TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Dancing With
the Stars” opener, 8-10:01 p.m.,ABC.
Athletes have dominated, winning seven
of the 15 championships. So keep an eye on skater Dorothy Hamill or
gymnast Alexandra Raisman; either could become the fourth Olympic
gold-medalist to win.
Or try boxer Victor Ortiz. Or Jacoby
Jones, whose 108-yard return jolted the Super Bowl.
Then again, viewers like reality people
(currently, Sean Lowe and Lisa Vanderpump) or people with complex
pasts (Andy Dick, Kellie Pickler, Wynonna Judd). They all debut
tonight, plus comedian D.L. Hughley, actor Ingo Rademacher and young
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE II: “Continuum”
season-finale, 10 p.m., Syfy.
Time-travel is complicated enough,
without new layers.
This smart show started solidly, when a
cop (Rachel Nichols) in 2077 spotted an escape scheme by convicted
terrorist. She was whisked with them to 2012. A young techno-whiz –
who would be famous in her time – created a cover story that got
her into a police force.
Now is the day when, future history
says, a fierce explosion will happen. From there, “Continuum”
piles on layer after layer. Once we figure it all out – if we
figure it out – this could be a terrific hour.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Top of the
Lake” opener, 9-11 p.m., Sundance.
Sprawling sections of rural New Zealand
add flavor to this strong, six-week, seven-hour mini-series.
We see a serene lake where a pregnant
12-year-old tries to drown herself. And a wilderness where she
disappears. And a blank terrain where the enigmatic GJ (Holly Hunter)
has a women's camp.
A city cop (Elisabeth Moss) works the
case and soon finds new deaths. Jane Campion (“The Piano”) has
directed and co-written a tale with the quality of “The Killing”
… plus a timely conclusion.
Other choices include:
– “The Biggest Loser” finale,
8-10 p.m., NBC. When viewers last saw Jeff Nichols, he had shed 123
pounds, to 265; Danni Allen had lost 95, to 163. Both were sent home
to keep working; tonight, they go for the $250,000 prize (based on
percentage of weight loss) against someone chosen by viewers – Joe
Ostaszewski (239 pounds, after losing 125) or Jackson Carter (230,
after losing 98), the show's first openly gay contestant. Also, we
see the transformations of three teen and of those eliminated
– “The Secret Life of theAmerican
Teenager,” 8 p.m., ABC Family. This began with quiet teen Amy
(Shailene Woodley) being pregnant via handsome Ricky (Daren
Kagasoff). Woodley has gone on to be a talented actor (winning awards
in “The Descendants” and “The Spectacular Now”), Kagasoff has
not. As the fifth season starts, the couple is planning a wedding –
complicated by her odd gown choice.
– “The Following,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Serial-killer Joe Carroll manages to contact Ryan, saying he'll go to
extremes to meet his ex-wife, who's in hiding. Also, some of his
followers are back.
– “Deception” conclusion, 10
p.m., NBC. The good news is that NBC stuck with this show and will
reveal Vivian's killer tonight. The bad: It also has a cliffhanger,
for a show with zero chance to return.
– “Bates Motel” debut, 10 p.m.,
A&E. You didn't think Norman Bates became crazy all on his own,
did you? We meet him long before “Psycho,” as a sensitive teen,
starting a new life with his manipulative mom. It's a dark and
disturbing tale, but beautifully acted by Freddie Highmore and Vera