“Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox.
The show's 200th
episode is done in the style of a 1954 Alfred Hitchcock movie.
Everything is retro, from the color palette and mood music (both a
tad harsh, by modern standards) to the '50s attitudes.
Brennan is convinced
she can be a good cop; the guys (including her dad, the police chief)
scoff at that. On her own, she traces Booth, a good-hearted thief.
She links with dinosaur experts, convinced that science can help
solve crimes. All of the “Bones” regulars are woven into a
wonderfully clever hour.
II: “Gracepoint” finale, 9 p.m., Fox.
For nine weeks of
low ratings and high quality, this show has developed a rich set of
characters, in the seaside town where young Danny Saldano was killed.
Tonight, we find out who did it.
Vince, a foul man,
is in jail, but there are plenty of other suspects. There's Mark
(Danny's dad and Vince's boss), who had an affair with Gemma. Or
Susan, who says she's Vince's biologic mother. Or Paul, the priest
who has a thing for Danny's mom. Or Tommy, who was once Danny's best
friend. Det. Carver, nudged toward medical leave, hopes to salvage
something from the computer Tommy battered.
ALTERNATIVE: “Dinosaur 13,” 9-11 p.m., CNN.
In 1990, this
compelling films says, only 12 tyrannosaurus rex skeletons had been
excavated, none more than 40 percent complete. Then came Sue, 80-per
cent complete; under 115-degree heat, she was unearthed by the Black
Hills Institue, to be the center of a museum in Hill City, S.D.,
What followed was a
fierce tangle of federal and tribal laws. Mixed in, says dinosaur
expert Robert Bakker (who has a Yale doctorate) was academia's bias
against people with mere bachelor's degrees. Beautifully crafted,
“Dinosaur 13” will grip your emotions, enroute to a sort of happy
8-10 p.m., ABC. In last week's opener, the four judges chose
four-person teams (“Voice”-style) and had their first challenge.
Nigella Lawson's team lost and sent one person home; tonight, two
more will go, after creating a seafood dinner for Eric Ripert.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Amy has created a Victorian Christmas party;
Sheldon wants revenge on her, for making him celebrate. Meanwhile, a
bird is loose in a contamination-free lab.
p.m., CBS. Christy had a lot of misdeeds during her drinking years.
Now she tries to atone to some people ... but not her ex-husband. Her
mom does admit her own marital sins.
9 p.m., Lifetime. Last week, the designers went to London and
Benjamin Mach (who had lived in London for over a decade) was ousted.
Tonight, the survivors face a fashion gamble.
“Two and a Half
Men,” 9:01 p.m., CBS. This erratic-but-fun show now has a finale
date (Feb. 19). Meanwhile, the guys befriend moms at a kids' gym ...
a good idea, until Walden falls for one.
“A to Z,” 9:30
p.m., NBC. Trying to buy the perfect presents for each other, Andrew
and Zelda turn to friends for advice ... with shaky results.
10:01 p.m., CBS. Watson (Lucy Liu) is on her own now, but a bored
Sherlock jumps into her case. The only clue is that there was the
smell of nutmeg at a site where a woman disappeared.