TV column for Thursday, Feb. 15


 

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Gotham” return, 8 p.m., Fox.

This ambitious
series – with a richly cinematic look – has sat on the shelf for
nine weeks, partly waiting for “The Four” to end. Now it's back,
moving to this 8 p.m. spot.

Bruce Wayne (the
future Batman) continues spiraling into teen angst; the sturdy Alfred
tries to pull him out of it. Meanwhile, Jim Gordon (the future police
commissioner) tries to broker a deal with Penguin, involving Sofia.
Also, Lee Thompkins gains some more control over the Narrows.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE
II: Winter Olympics, 3-5 p.m., 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., 1:05 a.m. ET,
NBC.

Nathan Chen arrived
as the U.S.' gold-medal prospect. The Grand Prix champion, he had a
string of firsts in quadruple jumps. Then, in the team portion of the
Olympics, he faltered. Now, a week later, he gets a second chance;
the men's individual portion has short programs today, long programs
Friday.

That's in the
expanded primetime slot, which also has snowboarding, skeleton and
freestyle skiing. Latenight has luge and biathlon, afternoon has
speed skating and cross-country, cable has more.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mom,” 9 and 9:30
p.m., CBS.

TV's best comedies
have been given odd treatment lately. Some Thursdays, they've been
moved or rested, to make room for reality shows.

Now, however,
viewers get a bonus. After “Big Bang” and “Young Sheldon”
reruns in their regular spots (8 and 8:30 p.m.), here are reruns of
the season-openers, both of them delights. At 9. we get Amy's answer
to Sheldon's awkward proposal; Laurie Metcalf is back as his mom. At
9:30, the birth mom of Jill's foster daughter is back; Christy is
torn between helping and preparing for a big test.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE II: “Beyond,” 8 p.m., Freeform.

When bowlers get in
fights, they really should take it outside. They don't tonight; soon,
big balls are zooming through the air. That's typical of life for
Holden, who spent 12 coma years in another realm.

This show is full of
dark twists, but now it's balanced by one vibrant character. That's
Charlie, zestfully played by Eden Brolin (Josh's daughter, James'
granddaughter, Barbra Streisand's step-granddaughter). She's back in
Kansas and in Holden's life, both of which really need her.

Other choices
include:

More Winter
Olympics, cable. Hockey sprawls over three networks today. At 7 a.m.
ET, there are games on USA and the NBC Sports Network. The latter
also has a game at 5 p.m.; at 10 p.m., CNBC has the U.S. and
Slovakia. There's much more on the NBC Sports Network, including
speed skating and the luge at 9:30 a.m. ET, the biathlon at noon,
curling at 2 and figure skating at 8.

“The Bachelor
Winter Games,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. These young singles want to focus on
romance, but now they're supposed to compete in speed skating.

“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Penny learns a technique for
manipulating Sheldon.

“Young Sheldon,”
8:31 p.m., CBS. In a quietly funny rerun, George Jr. is in danger of
losing his football eligibility. Now he faces the ultimate ordeal –
being tutored by his little brother Sheldon.

“9-1-1,” 9 p.m.,
Fox. For now, this will do double duty on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Tonight, the crew races to a wedding disaster. Also, Abby (Connie
Britton) needs Buck's help to find her mother (Mariette Hartley), who
has dementia.

“20/20,” 10
p.m., ABC. The bad news is that this show is willing to do hype for
its network; this hour is about the revived “Roseanne,” which
returns March 27. And the good? “Roseanne” is worth hyping. A
landmark show back in 1988, it's come up with a refreshingly clever
revival.