“BrainDead,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Like a mad-science
experiment gone right, this assembles mismatched pieces. It's partly
a serious political satire, via the “Good Wife” creators, and
partly a goofy science-fiction tale. If you missed last week's
terrific opener, don't worry: The musical introduction explains it in
a fun way.
Laurel (the terrific
Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is reluctantly working for her brother, a
senator. She's upset by the way both parties care about gamesmanship,
not results; she'd be more upset if she realized that alien creatures
are invading minds. In tonight's dandy hour, she gets some sharp
“The Fosters” season-opener, 8 p.m., Freeform.
Here is a crisis
that blends the work and home lives of Stef (a cop) and Lena (a
school administrator): Mariana, their adopted daughter, was seen
kissing her ex-boyfriend. She tried to tell her boyfriend Nick that
it was nothing, but now he's headed to school with his dad's gun; the
school is in lockdown.
Also, Stef and Lena
learned that their adopted daughter Callie broke their rule by having
an affair with Brandon, Stef's biologic son. And Jesus (Mariana's
twin) has a sexual opportunity.
ALTERNATIVE: “Reign” season-finale, 8 p.m., CW.
It's time for a
collision between two of history's powerhouses – Queen Elizabeth I
and her cousin, known as Mary, Queen of Scots. Desperate to retain
her Scottish throne, Mary clashes with Elizabeth.
Meanwhile, Lola has
been accused of a heinous crime. And back in France, Mary's scheming
ex-mother-in-law (the gifted Megan Follows) finds that young King
Charles is a changed man.
Bachelorette,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. After being bumped by basketball
last week, the show returns; it finds JoJo Fletcher looking splendid
during a bikini cliffside jump with Robby and looking tearful after
an accusation. Also, the guys celebrate – temporarily -- the
departure of Chad.
“Mom,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. This rerun finds Christy trying to host the mother of her daughter's fiance
Doyle,” 9 p.m., Fox. Two real-life authors are linked in this
fictional tale: Conan Doyle (the Sherlock Holmes creator) helps his
friend Bram Stoker (the Dracula creator).
“Guilt,” 9 p.m.,
Freeform. In last week's opener, Grace woke up from a drunken evening
to find her London roommate Molly had been slain. Now the public
obsesses on the possibility that this rich, attractive American may
be a killer. Two lawyers (one of them her sister) want her to stay
put; instead, she goes to the memorial service and also probes for
information about Molly.
9 p.m., Lifetime. Deviousness is rampant. Genevieve (Susan Lucci)
make war on Marisol, who's dating her ex-husband. Adrian cuts off
Evelyn's money, to make divorce more difficult. Carmen tries to be a
pal of Daniella ... who doesn't know this is her mother. And Zoila –
pretending to own the place where she's housesitting – works at
befriending her handsome neighbor's mother.
p.m., Lifetime. While working to create an alternate (male-oriented)
version of the dating show, Chet is also trying to get custody of his
son. Meanwhile, Rachel feels the bachelor has a secret.
10:01 p.m., ABC. This show added a fresh burst of enthusiasm, with
the arrival of Harry's sister Kate; now she learns that the Los
Angeles dating scene is tough. Also, April – her dreams of being an
artist having been dashed – decides what's her real passion.