TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Last Comic Standing” finale, 9-11 p.m.,
Three talented – and wildly different – stand-up comics have
their final face-offs. Lachlan Patterson is a towering Canadian, camera-ready.
Rod Man brings an offbeat perspective. Nikki Carr started late, at 34; now she
discusses her life as a lesbian and grandmother of four.
Tonight, one wins $250,000 and a production deal. First, there
will be stand-up bits by two of the judges, Roseanne Barr and Russell Peters,
and by Alingon Mitra, the online “comedy comeback” winner.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Gang Related” finale, 9 p.m., Fox.
If you haven’t been watching this tough, tangled show, don’t
worry; there’s a long “previously” section tonight, with much to relate. Ryan is
an oft-honest cop, secretly helping Javier Acosta, the crime lord who was his
boyhood protector. When Ryan’s girlfriend (an assistant district attorney and
the daughter of his boss) pieced this together, someone had her killed.
Now Ryan clings to his secret, while racing with the team on
an international – and, often, foolhardty – revenge mission. The result is hard
and harsh, but it’s definitely a finale that makes an impact.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Sixties” (9 p.m., CNN) and “NY
Med” (10 p.m., ABC) finales.
Two well-made documentary series wrap up, back-to-back. That
concludes with a look at medical people in New York and Newark, both
light-hearted – a “mad genius,” a cheery biker – and darkly serious.
Before that, “Sixties” takes us to the year the American
focus shifted to California; singer-songwriters jammed and hippies converged. A
great guide to San Francisco’s “summer of love” is Peter Coyote. At 72, he’s now a busy actor and narrator
(including Ken Burns’ upcoming triumph, “The Roosevelts”); back then, he was a
founder of The Diggers, scrambling to provide free clothes, food and medical
Other choices include:
“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. After insults fly
between her husband (Howard) and Sheldon, Bernadette tries to broker a peace.
Also in this rerun, Penny is offered an embarrassing movie role.
“Mom,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. This rerun is the first of four
episodes with Octavia Spencer, the Oscar-winner (“The Help”) as Christy’s new
(and much-troubled) friend.
“Rookie Blue,” 9 p.m., ABC. Probing a severe beating, Andy
and Chloe find a major crime operation.
“The Honorable Woman,” 10 p.m., Sundance. As the search
continues for the kidnapped son of Nessa’s housekeeper, we learn this is somehow
related to when both women were held captive, seven years ago. Also, Nessa’s
brother finds himself teetering near scandal, in a strong (if perplexing) hour.
“Married,” 10 p.m.,
FX. After an awful start, “Married” keeps getting better. Tonight, this husband
and wife are nudged into actually finding friends. They meet two people as odd
and fractured as they are.
“You’re the Worst,” 10:30 p.m., FX. This excellent comedy
has its most ambitious episode, whisking people around town, on a “Sunday funday”
search for hip fun. Against that backdrop, Gretchen – still not admitting she
even likes her lover Jimmy – has a chance for a dream date with someone else.