“Fresh Off the Boat” season-finale, 8 p.m., ABC.
one episode on the subject another ABC show (“Black-ish”) keeps
returning to – the perpetual tug between assimilating and clinging
to a cultural identity.
Eddie Huang sees
himself as a hip-hop kid who should do Jamaica for world-culture day;
his mom is newly intense about their roots. Suddenly, he's
confronting chicken feet for dinner and impenetrible sounds in a
Chinese-language class. It's a funny (and good-hearted) end to a good
II: “Frontline,” 10-11:30 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Born in Washington,
D.C., and raised in Pakistan, David Headley reflected mixed roots.
His father was a Pakistani diplomat; his mother was from Philadelphia
wealth. Eventually, he was arrested for plotting to bomb a Danish
newspaper; intelligence officials saw it as a triumph of internal
This report – from
“Frontline” and ProPublica – looks at Headley's past, including
his unpublished memoir, but raises a key question: Did the
intelligence effort really triumph ... or did it blow a chance to
prevent the Mumbai attack (leaving 168 dead) that Headley helped
ALTERNATIVE: “Forever” season-finale, 10 p.m., ABC.
thing has its drawbacks, we're told. Henry's one true love (Abe's
mother) left him as their age gap kept widening. Now Abe has dug out
a lead on where she went.
That leads to a
murder probe, some suspect officials and more. It's a complicated
mystery that switches direction a few times, before ending a fairly
good first season with a mixture of warmth and rage.
8 p.m., Fox. Things start cheerily enough, with a fresh challenge:
Make three dishes – one each with beer, wine and liquor; John
Ratzenberger (Cliff on “Cheers”) helps judge. Then the main
challenge suddenly shifts tone: One contestant has a fierce physical
crisis; one team collapses.
“The Voice,” 8
p.m., NBC. The field trims from 10 to eight.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. A rerun finds Gibbs dealing with copycat murders plus a bigger
problem – the arrival of two of his ex-wives (Jeri Ryan and
Orleans,” 9 p.m., CBS. This rerun traces a bombing in which Pride
(Scott Bakula) was a target.
“New Girl,” 9
p.m., Fox. Nasim Pedrad (of “Saturday Night Live” and the
short-lived “Mulaney”) guests in this rerun, as Winston's
training officer. Also, Schmidt tries to influence a councilwoman.
“One Big Happy,”
9:30, NBC. It's nostalgia time for Nick and Prudence – a trip to
the Las Vegas chapel where they had their instant wedding. Except the
place was a scam, they're not really married ... and Prudence's visa
is running out. Like previous “Happy” episodes, this ranges from
funny to merely loud.
Schumer” season-opener, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central. Schumer's show
is sometimes clever, sometimes witless, usually entertaining. This
episode starts with a music video that's more crude than clever. It
follows with a sharp and witty satire of the alleged link between
football and rape.