“Mom,” 9:01 p.m., CBS.
With sharp dialog
and beautifully defined characters, “Mom” has shown a knack for
simultaneously getting laughs and emotions from pivotal moments.
involved deaths – of Christy's father and of the teen-ager she
befriended; now it's Bonnie's birth mother. We finally met her
(played by Ellen Burstyn) last season. After her death, Bonnie and
Christy learn she was holding a big secret.
“MasterChef Junior.” 8 p.m., Fox.
When it comes to
cuisine, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts often have modest expectations.
“Usually, we get hot dogs and burgers,” one girl says here.
Not this time. As
the Scouts finish their hike and pitch their tents, a dozen young
chefs are preparing pork chops plus two side dishes. Afterwards, the
losing team faces a fresh challenge – bake macaroon treats, with
any choice for stuffing; the choices include lemonade,
peanut-butter-and-jelly and bacon. Yes, bacon macaroons; life is kind
of fun, when all the chefs are age 13 or younger.
ALTERNATIVE: All night, ABC.
Right now, ABC is
all about conspiracies and crises. Tonight's “Scandal” (9 p.m.)
keeps probing the scheme that killed the president-elect – not to
be confused with plot on ABC's “Designated Survivor,” killing
almost everyone in power. As the team gets close, one of its people
is in grave danger.
That's sandwiched by
the 8 p.m. “Grey's Anatomy” (Stephanie making a mistake while
treating a colleague) and the 10 p.m. “The Catch” (the team tries
to learn why someone is working to destroy Margot's firm). Life is
very complicated for pretty people who happen to be on ABC.
“We Bought a Zoo”
(2011), 5:30 p.m., FX. Yes, this is the movie Jimmy Kimmel mocked at
the Oscars, in his fake feud with Matt Damon. Still, it's a pleasant
film, based on the true story of a family that bought an old zoo.
It's starts an amiable family night, with “Despicable Me 2”
(2013) at 8 and 10 p.m.
(1994), 7 and 10 p.m., AMC. In a change, AMC runs this terrific
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. By nature, Sheldon's not a collaborative guy.
Now, however, he pushes himself: On the same day, he's working on
projects with Amy and with Leonard and Howard.
p.m., NBC. Trying to raise quick money for their wedding, Cheyenne's
fiance starts working at the store. That's during the spring
cleaning, when Amy and Garrett start an investigation, sifting
through old photos. Also, Jonah pushes to get Glenn's approval.
Indoors,” 8:31 p.m., CBS. Jack tries to be a good guy, smoothing
the relationship between his ex-lover Brooke's fiance Paul and her
dad (Stephen Fry). He takes them to a bar ... where Paul has a good
time, gets drunk and disappears.
“Chicago Med,” 9
p.m., NBC. What happens when a high-tech hospital must go old-school?
A hacker has shut down the computer system and demands a ransom.
Doctors scramble; Goodwin, trying to keep the huspital afloat, is
suddenly visited by her ex-husband and his new girlfriend (Garcelle
Redemption,” 10 p.m., NBC. As tensions rise between Scottie and
Howard (Famke Janssen and Terry O'Qyuinn), Tom tries an unexpected
source for help.