“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” 9 p.m., CW.
Best friends really
should have something in common, you know. But the brainy Rebecca and
the shallow Valencia share only one thing: Both say they're over
Josh; both still obsess on him.
Now they fret about
his too-perfect girlfriend (Brittany Snow); soon, there's a stalking
adventure that would do Lucy and Ethel (of “I Love Lucy”) proud.
The result is one of the show's funniest episodes, with two great
songs – one by Snow, the other by Rebecca and her real (but
estranged) friend Paula.
“Albert” debut, 7-8 p.m., Nickelodeon.
Vertical bias seems
to be harshest when aimed at fir trees. We ignore the small ones and
cherish the tall ones -- putting them in public place and caressing
them with lights and music.
Now a little guy
(voiced by Bobby Moynihan) tries to beat the odds. He heads to the
city with his friends (Sasheer Zamata, Judah Friedlader), while a
cactus (Rob Riggle) tries to stop them. Visually, this offers the
sort of delights delivered by “VegieTales” and other offbeat
ALTERNATIVE: “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon) and “Captive”
(Neflix), any time.
A weak night for the
networks is a strong one for the streaming services, let by the
excellent “Mozart.” Its third season starts with the conductor
(Golden Globe-winner Gael Garcia Bernal) in Venice, where he must
love and nudge a temperamental star back to the opera stage.
tries a hybrid. It links the producer of acclaimed documentaries
(“Man on Wire,” “Searching for Sugarman”) and the scripted
“Bourne” films; they describe real-life hostage crises, using
re-enactments and first-person recollections by the victims, the
police and even the kidnappers.
p.m., CBS. John Heard guests as the middle-school science teacher who
inspired MacGyver. Now his new prodigy has been kidnapped and his old
one must rescue her.
Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. Ever since losing her teaching job, Vaness
hovered over everyone at home; Mike scrambles for a solution.
Meanwhile, there are bigger issues to deal with: Ryan and Kyle are
competing to see who knows more about zombies and who could survive a
“Dr. Ken,” 8:30
p.m., ABC. After overlooking a key medical detail, Ken feels he
should apologize. The clinic administrator (Dave Foley) advises
-- "Duck the Halls," 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Disney. This revisionist tale
claims that Donald used to fly south for the winter, with the other
ducks. Now we see his first attempt to stay in the North and learn
Christmas spirit from Mickey and the gang.
9 p.m., CBS. A decade ago, a teen vanished. Now a boy undergoing
hypnosis realizes he may have seen her being murdered. Also, Missy
Peragrym (“Rookie Blue”) guests as Danny's sister.
conclusion, 9 and 10 p.m., NatGeo Wild. Over three weeks and six
hours, this has offered brilliant craftsmanship and lots of
disturbing footage of animal savagery in Africa. Tonight's first hour
is the roughest, with wild dogs struggling; “the five will have to
kill like never before,” Charles Dance intones. The second eyes the
leaders of five deadly packs, with this helpful advice from Dance:
“The best way to end a dynasty is to kill its young.”
10 p.m., CBS. The Rev. Darnell Potter has been a sharp critic of
Frank in the black community. Now his son has been slain and the two
men must work together to find the killer.
“The Legacy of
Barack Obama,” 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET CNN (barring breaking news).
Here's a rerun of Wednesday's documentary, a thoughtful look at
Obama's sweeping victories in the first two years ... and his tricky
battle against the odds in the six years that followed.