TV tonight: 'Whitney,' 'The Hour,' 'Nashville'
Posted January 1, 2013
NBC, 8 ET/PT
Slowly but surely the broadcast networks are getting back to work, led by NBC, which offers a full slate of scripted original programming tonight. The lineup kicks off with Whitney's discovery that Alex is letting his ex-fiance (June Diane Raphael) crash on the couch.
BBC America, 9 ET/PT
This terrific British short-series wraps up tonight with a taut episode that puts Freddie (Ben Whishaw, as much fun here as he was in a completely different role in Skyfall) at risk and proves Hector (Dominic West, as absolutely convincing here as he was in a completely different role in The Wire) can be a pretty good newsman when he puts his mind to it. All told, it's a very satisfying ending, though not exactly a happy one for all concerned.
ABC, 10 ET/PT
If you've fallen behind on this country soap - a worthy project despite its failure to fulfill the promise of its pilot - ABC offers a one-hour opportunity to catch up. The cast is strong and the music often surprisingly catchy, but as with too many musicals, Nashville's story has proven to be a weak link. The political plot is dull; the young romantic trio has all the heat of Huey, Dewey and Louie; and the two main characters - Connie Britton's Rayna and Hayden Panettiere's Juliette - have become less rather than more interesting with time. Yes, we know fame is a burden; cry about it less, and enjoy it a bit more.
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