TV column for Wednesday, March 21

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Bent” debut, 9
and 9:30 p.m., NBC.

“Can I be honest?” the building
contractor (David Walton) says.

“Doesn't seem like it,” his
would-be client (Amanda Peet) replies quickly.

She's a lawyer and a divorced mom. Her
sex life is stagnant; his is not. They're perfect for TV comedy.

“Bent” has sharp dialog, skillful
stars and great a great supporting cast, including Jeffrey Tambor,
Jesse Plemons (“Friday Night Lights”) and J.B. Smoove.

10 p.m., ABC.

If you missed this show's terrific
opener, catch this rerun on the eve of the second episode.

When a teen disappears in Europe, his
widowed mom (Ashley Judd) searches. We soon learn she has bigger
skills – and faces a bigger plot – than we had imagined.

The result has intensity, intelligence
and great action scenes. The only problem is that it's a serialized
show, giving readers no real satisfaction tonight … or, probably,
on Thursday.

Therapy,” 9 p.m., Bravo.

Maybe all of TV's despots need a good

On “Flipping Out,” Jeff Lewis is
arrogant, antsy and abusive; on this show – living with clients for
a five-day makeover – he downright pleasant. Tonight – served by
a great cook – he mellows further.

That's in a home so stuffed with art
that there's little room for design. Lewis finds clever solutions.

Other choices include:

– “Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check
local listings). In 2009, a bush fire seared a million acres of
Australia's Victoria. But nature is resilient; so is man. This rerun
traces the comeback,

– “The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. Some
kids claim their dog ate the homework, but in this rerun Brick says
his brother did. That's what happens when you make a map out of

– “Suburgatory,” 8:30 p.m., ABC.
In a rerun, Tessa's dad wins an Atlantic City trip and brings the

– “Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
This rerun has Phil panicking after not getting the results of his
medical test. Also, Manny's dad (Benjamin Bratt) reappears.

– “Nothing Personal,” 9 p.m.,
Investigation Discovery. Making a fortune from the “Deep Throat”
porno film, mobsters became fat and greedy, this documentary says.
They were so greedy that they stole from each other and a hit man was
hired. And so fat that one man absorbed multiple bullets and

– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
10 p.m., CBS. When she was 12, Elisabeth Harnois was Alice in the
Disney Channel's “Adventures in Wonderland.” Now she's Morgan,
helping probe a murder at a wedding that had an “Alice in
Wonderland” theme; also, Hodges tries to convince his mom (Jaclyn
Smith) that he's dating Morgan.

– “Hot in Cleveland,” 10 p.m., TV
Land. At 82, Ed Asner can still be the young one. Here, he's the
president of a country club the women want to join. They need Elka
(Betty White, 90),who knows him.