“Secrets and Lies” opener, 9 p.m., ABC.
Eric (Michael Ealy)
has a bright future, a beaufiful bride (Jordana Brewster) and a warm
family. At a party, his father (Terry O'Quinn) is retiring and giving
him control of the company. Then, suddenly and starkly, there's a
murder and he's a prime suspect.
This is the second
“Secrets and Lies” mini-series. Like the original, it has a
beautifully crafted opener and then nine more episodes. Juliette
Lewis again plays the unrelenting police detective; along the way,
we'll find many people – including the detective – holding
II: “Masterpiece: Poldark” season-opener, 8-10 p.m., PBS (check
Returning home to
the seaside beauty of Cornwall, Ross Poldark found stark poverty. He
tried to revive his families crumbling estate and its mine, while
battling his fellow aristocrats. All of that peaked at the end of the
first season, when the locals scavenged the remains of a shipwreck.
Now Poldark is on
trial, accused of stirring a mob and even of murder. Already
shattered by the death of his daughter, he offers little defense.
There are times tonight when his near-suicidal behavior wears thin;
still, “Poldark” is a beautifully filmed and acted story of a
stridently decent man.
ALTERNATIVE: “Parts Unknown” season-opener, 9 p.m. ET, CNN.
To many Americans,
Hanoi brings thoughts of death and despair. But to the people there –
most of them born after the war – that's distant, Anthony Bourdain
says. Tourists insist on seeing the war museum, but he keeps
returning for the food and the low-key friendship.
And for a portion of
this interesting hour, he meets a kindred spirit. During his Hanoi
visit in May, Barack Obama joined Bourdain at a noodle restaurant
($6, including beer). Obama fondly compared it to the flavors he
recalled from his four boyhood years in Indonesia, his stepfather's
Stirewalt: I'll Tell You What,” 5 p.m. ET, Fox News. This began as
a podcast from two of the channel's regulars – Dana Perino (former
George W. Bush's press secretary) and Chris Stirewalt. It had some
promising moments in last week's opener and will continue through
“Once Upon a
Time,” 7 and 8 p.m., ABC. Lots of characters whirled past, filling
two worlds plus flashbacks. Tonight's first hour is a recap of the
first five seasons; then come new problems. Our heroes try to stop
Mr. Hyde (of Dr. Jekyll fame), while Storybrooke gets refugees from
The Land of Untold Stories. Also, Regina and Zelena – half-sisters
and (sometimes) evil witches – are roommates.
8 p.m. Sunday, Fox. The 28th season begins with
Springfield burning down. (You can do that sort of thing pretty
easily in a cartoon.) Mr Burns will only finance the rebuilding if
he's allowed to put on a variety show.
Angeles,” 8:30 p.m. (barring a football overrun), CBS. To get us
used to the show's new night, CBS has a two-hour opener, holding
other shows (“Madame Secretary” and “Elementary”) until next
Sunday. Tonight, a Washington official takes control of the unit;
also, a Syrian missio goes awry, leaving a team member severely
Football, 8:30 p.m.
ET, NBC, with preview at 7. After losing their first two games (with
the second-lowest-scoring offense in the NFL), the Bears visit
Dallas. Last week, the Cowboys evened their record at 1-1, with
strong work from rookies Ezekial Elliott and (for the injured Tony
Robo) Dak Prescott.
“Last Man on
Earth,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. For these six people, who assumed they were
the only survivors, last season ended with a jolt – armed invaders
were spotted. Only Melissa (January Jones) seems ready.
season-opener, 10 p.m., ABC. The new season taskes us far from the
FBI Quantico training base of the first season. Now Alex is at “The
Farm,” a mysterious CIA training spot. Soon, she's enmeshed in a
conspiracy that threatens the U.S. and beyond.