on
Earth” season-opener, 9:30 p.m., Fox. Banished from Tucson – the
only place known to have other humans – Phil heads on the road with
Carol. They try some great homes (the White House, for instance), but
she's unhappy. Then comes a bizarre end to a good episode.
debut, 10 p.m., ABC. This starts with a great setting (FBI training),
an intense attitude and a superb new star (Priyanka Chopra); then it
blows it all. A small sin is to copy the how-they-met scene from
“Grey's Anatomy.” Bigger ones follow -- idiotic twists that will
cause some viewers to bail out.