'Kind Hearted Woman' powerful documentary OTHER HIGHLIGHTS CRITIC'S CHOICE SERIES NOTES LATE NIGHT BY KEVIN MCDONOUGH
We like our fictional heroes to speak out against the unspeakable and challenge the powerful. But in real life that's not always easy, or possible.
Robin Charboneau is a 32-year-old Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota's Spirit Lake Reservation. Her Sioux name roughly translates as "Kind Hearted Woman," which is the title of this compelling, two-part "Frontline"/"Independent Lens" (9 p.m., PBS channels 12 and 33, TV-14, concludes Tuesday) documentary.
She's first seen battling alcoholism, but we soon learn that her problems run deeper and darker. Subjected to sexual abuse since childhood at the hands of foster fathers and brothers, she battles to protect her own children from this destructive legacy.
Filmmaker David Sutherland ("The Farmer's Wife," "Country Boys") has a great talent for putting a personal face on sweeping social issues and drawing viewers into intimate worlds fraught with painful personal choices.
"Kind Hearted Woman" is not casual viewing. But its story of how one proud woman stood up to her community, her tribe and her family is powerful and unforgettable.
n Kristen Schaal may not be a household name. But she has a face you can't forget. The goofy star of "30 Rock" and "Flight of the Conchords" gets her own hourlong standup special, "Kristen Schaal: Live at the Fillmore" (midnight, Comedy Central, TV-14).
The Atlanta Braves host the Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day of Major League Baseball (7 p.m., ESPN2), followed by coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals at Arizona Diamondbacks (10 p.m.).
A TV producer ends up in the morgue on "Bones" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
"Nick News With Linda Ellerbee" (8 p.m., Nickelodeon, TV-G) takes young viewers on a historical tour of the women's movement.
Heather gets snappy at a clambake on the season premiere of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" (8 p.m., Bravo, TV-14).
Jack plays secret agent on the season three premiere of "Kickin' It" (8:30 p.m., Disney XD, TV-Y7).
A walk down the aisle faces a major detour on "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" (8 p.m., ABC Family, TV-14).
The FBI possibly discovers a link to Joe's evil cult on "The Following" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
A new villain arrives on "Dallas" (9 p.m., TNT, TV-14).
"Bizarre Foods America" (9 p.m., Travel, TV-PG) samples the cuisine of the Ozarks.
A hero takes care of Charlie on "Revolution" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
Castle has a "Rear Window" experience on "Castle" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
A major political figure shows signs of a brain tumor on "Monday Mornings" (10 p.m., TNT, TV-14).
Dylan's new job has a steep learning curve on "Bates Motel" (10 p.m., A&E, TV-14).
The police force rethinks its relationship with Robin as the lake begins to divulge secrets on "Top of the Lake" (10 p.m., Sundance, TV-14).
The Pittsburgh Pirates get some celestial assistance in the 1951 baseball fantasy "Angels in the Outfield" (9:30 p.m., TCM), starring Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh and Keenan Wynn.
Baptism by fire on "How I Met Your Mother" (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... Blind auditions continue on "The Voice" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) ... "Dancing With the Stars" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) ... Striving for perfection on "The Carrie Diaries" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14) ... Three's a crowd on "Rules of Engagement" (8:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG) ... An intern helps out on "2 Broke Girls" (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... Too much beauty on "Hart of Dixie" (9 p.m., CW, r, TV-PG) ... Baby-sitting Vince on "Mike & Molly" (9:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... Computer hacking can be murder on "Hawaii Five-0" (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
Mary Roach is scheduled on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m., Comedy Central) ... Seth Rogen appears on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS, broadcast from Atlanta) ... Thandie Newton, Chris Franjola, Arden Myrin and Josh Wolf are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!) ... Sigourney Weaver sits down on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central) ... Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Altman and the Band Perry appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Matthew Perry, Kristen Schaal and the Goo Goo Dolls on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Alec Baldwin, Emilia Clarke, Janelle Monae and DJ Jazzy Jeff visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC) ... Craig Ferguson hosts Toby Keith and J.R. Martinez on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS, r).
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