TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS.
In this Hawaiian setting, you really don’t see that many
guys with cowboy hats and rodeo belt-buckles. That’s what you get tonight, when
a Texas Ranger (Tim Daly) arrives in search of his daughter.
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am works with him, when the case interlocks with its own murder
prove. Meanwhile, its friends are in trouble: With their hiding place located,
Kono and Adam scramble to remain free.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: “The Michael J. Fox Show” and “Sean
Saves the World,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., NBC.
Overwhelmed by the competition on CBS, these comedies have
trouble finding an audience. Now each gets a rerun; they’re energetic shows,
pumped with an interesting set of supporting characters.
For “Sean” that’s important, because star Sean Hayes’ exaggerated
style can wear thin. Here, it’s neatly balanced by his unflinching boss (Thomas
Lennon) and mom (Linda Lavin).
For Fox’s show, it’s a bonus. The star alone would hold our
attention; now he has Betsy Brandt (fresh from “Breaking Bad”) as his wife.
Tonight, they find the real reason their teen likes her art class.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Great Performances,” 9 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
By all logic, this “Henry IV, Part 2” should be great drama.
Two brilliant actors – Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston – star in a richly
filmed version of Shakespeare’s father-and-son tale.
The problem, however, is Shakespeare’s obsession with Sir
John Falstaff – blustery and broke, full of ale and food and groundless pride.
A good character in small bites, he virtually consumes the play. He’s
wonderfully played by Simon Beale, but still the definition of too much of a
Other choices include:
“MasterChef Junior,” 8 p.m., Fox. First, the 12 young
finalists get their first crack at using only the “mystery box” ingredients.
Then they’re given one hour to make a restaurant-quality burger.
“Last Man Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. Mike goes undercover, to
see what’s hurting productivity on the loading dock. Meanwhile, his wife Vanessa
frets that their daughter is missing college fun, because of her back-home boyfriend.
The solution might be to pledge Vanessa’s old sorority.
“The Neighbors,” 8:30 p.m., ABC. Now that her father-in-law
has quit supporting them, Jackie has a restaurant job without telling her
husband. The trouble starts when she invites her boss to dinner.
“Sleepy Hollow,” 9 p.m., Fox. We used to think the Sandman
was a force for good, giving us a cozy night’s sleep. In this rerun, however,
he’s inhabiting dreams, turning them into nightmares.
“Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m,. CBS. Here’s a story that many police
shows turn to0 – a movie star shadowing a cops … then getting involved. In this
case, he’s stabbed and Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) comes to his aid.
“Strike Back.” 10 p.m., Cinemax. Last week the team raced to
Russia in search of a mass weapon; then everything went wrong. Now one of the
guys has been infected with small pox and the other is on the run, hand-cuffed
to an angry (and, of course, beautiful) Russian. There’s fierce action,
spirited sex and then an emotional jolt.
“Haven,” 10 p.m., Syfy. The season started with Audrey
disappearing and a lookalike being found. Now Duke and Jennifer (Emily Lahana,
a fun addition to the show) search for her.