“Baskets” debut, 10 p.m., FX; rerunning at 10:30.
Chip Baskets was
serious about his work, attending a prestigious Paris clown academy.
That didn't go well, because he doesn't speak French; now he's a
That starts a
brilliantly offbeat comedy, dry and droll and funny. Zack
Galifianakis wrote and produced it with Louis C.K.; he also leads a
terrfic cast. Louie Anderson plays his mom (really); Martha Kelly
brings a wonderfully drab approach as his insurance agent.
“Legends of Tomorrow” debut, 8 p.m., CW.
Here is epic TV –
a team assembled to save the world. White Canary has died once;
Hawkman and Hawkgirl have done it often, since ancient Egypt. Heat
Wave and Captain Cold are hard and cynical; the Atom is an idealist.
The there's Firestorm, formed from two guys merging into one being.
All of this is done
with a mix of familiar actors – Victor Garber, Brandon Routh of
“Superman Returns” and Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell of
“Prison Break”– and newcomers. “Legends” has big special
effects, interesting characters and a saving-the-world story.
ALTERNATIVE: New-show overload, 10 p.m., cable.
The odd forces of TV
have managed to plug everything into one overwrought hour.
On the drama side,
USA's “Colony” -- life after the alien takeover – has its
second episode; “London Spy” -- Ben Whitshaw in the story of a
gay romance leading to the discovery of a secret. On the comedy side,
two gems – the debut of “Baskets” on FX, the season-opener of
“Portlandia” on IFC – collide. Both have the same director,
Jonathan Krisl; two dandy shows occupy one space.
(Fox) or “High School Musical 2” (2007, Disney), 8-10 p.m.. We
can spend the night with pop music, either with “Idol” -- the
show's final auditions episode ever – or the amiable teen film.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Here's a rerun of the hilarious episode that
followed the marriage of Leonard and Penny. The guys take him to a
belated bachelor party in Mexico; the women insist she finally tell
her parents she's married.
“Mom,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. The romance warms up between Christy and a guy (Harry Hamlin),
who is older, richer and charming. His daughter (Sara Rue) – who's
dating Christy's ex-husband – is not pleased.
“My Diet is Better
Than Your,” 9-11 p.m., ABC. This quick, four-week show is now a
week from its finale. Tonight, contestants fret about the
season-opener, 9 p.m., CW. Life never gets easier for Clarke. Once a
force for moderation, she's now a tough warrior, surviving on this
rugged version of Earth. In a strong episode, she ranges from warm
sex with a temporary protector to danger with fierce bounty hunter.
Deception” debut, 10 p.m., Bravo. Working with mystery ingredients
and a few “two truths and a lie” gimmicks, chefs battle. This
gets fairly complicated, making it a stretch for the casual fans of
food or TV.
debut, 11 p.m., Showtime. We meet guys who've fallen in love with a
computer image – sweet, loving and benign. It's a strange story,
launching a series about odd corners of the Internet.