1) “Nurses” opener (shown here), 10 p.m., NBC. The five nurses arrive for their first day of work. They’re young, bright, diverse and (of course) telegenic. They have almost a minute to acclimate; then the world falls apart. A driver has crashed into students, killing and injuring; soon, the show is racing at “ER” speed. It sometimes slows, however, for personal glimpses of the patients and staff. Some of that feels contrived – especially an argument about helping a villain – but this is still a solid-enough drama.
2) Football, 5 p.m,. Fox; and 8:15 p.m. ET, ABC and ESPN. This is the year when everything keeps changing. There was supposed to be one game (Buffalo at San Francisco) on one network (ESPN). Then ABC jumped in … and the game was moved to Arizona … and an earlier game was added. Pittsburgh – pro football’s only undefeated team, at 11-0 – hosts Washington, 4-7.
3) “The Voice,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. The first week of live performances was rough on Blake Shelto, who lost three of his five acts. Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson each lost two out of four; John Legend lost only one of four. That leaves nine people singing tonight, with viewers voting; on Tuesday, we’ll learn who will be in next week’s finale.
4) “Bob (Hearts) Abishola,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. Bob and Abishola agree to do something very out-of-character – take a day off of work. That move creates aftershocks: For one day, Bob’s sister is in charge of the business; also, Gloria (Vernee Watson) fills in as caregiver for Bob’s mom.
5) “A Suitable Boy,” any time, www.acorn.tv. Mira Nair has drawn praise and awards for directing movies that are shown in theaters. Now she switches to streaming; it’s a sprawling six-parter (the first two hours arrive today), set in her native India in 1951. This is a time of new independence, old traditions (including arranged marriages) and religious barriers, but Lata just wants to read and romance. There are broad (even buffoon-ish) side characters, but she quickly draws our interest.