TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local
For seven years, Joe Hutto befriended the mule deer in the
Wyoming mountains. Some would eat from his hand; one groomed him with his
tongue. He developed relationships that were warm, uplifting and – amid the
savagery of animals and humans – tragic.
Beautifully filmed and narrated, this matches his lighter “My
Life as a Turkey,” as a “Nature” classic.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The 100,” 9 p.m., CW.
This began with a great concept – 100 teen prisoners sent to
a post-nuclear Earth, to see if it’s habitable – and a flaw: To pump up the
drama, it exaggerated the antagonism of humans under pressure.
Now that’s been settled – especially in this excellent hour.
On Earth, Clarke has just had sex with Finn; in the space station, her mom has
broken rules by sending a makeshift craft to Earth, piloted by young Raven. As
the space station loses oxygen, people must be sacrificed – unless there’s some
sign of hope on Earth. This hour deftly mixes triumph, tragedy and deep
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Unusually Thicke” debut, 10 and
10:30 p.m., TV Guide Network.
At 67, Alan Thicke is a chunk of TV history. He wrote theme
songs for silly comedies (“Diff’rent Strokes,” “Facts of Life”) and starred in
a better one (“Growing Pains”). He wrote and produced a late-night show that
was acclaimed (“Fernwood 2 Night”) and hosted in one that wasn’t (“Thicke of
He did game shows in his native Canada and has had a busy
personal life, including three marriages and two sons, one (Robin) a rock star.
All that’s been missing is a reality show; he starts one tonight.
Other choices include:
“American Idol,” 8-10 p.m., Fox. The new voting system,
heavy on social media, has been tough on women. Last week, the talented and
vibrant Malaya Watson was ousted; that leaves only Jessica Meuse and Jena
Irene, alongside five men. For tonight, each contestant has chosen a song for each
of the others; now each singer does one of the six choices offered.
“Survivor,” 8 p.m., CBS. At its mid-point, the show has evened
out. Nine people remain and nine are gone – split with three apiece from the
original “beauty,” “brains” and “brawn” tribes.
“Nova,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). The mid-section
of “Inside Animal Minds” views the use of senses. A scientist, for instance,
found that wolves rely mostly on smell; dogs use all the senses.
“Modern Family,” 9
p.m., ABC. In a rerun, Cam is a hyper-competitive coach of the kids’ football
team. At work, Claire tries to prove she’s not just the boss’ daughter; at
home, her husband Phil tries – with many obstacles – to teach their kids about optimism.
“Mixology,” 9:31 p.m., ABC. Jessica (a single mom with a
sexy look) has sent a naked photo to Ron (the droll Englishman), then instantly
regrets it and wants him to delete it. Meanwhile, Liv complicates their
relationship; also, Bruce catches a break when a woman arrives who’s into
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 10 p.m., CBS. For the second
straight week, “CSI” has a cannibalism theme. This time it’s accidental;
contestants on a reality show learn they’ve eaten human flesh.