TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Strain,” 10 p.m., FX.
After a great start, “Strain” almost descended to standard
horror-dom. No more. Tonight has some horror – including a sensational moment
when a villain is exposed to light – but the plot hits overdrive.
Insisting that evil creatures have invaded human bodies,
Ephraim gets little support. His estranged wife doubts him, police arrest him,
his Centers for Disease Control colleague has retreated to help her mom. Then
things change on a spectacular day, as a solar eclipse lets creatures roam
daytime New York.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: Football, 8 p.m. ET, Fox.
We’re three weeks from the real season, but networks
conspire to make us watch football almost every night. This week has games
Monday on ESPN, Thursday on NFL Network, Friday and Saturday on CBS.
Tonight’s game, in Kansas City, should include the first
chance to see the Carolina Panthers’ supersized duo. Cam Newton (finally
cleared by doctors to play) can throw to Kelvin Benjamin, the first-round pick
who made a spectacular touchdown catch last week.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “True Blood,” 9 p.m., HBO.
“I’ve (been) flying around, dealing with other people’s relationship
problems,” grumbles Eric, the towering, 1,000-year-old vampire. “Does that
sound like me?”
No, and it doesn’t sound like “True Blood,” which has turned
mellow prior to next week’s finale. There are some great moments involving the tangled
romance of Jason, Hoyt, Jess and Bridgette. But until the final, strong
minutes, tonight is what would happen if Oprah and Dr. Phil made vampire films.
Other choices include:
“The Simpsons,” 7:30 p.m. ET, after the game PT, Fox. In a
rerun, Homer learns how to steal movies.
“Rising Star,” 9 p.m., ABC. Now we’ll learn who will be in
next Sunday’s finale.
“Unforgettable,” 9 p.m., CBS. In an episode scheduled for
last Sunday and then delayed, a mayoral candidate’s campaign manager is killed.
Carrie and Al dig into the past of Eliot, his friend and their boss.
“Reckless,” 10 p.m., CBS. In another episode delayed from
last week, Jamie and Roy are on opposite ends of a wrongful-death suit against
“Wicked Tuna: North vs. South” debut, 10 p.m., National
Geographic. OK, it’s a TV contrivance to send the Massachusetts boats to North
Carolina … especially since anything they catch robs from the limited local
quota. Still, this is fun to watch. Tonight ranges from a Southern-style start
– shooting a champagne bottle with a rifle – to a grand swirl when one boat
simultaneously hooks two mega-fish.
“The Leftovers,” 10 p.m., HBO. The hour stars with Kevin the
cop straining for normality, inviting somber Nora for dinner. It ends with his
fierce confrontation with an unflinching Patti. In between, there are also
strong moments for his estranged wife and their daughter.
“Sunday Sports Report” debut, 11:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports
Network. This show will focus on the leagues covered by this network and NBC.
It starts on a quiet day (soccer and IndyCar racing), but later will follow
NBC’s Sunday-night football games.