Two To Watch

Posted on September 27, 2012 

If you didn't catch my five to watch among new shows this fall, two of them debut tonight.

ABC debuts "Last Resort" at 8 p.m., about the crew of the USS Colorado, who are ordered to fire their nuclear missiles on Pakistan. But the captain (Andre Braugher) has good reason to suspect the order might not be valid, and when he disobeys it, it brings along serious consequences that forces the crew to find safe habitat on a semi-deserted island.

With Braugher leading a good cast, I had high expectations for this show going in, and I wasn't disappointed at all by the pilot. In fact, I rated it the second-best pilot of the new fall season, behind only "Nashville" from the same network.

Meanwhile, CBS kicks off "Elementary" at 10 p.m., the latest re-telling of the Sherlock Holmes mythos.

I'll be honest, I expected to hate this one from the outset, setting the show in the modern era in New York with Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) a recovering drug addict with a female Watson (Lucy Liu) hired to keep him clean.

Though not nearly as good as the BBC's "Sherlock" (also set in the modern era), "Elementary" is surprisingly lively, given the unique chemistry between the frenetic Miller and the quiet Liu. The format -- the typical CBS mystery of the week -- also seems to work well here.

With a full night of TV tonight, the fall is officially in full swing.

THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: "Resort" is followed by the season premieres of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal."

"Person of Interest" (CBS, 9 p.m.) kicks off its second season with an extremely strong start tonight, as Reese tries to get the machine to help him find Finch, kidnapped by a psychopathic genius (Amy Acker) at the end of last season. It follows the premieres of "Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men."

Fox has "X-Factor" and "Glee" from 8-10 p.m., while NBC airs another "SNL Weekend Update," "Up All Night," "The Office" and "Parks & Recreation" from 8-10 p.m.

On cable, there's the season finales of "Wilfred" and "Louie" (FX, 10 p.m.)

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