TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Masterpiece Classic,” 9 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
After slowly unfolding for five weeks, this elegant mini-series
reaches a pivotal point. At the core is Moray, the department-store owner; he’s
a widower, inexplicably loved by two women.
Denise loves him from afar; she’s a sweet-spirited women’s-wear
clerk whose angry uncle has a shop nearby. Katherine loves him from anear; she’s
rich, the daughter of his banker. Now both relationships reach turning points,
while the imposing Jonas continues to be Moray’s self-appointed enforcer.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Betrayal,” 10:01 p.m., ABC.
Here’s another show that has moved slowly, but now reaches
Sara (the superb
Hannah Ware) is married to Drew, a crusading assistant district attorney; she’s
having an affair with Jack, who works for the crooked family that took him in
when he was young. Now Dean is tracks clues, just as Jack finally describes the
night that left T.J. (a huge acting leap for Henry Thomas of “E.T.” fame) with
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Civil War 360,” 8 p.m., Smithsonian.
As the war began, this richly detailed documentary says, the
South had some huge plusses. Its cotton crop was crucial globally; it had
skilled soldiers and (especially) gifted cavalrymen.
Still, it lacked industry. The British sold it ships and
iron; even Confederate money needed plates that somehow came from New Jersey.
After early victories, the South wobbled under a shortage of food, supplies and
hope. Narrated by Trace Adkins, this is the mid-section of a strong, three-week
Other choices include:
“Once Upon a Time,” 8 p.m., ABC. If you’re drowning, it’s
best to have Ariel (of “Little Mermaid” fame) as a friend. Tonight, Ariel
(Joanna Garcia Swisher) saves and befriends Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin).
“The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox. It’s time to ponder past
mistakes in parenting (Marge), romance (Mr. Burns) and more. Homer sold his Apple
stock to buy a bowling ball; Kent Brockman resisted moving to cable news with
his old colleague Rachel Maddow.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” season-opener, 8 p.m., Bravo;
repeats at 10. NeNe Leakes is back to her old life; she has remarried Gregg and
(with her comedy cancelled) returned to Atlanta. Naturally, this opener finds
her in a noisy party argument … which seems to be a “Real Housewives”
specialty. Meanwhile, Porsha Stewart has a messy divorce and Kenya Moore faces
Football, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC, with pre-game at 7. Two weeks
after the Indianapolis Colts drew huge ratings against the Broncos, the team
(5-2) visits the Houston Texans (2-5).
“The Good Wife,” about 9:30 p.m.,
CBS. Last week, Will react fiercely when he learned that Alicia and Cary were
leaving the firm and taking clients with them. It was a great hour, marred by
the unethical intervention of her husband the governor. Now Will refuses to
release the files Alicia needs.
“The Mentalist,” about 10:30
p.m., CBS. Patrick Jane feels he finally has the last clue to identify Red
John. Now – in the style of Agatha Christie mysteries – he wants to gather the
suspects in one place.