TV tonight: 'Bones,' 'CMA Music Festival,' 'Perception'
Posted September 17, 2012
Fox, 8 ET/PT
Bones' task as it kicks off its eighth season is to prove it's not played out. Fans, however, should not expect that proof to arrive tonight, as the show is stuck resolving last season's ridiculous cliffhanger, which sent Bones and baby on the lam to escape a murder charge. (Note to showrunners: Those main-character-accused scenarios seldom ring true -- and never do this late in a show's run.) The good news is Bones resolves that story quickly, if not fully, and it still has one of TV's most enjoyable ensembles. Give them better cases to solve.
CMA Music Festival
ABC, 8 ET/PT
People who think variety is dead haven't been paying attention to how many musical specials there are, tied (directly or not) to awards shows. That's particularly true with country, which seems to find a way to celebrate itself every other week. This week, it's a recap of the June festival, slated to feature Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Scotty McCreery and Carrie Underwood, among others.
TNT, 10 ET/PT
TV is a constant series of entrances and exits. On broadcast, you have the arrival of two new series, Fox's Mob Doctor and NBC's Revolution. On cable, you have the departure of Perception, a procedural starring Eric McCormack as a schizophrenic neuroscientist who solves crimes. McCormack is always a welcome TV presence, but he's stuck in a show that has upped the ante on procedural silliness beyond the genre's capacity to absorb it. His character may not be the best or worst of TV's damaged detectives, but he's definitely the one-too-many.
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