“American Idol,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
Now merely a hit
show – instead of a mega-hit -- “Idol” is loading up on guest
stars and memories. Next week, it brings back Jennifer Hudson, along
with Iggy Azaelea, Jason Derulo and Florida Georgia Line. And
tonight, Kelly Clarkson performs and mentors, as contestants tackle
There are eight
left, after two women – Adanna Duru and Maddie Walker – were
ousted. That followed the previous week's “save” of Qaasim
Middleton; he survives, with one person ousted tonight.
II: “Cancer” conclusion, 9-11 p.m., PBS.
In the four decades
since declaring war on cancer, scientists have faced extremes. Fresh
approaches emerged, were heralded, then failed; researcherslearned
how complex and evolving cancer is.
In its final night,
this excellent series has some deeply disturbing scenes; two people
are told on-camera that there's no hope. Still, there's also been big
progress in prevention – the smoking rate has been cut in half –
and treatment; for many types of cancer, the survival rate has
soared. And emerging is the idea of reworking patients' own immune
system; that showed great leaps in the years this was being filmed.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Dovekeepers” conclusion, 9-11 p.m., CBS.
After lots of
soap-style extremes, the key characters are now in seclusion. There's
Shirah (Cote de Pablo), who masters herbal medicines so skillfully
that she's considered a witch; and there's Yael (Rachel Brosnahan),
with her daughter (who spent years disguised as a warrior boy) and
After fierce raids
on Roman soldiers, their people are atop the Masada, an awesome
fortress built by King Herrod. Below those steep cliffs, a vengeful
Flavius plans his attack. This overwrought tale – told to historian
Josephus (Sam Neill) – is salvaged by the epic look provided by
director Yves Simoneau.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Big Time in Hollywood, FL,” 10:30 p.m., Comedy
Last week's opener
had a wonderfully dark, daft twist: Told to leave home and get jobs,
brothers had a scheme to finance their filmmaking. They hired an
actor to play a drug-dealing kidnapper, demanding $20,000 from their
parents. Alas, the mom called the police -- who killed the perplexed
Now the cover-up
begins, alongside an “intervention” (for a fake drug habit),
clumsy escapes and a weak-link friend. In half-hour bursts, we get a
broad – and very funny – comedy-adventure movie.
“The Mysteries of
Laura,” 8 p.m., NBC. Dodging her own birthday, Laura works a murder
case. Kathie Lee Gifford plays a psychiatrist helping work the case.
“The Middle,” 8
p.m., ABC. It's an all-new night for ABC comedies, starting with some
lessons in niceness. When Axl's girlfriend says he's mean to his
sister, he tries to feign being a good brother. Also, Mike starts to
wonder if he was a bully to his hapless brother Rusty (Norm
8:30, ABC. This comedy night surely needs at least one April 1st
reference. Tonight, an April Fools Day joke escalates into a war
between Adam and his brother. Also, their sister is thinking about
skipping college and focusing on being a singer.
9 p.m., ABC. It isn't easy second-guessing Jay. His kids offer to pay
back long-ago loans, assuming he'll decline. And his son-in-law Phil
thinks a high-tech grill is a perfect present.
“Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit,” 9 p.m., NBC. Swiping from recent headlines,
this hour sees a student make rape charges against a fraternity. Rob
Morrow plays an assertive TV host.
10 p.m., NBC. Voight is linked to a teen whose botched robbery led to