TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Winter Olympics, 8-11:30 p.m., NBC.
This is the big night, with the gold-medal winner for
women’s figure-skating. There are plenty of strong contenders, including the
top 2010 medalists (Yuna Kim of South Korea and Mao Asada of Japan), plus
15-year-old Russian sensation Julia Lipnitskaia and Americans Gracie Gold and
Earlier, this airs live at 10 a.m. on the NBC Sports
Network, so beware of spoilers. Also live is the women’s gold-medal hockey
game, at noon on NBC; at night, NBC has the gold-medal finals in free-style
skiing for men’s cross and women’s halfpipe.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,”
Here are two names you rarely hear together – Michelle Obama
and Will Ferrell. They have nothing in common except that both are tall and
linked to presidents, by marriage or by portraying George W. Bush on “Saturday
Night Live,” Broadway and HBO.
Tonight, both are guests, along with music by Arcade Fire. It
should be fun.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Bob Newhart’s first “Big Bang” guest shot brought big laughs
and an Emmy. Now here’s a rerun of his second visit, another funny one.
Again, he plays Sheldon’s former childhood hero, the guy who
was Professor Proton on TV. Now he needs help and turns to Leonard; offended,
Sheldon tries to befriend TV’s Bill Nye, the science guy.
Other choices include:
“The Taste” finale, 8-10 p.m., ABC. First, the final four
must create “rich and poor” dishes, inspired by exotic ingredients. Then the
three survivors make breakfast, lunch and dinner in two hours.
“American Idol,” 8 p.m., Fox. In the past two nights, 11
people were abruptly sent home, with the other 20 performing for viewer votes.
Now the winners, plus judges’ wild-card picks, make up the final 13.
“Rake,” 9 p.m., Fox. Keegan represents a restaurant owner
(Michael Imperioli) charged with bigamy. The case becomes tougher with word of
the guy’s other romances.
“The Crazy Ones,” 9:01 p.m., CBS. Simon and his business
partner (Robin Williams and Brad Garrett) debate compromising their values to
land a key client. Also in this rerun, Lauren is stuck in a costly bra.
“Two and a Half Men,” 9:31 p.m., CBS. This rerun has Walden
partying with Jenny and her hot friends.
“Scandal,” 10 p.m., ABC. Next week, this show and “Grey’s
Anatomy” will finally return to new episodes, after a 10-week break. First,
here’s the previous new episode, with the aftershocks of exposed secrets.
season-opener, 10 p.m., Tru TV. It’s entirely possible that this show – like karaoke
itself – should never be experienced when sober. We did and mostly saw people
screeching (and forgetting to sing altogether) while nasty things were done to
them. A few moments in the half-hour (now hosted by Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray)
are clever; more are just loud.