“How to Get Away With Murder” return, 10 p.m., ABC.
When we first met
Annalise, she ruled the classroom and the courtroom with fierce
confidence. It was precision, Emmy-winning work for Viola Davis.
two-and-a-half seasons later? In jail, awaiting charges for arson and
murder, she's shattered; Davis is perfect again. Alongside that are
sunny flashbacks, plus the start of the case. This should take up the
season's final six episodes, so settle in for a long, bitter and
“Scandal” season-opener, 9 p.m., ABC.
Life has been tough
for this show's intense fans. After an eight-month break, due to
Kerry Washington's pregnancy, “Scandal” was set for last week ...
then delayed again, with no logical explanation. That second delay
makes sense when you see this episode -- which is a fairly good one,
in its own odd way.
It starts on
election night, with the results still wobbling. From there, the plot
twists keep growing to an operatic (well, soap-operatic) extreme.
This is a big, brash hour, including some plot twists that are
borderline absurd ... but that's sort of what fans have been
semi-patiently waiting for.
ALTERNATIVE: “Riverdale” debut, 9 p.m., CW.
The Archie Andrews
in old comics was a sweet chap at the soda shop. The one in the
“Archies” cartoon had an intellect that never surpassed the
lyrics to “Sugar Sugar.” Neither would recognize this Archie.
He's an immensely
handsome guy who has a secret lover ... and a secret about a murder
... and a tiff with Jughead ... and now a triangle. He's loved by the
girl next door (Betty) and the new girl in town (Veronica), a beauty
whose family was once rich and is now disgraced. Some scenes –
Archie and the secret lover, anyone and the mean girl – are
wretched; the rest offer Archie 2.0, strongly told.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Grey's Anatomy” return, 8 p.m., ABC.
Here is a bold move:
Returning from a two-month break, the show has an episode that
doesn't include the hospital or (except for narration) its top star.
Instead, it sends Jo, Arizona and a reluctant Bailey to a prison
hospital, where a teen will soon face a complicated childbirth.
For viewers and for
the characters, this is a wrenching hour. There's depth to each
person, especially the teen, played with agonizing complexity by
relative newcomer Anna Jacoby-Heron.
“The New Edition
Story,” 5-11 p.m., BET. If you missed the first two chapters –
with Boston teens forming a pop group – catch them at 5 and 7. The
finale (9 p.m., rerunning at 11) starts with soaring success for the
group and for ex-member Bobby Brown. Then come the complications.
and 8:30 p.m., NBC. Next week, this will resume its new episodes. For
now, one rerun focuses on drug-testing, another on dog-adoption day
and both include the adventures of Cheyenne, the teen mom. In one,
she keeps talking about the baby; in the other, she fights with the
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a terrific rerun, a flood in Amy's
apartment gives her the chance she's wanted – to move in with
Sheldon, her boyfriend and (once-a-year) lover.
p.m., CBS. Christy tries to be the AA sponsor of a hunky newcomer
(Joe Manganiello), but is way too atracted to him. That part is
fairly funny, but some of the best moments come when her mom attends
an upscale charity gala with Jill.
Rules,” 9 p.m., Fox. So far, four of the five duos have cooked for
this mobile dinner party. Now Andrew Dice Clay and his wife Valerie
have their turn; then the two duos with the lowest scores have a
“Mary Tyler Moore:
Love Is All Around You,” 9-10 p.m., CBS. In a late switch, CBS is
inserting this special about Moore, who died Tuesday at 80. The first
“golden age of comedy,” as it was later called, was propelled by
the shows she starred in (“Dick Van Duke Show” and “Mary
Tyler Moore Show”) and the company she co-owned (MTM).
10 p.m., NBC. In a rerun of the season's second episode, Red needs
help from Tom and the task force, to trace someone who may know where
Alexander Kirk is.