“Mom,” 9:01 p.m., CBS.
Here's one of those
mismatches that comedies love: Small and shy, Christy (Ana Farris) is
a recovering alcoholic with a fragile ego. She meets a handsome hunk
(Chris Pratt), finding instant love and lust.
That might seem like
a stretch, but Faris and Pratt have been married for seven years –
with the mismatch the other way around: She was the movie and TV
star; he had a smaller career, as slacker Andy in “Parks and
Recreation.” With a newly sculpted look, Pratt starred in
“Guardians” and “Jurassic” films; now he and Faris are
perfect as gaga people, temporarily (and hilariously) in love.
II: “The Good Place,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., NBC.
Fresh, funny and
thoroughly original, this show has everything one could hope for ...
except a big audience. Here are the final episodes of its first (and,
possibly, only) season.
bureaucratic blunder, Eleanor was sent to the good afterlife; so was
a dim DJ who's also a failed thief. Now they've stolen a train; along
with his new wife (a sort of android), they're headed to the middle
place ... while others debate their future. Yes, it's odd ... but
it's also quite clever.
“America's First Family: The Trumps Go to Washington,” 10 p.m.,
For many viewers,
this is a night of disappointment. ABC had announced it for the
season-opening of “Scandal,” alongside the return of “Grey's
Anatomy” and “How to Get Away With Murder.” Then, oddly, it
delayed everything by a week, ostensibly so it could air this
So the Trump special
airs tonight, preceded by reruns. At 8 p.m., “Grey's” sees Alex
prepare for jail and “Scandal” sees the choice of
vice-presidential candidates; a week later, new episodes arrive.
ALTERNATIVE: “Baskets” season-opener, 10 p.m., FX.
The first season
offered interesting portraits of Chip Baskets and the eccentric
people around him. It was sometimes funny, sometimes touching ...
and, too often, devoid of hope.
It ended with his
only clowning job (at a rodeo) ending; bitter about his family and
his life, he became a hobo. He's not very good at it -- or at
anything else -- but he runs into a vagabond performings troupe.
(What are the odds?) The result is bittersweet, as usual, but gives
him a reason to keep living and us a reason to, sometimes
reluctantly, keep watching.
and 9:30 p.m. ET, NBC. The U.S. championships begin with the short
programs. Today are pairs and then women. There are more short
programs Friday, before NBC takes over with the finals on Saturday
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Feeling she's being taken advantage of, Penny
heads off to a spa with Amy. Soon, Sheldon is in the unfamiliar role
Indoors,” 8:31 p.m., CBS. Jack has been mocking the meager
reporting skills of his young colleagues. But now Mason has a big
scoop; Jack is jealous and wants his own.
Rules,” 9 p.m., Fox. No one said that life or reality shows would
be fair. We've seen cooking by siblings (Brandy and Ray J) and
generations (Lance Bass and his mom); tonight, we have a married
couple (Naomi Judd and Larry Strickland) and two friends (Brandi
Glanville and Dean Sheremet) who met when their spouses had an
affair. But elsewhere, Sheremet has been presented as a chef and
cooking expert; tonight, the others learn he may be a ringer.
“Life in Pieces,”
9:31 p.m., CBS. The pieces are usually scattered, but tonight they
revolve around a Los Angeles Rams football game. Greg is in a
halftime contest, Joan and Jen try to sneak into better seats and Tim
has trouble returning to his seat. Also, Colleen and Matt have a
really clumsy tailgate party; their solution is to add Kurt Warner,
the former Rams great.
p.m., NBC. Jill Hennessy plays the leader of gifted female thieves.
Liz tries to wedge her way into the group,to work undercover.