TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Mixology,” 9:31 p.m., ABC.
After a couple so-so episodes, “Mixology” is back in form –
slick, sharp dialog and involving characters, in the high-adrenaline setting of
a singles bar.
Tom -- open-hearted and optimistic – chats with Maya, whose
life is a series of break-ups. Ron, the droll Englishman, flirts with the newly
dumped waitress. Interesting people are tossed into fun contrasts.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “The 100,” 9 p.m., CW.
Has the smoke-monster from “Lost” jumped to another show? It
seems like it, as a fierce fog races through an Earth that’s being repopulated
by teen prisoners.
Still, that serves a purpose. Forced to duck inside, the
oft-overwrought teens have moments of depth and detail. This is a surprisingly
good episode … with, alas, a truly perverse ending.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Secrets of the Dead,” 10 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
For five centuries, Carthage was a world power. Located in
what is now Tunisia, in North Africa, it was key to Mediterranean trade; it
fought its neighbors constantly … then was overrun by Romans in 146 BC.
Did its people merely vanish? This intriguing hour follows
hints that some reached South America, 1,500 years before Columbus. It’s all
speculation, but the signs – artifacts, diseases, DNA -- stir interest.
Other choices include:
“American Idol,” 8-10 p.m., Fox. This has been a tough year
for the “Idol” women, with four voted out in five weeks. Tonight, the eight survivors
(five men, three women) will repeat their audition songs.
“Revolution,” 8 p.m., NBC. Hearing about the Patriots’ Texas
plan, Miles and Monroe rush to Austin.
“Suburgatory,” 8:30 p.m., ABC. Dallas must return to her Southern
home for her mother’s funeral. Tessa comes along and soon witnesses some
“Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC. Claire brings the kids over to
help her dad plan a family party, but disputes follow. Meanwhile, her husband
is helping Gloria sell the apartment she had before marrying.
“Million Dollar Listing New York,” 9 p.m., Bravo. Last
season’s finale (rerunning at 8 p.m.) saw Fredrik return to Manhattan. Now he
has a big listing; Ryan also has one – an apartment that has a car elevator.
“The Americans,” 10 p.m., FX. The years of deception have
worn down Elizabeth (Keri Russell). Yes, her marriage to Phillip is a ruse; so
are their names. They’re Russian spies and he’s also “Clark,” married to a U.S.
government secretary. But last week (posing as Clark’s sister), Elizabeth heard
that wife describe his exploits in bed. This drains her … especially when she
mentors a spy who is young and sexually wild.
“Doll & Em” finale, 10 and 10:25 p.m., HBO. This
three-week oddity started as a semi-comedy and descends darkly tonight. Emily
Mortimer plays herself (sort of), hiring Dolly Wells (who co-wrote this with
her) as her assistant. There are some touching moments in the final half-hour.
“Trip Tank” debut,
10:30 p.m., Comedy Central. There’s a type of cartoon – offbeat animation, with
harsh twists – that works wonderfully in film festivals and art houses. But a
weekly cable show? This opener has its moments -- bees try to decide if they’re
killer bees; parents give a birds-and-bees lecture that gets terribly personal.
Some bits are darkly funny; some are just dark.