“Wayward Pines,” 9 p.m., Fox.
mini-series began with Ethan (Matt Dillon), a federal agent, finding
himself in a sweet-looking town where people look happy ... and can
never leave. Last week, his wife and son came looking for him; they
were attacked by the sheriff ... whom he promptly killed.
What are the
aftershocks for killing a sheriff? The answer will surprise you;
indeed, this compelling show keeps finding fresh surprises.
Meanwhile, the town rebel (Justin Kirk) forces an ethical dilemma.
Basketball, 9 p.m. ET, ABC, with previews at 8 and 8:31.
As the summer TV
season begins, winter sports finally get primetime spots on the big
networks. It was hockey Wednesday on NBC; now basketball starts its
best-of-seven series today and Sunday.
In some ways, all of
this is new -- Golden State hasn't won a playoff championship in 40
years; Cleveland never has ... and has only been to the finals once
before. But its star (LeBron James) is in his fifth straight finals;
he had a 2-2 record with the Miami Heat, then returned to his old
ALTERNATIVE: “Hannibal” season-opener, 10 p.m, NBC.
Yes, this hour is
elegantly crafted, with gifted actors, literate dialog and gorgeous
visuals. Still, it's not for everyone; in fact, it's not for a lot of
Some will simply
find it disturbing: A hostage (Eddie Izzard) is expected to gradually
eat his own body parts, albeit cooked skillfully by Hannibal Lecter.
Others will find this too slow and mellow, like a gorgeous-but-morose
cello solo. Lecter is in Florence with his former therapist (Gillian
Anderson); for now, his top pursuers (Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne)
are nowhere in sight.
“Bones,” 8 p.m.,
Fox. With two new episodes remaining this season, Booth continues to
fight his gambling addiciton. Meanwhile, a murder probe visits the
opposite worlds of bikers and yoga.
p.m., CW. Here's a quick rerun of Tuesday's fairly good hour, setting
up next week's season-finale. After munching the brains of a slain
cheerleader, Liv is suddenly peppy and popular.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. An all-rerun night on CBS starts with this
fairly good episode. Sheldon feels he's drifting because he's been
too comfortable; he'd like friends to provide discombort.
“The Odd Couple,”
8:31 p.m., CBS. Oscar isn't the sort to remember birthdays. But this
funny rerun finds the exception: To impress a woman (naturally), he
concocts a quick party for Felix.
p.m., NBC. Set in the 1960s, this miniseries continues to be
one-note, with nearly everyone – cops, crooks, hippies, more –
having the same cynical tone. Tonight, a tough cop (David Duchovny)
digs into the troubled worlds of his ex-wife and their son (possibly
AWOL from Vietnam) and his ex-lover and her teen daughter. To find
the girl, undercover cops visit Charlie Manson's lair.
p.m., CBS. Still homeless, Christy and Bonnie frent a house that has
a shaky past.
p.m., CBS. Sherlock and his young protege Kitty probe the death of a
postal-store owner who may have been linked to the illegal diamond