TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Mixology, 9:31 p.m., ABC.
Early in this witty half-hour, our narrator (Jason Bateman)
sums up an engaged couple: “Liv and Jim like scrapbooking, cheese and the
entire CBS comedy line-up. (They) make the safe choice.”
ABC shows rarely make safe choices. They take big risks,
fail often and occasionally succeed. “Mixology” is hugely risky, devoting the
entire season to one night at a singles bar. It has one character who’s
overbearing (Bruce, the know-it-all) and many who are delightful. Tonight
focuses on two of the best: Ron is British and solemn; Liv is, alas, engaged to
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Americans,” 10 p.m., FX.
Life was already tangled for the people who calls themselves
Philip and Elizabeth; they’re Russian spies who have lived as Americans in a
contrived marriage for decades. Last week, someone killed another spy couple,
even killing their daughter; now Elizabeth (Keri Russell) obsesses on
protecting her own kids.
There’s little time for that, in another involving hour. She
and Philip face separate crises … while a walk-in at the Russian office causes
a stir, especially with a double agent working there.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Flipping Out” season-opener, 10
Last season (rerunning from noon to 10 p.m.) brought angst for
Jeff Lewis, but now things brighten. The economy is better and he has big remodeling
jobs at the homes of actors George Eads and Mark-Paul Gosselaar; also, he has a
new paint product and his assistant, Jenni Pulos, is married and pregnant.
Naturally, Lewis finds ways to complicate things in this OK
episode. He teases Pulos, argues with his demolition man and launches a search
for a 4-foot-6-inch person to become a dancing paint can.
Other choices include:
“Survivor,” 8 p.m., CBS. A monsoon drenches the survivors,
while the “brains” tribe tries to stop its skid. In the two-hour opener, it
lost a pro poker player and the president of the Miami Marlins. It still has a
lawyer, a nuclear engineer, a student and an accountant.
“The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. Forced to actually take some
vacation days, Mike re-learns that Brick can be annoying. Also, Sue
overcompensates after her work gets a bad review Online.
“Suburgatory,” 8:30 p.m., ABC. Urged by his daughter to
avoid suburban lifestyle, George heads into New York City with Fred (Chris
Parnell), with surprising results.
“Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC. Cam is in charge of the spring
dance and fumes at the popularity of a returning teacher. Claire chaperones at
the dance, so Phil takes their daughter to a Realtors’ banquet, trying to
impress her. Meanwhile, Mitchell is perplexed by his new boss and work
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 10 p.m., CBS. An Elvis
impersonator and a bird have been killed. Somehow, these two are connected.
“Legit” and “Ali G: Rezurection,” 10 and 10:30 p.m., FXX.
This may be the darkest hour on TV. “Legit”
has Jim (Australian actor Jim Jefferies) telling a black-humor joke that kills –
literally; in a bleak way, what follows is quite funny. “Rezurrection” reruns
episodes of HBO’s “Da Ali G Show,” with Sasha Baron Cohen posing as various
foreigners; tonight’s mid-section – Borat learns American dating – is hilarious.