“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” 8:30 p.m., Fox.
As his dating life
flounders, Jake (Andy Samberg) gets sage advice: Don't talk shop;
don't say you're a cop. With a sexy stranger (Eva Longoria), that
works perfectly ... and then falls apart hilariously.
One other plot twist
– Amy running for union steward – is pretty good. Another –
Gina and Charles feuding after their break-up – is quite lame until
a great pay-off in the final minute.
(if you get HBO): “The Newsroom” season-opener, 9 p.m., HBO.
One of the smartest,
sharpest shows in TV history has been semi-ignored. After being off
the air for 14 months, “Newsroom” gets only six episodes for its
third and final season.
They'll be great
ones, apparently. Tonight, the Boston Marathon bombing catches this
cable-news operation at a bad time. The producer is on jury duty, the
anchor (Jeff Daniels) is oddly frazzled ... ande everyone is gun-shy,
after last season's trouble with bad sources. Crackling with
brilliant dialog from Aaron Sorkin (“West Wing”), this seems like
the start of a superb, six-week ending.
ALTERNATIVE: “Masterpiece Contemporary,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check
Last season, we met
an old spy (Bill Nighy) whose dying friend gave him vital papers. The
prime minister (Ralph Fiennes) seethed; now “Turks & Caicos”
finds our spy on a Caribbean island.
Trouble finds him.
He meets an odd American (Christopher Walken), some scheming
businessmen and a fragile beauty (Winona Ryder). Helena Bonham Carter
arrives, leading to another movie next week. Despite some flaws –
everyone seems to talk in the same, opaque way -- it's a dandy,
“Once Upon a
Time,” 8 p.m., ABC. Emma has captured the Snow Queen ... who is way
too crafty. Also, the relationship between Regina and Robin Hood gets
complicated as they try to save his wife.
“A Cookie Cutter
Christmas,” 8-10 p.m., Hallmark. Cable's Christmas season started
on the day after Halloween; this is already Hallmark's third new
holiday film. Tonight's tale of feuding ex-friends has a jaunty
start, a dippy finish and an adequate mid-section, salvaged by Erin
“In the Wings on a
World Stage,” 8-10 p.m., Ovation. This documentary about a theater
tour has drawbacks. At its best, it makes you wish you were seeing
the play, instead; at its worst, people trade cliche compliments.
Still, “Wings” is well-done and the subject is grand -- Kevin
Spacey touring in “Richard III.” The theaters – from
ultra-modern in China to 2,000 years old in Greece – are stunning.
“The Good Wife,”
9 p.m. (or later, with football overrun), CBS. Alicia again faces the
cunning Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox), this time on a college rape
case. Also, she gears up her political campaign.
“CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation,” 10 p.m. (or later), CBS. In an episode scheduled
previously, then delayed, the women expect some sunny fun at a
conference. Then a shooting erupts.
The Comeback,” 10
p.m., HBO. In its only season, “Comeback” had Lisa Kudrow as
Valerie, a fading TV actress, trying to re-start her career with a
reality show; the result drew some praise, three Emmy nominations and
few viewers. Nine years later, the second season begins, with Valerie
hiring a student film crew. There are a few drolly funny moments,
plus many others that just seem repetitious.
season-opener, 10:40 p.m., HBO. The second season of this so-so
drama-comedy starts by giving the nurses extra layers of humanity.
Alex Bernstein and Niecy Nash are excellent as extended-care people
working with a thick-headed doctor (Laurie Metcalf).