TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Winter Olympics, 3-5 p.m., 8-11:30 p.m.,
12:05-1:05 a.m., NBC.
Pairs figure-skating – strong on crowd-appeal, weak on
American winners – wraps up. So do two events in which Americans do well –
women’s snowboarding halfpipe and men’s 1,000-meter speedskating, where Shani
Davis could be the first individual to go gold in the same skating event three
Also tonight are women’s Alpine skiing downhill and
(late-night) the luge doubles finals.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Beatles: The Night That Changed
America,” 8:30-11 p.m., CBS.
In a late switch, CBS offers a quick rerun of one of the
best TV specials ever.
The two surviving Beatles – Paul McCartney, 71, and Ringo
Starr, 73 – close the night, first individually and then together. Long before
that, however, this is already a superb night.
Current stars – Maroon 5, Katie Perry, Keith Urban, Usher,
Brad Paisley, Alicia Keys and more – race through the Beatles songbook, backed
by brilliant instrumentalists. There are clips from the Beatles’ American debut
on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” 50 years ago, and memories of the people who were
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Suburgatory,” 8:30 p.m., ABC.
This smartly offbeat show sat out the first three months of
the season, while ABC tried lesser comedies. Then it boomed back sharply with
this season-opener, rerunning tonight.
Abandoned (again) by her mom, Tessa returns home. Her dad
broke up with Dallas (whose daughter is fuming at Dallas); he also has grumpy
dog, drawing instant neighborhood disapproval.
Other choices include:
“American Idol,” 8-10 p.m., Fox. Now that Fox has decided
not to bring “X Factor” back, “Idol” has the network all to itself. In two hours
tonight and one Thursday, it must trim down to its semi-finalists.
“Best in Show” (2000), 8-10 p.m., CW. Droll and dry, this
mostly improvised movie is set at a dog show. Christopher Guest co-starred and
directed his witty friends, including Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Michael McKean
and Parker Posey. The get few big moments, but many pleasant ones.
“The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. This rerun finds Brick receiving
so much information on his iPad that he’s afraid of … well, everything. Dave
Foley is bask in his funny role as the school counselor.
“Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC. Phil finds that newly divorced
women are good for his real-estate work … and time-consuming. Meanwhile, Gloria
thinks the baby is cursed and Cam has a fake cat funeral.
“Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond,” 10 p.m., BBC America. Last
week ended with a dark time for Ian Fleming, long before he created James Bond.
The adventurous young woman he loved was killed in a bombing raid; Fleming
descended into a sometimes-sadistic relationship with a beauty who had both a
husband a lover. Tonight’s hour sees him frustrated, leading to a stronger
episode in next week’s finale.