TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: Basketball, 9 p.m.
Over 66 games, this year's college
tournament has had strong ratings and solid surprises.
Of the dozen top-seeded teams (three
per region), only one made it to the final four. As favorites fell,
interest grew; now we have the last two. CBS strips out it regular
Monday line-up, except for a couple comedy reruns that precede the
game in most areas and follow it on the West Coast.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Castle,”
10:01 p.m. ABC.
This rerun finds “Castle” at its
breezy best, probing a murder at a science-fiction convention.
It's a parody of sci-fi in general and
“Star Trek” in specific, done with affection. Jonathan Frakes –
who directed two “Trek” movies and co-starred in “Star Trek:
The Next Generation” – directs. The captain seems like early
William Shatner – whose song closes the show. Guest stars include
Armin Shimerman (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”), Ed Quinn
(“Eureka”) and Erin Way (“Alphas”).
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “50 Children,”
9 to 10:05 p.m., HBO.
Back in 1939, one woman recalls, Jews
could leave Austria … but had nowhere to go. “Everyone could get
out, but no one would let us in. Everybody could have been saved.
Most Americans ignored the situation,
bt Gilbert Kraus took action. A lawyer, he gathered 50 unused visas
and 50 American sponsors. He and his wife Eleanor left their
comfortable Philadelphia home and entered Nazi Austria. It was a long
shot that worked; the story is told quietly and eloquently.
Other choices include:
– “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)
or “The Voice” (NBC), 8-10:01 p.m. Even against basketball, these
shows boom ahead. “Voice” continues auditions; “Stars” starts
a new week, with Lisa Vanderpump and Andy Dick still around. They
were in the bottom two the first time, but Dorothy Hamill left for
medical reasons; they were in the bottom three last week, but Wynonna
Judd was ousted.
– “2 Broke Girls,” 8 p.m., CBS.
This rerun catches a party for the opening of the cupcake shop.
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8:30
p.m., CBS. In space, it turns out, you can hear a scream. In this
terrific rerun, Wolowitz – orbiting in the space station – hears
his mom and wife screaming on the phone.
– “Home Alone” (1990), 9-11 p.m.,
ABC Family. The art of the sight gag peaked with this loose gem.
– “Independent Lens,” 10 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). Americans have spent $1 trillion for its
war on drugs, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki says, with little progress. He
ranges from prisoners to politicians; he also finds deep emotion when
talking to a beloved maid from his childhood home.
– “Top of the Lake,” 10 p.m.,
Sundance. Next week is the two-hour finale to a seven-hour
mini-series that is slow, dark, grim and beautifully done. Tonight
starts with the darkest moment – Robin (Elisabeth Moss) recalling a
multiple rape when she was 15. Then she's back to her maybe-futile
police job, searching for a pregnant 12-year-old who vanished months
ago. There are key moments tonight.
– “Revolution,” 10:01 p.m., NBC.
Just as she's patching her relationshp with her daughter, Rachel
leaves on a major mission. Meanwhile, Neville is distrusted by Monroe
and captured by Miles.