Lori’s List: Crime stories from years gone by
By LORI RACKL TV Critic December 2, 2013 5:54PM
Updated: January 4, 2014 6:08AM
“ARROW” (7 p.m. Wednesday, WGN-Channel 9): The CW hit spearheaded by Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer is getting flashy this season. Police scientist Barry Allen — better known as DC Comics superhero the Flash — bolts onto the scene for the first time. Played by “Glee” alum Grant Gustin, the boyish, perennially tardy Allen sets off sparks with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards). Given the success of “Arrow,” the network is aiming for a Flash spin-off.
“MOB CITY” (8 p.m. Wednesday, TNT): A tug of war between mobsters and a powerful, corrupt police force in 1940s Los Angeles is at the heart of this six-part story, based on John Buntin’s best-seller “L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City.” The heavily “Walking Dead” pedigree includes ousted showrunner Frank Darabont, as well as Jon Bernthal as an antihero detective assigned to Jeffrey DeMunn’s mob task force. The film noir touches are laid on a bit thick, but that’s also part of the appeal of this stylish limited series. Rating: ★★★
“THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE” (7 p.m. Thursday, WMAQ-Channel 5): It was a Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical and an Oscar-winning film. On Thursday, it becomes a live, three-hour telecast. Country star Carrie Underwood steps into the shoes of Maria von Trapp, the governess to the seven singing children of a naval officer widower played by “True Blood” star Stephen Moyer. The fact that it’s live TV makes this an ambitious, climb-every-mountain kind of move by NBC.
“BONNIE & CLYDE” (8 p.m. Sunday and Monday on Lifetime, History and A&E): Notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde hijack not one but three cable networks in this two-night simulcast. Emile Hirsch (“Into the Woods”) is bad-boy bank robber Clyde Barrow. Holliday Grainger (“The Borgias”) does a turn as his murderous muse, Bonnie Parker, whose obsession with fame fuels the couple’s killing sprees. The cast includes Oscar winners Holly Hunter and William Hurt. Bonnie’s panic attacks and Clyde’s crystal-ball premonitions add hokeyness to an otherwise decent drama, whose biggest crime is being stretched over two nights instead of one. Rating: ★★½