TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Hell’s Kitchen” opener (8 p.m.) and
“American Idol” (9 p.m.), Fox.
You know life has turned upside-down when “Idol” – for
years, the most powerful show on TV – needs a lead-in boost from a man yelling
at chefs. That’s the situation now: “Kitchen” takes over the 8 p.m. slot
(Gordon Ramsay starts with 20 chefs to belittle), “Idol” moves to 9 and “Rake”
is exiled to Fridays.
That happens on a key night when “Idol” trims to 10, which
generally means everyone will be on the tour. Harry Connick Jr., one of the
judges, will do a medley; also, Mali Music will perform.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Review,” 10 p.m., Comedy Central.
What’s it like to make a sex tape … or be a deer hunter … or
be a racist? Most of us can only guess, but now there’s Forrest MacNeil (played
by Andy Daly); he tries and reviews experiences for us.
The resulting half-hour, like last week’s opener, is
surprisingly funny. A few moments make us cringe; most range from subtly clever
to big, laugh-out-loud surprises.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Chicagoland,” 10 p.m., CNN.
Last week’s debut (rerunning at 9 p.m.) introduced us to
compelling people, from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the critics of his
school-closings. Most involving was Elizabeth Dozier, a young principal who immersed
herself in the lives of her students.
Now we meet one of those students. Lee McCullum prepares for
college, with the effects of violence around him. He was 9 when his dad lost a
leg to random gunfire; now a friend has been killed, the third this year.
Against the giddy backdrop of a hockey championship, this hour delivers
Other choices include:
“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. When he visits his mom
(Laurie Metcalf of “Roseanne”), Sheldon finds a surprise that shakes his
reality. Also, there’s trouble at Raj’s latest murder mystery.
“Parks and Recreation,” 8:30 p.m., NBC. When Leslie plans a
new town slogan, she collides with two “shock jocks” (Nick Kroll and Matt
Besser) on local radio.
“Two and a Half Men,” 9 p.m., CBS. Lyndsey was happy enough
to cheat on Larry with Alan. Now she’s quite unhappy to learn Alan is sleeping
with Larry’s sister (Kimberly Williams-Paisley).
“Grey’s Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC. A non-fraternization policy
at the hospital? That’s sticky in a show that’s mostly about fraternizing.
Tonight, one doctor is suspended; another is sent to Human Resources.
“Suits,” 9 p.m., USA. This show was built on the shaky
notion that someone could perpetually fool a top law firm into thinking he went
to Harvard. Now that peaks, in an hour that manages to simultaneously be dreary
and repetitious, while stretching credibility beyond the breaking point.
“Scandal,” 10 p.m., ABC. As his re-election push continues, Fitz
gets a surprise in the first presidential debate. Meanwhile, Olivia faces a big
decision and her team works for a CEO accused of murder.
“Sirens,” 10 p.m., USA. Trying to do a good deed – erasing a
guy’s porn – these paramedics sink into their own problems. The result is
erratic, but has some very funny moments.