TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Sullivan &
Son” season-opener, 10 p.m., TBS.
On a typical week, this is a
cable-level “Cheers,” with a likable mixture of people inhabiting
a Pittsburgh pub. And on an exceptional week, it uses Steve Byrne's
Byrne is Korean on his mom's side,
Irish on his dad's; work and fun tug at him. Tonight, Ken Jeong
(“Community” and the “Hangover” movies) is a diligent doctor
… until his brother-in-law (Byrne) convinces him to loosen up at
the bar. The result is sometimes hilarious.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Burn Notice,”
9 p.m., USA.
After launching its final season last
week, “Notice” has something special for its 100th
The CIA is forcing Michael to spy on
his friends, tracing their progress on a case. He finds it wrenchig
to watches ex-lover Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) in her new romance and in
It's a strong hour, with one flaw:
Michael's mom (Sharon Gless) is inexplicably reduced to a weeper.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: Basketball (ABC)
and/or “72 Hours”(TNT), both 9 p.m.
Take your pick of high-adrenaline
competition. ABC has the fourth game of the best-of-seven NBA finals,
with Miami at San Antonio; TNT counters with its second round of “72
The first (shot in Fiji) was slickly
filmed, but lost its charm when players were simply too hot to
continue. This one has similar problems – one man is immobilized
and fears a heart attack – but has a gorgeous New Zealand backdrop
and a great set of characters.
There's a cop, a fireman and a
heavy-equipment operator; there's a hair-stylist (who has just done
her nails) and a self-described nerd. One would use the winnings for
his mom's medical bills; another would put the money all over herself
and make a music video. They add up to an interesting hour.
Other choices include:
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a change of reruns, CBS inserts the Valentine's Day episode
that has Sheldon scrambling for a gift for Amy, while Raj catches a
“lonely people party” at the comic store. The latter briefly
introduces Lucy, played by the delightful Kate Micucci.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 8:31
p.m., CBS. This rerun is set at Christmas time, with lives askew.
Alan is lonely; Walden is still fooling Kate by pretending to be
– “The Office,” 9 p.m., NBC.
There's a paper airplane contest which, of course, Dwight and Angela
enter intensely. Also in this rerun, Roseanne Barr plays Andy's agent
for acting jobs.
– “The Hero,” 10 p.m., TNT. As a
companion piece for “72 Hours,” this show is OK but (in last
week's opener, at least, unexceptional. Tonight's challenges,
including rushing water, are in Panama.
– “Hannibal,” 10:01 p.m., NBC.
Will checks Abigail out of the hospital, shortly before she was going
to be arrested. Then his hallucinations build and he loses her.
– “Graceland,” 10:01 p.m., USA.
Last week's solid opener introduced us to contrasting undercover
cops: The wide-eyed Warren (Aaron Tveit) has been secretly assigned
to spy on the jaded Briggs (Daniel Sunjata). Now they work to pit
gang members against each other.