“Second Chance” debut, 9 p.m., Fox.
Jimmy Pritchard was
a bad father and a tough sheriff who resigned amid corruption
charges. Insisting he was framed, he sank into alcohol, was killed by
an intruder ... and was resurrected by tech wizards.
Yes, this is
fiction, but it's good, solid stuff, more of a character drama than
goofy a fantasy. Rob Kazinsky – Warlow in “True Blood” -- plays
the resurrected Jimmy, now with new physical powers and a
determination to make it up to his son (Tim DeKay of “White
Collar”) and granddaughter.
II: “Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Animals are clever
about self-protection, you know. (You'd be, too, if lions and tigers
kept trying to eat you.) Starting a terrific, three-week series on
wildlife wisdome, this views defensive mechanisms.
Some animals are
masters of camouflage, but zebras have a more-lasting approach: Their
stripe pattern creates illusions that perplex predators. Then there's
outright trickery: The harmless king snake copies the deadly coral
snake; burrowing owls even makes a vocal sound to imitate a
ALTERNATIVE: “Teachers” debut, 11 p.m., TV Land.
These six young
teachers share a deep disinterest in their work. One lectures to kids
about her divorce and the importance of abandoning dreams; others
range from conservative Christianity to liberal political
correctness. None of them seem to pay much attention to the kids.
In the wrong hands,
this could be brash or silly; “Teachers,” however, is in the
skilled hands of the Katydids. Six clever comedians – each
happening to have a variation on the name “Kate” -- started this
show Online. You can see that here, with a style that is short, odd,
but (generally) quite funny.
(1972), 6:30 p.m., Sundance. Burt Reynolds' best film goes against a
terrific Eddie Murphy double feature on IFC -- “Beverly Hills Cop”
(1984) at 8 p.m.. and “48 Hrs.” at 10:30. Also, at 8 p.m., HBO
has Reese Witherspoon in the interesting, true-life “Wild”
8 p.m., Fox. After a couple two-hour auditions last week (with
another two-hour show Thursday), “Idol” trims to an hour tonight
to make room for “Second Chance.”
“The Middle,” 8
p.m., ABC. The older kids find their worlds quaking: Axl starts a
disappointing internship; Sue is challenged by a professor who wants
her to quit being so optimistic.
9 p.m., ABC. Lily is planning a sleepover with her friends from the
Vietnamese dance troupe. Meanwhile, Gloria and Cam try to steal some
much-needed hot pepper.
10 p.m., ABC. Last week's opener closed with a distraught mom (Lili
Taylor) calling police; her teen son, she said, had been drugged and
raped. Now the second episode (brilliantly done, again) finds the
quiet agony of an investigation ... and the scurrying by the head of
a school's leader and its basketball coach – played by Felicity
Huffman and Tim Hutton, last season's stars.
p.m., TV Land. In a fairly good season-opener, Liza (two-time
Tony-winner Sutton Foster) has finally told her boyfriend that she's
really 40. At work, however, people still think she's in her 20s ...
a point that gets complicated when her daughter returns from college.
“It's Always Sunny
in Philadelphia” and “Man Seeking Woman,” 10 and 10:30 p.m.,
FXX. Both comedies use exaggeration for fairly good effect. “Sunny”
sees Frank bump his head and revert back almost a decade, bringing
some big laughs. And “Man”? Last season, someone dated Hitler;
this year, Josh's dream girl is dating Jesus ... played with solid
earnestness by Fred Armisen.