“The Bachelor” finale, 8 p.m., ABC, with follow-up at 10.
Ben Higgins has
already told Lauren Bushnell and JoJo Fletcher that he loves them.
This would be fine, except for the whole monogamy thing; now he's
supposed to choose one.
Higgins, 26, is a
6-foot-5 software salesman from small-town Indiana. Bushnell, 25, is
a flight attendant; Fletcher, also 25, is a real-estate developer. At
10, we'll see the aftermath.
II: “BET Honors” (BET) and “The Voice” (NBC), both 8-10 p.m.
Patti LaBelle has
had a spectacular career – two Grammys, two Emmy nominations, two
No. 1 singles. Now, at 71, she's on both shows. BET has tributes
(rerunning at 10 p.m.) to her, director Lee Daniels, music producer
L.A. Reid, former attorney general Eric Holder and businesswoman
its first hour wrapping up auditions. The second starts the battle
rounds and adds mentors – LaBelle with Christina Aguilera, Tori
Kelly with Adam Levine, Sean “Diddy” Combs with Pharrell Williams
and – in an odd twist – Gwen Stefani with her mate, Blake
ALTERNATIVE: “Damien,” 10 p.m., A&E; or “Gotham,” 8 p.m.,
How dark can a show
go, before turning monochromatic? Both shows push that to an extreme;
they're brilliantly filmed and acted, yet sometimes sink into
that's understandable. This is the story of a nice guy learning he's
the antichrist; we expect it to be dark. This hour, its second, is
beautfiully done by Ernest Dickerson, a master director of movies
(“Juice”) and TV (“The Wire,” “Dexter,” “Treme”). And
“Gotham”? Somehow, it has mined all the darkness from the Batman
story – especially in this revenge episode – and ignored the
any time, www.acorn.tv. Marta
Dusseldorp became an Australian star as the central figure – a
nurse, returning home after 20 years – in “A Place to Call Home.”
Now she stars in this solid mini-series. Returning from maternity
leave, she's prosecuting a tangled assisted-suicide case.
Legends,” 6-9 p.m., Smithsonian. The first two episodes –
rerunning at 6 (Henry Aaron) and 7 p.m. (Babe Ruth) -- had strong
stories, marred only by verbal detours from a “mythologist.” The
third – Lou Gehrig, at 8 p.m. – alas, has many more detours and
spends less of an interesting story: An overweight mama's boy from
New York, Gehrig transformed into a college kid and multi-sport star.
Ex-Girlfriend,” 8 p.m., CW. Back in 1991, “Seinfeld” had a
great episode about trying to intercept a voice-mail message. In this
rerun, that idea moves into the text-message era, complete with Steve
Jobs' ghost and a musical debate over the word “textastrophe.”
It's a clever hour, complete with Rebecca (Golden Globe-winner Rachel
Bloom) singing a ballad about self-loathing.
p.m., CBS. After taking a week off, the show is back with a twist:
Exposed to red kryptonite, Kara suddenly turns on everyone, including
“The Halo Effect,”
8:30 p.m., Nickelodeon. At 6, Raymond Mohler returned to the ward
where he'd been hospitalized, to give away half his unwrapped
Christmas presents. He's 17 now and devotes his time to making
hospitals kid-friendly; this episode profiles him.
p.m., CBS. The local blood supply has been hacked and may be
unusable. The team scrambles to find the hacker in time for a young
girl to have a heart-transplant.
p.m., NBC. The team races to find a mole in its midst ... while
Inspector Fischer (John Hodgman, who played the hapless PC in all
those Mac commercials) eyes them suspiciouly.