“New Girl,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Jess' tattered work
history got another jolt recently: She quit her school job, because
she hated the principal. Now she has a shot at trendy school, where
kids can talk to a chair in the “feelings farm.”
It's all quite
promising ... except that the principal (Lucy Punch) is dating Sam
(David Walton), the doctor who is Jess' ex-lover. Now it's time for
grown-ups to talk to the chair ... and, in very funny ways, for Jess
to show her habit of making every situation worse by talking too
“Secrets of the Dead,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
In 1962, three men
tried the impossible -- an escape from Alcatraz. They made a raft of
raincoats, paddled into treacherous currents ... and vanished.
Officials guess that
they drowned, but no one's sure; the FBI still has an agent assigned
to the case. Now three Dutch scientists try to duplicate this. The
result is tricky, interesting and open-ended.
ALTERNATIVE: “The People v O.J. Simpson,” 10 p.m., FX; reruns at
11 p.m. and 1a.m.
Already blasted by
surprises and detours, prosecutors (Sarah Paulson and Sterling Brown)
faces a new jolt: The lead detective in the case had testified he'd
never used the “n word.” Now a tape surfaces in which he uses it
often, while describing a career filled with planted evidence and
But will it be
allowed in court? And what of the part in which he insults the
judge's wife, who is a top cop? Setting up next week's finale, it's a
great hour, brilliantly played by Paulson and Brown.
“The Flash,” 8
p.m., CW. On Monday, the Flash (Grant Gustin) was at a bigger network
(CBS), helping Supergirl. Now he's back to his own goal – zooming
to Earth-2 and stopping Zoom. First, he must time-travel backward, to
learn how to go even faster.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun of a Thanksgiving-week episode, the team scrambles to
find a new bone-marrow donor for a sailor whose siblings died. Also,
Ellie visits her mother (Lindsay Wagner).
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. Funeral parades in New Orleans tend to be
festive. But this time, one of the parade people has been killed.
“You Me Her,” 9
p.m., Audience Network (DirecTV and AT&T). Last week's opener
introduced likable people who had lots of love and little sex. Things
improved when Jack (Greg Poehler) called an escort (Priscilla Faia)
... who was soon called by Jack's wife Emma (Rachel Blanchard). That
leaves a lot to dealwith tonight. This is a smart, subtle half-hour,
skillfully handled by a good actors.
Special,” 10 p.m., CBS. In his first year, James Corden has brought
a ftresh touch to latenight TV, led by his quirky “Karaoke,” in
which big-deal stars – Adele, Sia, Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder,
etc. -- pretend to be his ride-along singing partners. Now Corden
airs a new “Karaoke” with Jennifer Lopez, plus bits of others; he
also includes other highlights from the year.
p.m., PBS (check local listings). Saudi Arabia is often presented as
the moderate Mideast nation. This documentary, however, uses
undercover tape to show a place that mixes enormous wealth and stark
poverty and has harsh violence toward women.