TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Neighbors,” 8:31 p.m., ABC.
Here is epic TV, comedy-style, with Bollywood-type musical
numbers. And it neatly fits the show.
Marty and Debbie are known for saying “no”; their gluten-free
pancakes and fun-free lives draw shrugs from their kids. Their neighbors, all
from another planet, savor anything big and splashy. Invited to an Indian
wedding, they see Bollywood videos and love the sheer excess.
That brings witty music, in an episode cleverly written by Scott
Weinger, the voice of Disney’s Aladdin.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Undercover Boss,” 8 p.m., CBS; and “The
Inside Job,” 9:01 p.m., TNT.
In the overcrowded reality field, these Stephen Lambert
shows (plus his “Secret Millionaire”) stand out, skillfully mixing human
touches and secret-person twists. Tonight, “Boss” detours; three CEO’s who have
already been undercover – at Menchie’s, Twin Peaks and PostNet – send employees
for a second look.
Then “Job” has its variation: Three people apply for a job,
unaware that the fourth is an undercover employee … with viewers unsure (at
first) who it is. Last week’s opener was good; this one is better, with
wonderfully mismatched candidates doing flashy-splashy things for an Online
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Holes” (2003), 8:30 p.m., ABC Family,
Smart and well-crafted, this is a kids’ story that delights
some grown-ups. Shia LaBeouf, 16 at the time, is sent to a camp where kids dig
and fill holes. Andrew Davis (“The Fugitive”) directed beautifully.
The night also has strong 8 p.m. films, led by the Martin
Scorsese classic “Goodfellas” (1990) on IFC and “Friday Night Lights” (2004) –
no match for the series, but still first-rate -- on AMC. For general popularity
at 8, there’s “Wedding Crashers” (2005) on TBS, plus two animated hits -- “Planes”
(2013) on Starz and “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010) on FX.
Other choices include:
“Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. Even school-lunch detractors don’t
expect this: Someone killed a food scientist and mixed his remains into the
cafeteria food. Meanwhile, Brennan gets s belated bachelorette party.
“Enlisted,” 9 p.m., Fox. Someone is sabotaging Pete’s plans
for an impressive parade.
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. Three murders are linked to a
crashed Chinese spy satellite. Jorge Garcia (“Lost”) and Melanie Griffith are
back in recurring roles.
“Raising Hope,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. Burt and Virginia find their
vacation sagging when the resort isn’t what was expected. Back home, Jimmy and
Sabrina want Hope to have a half-sibling.
“Banshee,” 10 p.m., Cinemax. Last week’s wretched excess is
brushed aside and “Banshee” is back in form. This hour starts and ends with
spectacular action scenes, with emotions packed in the middle.
“Blue Bloods,” 10:01 p.m., CBS. A caller said she will kill
the drunk driver who killed her parents and then will kill herself. Danny
rushes to find her.
“Save Our Business,” 10:01 p.m., TNT. Easily the lesser of
TNT’s business-reality shows, this hour involves a makeover of a family’s
martial-arts studio. It’s OK, but uses endless repetition.