“New Girl,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Some of TV's
funniest moments come during the brief blips when someone clumsily
tries to lie. Now that's extended for an entire, hilarious episode.
graduates from the police academy, he must pass a home visit from a
no-nonsense cop (Cleo King). Jess chooses that moment to tell her
loftmates she accidentally has a giant bag of meth. The lies cascade,
just as Schmidt is fuming about his ex-lover Cece's date. The humor
keeps building, right up to the great finish, when Winston's
quasi-brother (Marques Ray) arrives.
II: “Selfie,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC.
This show's superb
pilot film (a take-off on “Pygmalion” and “My Fair Lady”) was
all about Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), whose only social skills were
in social media.
But we soon learned
that her mentor Henry (John Cho) also needs a social makeover. In
tonight's first episode, he fidgets during a weekend retreat; in the
second, he's clueless in romance. Both episodes have moments when the
humor is too broad and blunt, but then manage to redeem themselves.
ALTERNATIVE: “Makers,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings); then
With control of the
Senate at stake, the results are crucial. You can catch them all
night on the news channels and at 10 p.m. on ABC, CBS and NBC. First,
PBS has some compelling political history.
In 1973, F. Edward
Hebert refused to put a woman and a black man on his House Armed
Services Committee. Overruled, he only gave them one chair to share.
In 1997, the Senate only had two women; now it has 20, enough to
override the government shutdown. “It was the women of the Sentate
who said, 'We're going to reach out” across party lines, Elizabeth
Warren (D-Massachusetts) says here.
Junior,” 8 p.m., Fox. The world always seems better with kids
around. Gordon Ramsay quits shouting, Joe Bastianich almost smiles;
cooking is fun again. That's what happens tonight, with 16 chefs,
ages 8 to 13. Some can't lift the equipment, some need stools, two
cry. Mostly, however, we get laughter, optimism and dishes that look
good and (the judges insist) taste right.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Delilah (Margo Harshman), McGee's girlfriend, is back. Now
working for Defense, she finds a break in a controversial case and
needs NCIS help.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. Here's a rerun of the season's second
episode, with Tony (Michael Weatherly) of “NCIS” helping. A
sailor has bubonic plague and his shipmates must be found.
“Marvel: 75 Years
From Pulp to Pop,” 9 p.m., ABC. This traces the journey from the
1939 Timely Comics to Marvel, which is now a powerhouse in comics, TV
and (especially) movies.
“Life Below Zero”
return, 9 p.m., National Geographic. Even when you live above the
Arctic Circle, spring can be a mess; the quick meltdown endangers Sue
Aikens' equipment. South of the Circle (slightly), Andy Bassich
builds a cabin, Glenn Villeneuve makes a bridge and Agnes Hailstone
teaches her five daughters how to shoot caribou.
Project,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. This is that rare show that didn't slump
when its key characters became a couple; Mindy and Danny still have
plenty to fight about. She's chronically late, he's obsessively
punctual. It's a dandy episode filled with key guest stars –
Allison Tolman (“Fargo”) as a romance author, Rhea Perlman as
Danny's mom, Niecy Nash as a Dr. Fishman and even Yeardley Smith (the
voice of Lisa Simpson) as a mammogram doctor.