“Eat: The Story of Food,” 9-11 p.m., National Geographic.
The history of the
Western world, we're told, pivots on the search for food. Columbus
was financed by spice-seekers; the Dutch traded New Amsterdam (now
New York) for a small island that had nutmeg.
That's in the fun
start of a three-night, six-hour documentary that assembles experts.
Tonight celebrates pioneers: Auguste Escoffier made French cuisine a
systematic art form; Julia Childs zestfully showed it to the masses.
Clarence Birdseye – who was working in Labrador when he saw the
natives fast-freeze fish – and Chef Ettore Boiardi vastly expanded
the choices on our grocery shelves.
MUST-SEE II: “Constantine,” 10 p.m., NBC.
the U.S. to face other-worldly evil, Constantine now (quite
logically) visits New Orleans. There, he finds new ghosts and an old
foe, the slyly charismatic Papa Midnite.
result is a sleek hour, sharply directed by John Badham, once a
big-deal movie man who made “WarGames” and “Saturday Night
Fever.” Michael James Shaw is excellent as Papa; we were bitter
when the show switched its female lead, but must admit that Angelica
Celaya is terrific as Zed.
ALTERNATIVE: “Cats,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
musical was lready 15 years into its Broadway run in 1997, when took
a bold step: It molded a TV version in a studio, with no audience.
Alongside lithe, young singer-dancers, it brought back Elaine Paige
to sing the haunting “Memory” and Ken Paige to be Old
Deuteronomy. And it added John Mills (an Oscar-winner, like his
daughter Hayley), then 89 and nearly blind, for moving moments as
theater people helping, David Mallett – a master of music videos
(Bowie, Blondie, Queen, etc.) and specials -- directed. The result,
rerunning here, perfectly blends close-ups and dance spectacle.
Amazing Race,” 8 p. m., CBS. It's been a while since anyone was
ousted here: Last Friday, the show was pre-empted; the previous
episode (the show's 300th) was a non-elimination. That
leaves six duos – two married, two dating, two who are friends –
tonight in Malta.
Man Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. Bitter about all those energy-saving
lightbulbs, Mike searches for the old kind. Meanwhile, his daughter
Mandy wants her own apartment.
8:31 p.m., ABC. Cristela wants to take her nephew to “West Side
Story.” His dad hesitates.
9 p.m., NBC. At a crime scene, a suspect insists a talking wolf made
her do it.
Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. Carol Burnett returns to her role as
McGarrett's aunt, this time with another show-business legend
(Frankie Valli of Four Seasons fame) as her fiance. This is a
distraction for McGarrett, working a case in which brothers are the
prime suspects in the murder of their parents.
Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. As police commissioner, Frank (Tom Selleck)
faces a backlash when a cop's body camera fails to record a fight
with a civilian. Then again, we'll forgive Selleck if he skips his
own show and watches PBS tonight; he met his wife when she was in the
Show with David Letterman,” 11:35 p.m., CBS. Latenight audiences
get their first look at James Corden, the talented British
actor-writer-singer who takes Craig Ferguson's late-late spot on