Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Cleared of murder, but suspicion lingers
Other highlights Critic's choice Series notes Late night BY KEVIN McDONOUGH,
What happens when a closed case comes undone? A smart whodunit and a superior psychological thriller, "Rectify" (9 p.m., Sundance, TV-14) deserves a large audience. It will probably get a smart one.
Convicted of rape and murder, Daniel Holden (Aden Young) spent 19 years in prison, most of them on death row awaiting execution. After DNA evidence appears to exonerate him, he returns to his shattered, confused family in the small town of Paulie, Ga., which is filled with friends of the murder victim -- who still want him behind bars. Chief among them is Sen. Roland Foulkes (Michael O'Neill), whose prosecution of Holden launched his political career. The local sheriff (J.D. Evermore) doesn't seem too pleased with Holden's release either, and most of the scuttlebutt at the coffee shop involves conversations about returning him to prison, evidence be damned.
The drama also involves glimpses of Holden's prison past; he learned to cope by meditating and trying to ignore, or at least transcend, the passage of time. As he explains in a haunted and halting manner, those skills that got him through his incarceration are not really applicable to the hectic pace of liberty.
"Rectify" does a particularly good job with its scenes at the home front, where Holden feels like an intruder after two decades away. The pilot episode's lightest moments show him trying to navigate a DVD player and catch up on films from the last 20 years, starting with "Dazed and Confused," a title that sums up his mental and spiritual state.
If you like smart, rewarding television drama, or complain about the dearth thereof, you have only yourself to blame if you miss "Rectify."
·Lily Tomlin narrates the documentary "An Apology to Elephants" (7 p.m., HBO, TV-PG), a plea for more humane treatment of jungle animals in captivity.
·Recently released television-related books include Kevin Cook's "Flip: The Inside Story of TV's First Black Superstar" (Viking), a biography of Flip Wilson, whose 1970-74 variety show was at the top of TV ratings. It was a time when black faces on television were relatively rare, and many white Americans were still somewhat skittish about "inviting" a black man into their living rooms.
A news story goes viral in the worst way on "Bones" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
Ricky tries to spark Amy's college dreams on "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" (8 p.m., ABC Family, TV-14).
The mansion is besieged on "The Following" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
"Bizarre Foods America" (9 p.m., Travel, TV-PG) visits Portland, Ore.
"Top Gear" (9 p.m., BBC America, TV-PG) glances back at the past year's best clips.
On two episodes of "Brain Games" (National Geographic): optical illusions (9 p.m., TV-G); love, luck and attraction (9:30 p.m., TV-PG).
Miles and Charlie bond on "Revolution" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
Dylan makes Norman an offer on "Bates Motel" (10 p.m., A&E, TV-14).
"Independent Lens" (10 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, channels 33 and 12) presents "The Island President," a documentary about the leader of the Maldives and the effect of global warming on his homeland.
A missing Kansas teen (Judy Garland) embarks on a fearful road trip in the 1939 musical fantasy "The Wizard of Oz" (8 p.m., TCM).
Ted needs advice on "How I Met Your Mother" (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... Battle rounds on "The Voice" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) ... "Dancing With the Stars" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) ... "Oh Sit!" (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG) ... Bachelor party madness on "Rules of Engagement" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).
A rustic getaway on "2 Broke Girls" (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... Olly Murs performs on "90210" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14) ... An awkward date on "Mike & Molly" (9:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... Rumors of a repeat murder on "Hawaii Five-0" (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
Christina Hendricks is scheduled on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m., Comedy Central) ... Ryan Gosling, Kevin Hart and ZZ Ward appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS, r) ... Michael Pollan sits down on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Lochte and Steve Earle appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Diane Keaton, Trevor Moore and Jake Bugg on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Dennis Quaid, Abigail Spencer and Portugal. The Man appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).
January Jones and Adam Ferrara visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC) ... Craig Ferguson hosts Kat Dennings and Philip Kerr on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).