TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Love
in the Wild” finale, 10 p.m., NBC.
This well-conceived series
started with 20 attractive singles meeting in Costa Rica. They tried
perilous adventures, while sometimes trading partners.
Now two couples remain,
facing an overnight task. We'll learn who won – and whether they're
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II:
“Rescue Me,” 10 p.m., FX.
During its seven-season run,
this show has sometimes given its characters rich monologues. Often,
those go to Denis Leary, the star, but tonight two others have their
First is Jerry Adler, 82, as
Chief Sidney Feinberg, after visiting the World Trade Center site.
Then is John Scurti as Lt. Kenny “Lou” Shea; in an eloquent
stretch, he reflects on all the victims among the living. Don't
expect much humor tonight; do expect a great series, down to its
final five episodes.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “To
the Mat,” 8-10 p.m., CMT.
A slick New Yorker, nearing
her wedding, goes to small-town Georgia to help a man save his
wrestling school. She thinks he's a rural rube; he thinks she's a
homeless snob. The rest will surprise no one.
Up until its absurd finish –
wrestlers having a real (not fake) battle – “Mat” is mildly
pleasant. It has a decent script and talented (if wildly miscast)
stars: Laura Bell Bundy, a true Southerner, plays the Northern snob;
Rick Schroder, a Northerner, plays the Georgia wrestler.
Other choices include:
– “The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC.
Situation comedies thrive on Thanksgiving episodes. In this rerun,
Mike reluctantly invites his brother (Norm MacDonald), who's been
living in a tent, and their dad (John Cullum), who broke his hip.
Frankie is startled by their non-communication.
– “Modern Family,” 8:30 and 9
p.m., ABC. In the first rerun, Phil heads off to the spa while Claire
has a hectic day. In the second, Jay goes way too far to avoid a
symphony concert; he ends up on a mismatched night out with Mitchell,
Cameron and Pepper (the Emmy-nominated Nathan Lane).
– “House,” 9 p.m., Fox. Two
terrific actresses trade places in this rerun: Dr. Remy “Thirteen”
Hadley (Olivia Wilde) is back at the hospital; Dr. Martha Masters
(Amber Tamblyn) considers moving on to her surgical specialty.
Meanwhile, the patient is a 16-year-old girl, preparing to sail
around the world.
– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
10 p.m., CBS. This rerun has staffers betting on whether they have
all four possibilities – murder, suicide, accidental death and
natural death – in one day.
– “Pint-Sized Preachers,” 10
p.m., National Geographic. At a Mississippi pulpit, Kanen Tipton
shouts, waves his hands, stirs the congregation; he's 4 years old.
This hour profiles him and two 12-year-olds: One, in Florida, has
been ordained half his life; another, in Rio de Janeiro, has made
CD's and DVD's.
– “Hot in Cleveland,” 10 p.m., TV
Land. Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli) writes a column, asking if women
can have no-strings-attached sex; then the women decide to find out.
– “Happily Divorced” season
finale, 10:30, TV Land. In a “Nanny” reunion, an author (Charles
Shaughnessy) seems attracted to Fran (Fran Drescher) or her
ex-husband; they aren't sure which one.