TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Dancing with the Stars” (NBC) or “The
Voice” (ABC), 8-10:01 pm.
A week from their finales, each show is down to its final
For “Stars,” that includes three Olympians – ice-dancers
Charlie White and Meryl Davis and Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy. They join
actors James Maslow and Candace Cameron Bure, with each doing two dances …
after an opening number that has Derek Hough (Purdy’s dance partner during the
competition) and Jessica Lee Keller (“High School Musical”) backed by 26
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Blacklist” season-finale, 10:01
Last Monday brought shellshocks in the tenuous relationship
between Liz and Red (James Spader).
Last week, she refused to work with him, because of his role
in her father’s death. She also figured out that the cases he’s brought to the
FBI were part of a scheme to stop his nemesis, a super-criminal known as
Berlin. Then he lured her back with a big case … just as a prisoner-transport
plane crashed, with Berlin aboard; tonight, police scramble to re-capture the
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “24,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Last week’s opener – both wildly improbable and wildly
entertaining – saw Jack Bauer take an absurdly round-about route to find a
computer hacker. Alas, the guy was soon killed by his phony girlfriend (a
terrorist’s daughter in disguise), who stole his device.
Now Jack chases her through London, while others chase him.
It’s a wild (and involving) ride, in a high-octane story that will be resolved
in 12 episodes, instead of the usual 24.
Other choices include:
“Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. With Booth preparing for congressional
testimony, Sweets fills in. He’s promptly attracted to an intern, played by
Laura Spencer, who is Raj’s new girlfriend Emily on “Big Bang Theory.”
“The (Dead Mother’s) Club,” 9 p.m., HBO. Sure, Madonna and
Rosie O’Donnell seem like opposites. But the moment they met, O’Donnell blurted
out that her mother had died early, too; they became close friends. Now O’Donnell
has produced this documentary, with warm portraits of three young women whose
moms died; intermixed are briefer memories from Jane Fonda, Molly Shannon and O’Donnell.
“Fish Tank Kings,” 9 p.m., NatGeo Wild. Here are two
gorgeous projects – a big, sweeping home aquarium, plus (for “dog whisperer”
Cesar Milan) an aquatic oasis in the California desert.
“Warehouse 13,” 9 p.m., Syfy. For its second-to-last
episode, “13” has a big (and fairly good) story, trying to rescue the warehouse
itself. In a goofier side plot, Pete tries to duck his affection for Myka.
“Castle,” 10 p.m., ABC. Fresh from starring as Pete in “Warehouse
13,” Eddie McClintock plays a ne’er-do-well from Beckett’s past, interrupting
her planned wedding with Castle.
“Independent Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). A
fascinating film could be made about the 1985 Philadelphia police confrontation
that left six adults and five children dead and 61 homes destroyed. But this
film – no narrator, no interviews, a mish-mash of found footage – tells it
“Louie,” 10 and 10:30 p.m., FX. For good or bad, “Louie”
keeps changing tone. Last week’s season-openers were sharply funny; now humor
is downplayed for other stories – a long dialog about being an overweight woman
… a scary parenthood moment … and quirky aftershocks of an elevator ordeal.