TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Music, 9 p.m., PBS (check local
listings) and/or 11 p.m., HBO.
Great music (with great variety) ripples through the night.
On PBS, the classic “Porgy and Bess” is done by the San Francisco Opera,
including the magnificent Laquita Mitchell.
Then some people can switch to HBO for the debut of “Sonic
Highways.” Each week, the Foo Fighters cut one track of their album in a
different city. That may seem precious and self-centered, but under Dave Grohl,
it’s not. He makes the opener an ode to Chicago, with memories from Buddy Guy,
Bonnie Raitt, Rick Nielsen … and Grohl, whose boyhood visit to Chicago included
a punk concert that changed his life.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Cristela,” 8:31 p.m., ABC.
Last week’s opener was heavy-handed and dim-witted. This
episode is merely semi-lame … which puts it near the front of the pack by
Cristela Alonzo, smart and likable, plays a law intern who
wants to focus on her work; her family insists she try Online dating. There are
some decent laughs here (especially at work), but “Cristela” has a blunt, jokey
feel; it leans too much on a character (Gabriel Iglesias) who should be
restricted to mini-moments.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Knick,” season-finale, 10 p.m.,
A season that had a slow-and-gloomy start now has a
fast-and-gloomy finish. Plans (some realized, some not) involve an abortion, an
assassin, a wedding, a medical breakthrough and a battle with addiction.
Key parts center on Cornelia, the good-hearted
philanthropist; in this era (early 1900s), she’s convinced she can’t have a
baby with her true love, who is black. Others stories include the
administrator’s debt crisis and the chief surgeon’s cocaine-fueled research.
This is, at least, a well-crafted gloomfest.
Other choices include:
“The Amazing Race,” 8 p.m., CBS. Last week, the Boston firefighters
were dumped. That follows the previous ouster of Miami-realtor sisters and a
dating couple from California; eight duos remain.
“Last Man Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. Boyd is frightened
(understandably) after a close encounter with a sinkhole. Now his father and
grandfather have opposite views of how to deal with it.
Series-debut reruns, 8 p.m., CW and NBC. On CW, it’s Monday’s
“Jane the Virgin,” a neatly offbeat mix of comedy, drama and soap-opera. On
NBC, it’s the overwrought (but sometimes funny) “Marry Me.”
“Toy Story of Terror,” 8:30 p.m., Disney. Following its Wednesday
airing on ABC, this clever, animated rerun from 2013 moves to cable. It’s preceded by the amiable “Girl
Meets World” at 8.
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. A Detroit hit man has been
killed in Hawaii. Meanwhile, Chin takes a big risk to help Danny save his
p.m., Disney. This is the Halloween-season launch of a series that will be
shown worldwide. A teen grumbles when her mom remarries and moves her o a
creaky English mansion. Naturally, it has secret rooms, hidden corridors, a
magical typewriter and a tapestry that tells the future.
“Blue Bloods,” 10
p.m., CBS. When Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) is accused of using excessive force,
the case brings a dilemma to his dad (Tom Selleck), the police commissioner.