1) “Impeachment,” 10 p.m., FX. The second half of this superb, 10-week series starts with an hour that’s simultaneously funny and tragic. Monica Lewinsky (wonderfully played by Beanie Feldstein, shown here) is suddenly detained by the FBI. She’s free to go, but advised not to. For 12 hours – some of them spent waiting for her mom – she and some bewildered FBI guys (one of them played by Colin Hanks) co-exist in a hotel room and wander a shopping mall. It’s a bizarre half-day in American political history.
2) “A Night in the Academy Museum,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opened 12 days ago, with Hollywood-sized expanse. The Academy Awards people spent almost a half-billion dollars creating a 300,000-square-foot showplace for everything from Dorothy’s slippers to the Ten Commandments (the movie ones, not the originals). Now – after a Disney night on “Dancing With the Stars” – we get a tour, hosted by Tom Hanks and Laura Dern, who are on the museum’s board.
3) “The Resident,” 8 p.m., Fox. Last week, in a deeply moving episode, Nicolette died after a one-car crash. (Emily VanCamp, who played her, had left the show.) Now Conrad, her widower, channels his rage into probing what happened. Also, Dr. Austin (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) has a run-in with police.
4) “La Brea,” 9 p.m., NBC. Lots of things are more difficult after you crash down a giant sinkhole and end up in (maybe) 10,000 BC. It isn’t easy, for instance, for a teen to perform crucial surgery on her dad … or for anyone to get food, when extinct animals loom. Those issues are part of a fairly interesting bit of fantasy fiction … often overshadowed by badly contrived bursts of hyped-up anger.
5) “Chucky” debut, 10 p.m., USA and Syfy. Cable is stuffing October with horror, but this may be its biggest plunge. In eight “Child’s Play” movies, Chucky became the world’s most lethal doll. Now this eight-week series again has Brad Dourif voicing Chucky and Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany, but the rest is new. In a sweet-looking town, a sensitive teen is making a doll sculpture; his abrasive dad disapproves and trouble follows. The result is beautifully filmed and well-acted, but nasty.