TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 and 8:30 p.m.,
Boosting the season-finale of “The Crazy Ones,” CBS leads
into it with reruns of TV’s best comedy. The first has Sheldon punish Leonard
and Penny confront Lucy; the second is a comic gem.
Raj concocts a scavenger hunt that could be done by the three
couples. When Leonard questions those pairings, Penny feels (correctly)
insulted; couples switch, competitive juices flow. Penny pushes to outsmart the
physicists, Bernadette turns bossy, Leonard and Amy bond and comedy soars.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: Season-finales, 9 and 10 p.m., three
Three shows have their last new episodes of the season. That’s
mostly a good thing; cutting back on reruns, the networks will mostly have
short-run shows borrow their slots.
At 9 p.m., “The Crazy Ones” has two episodes: Gordon (Brad
Garrett) is the centerpiece of a campaign to save a library; then Marilu Henner
plays the ex-wife of Simon (Robin Williams), holding the deciding vote on
selling the firm. And at 10 and 10:01? ABC’s “Scandal” has Election Day, with
both sides willing to do anything. NBC’s “Parenthood” has turning points for
Amber and Ryan, for Sarah and Hank, and for Victor. Also, Haddie’s back from college
and Adam and Crosby relive childhood pranks.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Life Below Zero” season-opener, 9
p.m., National Geographic; reruns at 11.
In the first season (which has reruns starting at 3 p.m.),
we met fascinating Alaskans, including Sue Aikens, who runs a hunting camp 80
miles from any road. She’s alone for most of the year, including the time a
bear attacked and left her for dead; tonight, she pre-emptively hunts one.
Agnes Hailstone (an Inupiaq native) and her husband Chip
(from Montana) feed their seven kids with moose-hunting expeditions; Andy and
Kate Bassich need a salmon fishing wheel to feed their 26 sled dogs. Erik
Salitan hunts for food. These are people with quietly compelling lives.
Other choices include:
More snow, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Animal Planet. Cable’s icy
obsession continues. Colliding with “Life Below Zero,” Animal Planet has a
rerun (“Railroad Alaska”) at 7 p.m., followed by new hours (“Alaska: The Last
Frontier” at 8, “Ice Cold Gold” at 9 and 10) and then lots more reruns.
“Community,” 8 p.m., NBC. The community college’s first
dean, we’re told, was a rich and reclusive genius. The study-group people
search for his old lab … while Chang secretly spies on them.
“Parks and Recreation,” 8:30 p.m., NBC. Leslie and Ben run
an auction to fun the unity concert.
“Grey’s Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC. Acceptance speeches may be a
touchy subject for Sandra Oh; who’s had five Emmy nominations, but no wins. In
last week’s episode (rerunning at 8 p.m.), Cristina (Oh) learned she’s nominated
for a major award. Tonight, she wants Meredith to help write a possible speech,
but wants to go there alone. Also, there are key moments for Callie and Arizona
and for April and Jackson.
“Veep,” “Silicon Valley” and “Game of Thrones,” 9-11 p.m.,
HBO. Sunday’s shows rerun in a different order. “Veep” is particularly funny,
as Selena panics over having to actually take a stand.
“NCIS,” 10:01 p.m., CBS. In a transplanted rerun, the NCIS
and Coast Guard probe an oil-rig explosion.