TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Austin City Limits Celebrates 40
Years,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check locals listings).
Austin, Texas, offers a rich blend of country, rock, blues
and Tejano music. So in November of 1974, two pilots were made for a concert
series; the second – with emerging star Willie Nelson – was the keeper.
Nelson, 81, returns for duets of two of his great
compositions – “Crazy” (with Emmylou Harris) and “Funny How Time Slips Away”
(with Lyle Lovett). Kris Kristofferson sings his own “Me and Bobby McGee” with
Sheryl Crow. The opener links Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Vaughn, Guy Clark Jr. and
Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes. There’s more, including Jeff Bridges, Buddy
Guy and the Foo Fighters.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Last Man Standing” season-opener, 8
and 8:30 p.m., ABC.
This fun-enough show starts with Eve becoming the school’s
placekicker. Her dad Mike (Tim Allen) is delighted, her mom Vanessa is worried
and her boyfriend and sisters may be jealous
In the second episode, little Boyd is sent home for starting
a war game; Mike, his grandfather, is told to stop showing him action movies
and video games. Also, both episodes eye Mandy’s emergence as a fashion
designer. In the second, her mom needs a new look before meeting old college
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “A to Z,” 8:30 p.m., NBC.
With its Thursday comedies sometimes going unnoticed, NBC is
giving this gem a second shot.
At 8 p.m., it reruns “Bad Judge,” an OK comedy with Kate
Walsh trying to party by night and be judicial by day. At 8:30 is “A to Z,” one
of the year’s best new shows. Written with wit and filmed with flair, it has
people (Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti) who are opposites, except for being
bright and TV-cute.
Other choices include:
Baseball, noon ET, cable. Here’s the first day with a full,
four-game playoff slate. TBS starts and ends it with the American League –
Detroit at Baltimore at noon, Kansas City at the Los Angeles Angels at 9:30
p.m. ET; in between, Fox Sports 1 starts the National League round – San Francisco
at Washington at 3 p.m., St. Louis at the Los Angeles Dodgers at 6:30.
“The Amazing Race,” 8 p.m., CBS. Last week, the Thomson
sisters – glamorous Miami realtors – became the first duo ousted. Now the
others are in London, where problems include an in-stream capsizing.
“On the Menu” debut, 8 p.m., TNT. Four home chefs, ranging
from an ex-Marine comedy writer to a self-described “sweet girl from a small
town,” cook for experts. There are problems – too little time, too little
sauce, too much to fit in a mouth – and triumphs. It’s fairly interesting, with
one key bonus: On the day after each episode airs, the winning creation will be
at a restaurant chain, in this case Chili’s.
“Gotham,” 9 p.m., Fox. In a rerun of the second episode,
Selina Kaye (the future Catwoman) has been grabbed by a child-trafficking ring.
Also, Oswald Cobblepot (the future Penguin) makes his lethal return.
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. While a Navy SEAL is on a
top-secret mission, his young daughter is kidnapped. Also, Danny needs $18.5
million to free his kidnapped brother.
“Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. When a cop is ostracized for
testifying against her former partner, Jamie agrees to ride with her for a
week. Meanwhile, his brother and sister argue over a settled case.
“The Knick,” 10 p.m., Cinemax. Last week brought an epic
riot (Irishmen attacking blacks) and two key romantic hook-ups. The romance
continues in this strong episode, alongside a new crisis: A cocaine shortage is
a big problem for the hospital … and a bigger one for Dr. Thackery (Clive
Owen), an addict.