TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Bad Judge” and “A to Z,” 9 and 9:30
Last week’s “A to Z” opener was a gem, introducing the
thoroughly likable (and mostly opposite) Andrew and Zelda. Now they pretend to
be nonchalant, with Andrew even dating a co-worker.
By comparison, last week’s ”Bad Judge” was frantic and
erratic, but had its moments. Tonight’s episode focuses on the judge’s old van,
a reminder of parties past; the start of the half-hour is overwrought, the
ending is kind of sweet. In between, the judge (Kate Walsh) rules on a
self-possessed pop star.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Gracepoint,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Until a few days ago, this seemed to be a serene seaside
town. Then a boy’s body was found on the beach and a murder investigation
began. People are fearful or suspicious or merely confused.
In this episode – the second of 10 – we begin to see small
cracks in pretty lives. Almost everyone has a flaw and/or a secret, including the
cop (David Tennant) who is new in town and leading the investigation. “Gracepoint”
is a beautifully crafted view of ordinary people under pressure.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “How to Get Away with Murder,” 10
Annalise has a small case (a misdemeanor) that suddenly gets
much bigger. Also, she’s asked to take the biggest case around – representing the
star quarterback who’s linked to his girlfriend’s disappearance. Before
agreeing to that one, she tries to make sure her husband wasn’t involved.
That goes alongside some more flash-forwards to the murder
night. We learn that someone else was nearby, in addition to the four
Other choices include:
“Grey’s Anatomy,” 8 p.m., ABC. Owen, a former combat doctor,
introduces Callie to veterans, hoping her robotic-limb work can help. Geena
Davis, who was in the season-opener, is back as Dr. Herman.
“Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. When a radio host is killed, Rodolfo
(an intern) helps with the probe. Booth has survived his ordeal, but Brennan worries
about his mental state and Aubrey is still trying to impress him.
Football, 8:25 p.m., CBS. So far, CBS has been cursed by
blow-outs; in its first four Thursday games, the halftime score was a combined
97-10. This could be the first close one, with Indianapolis at Houston; they’re
tied for the division lead with 3-2 records.
“Scandal,” 9 p.m., ABC. Already an ABC star via “Lost” (as
Penny Widmore) and “Flashforward,” Sonya Walger guests here. She wants her
friend Olivia to help find her daughter.
“Parenthood,” 10 p.m., NBC. As the family anxiously waits
for word on the health of its patriarch (Craig T. Nelson), other problems
build. Julia confronts Joel about their relationship; Sarah ends up in a complicated
situation, after trying to bond with the daughter of her boyfriend Hank (Ray
“Inside Homicide” debut, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery.
Only 15 percent of American homicide detectives are females, producers say.
This non-fiction show will alternate between three. The opener is in Atlanta,
where Summer Benton finds fresh layers to a woman’s report that she killed an