“Last Man on Earth,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., Fox.
Phil (Will Forte)
had kind of accepted the notion that he might be the only surviving
human. He ate and drank and burped and broke things; he acted like
many guys do when they're on their own.
Then he met Carol
(Kristen Schaal) and reluctantly married her, as a step toward
re-populating the Earth. Except he soon met Melissa (January Jones),
who's prettier and less annoying. Phil began shaving and acting
dippy. In back-to-back episodes tonight, the three consider pragmatic
“Battle Creek,” 10 p.m. (or later with basketball overrun), CBS.
After promoting the
show during its high-octane basketball games, CBS could have been
tempted to air a fast, flashy episode. Instead, it has one that's
slow and sly and kind of clever.
Russ (Dean Winters)
probes the death of a rich man and the murder of an impoverished
waitress. He scrambles to find a connection ,,, while also trying to
pierce the too-perfect facade of Milt (Josh Duhamel), the FBI guy.
Some sharp twists in the final minutes make the hour worth catching.
ALTERNATIVE: “Girls” season-finale, 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO.
For a time there,
“Girls” drifted toward a familiar state – smart, but stagnant.
Locked in their New York attitudes, characters kept repeating
themselves. Then this fourth year shook things up wonderfully.
Hannah left for an
Iowa writing workshop; she soon quit, but by then she'd lost her
apartment and her boyfriend Adam. Also, her dad says he's gay, Marnie
is engaged and Shoshanna flubs job interviews. Now Hannah tries to
talk Adam's lover out of a home birth; Shosh ponders a job
Basketball, all day,
four channels. After starting the week with 68 teams, the NCAA
tourney will be town to 16 by the end of the day. CBS has today's
first three games, at 12:15 p.m. ET and about 2:40 and 5. Others are
on TNT (6 and 8:30 ET), TBS (7 and 9:30) and TruTV (7:30).
and “Family Guy,” 7-7:30 p.m., 8-9 p.m., Fox. In both reruns,
characters from other shows visit Springfield. First, the “Futurama”
people warn the Simpsons not to ruin the future. Then the Griffins
bond with the family; Stewie gets a slingshot and Meg learns to play
“Noah's Ark,” 7
p.m., UP, repeating at 9 and 11. What do you do if your dad or
husband insists he must build a giant boat ... in the middle of a
desert, where it hasn't rained in a year? This British film is
well-acted by David Threlfall and others, but odd. It's one-third of
the way through before Noah even gets the message, with lots of
dryness afterward. We won't give away the ending, but it does rain.
8:01 p.m. or later, CBS. After barely surviving in Iran (where she
helped prevent a coup), Elizabeth frets about Amazon ecological
disaster ... and about her son's safety at his new school.
“The Good Wife,”
9 p.m., CBS. Peter gives an interview that could affect turnout for
Alicia's election. Also, Diane's out of her turf on a hunting trip
with Frank McVeigh and his conservative friends.
Lies,” 9 p.m., ABC. Tonight's final minutes remind us how good this
show could be. There's a long monolog – beautifully written and
performed – by Ben's wife (KaDee Strickland), followed by a quick
jolt. Prior to that, however, the show continues its flaws. With
virtuallyt no evidence against him, neighbors (and an absurd police
detective) keep targeting Ben and his family.
p.m., HBO. On the day he moves in with an attractive lover, Patrick
finds ways to sabotage it. “Looking” seems to inherits the bad
traits (overthinking, overtalking) that “Girls” shed.