“American Idol” finale, 8-10 p.m., Fox.
In its peak years,
the “Idol” finale could make the Earth quit spinnning. People
stopped everything to see who might be the next Kelly/Carrie
superstar. Everything – guest stars, fuss, ratings – was huge.
Now? We can still
expect lots of guests and fuss, plus pretty good ratings. Tuesday's
show began with the final three singers – Jax, 18, Clark Beckham,
22, and Nick Fradiani, 29; one was ousted, two sang and viewers
voted. Tonight, after much commotion, we'll learn who was chosen.
“The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC.
Sue has spent her
teen years in a state of unjustified enthusiasm. She keeps having big
dreams that shatter; her parents settle for modest dreams that ...
well, still shatter.
So now Sue's cheery
about her graduation. Her mom merely wants the party to go well; her
dad just wants a good seat and an early exit after the ceremony.
Naturally, much of this will fade; still, there are enough neat
twists to make us glad we stuck with this often-funny and always
ALTERNATIVE: “Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
So you think you had
a tough childhood? Meet the 3-month-old black bear whose mom emerged
from hibernation too early; they're soon encased in a Minnesota
winter. Or the goat, less that a week old, descending a perilous
cliff ... then running back up, with a wolf in pursuit.
There's much more in
“Animal Childhood.” Some moments are sweet and funny, some are
gripping, as inexperienced mother elephants try to nudge their babies
across a raging river; all are well-crafted.
“The Mysteries of
Laura,” 8 p.m., NBC. Melissa Joan Hart guests in this episode,
which centers on the murder of a young filmmaker.
p.m., CBS. A week from the finale, the old “blue-collar” tribe
remains in control. It has four of its six people; “white-collar”
(Carolyn Rivera) and “no-collar” (Will Sims) have one apiece.
“CSI: Cyber,” 9
and 10 p.m., CBS. The first season concludes with a flurry – one
new hour aired Tuesday, with two more tonight. In the first, a
power-outage masks a robbery and murder; in the second, Avery
(Patricia Arquette) confronts the hacker who put her patients'
secrets Online and Krumitz (Charley Koontz) confronts the man who
killed his parents.
9 p.m., ABC. Alex isn't the type to skip school, but her dad and
siblings insist on the “senior skip day” tradition. Also, Gloria
schemes a way to break up Manny and his girlfriend.
“Sing It On”
debut, 9 p.m., Pop (formerly TV Guide Channel), repeating at 10. Back
in his college days, John Legend directed the glee club and was named
best soloist in the quarter-finals of the national tournament. Now he
produces this series, tracing five clubs before and during the
competition. Two each are from Florida State and Northeastern, with
one from Illinois.
p.m., ABC. Andre has just found a consummate way to upset his
parents: He joings the Young Republicans.
p.m., ABC. Deacon hovers near death; Juliette obsesses on finishing