“Hell's Kitchen” finale, 9 p.m., Fox.
The final two chefs
share one thing with host Gordon Ramsay – a complicated childhood.
For Ariel Malone – a country-club chef from Hackensack, N.J. -- the
tricky part was fitting in. At her school, she's said, she was the
only Jew and one of about five blacks.
For Kristin Barone,
who grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich., there was more. She's said she
was under house arrest (for unspecified reasons) when her probation
officer suggested cooking. She went on to culinary school and became
a line cook in Chicago. Now the winner gets a head-chef job in Las
“Grimm,” 9 p.m., NBC.
Many of us can
empathize with Drew Wu. Surrounded by monsters at his job, he's a
Or, at least, he was
until he was scratched during a recent fight. Now Wu, a police
sergeant, is showing wolf-like urges; tonight, a fight gets him into
trouble. Meawhile, Adalind meets the mysterious Bonaparte and is
forced to make a choice; also, Hank's relationship with Zuri deepens.
ALTERNATIVE: “The National Parks,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check local
In the midst of the
Depression and the pre-war years, the parks got big boosts. Franklin
Roosevelt was a major supporter ... as his distant relative (fifth
cousin) Theodore had been. He pushed for parks in the Everglades of
Florida, the Tetons of Wyoming and the High Sierra of California.
And he launched the
Civilian Conservation Corps. For almost a decade, the CCC had as many
as 300,000 young men at a time, planting trees and building or
upgrading parks, national and local. That story helps lead to
Saturday's finale, in this rerun of Ken Burns' superb documentary
The Winter Soldier” (2014) and “Avengers: Age of Ultron”
(2015), 7 and 9:20 p.m., Starz; or “Thor” (2011), 8-11 p.m., FX.
Marvel characters are taking over our TV screens. The surge began
when Kenneth Branagh directed “Thor,” with fellow Shakespearean
Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Tonight, we can also catch Captain America on
his own or with Thor and his other action pals
“Shark Tank,” 8
and 9 p.m., ABC. Now that “Last Man Standing” and “Dr. Ken”
have finished their seasons, this show gets two hours. Tentative
plans call for a rerun and a new episode – including a fresh way
for people to access umbrellas during the rain.
Race,” 8 p.m., CBS. Last week saw the elimination of Zach King (a
video-editing whiz on the Vine site) and his wife Rachel, barely
nipped by Frisbee guys Brodie Smith and Kurt Gibson. Two weeks from
the finale, five duos remain.
More movies, 8 p.m.,
cable. There's more action, with “Terminator 3” (2003) on IFC.
Also, there's the brilliant satiric comedy “Pleasantville” (1998)
on TV Land. And three dandy light adventures -- “Red” (2010) on
TNT, “Ocean's Eleven” (2001) on AMC and the delightful
“Ghostbusters” (1984) on VH1.
9 p.m., CBS. A college student has been kidnapped by a dangerous
vigilante. Also, Max (Masi Oka) is shipwrecked with Flippa and
Unsaid,” 9 p.m., CNN. Here's perfect synergy: As soon as Anderson
Cooper finishes his own show (8 p.m.), we see this involving
documentary, which was originally on HBO; it's a memoir with Cooper
and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.
10 p.m., CBS. When a witness flees, Erin searches for him, helped by
the department's investigator (Steve Schirripa of “Sopranos”).
Also, her brother Danny probes a convenience-store robbery and their
father Frank, the police commissioner, is urged to attend a Police