TV column for Monday, May 29


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Lucifer” season-finale, 9 p.m., Fox.

Don't you hate it
when you have to keep covering up for the odd things your mother does
– such as killing people? That's what Lucifer does now: His
gorgeous mom (Tricia Helfer) inadvertently burned someone to death;
she does that sort of thing. He must keep it from his colleagues in
the police.

First he has to find
her; she's disappeared with his brother. Maze searches for them,
wrapping up what has been a surprisingly good season, mixing wit and
drama.

TONIGHT'S MUST-TRY:
“Still Star-Crossed” debut, 10:01 p.m., ABC.

In old Verona, two
sweet kids are marrying. Romeo and Juliet are wildly in love; what
could go wrong?

A lot; their
families make war, not love. Yes, this first hour is Shakespeare's
classic story, souped up with fierce fights and dynamic visuals; but
from there, the series will ask what will happen after Romeo and
Juliet are gone. Shonda Rhimes' shows – especially “Scandal” --
often seem Shakespearean with their wild plots. Now she goes that
route directly, with an uneasy blend of stiff dialog and zesty
filming.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Independent Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local
listings).

On Memorial Day,
here's a quietly compelling portrait of a good man in a complicated
life. Alex Sutton joined the Army at 17; he had three Iraq tours,
wounds, medals and (after 13 years) an honorable discharge for
post-traumatic stress. He has other memories of things that may or
may not be real.

After shattering his
first marriage, he met and married Jessica, a college grad with a
business major. Now they try to run a 43-acre farm in North Carolina,
while raising their two babies. It's a story that swirls between
hope, despair and the healing (maybe) power of love, agriculture and
medication.

Other choices
include:

“Hockey,” 8 p.m.
ET, NBC. The Stanley Cup finals begin, three days before the
basketball finals start. Sometime this summer, the winter seasons
will finally end.

“The
Bachelorette,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Last week, Rachel Lindsay met 31
guys and sent eight of them home. Now the others settle into the
mansion and find adventues. Ten have a day of basketball with Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar, eight face a “husband-material obstacle course”
judged by Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis ... and Peter (a
business-owner from Madison, Wis.) gets the first one-on-one date.

“Gotham”
season-finale, 8 p.m., Fox. Last week ended with Gotham City wobbling
... again. The bad guys are ready to release the Alice virus; Jim
Gordon races to stop it and Lee Thompkins has her own plan. Also,
Bruce Wayne is back home, but Alfred notices that the Shaman has
changed him.

“Supergirl,” 8
p.m., CW. Here's a rerun of the season-opener, which amiably moved
the show over from CBS. Kara's cousin Super,am (Tyler Hoechlin)
visits; also, a new pod crashes to Earth.

“Whose Line Is It
Anyway” return, 9 and 9:30 p.m., CW. This fun improv show is back,
with new episodes at 9 (tonight, Tony Hawk guests) and reruns at 9:30
(tonight with Lea Thompson).

“Superior Donuts,”
9 p.m., CBS. The comedies settle into their summer reruns. This is
the second “Donuts” episode; Franco comes up with some popular
new flavors and Arthur tries to match them.

“Scorpion,” 10
p.m., CBS. Hackers are causing more trouble in this rerun. Now they
control a nuclear submarine and are aiming a missile toward the U.S.