TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The X Factor,”
8 p.m., Fox.
Only three weeks from its finale, this
show still has eight acts left and lots of eliminating to do. Some of
that comes tonight, alongside performances by people at opposite
points in their careers.
One is Josh Krajcik, still getting
started; he was last season's runner-up. The other is Alicia Keys.
Back in 2001, Keys had a No. 1 single
(“Fallin'”), a No. 1 album and five Grammys. Since then, she's
had four more top-10 singles, three more No. 1 albums (plus one at
No. 2) and nine more Grammys.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “A Fairly Odd
Christmas,” 7-8:30 p.m., Nickelodeon; repeats at 8 p.m. Friday,
Sunday and Dec. 7, plus noon Sunday.
Here's a rarity – a new Christmas
film that's fresh, fun and unique.
It's the second time the “Fairly
OddParents” cartoon has been done in live-action The fairies and a
few others are cartoons, but actors (charmingly played by Drake Bell
and Daniella Monet) fill the top roles. The result finds a balance
between cartoon – bright colors, brassy characters – and real.
It all seems bubbly and harmless …
until someone eats one of the gingerbread men, drawing rage. From
then on, this fairly odd film finds some fun for parents and their
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Fargo”
(1996), 8-10 p.m., AMC.
Hollywood has given us plenty of
Westerns and Southerns, but here is the consummate Northern movie,
beautifully capturing that understated world.
The prime example is Marge Gunderson, a
police chief who calmy greets criminals – some grisly, some just
clumsy. Frances McDormand won a best-actress Oscar; her husband (Joel
Coen) and brother-in-law (Ethan Coen) won one for best script. There
were five more nominations, including best picture.
Other choices include:
– “30 Rock,” 8 p.m., NBC. Is this
really Liz's wedding day? We'll see tonight.
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. This mean war, even among friends: Sheldon's parking spot has
been given to Wolowitz.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 8:31
p.m., CBS. It's been five years since we saw Kandi (April Bowlby),
Alan's hot ex-wife. Now she's back.
– “Happy Feet” (2006), 8:35-11,
ABC Family. Penguins (who all look the same anyway) seem to act the
same here, obsessing on singing. Then one dares to dance. The result
– filled with wit and some great dance routines via Savion Glover –
is an animated classic.
– “Grey's Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Arizona is back to work for the first time since losing a leg in the
plane crash. Also, Cristina sorts out her relationship with Owen, her
boss and estranged husband.
– “Glee,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Thanksgiving is noted in opposite worlds. In New York, Rachel and
Kurt settle for a non-traditional holiday meal. Back home in Ohio,
many of the other alumni are back in time to help the glee club
prepare for sectionals.
– “Elementary,” 10 p.m., CBS.
After a bomb kills two people, Sherlock Holmes finds signs of a case
that's been dormant for years. Also, Sherlock, recovering from a drug
habit, finally picks a sponsor.