“Empire” season-finale, 8-10 p.m., Fox.
With emotions in
hyperdrive (sweetened by occasional songs), “Empire” has soared
in the ratings. Those emotions peaked last week, when Lucious
admitted to a gunman that he's the biological father of the girl his
son had considered his own. We found new reasons to hate him ... or
to admire his courage.
Both views are
common in this show, where Cookie (the superb Taraji Henson),
Lucious' ex-wife, has become our favorite ex-con. Tonight, their sons
have a musical duel; Patti LaBelle also performs.
“Melissa & Joey,” 8 p.m., ABC Family.
At a time when
comedies are wobbling, this has great quantity (82 episodes in its
first three seasons) and adequate quality. The stars (Melissa Joan
Hart and Joey Lawrence) are likable, the jokes are OK and the stories
– unlike tonight's “Baby Daddy” – are non-stupid. Here's the
last new one until June.
After raising her
niece and nephew, Melissa is married to Joey and obsessing on getting
pregnant. Now comes a jolt: Her nephew, who left suddenly to work
for AmeriCorps, has returned just as abruptly.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Untold Story of 'The Sound of Music,'” 10 p.m.,
Fifty years ago this
month, the “Sound” movie debuted. Many critics grumped, noting
(correctly) that the story is slim and tepid; fans cheered, noting
(also correctly) that the music and Julie Andrews are superb. One
list says only “Gone With the Wind” and “Star Wars” have sold
The songs still
soar, as Lady Gaga and Carrie Underwood have proven lately. Now ABC
-- which shows “Sound” annually -- views the history of the film
and the real events that it (and the Broadway musical) fictionalized
broadly. Diane Sawyer takes Andrews to key Austrian sites she'd never
and 9 p.m., CBS. So far, the hardy “blue collar” team has been
untouched, while “white collar” lost one person (retail buyer So
Kim) and “no collar” lost two (Vince Sly, a coconut vendor, and
Nina Poersch, an advocate for the hearing-impaired). Now CBS promises
to shake up the teams.
“The Mysteries of
Laura,” 8 p.m., NBC. In a rerun, a murder victim was a drag queen
AND a member of a secret fight club. Also, a friend (Kelly
Rutherford) takes Laura on a wild night on the town.
“The Middle,” 8
p.m., ABC. The Hecks learn that Darrin proposed to Sue ... and learn
what she said.
8:30 p.m., ABC Family. Loud and cartoonish, this show starts with an
awful plot, then piles things on noisily. Riley kept dating Ben, even
after knowing that she loved Danny (his brother) and Danny loved her.
Also, Ben and his mom wretchedly botch a secret-admirer Web scheme.
9 p.m., ABC. In a rerun, Claire grabs the last remaining first-class
seat on the plane, leaving Phil in coach. Also, Sal (Elizabeth Banks)
gets a belated baby shower.
“CSI: Cyber,” 10
p.m., CBS. Someone is hacking into the dispatch system of a car
service, in order to target some of its high-end clients.
More drama, 10 p.m.,
cable. For classy hours, try FX's “The Americans” (Elizabeth has
a tough request) or BBC America's “Broadchurch” (Ellie finds some
distrubing evidence), which follows a terrific “Sherlock” at 8.
For something else, E reruns its debut of the glitzy “The Royals.”