“Mom,” 9:01 p.m., CBS.
Amid the swirling
chaos of Bonnie's life were two years when Jeanine (Rosie O'Donnell)
provided food, shelter and sex. “I'm not bi-sexual,” Bonnie
clarrifies. “Just easygoing.”
Now Jeanine is back,
stirring up everyone. The episode starts weakly, then soars when
O'Donnell arrives. Soon, Bonnie's boyfriend is re-thinking sexual
possibilities; her daugter is re-thinking her own life. It's another
reminder that “Mom” and Allison Janney (as Bonnie) are among TV's
II: “The Great Indoors,” 8:31 p.m., CBS.
In the sharp debut
last week, Jack (Joel McHale) got bad news: After years writing about
the outdoor world, he had to work in an office with the tech
generation. It was a funny start, but what's next?
We get a fun sample
here, when all those techies aid his Online romance. “Dating isn't
a group activity,” he groans. “This isn't Utah.” But yes, he
does need help. A few moments are too cartoonish, but “Great
Indoors” is mostly a smart, funny show that mocks both sides of the
ALTERNATIVE: “Rosewood,” 8 p.m., Fox; and “How to Get Away With
Murder,” 10 p.m., ABC.
TV wants shows about
professionals, but it also wants youth; the solution is to have
students work with the pros. That's been the notions behind
“Deadline” and “Murder” and more; now Dr. Rosewood works
with top pathology students to probe a cold case, finding revelations
that shake his family.
has Annalise and her students defending siblings who are charged with
conspiring to kill their mother. And the actions of Frank, her former
aide, again lead to rough consequences.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. There's an on-location “Fun With Flags,”
plus the discovery of secrets: Penny's been moving Leonard's
collectibles into storage; Amy's been lying about her apartment, so
she can keep living with Sheldon.
“Kisses For My
President” (1964), 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. Five days from
an historic election, it's fun to see this clumsy comedy. Peggy Cass
plays the first woman president, Fred MacMurray is her husband and
the whole black-and-white movie feels very 1950s.
“Pitch,” 9 p.m.,
Fox. Now that it's done with the World Series, Fox still has
baseball, via well-made fiction. Ginny -- the first female Major
Leaguer – signs a big-money deal with Nike; she promptly misbehaves
and is sent to a therapist (Rita Wilson). Also guesting are Kevin
Connolly, Lyndsy Fonseca and Joanna Garcia Swisher ... who knows
baseball, as the wife of former Yankee star Nick Swisher.
Alicia Keys concert,
9 p.m., BET, rerunning at 10:36. One of the great music talents
performs in Times Square. These are songs from her “Here” album,
with Jay-Z as a guest.
9-10:30 p.m., Lifetime. With Kelly Osbourne as a judge, teams create
three-piece outfits for a pop-up shop in SoHo.
10 p.m., NBC This starts a two-parter about a doctor who provides new
identities for criminals. Also: As Alexander Kirk's medical condition
worsens, Liz seeks guidance from Cooper.
10 p.m., FX. Next week, this often-strange, sometimes-brilliant
season will end with strongly emotional moments. Tonight, by
comparison, is rather random. The first stories – Sam with her mom,
with a daughter and (briefly) with a lover – are often adult and
sometimes funny; the final one – involving an unwanted table – is
a mini-gem that goes from odd to downright charming.