TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Agents of SHIELD,” 8 p.m., ABC.
After starting slowly – too slowly, fans said – “Shield” is
adding pieces of the Marvel universe. Tonight it’s Lady Sif, the warrior
goddess from Asgard and the lover of Thor, her friend since childhood.
Sif has been in comics since 1964 and in poetry since the 13th
century. In the “Thor” movies, she’s played by Jaimie Alexander (“Kyle XY”),
who shows up here, chasing the deadly seductress Lorelei to Earth.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “About a Boy,” 9:01 p.m., NBC.
The first two episodes kept the focus on David Walton as the
self-centered Will and Minnie Driver as Fiona, the intense mom next door. Now
Al Madrigal (“The Daily Show”) gets some attention.
He plays Andy, the overwhelmed father of three who is Will’s
only friend. Despite his wife’s doubts, he asks Will to be a godfather; Will
asks him to come to go bowling. Both notions implode in funny ways.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Real Housewives of New York City”
season-opener, 9 p.m., Bravo.
The newcomer is Kristen Taekman, who jokes she’s “not the
sharpest tool in the shed, but I’m pretty.”
Don’t believe that first part; she’s a sharp observer of
many things, including the friendship of Carole Radziwell and Heather Thompson
(“they seem like my crazy, drunk aunts”) and a posh party: “I clearly don’t
spend any time on the Upper East Side, and now I know why.”
The gathering continues the fight in last season’s finale
(which reruns at 8). It’s in the home of Sonja Morgan, who “must have 100-plus
interns,” Ramona says, including interchangeable redheads named Rachel. Morgan,
50, also has a change in romance: “My ex is in his 80s and Ben is in his 20s.”
Other choices include:
“The Voice,” 8 p.m., NBC. The auditions conclude, setting up
next week’s battles round.
“Glee,” 8 p.m., Fox. It time for the nationals in Los
Angeles, in a busy hour that has Skylar Astin (“Pitch Perfect”) and, playing
themselves, Jackee Harry, Marlee Matlin and Johanna Rohrbach.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, a murder case takes the
team to an Afghan women’s shelter that Mike Franks secretly supported for
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. This rerun has the team
working with Homeland Security, after the death of a railroad security guard
points to a potential plot.
“New Girl” and “Brooklyn Nine Nine,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., Fox.
Both of these clever shows have already been renewed for next season. Tonight,
Jess hires (and then must fire) Coach; in “Brooklyn,” Jake (Andy Samberg) is a
hyperactive best man for Boyle’s upcoming wedding.
“Justified,” 10 p.m., FX. Two loads of heroin are making the
perilous trip from the border to Kentucky – one of them driven by fools. That
sets up a pair of climactic encounters that include a Memphis agent (Eric
Roberts) who seems a lot like Raylan.
“Chrisley Knows Best” debut, 10 and 10:30 p.m., USA. Reality
shows like quirky characters, but this one goes too far. Rich and self-obsessed,
Todd Chrisley is a nightmare of a dad, hovering over his teens’ lives.
“My Big Fat Geek Wedding,” 10 p.m., Syfy. Can Internet
combat lead to romance? This special views the wedding plans of two people who met
playing “Final Fantasy.”