TV column for Wednesday, Aug. 22


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Suburgatory,”
8:30 and 9:31 p.m., ABC.

Here are reruns focusing on the
holidays that TV comedies seem to prefer.

First is Thanksgiving, a time for mass
confrontation. Tessa fumes at her dad; Lisa explodes at her parents,
played by “Saturday Night Live” alumni Ana Gasteyer and Chris
Parnell.

Then Christmas is near. Tessa's dad has
a dating surplus at his tree-trimming party.

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “So You Think You
Can Dance,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.

Last week, four people were ousted –
three contemporary dancers and the first belly-dancer to get this
far. From the bottom six in viewer votes, judges saved two others –
contemporary dancer George Lawrence II and Latin ballroom dancer
Lindsay Arnold.

They're now part of a final 10 that
includes another Latin ballroom dancer, two ballet people and three
in contemporary or jazz, plus ones in “popping robotics” and
“martial arts fusion.”

Tonight, they pair with “all-stars.”
Also, the L.A. Dance Project performs.

TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Abandoned”
debut, 9 and 9:30 p.m., National Geographic.

Anyone can search flea markets and
garage sales; Jay Chaikin has a tougher job: He goes into abandoned
buildings, looking for treasures he can buy, extricate, fix and sell.

Tonight's second episode finds an 1844
church with everything – beautiful, stained-glass windows in the
sancuary, a vintage bowling alley (with gas lights) in the basement.

Other choices include:

– Jack Lemmon movies, all day, Turner
Classic Movies. Sure, Lemmon made colorful comedies. Two, from 1965,
are “How to Murder Your Wife” and “The Great Race,” at 12:30
and 2:45 p.m. But some of his best moments were in black-and-white
Billy Wilder films. “The Apartment” (1960, 5:45 p.m.) won the
best-picture Oscar; “The Fortune Cookie” (1966, 8 p.m.) brought
Walter Matthau an Oscar.

– “The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. At
a family meeting, Mike and Frankie are accused of eccentric parenting
… which, of course, is true. The aftershocks, however, are a
surprise.

– “Walk the Line” (2005), 8-10:30
p.m., TV Guide. This splendid film is a little about Johnny Cash's
life and a lot about his romance with June Carter. Appropriately,
Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar and Joaquin Phoenix received a
nomination.

– “Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Phil and Claire have a big problem – he bought a car without
consulting her. Mitchell and Cam have a bigger problem: Lily lost her
favorite stuffed animals.

– “NY Med” finale, 10 p.m., ABC.
Rita Saverino, a former Wall Street trader, has a tumor so huge that
Dr.Tomoaki Kato must temporarily remove many of her organs so he can
reach it.

– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 10 p.m., NBC. Here's the first of his four “SVU”
performances by Andre Braughr, as a talented defense lawyer. His
client is charged with raping a student.

– “Necessary Roughness,” 10:01
p.m., USA. One story is lightweight: Tennis pros are doing great in
their marriage, poorly on the court. The other is heavy, as T.K.'s
addiction spins out of control.