TV column for Friday, Dec. 8


TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” 8 p.m., CW.

Some great foresight
went into molding this show, three years ago. Yes, Rachel Bloom –
who co-created it, co-writes the songs and stars as Rebecca – is an
immense talent. But “Crazy” made sure all the supporting roles
were filled by people with Broadway-style skills; it can move in any
direction.

Tonight, it turns to
Paula, Rebecca's long-suffering friend. Donna Lynne Champlin –
who's done five Broadway shows -- even belts a song about the male
organ. Some viewers – well, many viewers -- will find it terribly
inappropriate; others will find the song hilarious and the episode
clever.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE
II: “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.

This is the last new
episode until January, so we might as well savor it. It offers
another tricky balance between family and law-and-order duties.

A man has bravely
rescued a woman from a hostage situation. Now Jamie, a street cop,
wants his sister, a prosecutor, to drop all charges aainst the guy;
she feels conflicted. Meanwhile, her other brother (Danny) is probing
a car-theft ring; the leader, Victor Lugo, is someone he's confronted
in the past.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “The Crown” new season, any time, Netflix.

In the first season,
we saw Elizabeth II become queen at 25 ... something she didn't
expect would happen for decades. The series drew raves, three Emmys
and nine more nominations, including best actress (Claire Foy) and
best drama series.

Now it's 1956, four
years into her reign, with troubles involving world affairs and
family affairs. That's part of a busy day for the streaming services.
Netflix also debuts a movie, “El Camino Christmas”; Amazon Prime
has the second season of the non-fiction “Grand Tour,” with the
witty “Top Gear” guys.

Other choices
include:

“Christmas Carol”
variations, all day. In theaters, some people are catching “The Man
Who Invented Christmas,” the story of Charles Dickens writing the
great 1 percent/99 percent tale. And today, we can see the acclaimed
Alastair Sim version (1951, 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies), plus
less-acclaimed versions with Jim Carrey (2009, 2:45 p.m., Freeform)
and Seymour Hicks (1935, 9:45 p.m. ET, TCM).

“Blindspot,” 8
p.m., NBC. To stop a terrorist plot, the team goes undercover at a
movie set.

“Once Upon a
Time,” 8 p.m., ABC. Desperate to free herself and wake Anastasia,
Victoria makes a deal that could cost a life. In a flashback, we
learn of Lady Tremaine's connection to another fairytale.

“MacGyver,” 8
p.m., CBS. Remember the “House” (airing after the Super Bowl)
that had the doctor doing a long-distance exam of a woman in
Antarctica? Now comes a variation: A college research ship is
stranded in the Arctic; Mac has a video (and emotional) link with the
group leader. Also, Jack kidnaps Elwood (Billy Baldwin), Riley's
bad-news dad, to learn what he's up to.

“Hawaii Five-0,”
9 p.m., CBS. Four people – McGarrett, Danny, Tani and Junior –
are exposed to a deadly bio-weapon. Now the rest of the team has only
eight hours to find an antidote.

“Agents of
SHIELD,” 9 p.m., Daisy risks everything, in an effort to save
Simmons.

“Superstition,”
10 p.m., Syfy. The Dredge is being quite grumpy now. It is torturing
Calvin, to make him release the evil demons; also, its minions are
converging on the Founders Day Festival.