TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “American Idol,”
8-10 p.m., Fox.
Eleven-plus years after Kelly Clarkson
was its first winner, “Idol” returns to that mood.
The winner, like Clarkson, will be a
young Southerner, nimbly leaping between music styles. She'll also
end the five-year string of guys – bland ones, sometimes –
Candice Glover, 23, is from an island
off South Carolina; she reflects its Gullah traditions one moment,
sings stylish jazz the next. Kree Harrison, who turns 23 Friday, is
from small-town Texas; she leans to country, but with a tinge of
blues and rock.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “The Office,”
9-10:15 p.m., NBC, with retrospective at 8.
After nine seasons of clever, quiet
comedy, “The Office” says farewell. We don't expect any
aftershocks, just a gathering of amiably odd characters.
The occasion is a wedding, months after
a documentary finally aired. NBC says we can expect a few past
characters – Kelly (Mindy Karling), Ryan (B.J. Novak) – but not
Michael (Steve Carell), the origina boss. There will be some pranks
and some solved mysteries.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Elementary”
season finale, 9:01-11 p.m., CBS.
All season, we've known that Sherlock
Holmes is a broken soul. Recovering (barely) from drug addiction, he
has a dead lover (Irene Adler) and a live nemesis (Moriarty).
Now he learns that she's alive; Adler
is played by Natalie Dormer, who is Margaery in “Game of Thrones”
and was Anne Boleyn in “The Tudors.” We see flashbacks of his
descent into addiction … and we see that Moriarty is here, looking
to kill Sherlock and Joan Watson.
Other choices include:
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 and
8:31 p.m., CBS. The final week of the official TV season starts with
two episodes of the best comedy. First is a new one, the season
finale; Leonard's success and overseas job offer brings jealousy to
Sheldon and confusion to Penny. Then a funny rerun has Wolowitz
returning home, without the astronaut-hero's welcome he expects.
– “Risky Business” (1983),
8-10:30 p.m., Independent Film Channel. Three decades ago, Tom Cruise
was a young unknown, starring as a teen whose life turns perverse one
weekend. The result is a delight.
– “Three Amigos” (1986), 8-10
p.m., TV Guide. Mistaken for real cowboys, three actors – Steve
Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short – must save a Mexican village,
in fun comedy..
– “Beauty and th Beast”
season-finale, 9 p.m., CW. Vincent (the “beast”) isn't the only
troubled soul. Tonight, we learn more about the family of Catherine
– “Grey's Anatomy” season-finale,
9 p.m., ABC. With a storm sweeping through Seattle, the emergency
room is packed. For many people – including one of the doctors –
it's a life-and-death situation.
– “Scandal” season-finale, 10:02
p.m., ABC. The identity of the mole has almost been uncovered,
putting Olivia's team in trouble. In the White House, Cyrus is
shattered by the latest crisis.
– “Hannibal,”10:15 p.m., NBC. A
gory killer seems interested in attracting Hannibal Lecter's
attention … and then in killing him. Meanwhile, a troubled Will
turns to romance with Dr. Alana Bloom.