“Weird Loners” debut, 9:30 p.m., Fox.
Most of these people
are attractive and all are alone. Caryn dates the wrong men; Stosh
beds the wrong women (including his boss' fiancee). Zara leaves men;
Eric stayed home with his parents.
throw them together. The upcoming episodes have key flaws, making the
guys too extreme to care about; this opener, however, is a dandy.
Producer-director Jake Kasdan (“New Girl”) skillfully molds a
likable cast, led by Becki Newton. One scene -- lip-reading a wedding
– is hilarious.
“iZombie,” 9 p.m., CW.
You really are what
you eat, it seems. Last week, Liv (the reluctant zombie) munched the
brains of a dead artist and became wildly passionat; tonight, she
munches a hit man and turns stone cold.
She also has her
weekly crime story -- a byproduct of working in a morgue. That part
is OK and some of the performances are so-so; still, “iZombie”
scores whenever Liv (Rose McIver) transforms.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Dovekeepers,” 9-11 p.m., CBS; concludes
Lots of mismatched
elements are thrown into a crowded, four-hour package. You'll find
epic history, grand visuals and a bizarre string of soap-opera plot
ancient historian, described 900-plus Jewish rebels facing Roman
attackers on the hilltop fortress of Masada. Two women survived,
presumably fueling his account. This story (based on Alice Hoffman's
novel) adds love, rape, gender-disguise, superstition and brutality.
It often seems excessive, but Cote di Pablo is solid in the lead and
director Yves Simoneau provides an epic look.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Here's the show that de Pablo left. Tony (her former boyfriend
on the show) is working with his current girlfriend (Marisol
Nichols); his dad (Robert Wagner) arrives to meet her.
“Hook” (1991), 8
p.m., ABC Family; or “Finding Neverland” (2004), 9 p.m., AMC.
Here are two takes on Peter Pan. First is Steven Spielberg's OK film,
with Robin Williams as a middle-aged Pan. Then Johnny Depp and Kate
Winslet are excellent as the “Pan” author and a young widow he
p.m., PBS. This mid-section of a three-night documentary introduces
another involving current case -- a heroic cancer doctor, facing
cancer herself. It also continues its historical account: We're now
in 1971, with Richard Nixon declaring war on cancer ... which becomes
a long, slow war.
“New Girl,” 9
p.m., Fox. Jess must crash a funeral, to remove a revealing text.
Also, two “Saturday Night Live” alumni visit – Nora Dunn as
Schmidt's mother, Nasim Pedrad as Winston's police partner.
“One Big Happy,”
9:30 p.m., NBC. Lizzy (Elisha Cuthbert) is attracted to Kate, a
beauty in her gym; now come hurdles: Lizzy doesn't know if Kate is
gay; Kate doesn't know Lizzy is pregnant. There are some sharp lines
here, sabotaged by the show's fondness for cheap and witless
p.m., ABC. The team's first cold case is really cold – mummified
returns from 30 years ago. Working on it, Henry recalls a romance
that failed because she was aging and he wasn't.