TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” 8
p.m., PBS; rerunning at 10.
Here’s the key chapter in this superb, seven-night
documentary. It finds Franklin Roosevelt starting his presidency of a troubled
land – unemployment nearing one-third, nine million savings accounts lost to
bank failure, hope fading. In his first 100 days, he remade the financial
system and launched programs.
This includes his flaws, both personal (his long affair with
sixth-cousin Daisy Suckley) and political (failure with price-fixing, caution
on civil rights, over-reaching on court-packing). But it focuses on a
steamroller of fresh programs – from Social Security to dams to three million
Civilian Conservation Corps jobs.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Scandal,” 9-11 p.m., ABC; and/or
“Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs” (2014), 8-10 p.m., Lifetime Movie Network.
Tony Goldwyn is busy playing leaders, good and bad. He plays
Jeffs, who in real life was billed as “the man with 80 wives”; head of a fundamentalist
church, he was convicted of sex with girls ages 15 and 12.
And on ABC, he’s President Fitzgerald Grant, who has been
Olivia’s most important client and lover. Now – setting up next week’s
season-opener – is a rerun of the two-hour season-finale. As his re-election
campaign slumps, Fitz may ignore Olivia’s advice; the final hour is set on
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Honorable Woman,” 10 p.m.,
The assassins persist. Nessa’s brother was killed; last
week, she seemed to die in an explosion.
Now this eight-week mini-series ends beautifully. The story
is way too complicated, with Israeli, Palestinian, American and British forces
all scheming. Still, this final chapter is so richly filmed, written and acted
that it packs great emotional power.
Other choices include:
“Sleepy Hollow,” 8-10 p.m., Fox. On Monday, “Hollow” starts
its second season, linking with the equally cinematic “Gotham” debut. Setting
it up, here’s a rerun of the season-finale: Ichabod learns a secret about
George Washington’s death; Capt. Irving makes a painful decision and worlds
“Grey’s Anatomy,” 8 p.m., ABC. Settling into its new
timeslot, the show reruns the season finale. Colleagues say farewell to
Cristina, then face chaos after an apparent terrorist act.
Football, 8:25 p.m. ET, CBS. When CBS launched its half-season
package of Thursday games, the mood was dampened by the evolving stories about
fired star Ray Rice. We’ll see if that changes in the second game, with Tampa
Bay (0-2) at Atlanta (1-1); both lost Sunday, Tampa Bay on a last-minute
“Project Runway,” 9 p.m., Lifetime, rerunning at 10:31.
Usually designing for sleek models, the contestants spend this episode making
clothes for girls.
“The Mysteries of Laura,” 10 p.m., NBC. This show is getting
a big push. Its opener debuted Wednesday after the “America’s Got Talent”
finale and reruns tonight, after the season’s second “Biggest Loser.” This hour
often feels forced, but star Debra Messing and director McG keep it
“Married” and “You’re the Worst,” 10 and 10:30 p.m., FX.
Both shows – the so-so “Married” and very funny “Worst” – wrap up their first
seasons. In “Married,” everyone visits AJ in rehab. In “Worst,” Jimmy and
Gretchen are reluctantly realizing that they like each other for reasons beyond