“Mom,” 9:01 p.m., CBS.
In its second
season, “Mom” has been jumping nimbly between laughs and tears.
Both are comfortable turf for Allison Janney, who has Emmys for drama
(“West Wing”) and comedy (as Bonnie in “Mom”).
Last week, Bonnie
hurt her back, was prescribed pain pills ... and promptly reverted to
her old, addictive ways. Now – with the show airing a half-hour
earlier than usual – she tries to keep it a secret from her
daughter, who's also a recovering addict; it's a story that continues
II: “Grey's Anatomy,” 8 and 9 p.m., ABC.
First, here's a
chance to drift way back. ABC reruns the pilot episode, when Meredith
was a young surgical resident, ready for her first shift – after
unwittingly sleeping with Derek, the star surgeon.
Then we get a new
episode. She's married to Derek and not at all happy to learn that
his sister Amelia has an affair with Owen. Love gets messy sometimes
... as Catherine learns while trying to help a man whose wife took
drastic revenge for his cheating.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Comedians” debut, 10 p.m. today, FX, repeats at
Two masterful comics
play themselves – or twisted variations. We see Billy Crystral, 67,
as self-centered and self-serving, Josh Gad, 34, as shallow and
Now they're forced
to work together; “my grandmother would be thrilled,” Gad
grumbles. Both men mock themselves beautifully, in a fake documentary
that delivers some big laughs.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 and 9:30 p.m., CBS. After a new episode at 8, “Big
Bang” offers a hilarious rerun at 9:30. Sheldon insists he and Raj
can survive under salt-mine conditions; Amy has doubts.
“Jaws” (1977), 8
and 11 p.m. AMC. This is a week when AMC remembers that the “C”
stands for classic. It delivers Steven Spielberg's first big hit
today, then has Francis Coppola's “Godfather” (1972) and
“Godfather, Part II” (1974) several times Saturday and Sunday.
“The Odd Couple,”
8:31 p.m., CBS. Felix, the hypochondriac, faces a fresh crisis: His
doctor (Erinn Hayes) is dating Oscar.
p.m., Fox. In the midst of a tough case involving the murder of a
young sex surrogate, Backstrom receives disturbing news about his
p.m., CBS. Holmes and Watson sometimes get help from a hacker group.
Now one of its people has been killed; to solve the case, they join a
Civil War being fought on the Internet.
“Red Road,” 10
p.m., Sundance. Last week's season-opener started quietly, with
tribal recognition finally going into effect. It ended powerfully,
with Kopus finding the chief's body. Junior inexplicably covered for
him then, but in a strong hour tonight, Junior wants revenge.
season-opener, 10:33 p.m., FX, repeats at 11:35. Don't expect big
laughs, in the “Comedians” or “Big Bang” style, here. If
anything, Louis C.K.'s show is even more slow and droll than in the
past. Tonight, his pot-luck supper plans go awry; in its own, odd
way, “Louie” is a delight.