TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Almost Human” and “Sleepy Hollow,”
8-10 p.m., Fox.
This is the new look of Fox Mondays, offering a sharp alternative
to two competition shows and the CBS comedies. We get two first-year fantasy
adventures, each stylishly filmed.
On Sunday, we met the oddest of odd couples – a cop who
hates robots and a robot who’s trying to learn to be humans; tonight, they probe
a murder linked to “sexbots.” Then “Sleepy Hollow” has Ichabod Crane confront
the Headless Horseman and learn the Horseman’s true motives.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: “Dancing With the Stars,” 8-10:01
As one of the dance pros, Maksim Chmerkovskiy has been
runner-up twice (with Kirstie Alley and Mel B) and finished third twice (Laila
Ali and Erin Andrews). Now, a week before the finale, he’s a judge.
The night starts with a pro routine from Emmy-nominated
choreographer Mandy Moore. Then the final five duos will do two styles of dance
to the same song – one in its original version and one unplugged. For the
latter, singers include Noah Guthrie with “Sexy & I Know It” and Kerli with
“My Song Knows.”
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Independent Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
Amid the bleak beauty of the North, people practice a
traditional skill. They’re training in the Indian Relay – a dangerous bareback
race, with high-speed mounts and dismounts on three horses.
“Indian Relay” focuses on two teams (in the Crow and
Blackfeet nations) in Montana and one (Shoshone-Bannock) in Idaho, preparing
for the nationals. The film gets repetitious, but you’ll root for the people.
Facing injuries amid 40-mph fury, they re-capture skills that helped form the
Other choices include
“The Voice,” 8-11 p.m., NBC. To give “Blacklist” a one-week
rest, NBC has a “Voice” recap at 8; then the top 10 singers perform from 9-11
“How I Met Your Mother,” 8 p.m., CBS. Two talented theater
people link when John Lithgow returns as Barney’s father, for the wedding.
Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) has a scheme that worries Robin.
“2 Broke Girls,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. After forever being short
on education, Max wants to enter the Manhattan School of Pastry. Gilles Marini
plays its owner, with Mary Lynn Rajskub at the front desk.
“Mike & Molly,” 9 p.m., CBS. Obsessed with focusing on
Melissa McCarthy, this show has turned Molly into a total ditz. Tonight, she
visits her sister’s funeral-home workplace. She gets goofy and shares her
sister’s marijuana; the show stretches hard for laughs, sometimes successfully.
“Beauty and the Beast,” 9 p.m., CW. The Thanksgiving
episodes are starting now, 10 days before the holiday. Tonight, Vincent is
invited to Cat’s family dinner.
“Moms Mabley,” 9-10:15 p.m., HBO. When Moms Mabley reached
TV in 1967, she was already in her 70s, a newcomer to many people and a superstar
to some. For four decades, she’d worked her way up from tiny clubs to the
Apollo Theatre and movies. Whoopi Goldberg, an admirer since childhood, shows
ample clips and talks to comedians (including Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy),
academics and more.
“Castle,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. For once, this show doesn’t have
to compete with “Blacklist.” This week’s murder victim bears a striking
resemblance to Lanie Parish, the medical examiner.