TV column for Monday, Jan. 14


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“The Good Doctor” return, 10 p.m., ABC.

The first half of
this two-parter brought Christmastime chaos. A few doctors (including
Shaun) were inside a quarantine zone; the others were outside. A
marrow donor was outside; the recipient was in. Shaun had a
breakdown, Dr. Lim's son had an asthma attack and a baby was about to
be born.

And then, despite
the holiday theme, “Good Doctor” took a five-week break. Now we
finally get the conclusion, a good one. There are crises and
confrontations, but there are also some quiet moments with emotional
depth. In the waiting room, Lea displays all the people skills that
the others lack.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“The Passage” debut, 9 p.m., Fox.

Brad (Mark-Paul
Gosselaar) is a tough federal agent, accustomed to following orders.
Now he's told to bring a young orphan to a secret facility, where
she'll face unauthorized medical tests.

Soon, we have a
blend: This is a drama about ethics, but it's also action-adventure
and sci-fi, plus a hint of sort-of vampires. It's skillfully directed
and filmed and young Saniyya Sidney delivers both intelligence and
charm. Still, it never really answers a question it asks: Why not
just get another kid?

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “The Resident,” 8 p.m., Fox.

The collision of two
crooked doctors reaches a peaks powerfully tonight, in a big, busy
episode.

Meanwhile, Nicolette
looks for a doctor for her new clinic and Conrad's dad hovers near
death. Also, Devon – who walked away from his wedding because he
loves Julian – now can't find her; she was killed (apparently) by
the crooked employer she was about to expose.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE II: “Independent Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local
listings).

Back in the 1930s,
Louisiana businessmen had a fresh idea: Import nutria – sort of
mega-rodents – from Argentina and raise them for their fur. That
was fine for a half-century, until the fur market crashed. Now the
state finds itself with 20-pound swamp rats, ravenous beasts
destroying the wetlands.

It's a tough
situation, but this quirky film also finds interesting approaches. A
fisherman gets a $5 bounty for each nutria tail. A jazzman (Kermit
Ruffin) barbecues nutria outside his concerts. Righteous Fur makes
clothes of pelts. Some nutria are pets and one is a minor-league
baseball team's mascot.

Other choices
include:

“The Bachelor,”
8-10 p.m., ABC. In the first week, Colton Underwood sent seven women
home. That gives him a mere 23 to deal with, ranging from a
phlebotomist to two who were contestants in last year's Miss USA,
from North Carolina and Alabama. Now the latter has the first
one-on-one date.

“America's Got
Talent: Champions,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. In the opener, the most famous
“Got Talent” contestant – singer Susan Boyle, a British
runner-up in 2010 -- advanced. So did comedian Junior Lawson, who was
in the American top 10 in 2017. Eight others (including Bianca Ryan,
the first American champ) were dumped. Now it's time for 10 more
contestants.

“Gretchen Carlson:
Breaking the Silence” debut, 8-10 p.m., Lifetime. Carlson – whose
suit was a first step in the downfall of Fox News founder Roger Ailes
– gathers sexual harassment stories nationwide.

“Magnum P.I.,” 9
p.m., CBS. Magnum helps a woman find her cousin, a Russian fugitive.

“Bull,” 10 p.m.,
CBS. Diana Lindsay (Jill Flint) has been Bull's opponent in court and
his lover and/or nemesis in life. Now he helps her, when her niece is
charged with robbery.

“Manifest,” 10
p.m., NBC. Captain Daly, who piloted the plane, is being blamed for
its trouble. Ben and Cal try to clear his name ... and soon uncoverr
a conspiracy.