“Under the Dome” season-opener, 9-11 p.m., CBS.
Here's the show that
revived the notion of scripted, summertime series on the big
broadcast networks. It drew big ratings and another Steven Spielberg
summer show (“Extant”) followed. Others were encouraged; tonight
has eight scripted, non-rerun hours on the networks.
townspeople had hope for escaping via tunnels; now that plan triggers
more oddities. Also, we meet someone (former “CSI” star Marg
Helgenberger) who may have some explanations. And Eriq La Salle
(“ER”) plays the CEO of the energy company run by Dale Barbara's
“Rookie Blue” season-opener, 10 p.m., ABC.
Last season ended
with a bomb exploding in the police stations. The repairs, it seems,
provided a three-week vacation for these telegenic and sexually
charged cops. Andy (Missy Peregrym, the show's likeable star) and Sam
savored a rural retreat; Diaz found a hot-blooded (and married)
Much of that is soon
wiped aside. There's jolting news for Sam and a harsh surprise for
Diaz; a crisis for Andy soon has the entire precinct involved. This
is a serialized hour, leaving everything in limbo. But with one
exception – a flat, one-dimensional visiting detective – it's
solid and well-made.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Astronaut Wives Club,” 8 p.m., ABC..
It's easy to gripe
about this portrait of the wives of the first U.S. astronauts. The
view of journalism is absurd; a “crisis” – Marge Slayton fears
people will learn she's a divorcee – is hardly compelling.
remains interesting. Based on a non-fiction book, it's a
larger-than-life story, with interesting people. When Annie Glenn,
shy and stammering, tries to duck a meeting with the un-shy Lyndon
Johnson, we see the raw drama of an amiable average soul, caught up
in giant events.
“Boom” debut, 8
p.m., Fox. Tom Papa, the comedian who hosted Jerry Seinfeld's “The
Marriage Ref,” hosts tihis quiz show, which has a twist: A wrong
answer might bring syrup or slime or such.
“Big Brother,” 8
p.m., CBS. This is the second half of the two-night season-opener.
Next Thursday, “Big Brother” moves to 9 p.m. and has its first
“The Crimson Wing”
(2008), 8 and 11:30 p.m., NatGeo Wild. Here's another chance to see
this beautifully filmed Disney nature movie, focusing on Africa's
annual million-flamingo convergence.
9 p.m., Fox. Halfway through its 10-week run, this fascinating drama
rested last week, to make room for golf. Now it's back, with what
could be a key episode: Ethan (Matt Dillon) starts learning details
who these townspeopl are and how they came to Wayward Pines.
p.m., ABC. Lasr week's two-hour opener managed to shift its identity
in its second half, turning lighter and more likabler. The
wet-blanket Savi fled (Alyssa Milano has left the show) and a lighter
character was added, with Jennifer Esposito as a rich woman who's
great at business and awful at spying on her husband. Tonight, Karen
playing a life-saving medical door.
p.m., NBC. Last week ended, bizarrely with the fictional cop Hodiak
(David Duchovny) delivering a fierce beating to Charles Manson. Only
the intervention of a young cop (who was undercover, trying to
befriend Manson) prevented a murder. Now Hodiak sinks into despair;
some of these scenes might seem well-done, if they hadn't been inside
such a one-not, perpetual-growl show.
p.m., NBC. Dr. Chilton (Raul Esparza) returns, obsessed with catching
Hannibal Lecter. Jack (Laurence Fishburne), distracted by his wife's
failing health, wants Will to abandon the search.