SHOULD-SEE: “Debt of Honor,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
In the Revolutionary
War, this film says, 42 percent of wounded Americans died; in
Afghanistan, it was 9 per cent. Our ability to save soldiers' lives
has soared; our ability to deal with the aftermath has not.
Ric Burns' film
juggles history, analysis and compelling stories. Tammy Duckworth
(now in Congress) tried to operate her helicopter, unaware her legs
were gone. J.R. Martinez, now a “Dancing With the Stars”
champion, endured five minutes in a burning tank.Thomas Lynch, an
undertaker and poet, describes his dad and another
machine-gunnermkilling 250 men one brutal World War II night.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS.
It's time for
another international adventure. Tony andMcGee rush to Sudan on a
murder-kidnapping investigation, after insurgents have attacked
That links Tony with
Jeanne Benoit (Scottie Thompson), a former girlfriend whose husband
was one of the doctors attacked. Also, Jon Cryer is back as Gibbs'
ALTERNATIVE: “Grandfathered,” 8 p.m., Fox.
It can be tricky
turf, when two people seem to have nothing in common except having
created a child. In a fairly good episode tonight, that's visited in
Jimmy (John Stamos)
– who, at 50, still obsesses on young women – turns to Sara
(Paget Brewster) for dating advice; things get acerbic at times.
Their son Gerald (Josh Peck) is still in love with Vanessa (Christina
Milian), the mother of his child; her idea of a just-sex relationship
draws mixed emotions.
“Iwo Jima: From
Combat to Comrades,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings). For five
wretched weeks, this film says, a tiny (eight-square-mile) island saw
a hellish collision. Some 22,000 Japanese soldiers were deep in
tunnels, vowing to die before surrendering; 70,000-plus American
attacked. Remarkably, some survivors have found peace; on the eve of
Veterans Day, this emotional film traces Americans (plus a handful of
Japanese), meeting on the island for the battle's 70th
“The Muppets,” 8
p.m., ABC. Kermit the Frog trying yoga? Well, his limbs do seem
flexible and his soul – working with his ex-love Miss Piggy –
seems stressed. At a retreat, he meets an equally stressed Jason
Bateman. Meanwhile, Scooter is left in charge of Piggy's show.
“Fresh Off the
Boat,” 8:30, ABC. Eddie is turning 12 now – not quite a
teen-ager, but close enough to be ominous. He even breaks a family
tradition by planning a separate birthday party at the mall.
8:30 p.m., Fox. Back in their school days, Stewart (Fred Savage) was
on the tech crew for the play; Dean (Rob Lowe), of course, was a
star. Now – when his son auditions for an acting role – Stewart
frets about whom the kid emulates.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. Pride (Scott Bakula) and Sonja (Shalita
Grant) must become action heroes. Escorting a key witness, they're
attacked and on the run.
Files” debut, 9 p.m. ET, Reelz, rerunning at midnight. This series
opens with a portrait of John Kennedy Jr. As part of the channel's
Kennedy obsession this month, that's sandwiched by reruns of two
assassinaton documentaries (6-9 p.m. ET) and “Jackie: Behind Closed
Doors” (10 p.m.).
10 p.m., NBC. After the second night of performances from the “Voice”
top 20 (with the results Wednesday), here's a busy hour. A blaze has
ruined wedding plans, so Boden volunteers to host the ceremony at the
station. Chief Riddle disapproves of that ... and of Dawson