TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “House,” 9
For eight seasons, this great show has
put complex medical stories alongside acerbic humor. Last week,
it brought a sudden detour: Wilson has
The good-hearted oncologist has helped
endless cancer patients while soothing House's fragile soul. Now –
with the series concluding in four weeks – he's the victim; that
comes while the staff deals with a doctor who has a specialty in
dealing with her 6-year-old daughter's condition.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: Eureka, 7-10
This show's final season is starting
with a brilliant trilogy. If you missed the first two episodes, catch
them now, followed by a new one at 9.
Things start with the crew members
learning they've returned four years into the future, to a sharply
changed Eureka. Then complications build, with alternate perceptions
and time frames, more. It's all terribly confusing, but it's
alternately funny, moving and simply exciting.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Hawaii
Five-0,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Here's a rarity – a “Five-0”
without McGarrett. Alex O'Loughlin went to rehab – reportedly for a
pain-pill problem that followed a shoulder injury. He appeared only
briefly in the April 9 episode, which was surrounded by four reruns;
but will be back for the season's final two episodes.
Fortunately, CBS has two stars to step
in – Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J. It's a crossover episode with
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” involving a virus threat. Tonight, the NCIS
guys go to Hawaii; on Tuesday, two “Five-0” guys – Scott Caan
and Daniel Dae Kim – follow the case to Los Angeles.
Other choices include:
– “The Voice,” 8-10 p.m., NBC.
Wrapping up quickly, this is down to its final eight singers. On
Tuesday,we'll learn who will be the final four in next week's finale.
– “Dancing With the Stars, 8-10:01
p.m., ABC. This one will take longer. There are still seven
celebrities left, after Gladys Knight was dumped last week – on
Motown week, no less.
– “How I Met Your Mother,” 8
p.m., CBS. Lily's baby shower panics Marshall, who starts to realize
their baby will be here soon.
– “2 Broke Girls,” 8:30, CBS. Max
needs her part-time job watching the twin babies of the self-centered
Peach. That's in jeopardy when she's hired to provide cupcakes for
their first birthday.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. For the first time since his off-camera death, the Charlie
character is back. He's a ghost now – played by Kathy Bates, not
– “Smash,” 10 p.m., NBC. The
musical heads to Boston try-outs, with crises swarming. The star (Uma
Thurman) battles and flirts with the director. An understudy
(Katharine McPhee) must choose between the show and her boyfriend.
And Michael – whose affair fractured Julia's marriage – may be
– “Castle,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. A
typically weird case (the killer seems to be a zombie) is against the
backdrop of Castle losing key people – Beckett (working his last
case with him) and his daughter.