TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Raising Hope”
season-finale, 9 and 9:30 p.m., Fox.
Wildly erratic from week to week (and
moment to moment), “Hope” can sometimes be wonderful.
Tonight's second episode is fairly
good, with Cloris Leachma, 86, portraying her 104-year-old mother.
the first one is much more, with moments of goofy brilliance.
Burt's parents (Shirley Jones and Lee
Majors) SAY he's Jewish. he rushes to learn the culture, often
musically. The witty songs range from Jimmy (Lucas Neff, in
heavy-rock mode) to singing bagels.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: Basketball, all
night, CBS and TBS.
The first week trimmed the college
tournament from 68 teams to 16. Now two networks are enough.
CBS' doubleheader s in Washington,
D.C., the only spot that has all four of its top-seeded teams.
Marquette faces Miami at 7:15 p.m., with Indiana and Syracuse at
TBS is in Los Angeles, with surprises.
At 7:47 p.m., Ohio State – the only top team in the region to
survive – plays Arizona; at about 10:17, it's Wichita State and La
Salle, seeded only 9th and 13th.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Fall to
Grace,” 8 p.m., HBO.
Jim McGreevey was a maybe-typical
politician, ambitious and intense. He had “the need to be adored,
the need to be knighted,” he says in this interesting documentary.
Then came the jolt: Comfortably elected
New Jersey governor in 2002, he resigned midway in his term,
admitting to an extramarital affair with the man he'd appointed the
state's homeland security adviser.
And then? McGreevey, who had been a
Catholic, spent three years in Episcopal seminary and began a prison
ministry. It's an intriguing story, well-told. As usual, Alexandra
Pelosi shows a knack for politics (her mom is House minority leader),
filmmaking and humanity.
Other choices include:
– “American Idol,” 8 p.m., Fox. A
year ago, Colton Dixon seemed like a front-runner. He had the look of
a hard-rocker and the passion of years of church music. But with
seven people left, Dixon chose Lady Gaga's “Bad Romance” and
finished last. The judges had already used their only save for
Jessica Sanchez, so he was sent home. Now Dixon – who has a new
album of religious music – sings tonight.
– “Community,” 8 p.m., NBC. In a
clever rerun, the group heads to the convention of a show a lot like
“Doctor Who.” Even the skeptics are involved: Pierce is in a
focus group; a beauty (Tricia Helfer of “Battlestar Galactica”)
mistakes Jeff for one of the show's stars.
– Movies, everywhere. It's a strong
movie night everywhere. There's a dandy cartoon (“Cars,” 2006, 8
p.m., Disney), a witty comedy (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,”
2012, 8:45 p.m., HBO) and two social-issue dramas with Oscar winning
performances. Showtime has “The Help” (2011) at 8:30 p.m.; Turner
Classic Movies has “Norma Rae” (1979) at 9:30.
– “The Office,” 9 p.m., NBC. In
the second half of a rerun, Pam seeks a job with boss like Michael.
– “Grey's Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Sarah Chalke spent nine “Scrubs” seasons in a hospital. Six days
before her next comedy debuts, she has a serious role as a mom whose
child has a mysterious ailment.
– “Scandal,” 10:02 p.m., ABC.
Olivia leaps into her affair with Jake (Scott Foley) … who's an
advisor for her ex-lover, the president. Also, the daughter of evil
Hollis has been kidnapped for ransom.