“Parenthood" finale, 10 p.m., NBC.
For six-plus seasons
of high quality and low ratings, “Parenthood” has given us the
drama of ordinary (almost) life for one family. Now its finale faces
Amber has her baby;
her mom (Lauren Graham) is ready to marry, but first Hank (Ray
Romano) wants approval from her gravely ill father (Craig T. Nelson).
Adam (Peter Krause) ponders the fate of two enterprises – the
recording studio he started wth Crosby and the academy launched by
his wife. TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: All night, 8-11 p.m., ABC.
On the first day of
the “sweeps” ratings period, ABC's Thursday shows return from two
months of rest or reruns. On “Grey's Anatomy” (8 p.m.), Derek
prepares to move cross-country; on “Scandal” (9), we see the
abduction of Olivia from her point of view. Then it's “How to Get
Away With Murder.”
finale showed the students scrambling for proof that their
professor's husband impregnated and killed Lila. He attacked them,
Wes killed him with a trophy and they began their cover-up ... with
the prof fashioning her own cover-up. Tonight, she calls them in to
talk to police.
ALTERNATIVE: “Fortitude” debut, 10 p.m. ET, Pivot.
Nestled bleakly in
the Arctic Circle, the town of Fortitude has miners, research
scientists and a few townspeople, running the Midnight Sun hotel and
bar. It also has a cop who rarely confronts crime.
Then come the
shell-shocks – an egimatic beauty ... a sexual affair ... a
fiercely ill boy ... an illegal artifact ... a murder. “Fortitude”
has two master actors – Sir Michael Gambon as an elderly nature
photographer and Stanley Tucci as a cop from the mainland. Mostly,
however, it offers talented newcomers, a smart script and sprawling
backdrops (filmed in Iceland) that sweep us to another world.
Loser” finale, 8-10 p.m., NBC. We're down to the final thrrr
ex-athletes. Before the train-at-home phase, Sonya Jones (a former
softball all-American) went from 283 to 163 pounds .... Toma
Dobrosavljeveic (soccer) went from 336 to 199 ... Rob Guiry (a rugby
coach) went from 483 to 302.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Sheldon feels he's too comfortable to have a
p.m., CBS. Last week's excellent episode involved the death of
Christy's dad. Tonight, she has to do damage control, when her
forlorn mother starts acting out.
p.m., Fox. With a serial arsonist loose, the fire department asks
cops for help. The case unfolds a bit too easily and the back story –
Backstrom's childhood bullies are now firefightrers – is so-so.
Still, there are great moments for the supporting cast, led by Dennis
Haysbert, Thomas Dekker and Genevieve Angelso. Flaws and all,
“Backstrom” remains entertaining.
p.m., Sundance. At first bright and satirical, “Babylon” ended
last week with a jolt: Plagued by his sexual affairs, the police
chief committed suicide. Now his PR chief – incorrectly linked to
the affairs – hesitates. It's a great hour, with dabs of humor
alongside deep ethical dilemmas.
return, 10 p.m., Syfy. This cleverly crafted series has two duos
compete with each other, then face the resident magicians, quickly
crafting an illusion. The results tonight offer a terrific blend of
craft and showmanship.
Greenville” debut, 10:30 p.m., Tru TV. In Greenville, Miss., we
watch two stations with opposite morning anchors. Small and perky,
Lucy Biggers is a Kelly Ripa fan; she marvels when her competitor,
Callie Carroll, does a live weigh-in at 173 pounds. It's a fun start
to this reality show.