TV column for Monday, May 7


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Voice,”
8-10 p.m., NBC.

The final four perform and viewers pick
a champion. They have a varied group to choose fro,.

Chris Mann has a powerful opera sound,
Josh Groban-style. Jermaine Paul has great R-&-B impact, molded
during years of backing Alicia Keys. Juliet Simms is a high-octane
rocker. And Tony Lucca has added great depth since his TV days on
“Mickey Mouse Club” and “Malibu Shore.”

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Smash,” 10
p.m., NBC.

The season's best new show is ending
strong. Tonight's hour and next week's finale have drama and romance,
plus big plot twists (sometimes too big) and big songs (all of them
great).

Last week, the Marilyn Monroe musical
prepared for its Boston trial, with a movie star (Uma Thurman) in the
lead and two hopefuls nearby. Karen (Katharine McPhee) was so
distracted that she shrugged off a proposal by her boyfriend; Ivy
(Megan Hilty) was so cunning that she promptly slept with him.

All of that builds tonight, alongside
the return of Michael Swift, whose affair almost destroyed the
lyricist's marriage. And it caps with McPhee in a gospel number
that's downright triumphant.

TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “2 Broke
Girls” season-finale, 8-9 p.m.,CBS.

This has helped lead a rush of
excellent, female-centric comedies debuting this year.

We've followed Max (the tough-talking
waitress) and Caroline (the former heiress), as they started a
cupcake business. Tonight, they scheme to get into a fund-raiser, so
Martha Stewart will sample the 'cakes. Stewart plays hrself and we
finally meet Caroline's embezzler dad (Steven Weber).

Other choices include:

– :Eureka,” 7-10 p,n,m Syfy. If you
missed the superb, reality-bending trilogy, catch the end of it at 7
and 8 p.m. At 9 , Fargo dealing with the aftermath – and the town
is in danger (again).

– “Dancing With the Stars,”
8-10:01 p.m., ABC. With Jaleel White ousted, six celebrities remain.

– “House,” 9 p.m., Fox. Only
three episodes remain in the final season of a great show. Tonight, a
patient insists on being treated only by House; he's missing, so the
other doctors pretend to consult him.

– “Two and a Half Men,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. In the show's 200th episode, Alan is back from the
hospital, with Jason Alexander as his cardiologist. People shower him
with attention, but Zoey has doubts.

– “Mike & Molly,” 9:30 p.m.,
CBS. Next week is the season-finale wedding. Tonight, we get the
rehearsal – and, of course, lots of setbacks. Reginald VelJohnson
(“Family Matters”) and Holly Robinson Peete (“The Talk”)
return as Brother Haywood and Christina.

– “Hawaii Five-0,” 10 p.m.,CBS.
Steve McGarrett is finally back. While Alex O'Loughlin was in rehab
(reportedly due to pain pills after a shoulder injury), “Five-0”
had reruns and McGarrett-less episodes. Now he's back and closing in
on Wo Fat –only to find that the Japanese Mob wants them both dead.

– “Castle” season-finale, 10:01
p.m., ABC. As Beckett chases someone who shot an Army veteran, Castle
may have a chance to protect her – and to finally admit his
feelings for her.