TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Good Wife,” 9 p.m. (or later, with
football overrun), CBS.
For months, Alicia and Cary have planned to start their own firm,
taking many of the clients with them. Now that leaks out; Will lashes back with
rumors and restraining orders, schemes and security guards.
This is about as visceral and kinetic as a lawyer show can
be. The one flaw involves using Alicia’s husband the governor as a last-minute
plot device. That offends on multiple levels and feels like the gods-from-above
endings to ancient Greek plays; it’s the lone flaw of a great hour.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “American Blackout,” 9-11 p.m.,
A decade ago, a cascading power failure left 55 million
Americans and Canadians without electricity, many for two days. Now imagine
something bigger – a cyber-attack that darkens the nation for 10 days.
That’s dramatized in this compelling film, which pretends to
use raw, home-camera footage. We range from a clueless Manhattan couple to a
clue-filled disaster-preparer. Despite some fuzzy, shaky footage, “Blackout” is
compelling; you’ll never again see a can of peaches stir so much dramatic
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Civil War 360” debut, 8 p.m., Smithsonian.
This notion of political chaos, it seems, came long before
there was a Vietnam War or a Tea Party. More than 150 years ago, Irishmen in
New York raged at the draft and at the idea of freeing slaves.
They rioted[MH1] ;
they attacked the wealthy (who could buy their way out of the draft) and
lynched blacks. Already short of soldiers, Abraham Lincoln had to send troops
to stop fellow Northerners.
Such strong stories are told here, as host Ashley Judd
explores the Northern side of the war. The next two weeks have Trace Adkins
viewing the South and Dennis Haysbert surveying slaves’ lives.
Other choices include:
Sports showdown, 8 p.m ET., Fox and NBC. For one night, the World Series and
Sunday-night football collide. Fox has the former, with Boston at St. Louis for
the fourth game of the best-of-seven series. NBC (with kick-off at 8:20) has
old rivals, one of them stumbling. The Vikings (1-5) host the Packers (4-2).
“Masterpiece Classic,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
There are big changes in the hot-and-cold romance of Moray and wealthy
Katherine. That story and glimpses of earnest shopgirl Denise are entwined with
an oddly melodramatic tale of a rude barber who grabs a position in the store.
“Drop Dead Diva,” 9
p.m., Lifetime. Life gets complicated when you die and return to life in
another body. Now that she’s become Jane, our heroine still keeps an eye on the
mother (Sharon Lawrence) of her old, departed self. That mom now faces a sticky
court case; there are scattered moments of fun.
“Boardwalk Empire,” 9 p.m., HBO. Chalky White’s grip on the
black community is challenged in some jolting moments. Also, there’s crackling-good
dialog between Nucky and Sally (Patricia Arquette).
“Eastbound & Down,” 10 pm., HBO. Kenny faces the
ultimate challenge, to stifle himself.
“The Mentalist,” 10:01 p.m. or later, CBS. A key member of
the Visualize conspiracy has been killed. Patrick Jane investigates, hoping to
find a clue to Red John.