TV column for Monday, Oct. 16


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.

After next week, our
Mondays will merely be sorta-ordinary. “Big Bang” will return to
its Thursday home; Monday will settle for four pleasant-enough
comedies. For now, let's savor the night.

Sheldon and Howard
drive to the desert to shoot off a model rocket. It's a rare chance
to bond and they have one thing to agree on – disappointment in
their dads. Meanwhile, Leonard fumes because his mom (Christine
Baranski) prefers other people; first it was Sheldon, now Penny is
her new best friend.

TONIGHT'S MUST-TRY:
“The Gifted,” 9 p.m., Fox.

The first couple
weeks were filled with whiz-bang action and special effects. We get
that in tonight's final minutes, but first there are deeper ethical
questions.

For the kids with
special powers – defined as terrorists and hunted – the answers
are easy: Flee and defend. But what about the others – parents,
relatives, officials? How far do they go? These are solid issues,
with a camera-ready cast. Blair Redford – who stars as Apache hero
John Proudstar and is listed as having some native roots – is (like
Christina Ochoa of “Valor”) a possible break-out star.

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

In just its fourth
episode, “Good Doctor” – already renewed for the full season –
shows it has some depth and range. The series is about Shaun (Freddie
Highmore), a brilliant surgeon who's hindered by youth and autism;
this time, however, he's confined to the second and third stories.

The main one is
complex, involving the lives of a woman and her fetus. Complications
– medical, legal, ethical – entwine. Even when we can't untangle
them all, we find the story compelling.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “The Voice,” 8-10 p.m., NBC.

Now the “battle
rounds” begin. The coaches each have 12 singers and pair them for
“duels”: Teammates sing duets and the coach chooses one; the
other could be “stolen” by another coach.

For this phase, each
adds an advisor: Adam Levine has Joe Jonas, Jennifer Hudson has Kelly
Rowland, Miley Cyrus has her father, Billy Ray Cyrus ... and Blake
Shelton has an entire group, Rascal Flatts.

Other choices
include:

“Acceptable Risk,”
any time, www.acorn.tv. Sarah
(Elaine Cassidy) is a once-widowed executive with two kids, a new
husband, a gorgeous home and – suddenly – some major questions.
This involving, six-part story unfolds in the sleekness of corporate
headquarters as she (and we) try to figure it out.

“Dancing With the
Stars,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Last week, basketball's Derek Fisher
became the third person ousted. Now comes synergy: It's “Disney
night” on this Disney-owned network; the 10 remaining contestants –
two of them known from Disney-network shows – dance as Disney
characters.

“Supergirl,” 8
p.m., CW. It's tough enough to face superstrength; we meet Psi, a
villain whose psychic powers tap in on people's worst fears. And now
that Lena Luthor has bought CatCo Magazine, she reaches an impasse
with James Olsen, who's been the acting CEO.

“Valor,” 9 p.m.,
CW. Last week's fairly solid debut left Nora and Gallo in a dilemma.
They lied about their failed mission ... but they were apparently
lied to about the identity of the person being rescued. As they
ponder this, the team prepares to go back and rescue the rescuers.

“Me, Myself &
I,” 9:30 p.m., CBS. Life's key moments involve “Star Wars.” At
14, Alex sneaks out to see a re-release on a big screen; at 40, he's
devastated when he's not the first to show it to his daughter.

“Scorpion,” 10
p.m., CBS. Decommissioning a nuclear missile, the team is exposed to
toxic vapor.