TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Castle,” 10:01 p.m., ABC.
Earlier, “Castle” flung its actors into a flashback, having
them play 1940s characters. This time, it has a simpler time-transit: A mobster
seems lost in the 1970s; to get his information, police must humor him.
Rick Castle’s mother, an actress, leaps into it, complete
with script and costumes. Beckett (Stana Katic) looks great in 1970s clothes;
then again, she looked great in the ‘40s. The fun is when the supporting
characters – Ryan, Esposito, Dr. Parish – go to funny extremes. Sometimes
goofy, this is stylishly directed by Kevin Hooks, who was a kid star (“Sounder,”
“White Shadow”) during the real ‘70s.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Independent Lens,” 9-11 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
Rick Hall grew up in a dirt-floor house with no utilities.
When his little brother died (falling into boiling laundry water), he says, his
mom left and became a prostitute. Hall grew up to be a record producer, intense
and combative; one alcohol-fueled fight cost him Aretha Franklin and more.
He lived and knew the blues … and in little Muscle Shoals,
Ala., he produced great blues-based records. A hospital orderly named Percy
Sledge did a song he used to sing in the cotton fields; “When a Man Loves a
Woman” became a classic. Eventually, Hall’s bandsmen started their own studio,
but the Shoals sound soared. This superb documentary ranges from Bono to Aretha
to a stirring finale by Alicia Keys.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Warehouse 13,” 9 p.m., Syfy.
With just five episodes left, there are key things to
settle. Pete and Myka – great (but platonic) partners – ponder their
relationship; Claudia learns about the sister she wasn’t aware of.
There’s also a standard (for this show) story, with
seemingly unrelated people drowning internally. That part is OK; the others
remind us that these are well-drawn characters, on the way out.
Other choices include:
“Dancing With the Stars,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Last week, teen
singer Cody Simpson was ousted. Now the eight surviving contestants have a cheery
theme, dancing to popular party tunes.
“The Voice,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC. The final 12 contestants
“Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays,” 8-10 p.m., HBO. Here’s a
second chance to see Crystal’s moving, one-man show. The first half catches a
childhood so blessed that he saw his first movie sitting on the lap of jazz
great Billie Holliday; the second half is bittersweet, battered by a changing world
and sudden deaths.
“Friends with Better Lives,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. After moping
about his divorce, Will (James Van Der Beek) is trying to be more adventurous,
by sexually texting a girlfriend.
“The Following,” 9 p.m., Fox. A week before the
season-finale, Joe Carroll sets his plan in motion.
“The Big Bang Theory,” 9:30 p.m., CBS. In a funny,
transplanted rerun, Amy shocks Sheldon by pointing out (accurately, alas) the
flaw in the great movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
“The Blacklist,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. Red warns that the
Pavlovich Brothers are ready to kidnap a high-profile target; he also has a job
for them to do.