(Here's the TV column for
Tuesday, Jan. 27, slightly out of order; scroll down and you'll find Thursday, then Wednesday, then Monday.)
“American Experience,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Americana – a small-town Midwesterner, uneducated and ambitious,
invents things and remakes the world. If he also turns out to be a
bit greedy ... well, most stories have rough edges.
Thomas Edison was 7
when he moved from Milan, Ohio, to Port Huron, Mich. His dad had a
shop; Tom, with three months of schooling, had jobs; on trains, he
sold candy and newspapers (which he wrote and printed himself) and
had a lab. Then he began inventing things, buying patents, hiring
squadrons of workers. He helped create light bulbs, phonographs,
movies and more; it's a great story.
II: “Justified,” 10 p.m., FX.
As the season opened
last week, Raylan was building a case against Boyd Crowder for his
past sins – which are plentiful. Then Boyd came up with a new one –
robbing the bank and blasting safe-deposit doors, hoping to find lots
of money; instead, he found documents that may or may not be
In an excellent
episode tonight, Raylan pumps Boyd's fiancee for information. He
scowls at real-estate schemers and confronts one of their people,
large in body and, perhaps, small in IQ.
ALTERNATIVE: “Sons of Liberty” finale, 9-11 p.m., History.
The first two
chapters – rerunning at 5 and 7 p.m. -- take us to this crucial
point. At Bunker Hill, a rag-tag group of Americans prepares to face
an organized and well-armed British unit.
Revolutionary War begins, Fiery rebels (Sam Adams, Dr. Joseph Warren)
and moderates (John Adams, John Hancock) link with a stern George
Recreation,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., NBC. Here are issues that consume
Leslie and the Pawnee people. First, the Gryzzl company may be
invading privacy; then there's a fight to save JJ's Diner.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. David McCallum, 81, gets the focus in this rerun. Ducky
(McCallum) sees that a case points to his former best friend (Alice
Krige), now estranged. He heads to London to meet her.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, a chief warrant officer is
killed and his wife is kidnapped for ransom.
Angel,” 9 p.m., AXS. Here's a family venture – a mom and her
grown daughters forming a country-music trio, with the dad as manager
and his sons helping. They're likable folks and their music is good
(if infrequent). Tonight brings decisions on the first single ... and
then a party.
Inheritance,” 9 p.m., Fox Business Network. Debuting this week
(Mondays through Thursdays), this show traces the results of odd
bequests. Some are pleasant – a rare coin, for instance – and
some are difficult; one involved taking over a 900-acre bug museum.
Project,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. Shonda Rhimes – who produces all three
of ABC's Thursday dramas – shows up on another night and another
network, in another genre. She plays the beer-pong champion of
Dartmouth alumni; Peter is determined to beat her.
p.m., ABC. As an Englishman who's more than 200 years old, Henry
(Ioan Gruffudd) sticks to classical music. Abe (Judd Hirsch) tries to
expand his tastes in this rerun, while Henry is probing a murder that
may be linked to the dispute over rights to a jazz classic.