TV column for
Thursday, Nov. 6)
By MIKE HUGHES
“White Collar” season-opener, 9 p.m., USA.
For five brainy
seasons, white-collar criminals have been caught by an unlikely pair.
Neil (Matt Bomer) is a scam-master; Peter (Tim DeKay) is the only FBI
agent who was smart enough to catch him.
They're friends, but
Neil still has his schemes – even though he's limited by an ankle
Now the final,
six-episode season starts in chaos. Neil has ditched his tether and
vanished. Peter scrambles to find him and bring down the Pink
II: “Mom,” 8:31 p.m., CBS.
season-opener reminded us that this is a sharp, funny show, mostly
worthy of its new slot behind “Big Bang Theory.” It also launched
an odd plotline: After missing work because of her dad's illness,
Christy (Anna Faris) tried gambling to get the rent money; she won,
but was promptly robbed.
Now she's in a
low-end motel with her two kids and her mom (Allison Janney) – who
tries to pierce Christy's misguided optimism. Kevin Pollak is back as
the dad, with Jaime Pressly as Jill, leaning on Christy as her
Alcoholics Anonymous sponser.
ALTERNATIVE: “Gracepoint,” 9 p.m.,, Fox, or “Olive Kitteridge,”
7-11 p.m., HBO.
these miniseries have much in common. Each views small-town life
darkly; each has quiet, naturalistic dialog, delivered with
The difference is
that you can catch HBO's full story in one chunk; during these four
hours, you'll keep wanting to strangle and/or hug Olive (Frances
McDormand). For “Gracepoint,” this is the sixth of 10 hours.
Tonight, suspicion piles onto Jack (Nick Nolte), a convicted
pedophile. There's superb work by Nolte, Michael Pena (as the father
of the murdered boy) and Anna Gunn (as a cop).
“Bones,” 8 p.m.,
Fox. The subject turns to immigrants, as the team probes human
trafficking and as Arastoo and Cam talk of marriage. Ironically,
Phyllis Logan – who played O'Brien, a scheming staffer, on “Downton
Abbey” -- plays a harsh employer, suspected of killing her former
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Amy and Bernadette decide to re-create a prom
night on an apartment rooftop. Naturally, this confuses Sheldon.
p.m., ABC. Convinced that Jake isn't really guilty, Olivia looks for
“Two and a Half
Men,” 9:01 p.m., CBS. Last week, “Men” launched its final
season, pushing it in a bizarre direction. Fearing it will take
forever to be approved for adoption as a single dad, Walden wants
Alan to join in a fake marriage. That could happen tonight, complete
with Michael Bolton singing.
9:30 p.m., CBS. In last week's dandy opener, Ronny reluctantly agreed
to be his dad's assistant coach. Now comes a bigger challenge –
having family members express their feelings.
p.m., CBS. Sherlock finally gets a fresh chance to team with Watson
(Lucy Liu). His apprentice Ophelia, jealous of their rapport, soon
return, 10 p.m., USA. With six episodes left this season, Annie
(Piper Perabo) is in crisis. Belenko has shot Ryan (Nic Bishop), her
lover; next, he may go after Arthur (Peter Gallagher), her mentor,
who is running Ryan's security firm. She rushes to Istanbul.