TV column for Monday, June 11


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Two and a Half
Men,” 9 p.m., CBS.

So there is Alan in Malibu,
semi-mourning his brother Charlie. Then an odd and wet guy wanders
in.

Walden had tried to drown himself in
the ocean, but found the water was too cold. He's bitter about his
divorce, but has plenty to be happy about, what with being a handsome
Internet billionaire.

This is the episode – barring another
late change by CBS – that introduced Ashton Kutcher as the new
star. Some subsequent episodes were mixed, but the first few were a
delight.

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Bunheads,”
9 p.m., ABC Family, repeats at 10.

Two terrific talents link: Amy
Sherman-Palladino, the “Gilmore Girls” creator, writes quick,
smart lines. Sutton Foster delivers comedy sharply; she's also a
Broadway singer-dancer with two Tonys.

Foster, 37, plays a dancer, once
prestigious and now in a Las Vegas chorus. On a chaotic day, she
makes a snap decision to marry a decent chap she barely knows, moving
to his little home town.

In Sherman-Palladino style, “Bunheads”
wavers wildly. Scenes with four local teens are so-so; a
clothing-store sceene is hilarious. Then comes a startling,
last-minute detour; it's a compelling start.

TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Castle,” 10
p.m., ABC.

Rick Castle, we suspect, has always
wanted to wake up in bed alongside Kate Beckett.

Not like this, though. They're
handcuffed together, in a locked room; neither knows how they got
there.

In this rerun, Ryan, Esposito and Gates
scramble to find them. Meanwhile, Castle and Beckett try to figure
out how to escape – without becoming enemies of each other.

Other choices include:

– “How I Met Your Mother,” 8
p.m., CBS. It's decision time, in this rerun. Robin tries to convince
Marshall and Lily not to move to the suburbs. Ted and Barney consider
a key decision together.

– “Tia & Tamera”
season-opener, 8 p.m., Style. Tia and Tamera Mowry were bright and
bubbly child stars – twins who could (and did) finish each other's
sentences. We catch them here at 33, in a new phase – two husbands,
one baby (so far), separate cities. They are likable, in a
friend-next-door way; they're only moderately interesting in a
reality-show way.

– “MasterChef,” 9 p.m., Fox. The
judges choose the final 18 contestants.s

– “Hollywood Heights” debut, 9
p.m., Nickelodeon. Loren is an A student, sensible in every way but
one: She obsesses on a pop star; she writes music and sings … but
won't let anyone hear it. Based on a Mexican telenovela, this has
likable characters and slick production … but dialog that feels
forced.

– “Hurricane Hunters” debut, 9
p.m., Weather Channel. Lt. Col. Sean Pierce has flown combat missions
in Iraq and Afghanistan, but this is different. He's a new member of
the Air Force's Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, in Biloxi, Miss.,
assigned with getting first-hand information. This fairly interesting
opener sees him flying into the eye of Hurricane Irene.

– “Chicagolicious”debut, 9 p.m.,
Style. This reality show catches a Chicago salon, long on pretty
people, big hair and bigger attitude. It's kind of fun.

– “Hawaii Five-0,” 10 p.m.,CBS.
In a rerun, a school bus, filled with children, has been hijacked.