“Welcome to Sweden” season-opener, 8 and 8:30 p.m., NBC.
The first season of
“Welcome” was a quiet delight, catching the benign confusion of
culture clash. In real life, Greg Poehler was a New York lawyer who
married another lawyer, moved to her native Sweden and (like his
sister Amy) did comedy. For TV, he's exaggerated that in fun ways.
He plays Bruce, a
former financial planner, adrift in Sweden. He wants to propose to
his girlfriend, but her parents don't believe in marriage. In the
first episode, Neve Campbell plays a difficult co-worker; in the
second, Jason Priestley plays himself, wanting Bruce to give him a
“Tut” opener, 9 p.m., Spike; reruns at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.
The settings are
lavish, the actors are solid, the story is ... well, weird. This
takes some historical facts: Tut really did become pharaoh at about
9, married his half-sister and eventually broke from his elders, to
become a foceful leader. On top of that, however, the three-night
tale makes him an action hero.
Tonight starts with
excessive brutality, then adds some decent palace politics. Avan
Jogia and Sibylla Deen are fine as the royal couple, with Ben
Kingsley excellent as the top advisor. Then the battles (and the
oddness) begin. This opener repeats at 7 p.m. Monday and 5 p.m.
Tuesday, as the tale concludes.
ALTERNATIVE: “Save My Life, Boston Trauma” debut, 10 p.m., ABC.
This is something
ABC News does beautifully -- a real reality show, capturing doctors,
nurses, patients and more. Previous seasons (in Baltimore, Boston and
New York) drew praise and a Peabody Award. Now Boston is back,
doubly. After tonight, this show follows the “Boston EMS” debut
This opener is
harsher than usual; not until the final minurtes (with an 85-year-old
charmer) does it lighten up. Instead, people scramble (sometimes
unsuccessfully) to save lives. Two women were hit by cars, two men
were struck by drive-by bullets, a guy took a hockey puck to the
neck. Lives teeter.
Family Feud,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC. One episode has a football
flavor – the families of Rob Gronkowski and Holly Robinson-Peete
(including former pro quarterback Rodney Peete). The other has the
families of actress Keke Palmer and comedian Bill Engvall.
-- “The Simpsons,”
8 p.m., Fox. Churches really shouldn't be raising money by gambling
and card-counting. Still, life gets complicated when you're hit by a
police jet pack, as we see in this rerun.
Nine-Nine,” 8:30, Fox. This rerun offers the wedding day Charles
and Gina. Alas, Jake and Amy are busy chasing a crook; also, the
sergeant struggles with his plans to officiate.
Poldark,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Demelza is making the
tricky transition from kitchen maid to landowner's wife. She tries
some matchmaking and she and Poldark are starting a family.
Meanwhile, Francis goes to extremes to make up for his losses.
-- “Ray Anthony,”
9 p.m., Showtime. As Ray deals with shady new father-daughter
clients, his family keeps crumbling. His wife is a shambles, his
ex-con dad ineptly launches a pimp casreer and his now-con brother
faces fights and deteriorating health. It's a tough, taut,
-- “Masters of
Sex,” 10 p.m., Showtime. Last week's season-opener ended with the
jolting news that Virginia Johnson is pregnant. Can the spokeswoman
for '60s sexuality suddenly seem to be an unwed mother? This sets off
some interesting debates on all sides.
-- “The Strain,”
10 p.m., FX. Fresh flashbacks visit Abraham's original decision to
dump a comfy faculty life. Meanwhile, the doctors enter shaky ethical
turf, when using a couple as test subjects; that leads to agony and
to a touching moment.