TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE (maybe): “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m. (or
later, with football overrun), CBS.
For five-plus years, Patrick Jane has pursued the man (Red
John) who killed his wife, his daughter and more. Now he’s close; these next
two episodes lead to one Nov. 24, when they come face-to-face.
There’s a catch, though: This hour was supposed to air last
Sunday; when football had an extreme overrun, CBS gave up and replaced it with
a rerun. It says it might have to do the same thing this week.
If it does air, however, you’ll see a fairly slow hour that packs
big surprises in the final minutes.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Killing Kennedy,” 8 p.m., National
Geographic, reruns at 10 p.m and midnight.
Amid the cascade of Kennedy documentaries this month, here’s
the one scripted show. Like the previous “Killing Lincoln,” it’s from a book co-written
by Bill O’Reilly.
Rob Lowe is a believable John Kennedy, but the casting of
Ginnifer Goodwin (good actress, wrong look) as Jackie Kennedy is surprising.
They’re burdened with shallow, trite dialog.
The Oswald scenes are much better. Following him to Moscow, New
Orleans and Dallas, we see a restless and troubled man (Will Rothhaar) and his
overwhelmed wife (Michelle Trachtenberg).
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “See Dad Run,” 8 p.m., Nickelodeon.
For a while, Garry Marshall, now 78, was TV’s hottest
producer. His “Happy Days” and “Laverne and Shirley” had the top two spots in
the Nielsen ratings from 1976-78.
Now “Dad” is shot on the same stage, with “Happy Days”
co-star Scott Baio as producer (working in Marshall’s old office) and star. In
a surprisingly funny episode, Marshall plays Baio’s old TV colleague, now with
a young wife and a baby. The result starts poorly, then bursts with hilarious
Other choices include:
“The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox. Homer invites his old pen pal.
Also, Lisa launches a school honor code.
“Civil War 360,” 8 p.m., Smithsonian. This excellent,
three-week series concludes with Dennis Haysbert hearing compelling stories of
slavery and the fight for freedom. That ranges from a family torn apart (and,
20 years later, re-united) to Harriet Tubman leading both slave escapes and
Football, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC, with pre-game at 7. Two
division-leaders collide, after opposite weeks. The Cowboys (5-4 after barely
topping the Vikings) visit the Saints (6-2 after losing to the Jets).
“The Good Wife,” 9 p.m. or later, CBS. After starting with
clients swiped from the old firm, Alicia’s firm has its first new client. Also,
Eli draws doubts when he re-connects with Natalie Flores (America Ferrera).
“Thinker Than Water,” 9 p.m., Bravo. “God wants us to be
rich,” Jewel Tankard announces. Such a desire has been fulfilled; she’s the
third wife of Ben Tankard, who talks of his childhood poverty while
plane-shopping. Their extended family is likable enough to let us tolerate
their Earthly excess.
“Boardwalk Empire,” 9 p.m., HBO. Bullets spray wildly in two
ferocious gun battles – one of them stirring the fight between Chalky and
Narcisse for control of rackets in black neighborhoods. Meanwhile, there are
key moments for Nucky’s brother Eli, who became an FBI informant to keep his
son out of prison.