TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Welcome to Sweden,” 9:01 p.m., NBC.
Life in Sweden is perplexing, Bruce (Greg Poehler) finds. He
wants to talk to his neighbors; that’s not the Swedish way. Also, he wants his
apartment to have things that are quirky and mismatched and maybe even
colorful; his Swedish girlfriend prefers sparse and sleek and (especially)
This comes from Poehler’s real-life experience moving there.
His sister Amy produces “Welcome” and appears briefly (with Audrey Plaza) in
this clever third episode, which is much better than the second.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Black Box” finale, 8 and 9 p.m., ABC.
This has almost everything – a gifted star (Kelly Reilly),
an Oscar-winning co-star (Vanessa Redgrave), a story of a bright and beautiful
neurologist who saves other people, but can’t control her bipolar mind.
Still, viewers have never warmed up to it and now the show
is ending. In tonight’s first hour, she claims that her medicine doesn’t work
and that she has an important Harvard presentation. In the second, she faces
the aftershocks at work and is nudged toward admitting her family secrets.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Sixties,” 9 p.m., CNN, and “NY
Med,” 10 p.m., ABC.
Here are two documentary series with much in common: They are
well-made and richly human; they also have suffered from their networks’ habit
of switching episodes. Now “Sixties” has its space-race hour, originally scheduled
for last week; “NY Med” has some warm, human stories.
We meet one woman who has, in her late 60s,has met the man she calls “the love of my life”;
that life is imperiled by a torn aorta. We meet Rita Respass-Brown, a vibrant
woman who is saved by her son’s kidney donation. And we see Dr. Debbie Yi’s
personal anguish, with a patient who had a miscarriage.
Other choices include:
“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. For a moment there,
Sheldon felt the joy of his accidental science discovery. Now that it’s been
disproven, this funny rerun finds him immersed shame.
“Project Runway,” 8 p.m. and 9-10:31 p.m., Lifetime. First
is a special, showing the selection of this year’s contestants. Then there’s
one more audition, before each survivor designs a spring item.
“Rectify,” 9 p.m., Sundance. An early scene has Daniel – who
spent 19 years in prison for a murder he may not have committed – speaking at a
stranger’s funeral. That moment shows how quietly powerful “Rectify” can be.
The rest is also involving, as he disappears on his mother’s birthday.
“Working the Engels,” 9:30 p.m., NBC. Jenna – the responsible
one, complete with law degree – realizes she has no friends. Then she finds one,
after her brother gives their grandmother’s ring to a stripper.
“Last Comic Standing,” 10 p.m., NBC. The final six comedians
face a fresh challenge – perform at a comedy roast for Gilbert Gottfried.
“Married,” 10 p.m., FX. A too-small shower leads to a
too-big veterinarian bill and a visit to a place with a mega-shower and … Well,
it’s a twisty and funny story, an improvement from the show’s poor opener.
“You’re the Worst,” 10:30 p.m., FX. Last week’s opener
showed the wonders that can happen when two nasty, acerbic people have a
sex-only relationship. In this good follow-up, they actually try a date.