TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Music, 8 p.m. (CW) and 9 p.m. (NBC).
TV has gone gaga lately. Three days after Lady Gaga’s
excellent work on “Saturday Night Live,” she has an “iHeartRadio Album Release
Party” in her native New York City.
Gaga performs in Brooklyn and is interviewed by Ryan
Seacrest; also, artist Jeff Koons discusses working on art installations with
her. When that’s done, switch to “The Voice,” to see the field trimmed to
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “David Blaine: Real or Magic,” 9:30-11
Anyone can pull a rabbit out of his own hat, right? (Well,
some people can.) But when was the last time you saw someone pull an alligator
out of the purse of a stunned Katy Perry? When did you see someone startle
Harrison Ford, impress Will Smith’s family, cause Jon Stewart to mutter “that’s
just not right”?
David Blaine does that and more, nimbly ranging from street
kids to George W. Bush and Stephen Hawking. We’d grumble that the final parts
of the show are the weakest and that an hour would have been better than 90
minutes. Still, the core – close-up tricks, perfectly executed – is engaging.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The African-Americans,” 8 p.m., PBS
(check local listings).
For decades, civil-rights people fought fierce odds. They
faced policemen, dogs, fire hoses, mobs; they stirred public opinion and,
Now this hour – the fifth in a splendid, six-week series –
views the stretch from 1940 through Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968.
It talks to key people, from Ruby Bridges, 59 – escorted to 1st
grade each day by federal marshals – to federal Judge Damon Keith, 91.
We meet Vernon Jordan, who was a young lawyer working to
force the University of Georgia to accept black students, and Charlayne
Hunter-Gault, one of the first two students there. He would go on to advise
presidents, she would be an Emmy-winning reporter; the world would change.
Other choices include:
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. Emily Wickersham joins the cast as a
security analyst. She’s called in after the Secretary of the Navy is bugged
during a confidential briefing.
“Agents of SHIELD,” 8 p.m., ABC. Hollywood is reluctant to
try an ongoing link between movies and a TV show. Tonight’s episode, however,
has the team react to events in the new “Thor: The Dark World.”
“The Goldbergs,” 9 p.m., ABC. Thanksgiving seems to be when comedies are at
their best. Tonight, Murray’s brother – who always complicates the holidays –
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. When a Navy officer dies
at Tranquility Villa rehab center, people go undercover – Deeks as a patient
and Kensi as a nutritionist.
“Person of Interest,” 10 p.m., CBS. As the machine
identified people who will be victims or killers, we expected this: Reese’s own
number comes up, while the battle with a crooked-cop group heightens.
“Frontline,” 10 p.m. to midnight, PBS (check local
listings). Decades ago, “Frontline” took an ambitious look into the life of Lee
Harvey Oswald, sending reporters to Russia, Japan, Mexico and beyond. That ran
in 1993 and 2003; it reruns here, three days before the 50th
anniversary of John Kennedy’s death.