What to Watch on Tuesday: Slater and Zahn play ‘Mind Games’ on ABC

bcain@newsobserver.comFebruary 25, 2014 

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(L-R) Wynn Everett, Cedric Sanders, Christian Slater, Gregory Marcel and Steve Zahn star in “Mind Games” on ABC.

MATT DINERSTEIN — Matt Dinerstein/ABC

Mind Games (10pm, ABC) - “Killer Women” was a bit of a flop in this timeslot, so ABC has moved up its premiere of “Mind Games,” a new drama about a unique agency which solves problems for clients by using psychological manipulation. Christian Slater and Steve Zahn play brothers running the firm – Slater a slightly sleazy huckster who served time for securities fraud, and Zahn a bipolar genius and disgraced college professor (affair with student). Slater is Slater is Slater, but Zahn is incredibly watchable in this role (wipe “Treme” from your mind!), providing the best moments in the first episode. But the premise seems so farfetched that the pilot, while entertaining, leaves you a bit puzzled. There’s no way any of that stuff could have happened that way in real life, right? Still, thanks to Zahn, I’m in for a couple more to see where it’s going.

Also on tonight . . .

Rizzoli & Isles (9pm, TNT) - “Rizzoli & Isles” briefly resumes its interrupted season tonight, saying goodbye to Lee Thompson Young, who committed suicide last year while the show was still in production. The show went on hiatus after the death, and tonight’s episode is the last to feature Young, who plays Det. Barry Frost. Three more new episodes follow this one and then another break until 15 more episodes start this summer.

About a Boy (9pm, NBC) - “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher” (9:30) move into their normal timeslots tonight, after debuting this weekend after Olympics coverage. I encourage you to check out both. Tonight on “Boy,” Will agrees to babysit Marcus so Fiona can go on a job interview, but a last-minute invitation to a party complicates the situation.

Person of Interest (10pm, CBS) - Finch infiltrates an emergency call center to keep tabs on a 911 operator, but he quickly learns that the case is more complicated than he originally thought.

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