“The Middle” and “Modern Family,” 8 and 9 p.m., ABC.
comedies, 21st birthdays can be funny and foreboding. Now
we get two of them.
First, it's Axl's
turn; he's so busy partying that he won't help his dad move a
freezer. Then a “Modern” rerun eyes Haley's 21st. The
family hesitently agrees to celebrate in a bar and to get her a car.
II: “Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
The mid-section of
the three-week “Animal Homes” starts with master builders.
Beavers dam a stream (to give depth for an underwater entry), then
build a fortress, with moat, mud room and family room.
The Eastern wood rat
also builds inner chambers, to support its hoarding habit. Birds try
varied approaches -- living cliffside ... hiding bits of food in
trees everywhere ... and deliberately choosing the domain of a hawk,
which ignores small birds and smites their predators. It's a
delightful hour, leading into an intriguing (but complicated) “Nova”
that takes a broad overview of math.
ALTERNATIVE: “Big Time in Hollywood, FL,” 10:30 p.m., Comedy
Cable keeps getting
stars to play twisted versions of themselves. There's Matt LeBlanc in
“Episodes” and Billy Crystal and Josh Gad in “The Comedians”;
now it's Cuba Gooding's turn.
This is a desperate
and dangerous version, so deep in drug trouble that he steals money
during an audition. Now he's in rehhab; that's where the show's main
characters ended up, after trying to trick their parents out of seed
money for a film. Tonight, liars link in dark and funny ways.
Effect,” 7-11 p.m., TruTV. With talent in magic and improv, Michael
Carbonaro brings a fresh twist to hidden-camera shows. This rerun
marathon also continues from midnight to 3 a.m.
8-10 p.m., Fox. Qaasim Middleton didn't last long after judges saved
him. They kept him from finishing 11th, but last week he
was in the bottom two; viewers saved Rayvon Owen and Middleton
finished eighth. Now the survivors (four men, three women) will sing
p.m., CBS. Last week, Halli Ford (a law student) became the third
person from the original “no collar” tribe ousted. Three from
“white collar” and two from “blue collar” are also gone;
tonight, one of the 10 remaining survivors crafts a fake idol.
8:30 and 9:30 p.m., ABC. Barry tries to impress people in both
episodes, by getting a job and by attempting athletic skill. Also,
the first episode sees Adam failing Spanish; the second has Erica
trying to teach her mom about voting.
“Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit,” 9 p.m., NBC. In a rerun, Amaro reluctantly
goes to the wedding of his dad (Armand Assante, 65) and a
28-year-old. Then the place becomes a crime scene.
p.m., ABC. Christina Aguilera guests as Jade St. John, a hot star who
was once engaged to scheming music executive Jeff Fordham (Oliver
Listing New York” season-opener, 10 p.m., Bravo. Here's Luis Ortiz,
removing everything from a multi-million-dollar condo, so it can be
staged and sold .... except now the owner says he's not moving. Such
moments make this fun, despite the people being immensely unlikable.