“Another Period” debut, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central.
Imagine a truly
perverse “Downton Abbey,” illed with crazed Americans. Natasha
Leggero and Riki Lindhome have written that here and gave themselves
They're sisters in a
1902 Rhode Island family that has too much money and too little class
and sense. Jason Ritter is their brother and Christina Hendricks
(“Mad Men”) is the new maid with schemes of her own. The opener
is a bit blunt at first, then keeps getting funnier. Soon, the family
is trying to impress a social arbitrer (Thomas Lennon) and Helen
Keller; the result is sometimes hilarious.
“iZombie,” 9 p.m., CW.
When we met Liv in
the opener (which reran last week), she was a medical resident, tired
and somber ... especially since she inadvertently became a zombie.
Now we see what's next: As a medical examiner, she can munch the
brains of victims and get clues to their murders.
She also adds some
of the traits of the departed. After munching an artist, the drab and
dour Liv suddenly wants bright colors and lots of sex; it was a fun
hint of this show's potential.
ALTERNATIVE: “Extreme Weight Loss,” 9-11 p.m., ABC.
Tiffany Kasunich was
once a Temple University soccer goalie, tall and fit at 156 pounds;
Cain Myers was a high school wrestler and football player, also fit.
They met, fell in love and fell into a festive-food mode; four years
later, they weighted 260 and 357 pounds.
Now Chris and Heidi
Powell push them to get fit and get married in six months. This is
complicated by his gambling addiction (he admits to losing $250,000)
and her health woes (ulcerative colitis); it's boosted by their
outgoing personalities. Forget the “Biggest Loser” weepers; this
is a fun journey.
conclusion 8-10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). The rerun of Ken
Burns' brilliant documentary wraps up Franklin Roosevelt's story and
follows the rising role of his widow Eleanor.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. This rerun mixes some light holiday moments (it aired on
Halloween week) and a serious story: A Navy commander's wife, a
therapist, has been killed.
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. When a Navy officer with a top security
clearance is killed, the team must determine if there was an
return, 9 p.m., Fox. The show's early episodes aired (as “World's
Funniest Fails”) this spring; they were heavy-handed, but drew
fairly good ratings. Now the show returns, again with Terry Crews
hosting; tonight's hour offers clips backing the theme, “Animals:
Nature's Biggest Jerks.”
“I Can Do That,”
10 p.m., NBC. This hour (which follows “America's Got Talent”
auditions at 8) has celebrities trying to match flashy teams of
skaters, modern dancers and ballroom dancers.
p.m., PBS (check local listings). Titled “Rape on the Night Shift,”
this documentary probes the sexual abuse faced by immigrant women who
have overnight cleaning jobs.
p.m., FX. Last week's season-opener found the dictator reluctant to
order the death of the brother (Barry) who had planned a coup. A
hanging involved someone else, under a hood; Barry – until
recently, a Pasadena pediatrician – was dumped in the desert to die
anonymously. Yes, that defies believability on many levels; still, it
sets up strong moments tonight: Barry is stumbling, his wife is
demanding the body, his brother is trying to ignore assasination
attempts as a big oil deal nears.