TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Good Wife” season-opener, 9:30
p.m., CBS, or later with football overrun.
There’s no casual build-up here; the season starts at
full-throttle, with schemes whirling wildly. Cary plunges into a bizarre crisis
…. Alicia (his law partner) is urged by Eli to run for state’s attorney … That
idea upsets the governor (Eli’s boss, Alicia’s husband) and endangers Cary.
All of this happens while Diane is scheming to leave one law
firm – the one with her name on it – and link with Alicia and Cary. It’s all
kind of dizzying; still, it’s beautifully done and actually makes sense.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Masterpiece Mystery,” 8 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
Jane Marple has spent a lot of time in drawing rooms and
quaint villages, but not now. She’s vacationing for her health in the
Caribbean; naturally, murders follow her there.
There are a few flaws: Two women (Molly and Lucky) are hard
to tell apart …. island accents are random … and (in Agatha Christie style)
Jane knows way too much all at once. Still, it’s a fun story, with great
characters in a splendid setting; a second Marple tale, “Greenshaw’s Folly,”
follows at 9:30.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Secret Life of Cats,” 10 p.m.,
NatGeo Wild, rerunning at 1 a.m.
Alongside lots of cute close-ups, we get neat facts. Cats
have 30 times better smell than humans and six times better night vision, but
they have poor close-up vision and see no colors except blue and yellow.
More compelling are the real-life stories. We meet the cat
that survived a 19-story fall without breaking a bone … the one that kept
nudging its human, just in time to prevent a gas explosion … and the cat that
was nasty to everyone else, but a loving friend to a blind dog.
Other choices include:
“60 Minutes,” 7:30 p.m. or later, CBS. The 47th
season begins, for the longest-running primetime show in TV history. Next are
“Monday Night Football” and “20/20,” this fall starting their 44th
and 37th seasons; outside prime time, “Today” and “Tonight” are
turning 61 and 60.
“The Simpsons,” 7:30 and 8 p.m., Fox. Speaking of
long-lasting shows, this is the all-time scripted leader, starting its 26th
season next week. Tonight’s first rerun has Bart mastering voodoo dolls; the
second has Marge vowing to quit having friends … until Lisa makes the same vow.
“Madam Secretary” (8:30 p.m. or later, rerunning at 10:30).
Once a top CIA analyst, Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) is happy teaching and living on a
horse farm with her family. Then the president (Keith Carradine) needs her as
secretary of state. To its credit, this resists the cliché of a fractured home
life; Tim Daly provides a handsome and caring mate. Beyond that, the opener is
bland and so-so.
“Resurrection,” 9 p.m., ABC. After resting all summer, ABC’s
Sunday shows start their seasons next week. First, catch up on their
season-finales. “Once Upon a Time” (8 p.m.) and “Revenge” (10) surround this
one; it has many more formerly dead people returning to town, turning things chaotic.
“The Strain,” 10 p.m., FX. Packing visual and emotional
power, this grips us. Now the heroes plunge into tunnels, in search of the strain’s
master. That leaves Eph’s son to watch Nora’s confused mother.