Top of the Morning, May 2, 2014
We've had May 5 circled on the Asmussen household calendar for months. The big news: Jack is back.
For those of you who have been living in caves for the last 13 years, that would be "Jack Bauer" of "24" fame. Tick, tick, tick.
For eight years, the show dominated my Monday nights. The "24" devotion has been passed on to my son, Hank, who watched all eight seasons in about a month. Yes, he got his homework done first. Or so he said. The future TV critic knows more about the show than me. Here is his synopsis of the first eight years.
Season 1: Risky premise with the real-time concept. Risky ending when Jack's wife Teri is killed at the end.
Season 2: 18 months after his wife's death, Jack Bauer's life gets complicated by a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles.
Season 3: There is a weaponized virus on the loose, and Jack finally gets revenge on Nina Meyers for killing his wife.
Season 4: From the kidnapping of the Secretary of Defense to the bombing of Air Force One and the theft of a nuclear weapon, all orchestrated by terrorist Habib Marwan, there is something for everybody.
Season 5: In a shocker, President Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) is killed in the first episode, and weasely President Logan is the culprit.
Season 6: A nuke goes off early in the show, and Jack's dad and brother are involved in the plot.
Season 7: When Tony Almeida rises from the dead, Jack is forced to stop his friend at all costs.
Season 8: When Jack's girlfriend Renee Walker is killed, Jack goes ballistic seeking vengeance. The series ends with Jack in hiding.
Now that you are caught up with the Fox series, here are some other worthy distractions:
"Unforgettable," 7 p.m.
It's a new episode of the series starring interestingly-named Poppy Montgomery and underrated Dylan Walsh. As a bonus, you get to see "SNL" alum Jane Curtin. That is always a good thing.
3 p.m., WAND (NBC)
No need to watch for the first 90 minutes, unless you want to hear a lot of jibber-jabber. T.O.T.M. likes California Chrome and Candy Boy.
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey"
8 p.m., WCCU (Fox)
The documentary seems very out of character for Fox, which is more likely to fill prime time with comedies and reality shows. Maybe we can learn something about the universe. From television. My head hurts.