TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “American Idol,” 8 p.m., Fox.
“Idol” is busy harvesting its pas. Candace Glover, the 2013
winner, sang last week; tonight, Phillip Phillips, the 2012 champion, sings “Raging
Fire.” Also, the Irish band Kodaline does “All I Want.”
Last week, Kristen O’Connor – a pleasant singer without a
specific fan base – was ousted, trimming the field to 12. On Wednesday, each
sang something related to “Home”; tonight, one will be sent home.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Chicagoland” debut, 10 p.m. ET, CNN;
reruns at 1 a.m.
Here is great documentary-making, with depth and passion. On
eight Thursdays (rerunning Saturdays at 8 and 11 p.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m.
and 1 a.m., it will view Chicago from all sides. It follows Mayor Rahm Emanuel,
but also the people enraged by his school-closings. It finds compelling people,
particularly Elizabeth Dozier, a young high school principal.
The same producers’ “Brick City” (about Newark) won a
Peabody Award, but this is even better. It has a brighter look … has music and
narration … and has Chicago, a complex city, ready for its close-up.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” return
(8 p.m., ABC) and “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), 9-11 p.m., ABC Family.
We can spend the entire night in Wonderland, with two tales
imagining Alice as a young adult.
The movie has story problems – a battle-scene finale? – but also
has the immense talent of Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton; before that,
“Once” has fresh twists: Alice reluctantly links with Cyrus and the Red Queen
to rescue the Knave; when the Red Queen is captured, Jafar takes over her
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE II: “Review” debut, 10 p.m., Comedy
We hear a lot of bad things about stealing, addiction and
proms, but how do we know for sure?
Now critic Forrest MacNeil (played by Andy Daly) tries and
reviews each. This is tough on his intern and his prom date (his babysitter),
but he remains enthusiastic. The offbeat humor keeps growing.
Other choices include:
“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. After feuding, Sheldon
and Howard might go to Houston together.
“Saint George” debut,
9 p.m., FX. George Lopez is a smart comedian, but he’s surrounded by foolishness
here. He plays a sweet-spirited teacher (with a foul-hearted mother) who keeps
working after making a fortune. There’s potential, but the supporting
characters – especially his boss – are wildly overblown.
“The Red Road,” 9 p.m., Sundance. The compelling opener (rerunning
at 8) saw a cop’s addled wife (the superb Julianne Nicholson) in a hit-and-run
accident. In this well-crafted hour, the cop tries a cover-up.
“Suits” return, 9 p.m., USA. Amid its suffocating cynicism, this
tries to insert bits of humor and heart. Mostly, however, the cynicism crushes
“Scandal,” 10 p.m., ABC. At a presidential event, Fitz faces
a harsh reality.
“Sirens” debut, 10:01 and 10:31 p.m., USA. In “Rescue Me,”
Denis Leary brilliantly mixed deep drama with small bits of loopy comedy. Now
Leary (as a producer, but not an actor) skips the deep stuff in this story of
Chicago paramedics. Some moments are hilarious; many are just goofy.