Sports collision, NBC and Fox.
After getting big
ratings each Sunday, NBC has its most promising football game yet:
The Green Bay Packers visit the Denver Broncos at 8:30 p.m. ET. Here
are undefeated teams; each has a great quarterback (Aaron Rodgers,
Peyton Manning), but also leads its conference in fewest points
That should be
enough, but there's more: Barring a sweep, Fox has the fifth game of
the baseball's best-of-seven World Series. The Kansas City Royals
visit the New York Mets, at 8:07 p.m. ET.
“The Librarians,” 8 and 9 p.m., TNT, rerunning at 10 and 11.
Now that his other
TNT series (“Falling Skies”) has ended, Noah Wyle has more time
for this one. He's in these season-opening episodes as Flynn Carsen,
who was the centerpiece of the “Librarian” movies.
Now there's an
entire team – led by Rebecca Romijn – to find classic artifacts
and face classic villains. In tonight's first hour, an ominous storm
looms. In the second, Prospero is assembling some of fiction's great
villains, including Frankenstein's monster and Sherlock Holmes'
ALTERNATIVE: “Breakthrough” debut, 9 p.m., National Geographic.
Geographic seemed too much like other networks; now it's regained its
taste for epic documentaries. A prime example is this imposing series
– six top directors, tackling imposing subjects.
This opener -- Peter
Berg (“Friday Night Lights”) viewing pandemics -- is ponderous at
times, until reaching its riveting story: Ian Crozier is an American
doctor who contracted Ebola in western Africa. He surprised
colleagues by surviving after 40 days of isolation ... then faced an
after-effect. It's a riveting story that Crozier and others tell in
the quietly passionate style of good doctors.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Home Fires,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
All of the crises of
wartime England have been packed into this British village. The
doctor, for instance, is dying ... one of his daughters is a war
widow ... the other is having an affair ... and tonight, his wife
pushes a way-too-drastic solution for a friend with an abusive
There's much more in
this second-to-last episode, including a conscientous objector, a
secret lesbian, a surprise evacuee and a bomb-shelter crisis. In
other hands, this would be dismissed as noisy soap opera; “Home
Fires,” however, offers a gentle subtlety that makes these
characters worth rooting for.
“Ash vs. Evil
Dead,” 1:10, 3:25, 7:30 and 11:30 p.m., Starz. If you missed the
Halloween debut of this series, here are more chances. Be prepared
for something that is alternately gory and goofy; it's skillfully
directed (Sam Raimi) and acted (Bruce Campbell), but clearly not for
8 p.m., CBS. This series imagines that the Russian president has died
and the U.S. fears a shake-up. Also, the cyber-security chief tries
to find the people who hacked into Air Force One.
p.m., National Geographic. The return of this monthly series is
another sign that National Geographic has returned to its old
ambitions. Tonight, Bill Nye ponders climate change.
“The Good Wife,”
9 p.m., CBS. After doing little for big money, Howard Lyman (played
by Jerry Adler, 86) accuses the firm of ageism. Also, Jason (Jeffrey
Dean Morgan) gets tough as a detective.
Indian Summers,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). This nine-week
series was at its mid-point last week, before launching its main
story. The mysterious woman in the woods said Ralph Whelan – top
aide to the viceroy – is her son's father. Tonight's overheated
hour starts as she pulls a theft and ends with tragedy. In between,
his sister Alice faces an accuser and we see Ralph's rage.
p.m., ABC. In the early time frame, the FBI recruits study
surveillance ... and put it to quick use. Flashing forward, Alex –
on the lam as a murder suspect – gets help hacking FBI computers.