TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “National Memorial Day Concert,” 8 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings), rerunning on many stations at 9:30.
This emotional evening should start strongly, when “American
Idol” winner Caleb Johnson sings the National Anthem. Then the National
Symphony backs more great voices from country (Jennifer Nettles, Danielle
Bradbery), Broadway (Megan Hilty) and classical (Anthony Kearns, Jackie
Mixed in will be passionate stories from Afghanistan, Iraq
and (nearing its 70th anniversary) D-Day.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “American Dream Builders,” 7-9 p.m.,
NBC; then “Turn” and “Mad Men,” 9-11 p.m., AMC.
First, NBC is down to its last two people. Each (with some
help) will remodel a California beach house; one will win $250,000.
Then switch to AMC for a new hour of “Turn” (the
Revolutionary War spy drama) and the mid-season finale of “Mad Men.” Don gets a
troubling letter and Peggy is part of a risky venture; the series will be back
later, for its final eight hours.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Normal Heart,” 9-11:15 p.m. Sunday,
Seething with righteous rage, “Heart” is both great and
flawed. Both traits center on Ned Weeks, the character whom writer Larry Kramer
patterned after his own anger and frustration in the 1980s.
Certainly, Weeks/Kramer had good reason to rage. As his
friends died of AIDS, officials did little. Still, his perpetual fury is
counter-productive … and feels like contrived drama. Fortunately, there’s quiet
depth from Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts. “Heart” is tough to watch, but stirs emotions
the way art should.
Wife,” 8 and 9 p.m., CBS. These reruns ran on consecutive weeks in January,
with Will battling Alicia in court. In the first, he uses his knowledge of her
weaknesses; in the second, backed by three Bruce Springsteen songs, their trial
has separate juries for each client.
and “Crisis,” 9 and 10 p.m., NBC. Both shows, which won’t be back next season,
are overlapping into the summer season for a couple weeks. In the first, Bo has
a dark vision; in the second, kidnappers push parents into a missions that
could ignite a global war.
Jackie,” 9 p.m., Showtime. Jackie has picked a rough day to kick her
pill-addiction cold-turkey. In a good episode, her daughter has surprises, good
and bad. Prentiss’ departure has left Zoey despondent and Coop lobbying for his
job … while facing an arrogant outsider.
9:30 p.m., Showtime. Hank’s success at work depends on convincing Julia
(Heather Graham) that she’s an actress, not a dental assistant. An OK episode ends
10:01 p.m., ABC. In a rerun of Wednesday’s well-crafted season-opener, we know
instantly who the killer is … but not why he would kill a guy who was seemingly