TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Bristol Palin:
Life's a Tripp” (Lifetime) and “Teen Mom” (MTV), 10 p.m.
Who knew that teen pregnancy would be a
route to TV stardom?
In the season's first “Teen Mom”
episodes (rerunning at 8 and 9 p.m.), Amber Portwood raged, then went
to rehab. Farrah Abraham prepared to move to Florida for college and
work. Maci Bookout foolishly drove away (and then got back) the one
good guy in her life. Catelynn Tyler and Tyler Baltierra had an
emotional reunion with the daughter they'd given up for adoption.
Tonight, Catelynn and Tyler graduate
from high school. That faces the debut of a show with a famous former
teen mom: Bristol Palin, now 21, visits Los Angeles with her son
Tripp and sister Willow.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE II: “NCIS: Los
Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Here's a benefit of “NCIS” and
“CSI” shows, plus “Bones”: At times, they nudge their lab
workers into the spotlight; we get some heroics from the smart, the
nerdy and the quirky.
Tonight, that's Nell (Renee Felice
Smith). When a researcher is killed, she goes undercover as his
replacement. Also, Miguel Ferrer arrives as the assistant NCIS
director, who has doubts about Hetty.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Franklin &
Bash,” 10 p.m., TNT.
Two clever, twisty cases give this
episode some light moments.
One has Cybill Shepherd as the boss'
second and fourth ex-wife, sued over custody of a dog she says she
rescued. Facing lawyers from their rag-tag days, the guys have a
crisis of conscience.
The other has opposites – Pindar and
Karp – working a case of robbery by cheese gun.
– “NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. This rerun
sees things get personal for NCIS director Vance (Rocky Carroll): His
brother-in-law is the chief murder suspect.
– Basketball previews (8 and 8:31
p.m. ET) and game (9 p.m., ET), ABC. Things stay in Miami for the
fourth game of the best-of-seven series, with the Heat hosting the
Oklahoma City Thunder.
– Action movies, 8 p.m., TNT.
“Spartacus” (1960, Turner Classic Movies) is a well-crafted epic,
with Stanley Kubrick directing Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier.
“The Fugitive” (1993, AMC) was beautifully directed by Andrew
Davis, with Harrison Ford and an Oscar-winning Tommy Lee Jones.
– “MasterChef,” 9 p.m., Fox. The
15 remaining chefs must make a meal from unappealing innards.
– “The L.A. Complex,” 9 p.m., CW.
This drama – about young Canadians, struggling in U.S. show
business – is erratic, but makes OK summer viewing. Tonight, thing
hits bottom for both Raquel (Jewel Staite of “Stargate: Atlantis”)
and Abby, but Nick turns a bad date into a comedy breakthrough.
– “The Real Housewives of Orange
County,” 9 p.m., Bravo. A decade ago, Heather Paige Kent was the
likable star of CBS' “That's Life,” playing a bartender who goes
to college. Now she closes her first season with a party (continuing
next week) celebrating taking her husband's name. Soon, she's raging
at the guest who ate the bow on the cake. Also, Jeana Keough, who
left the show three years ago, visits.
– “Love in the Wild,” 10 p.m.,
NBC. After working well the first year, “Love” keeps adding
gimmicks. Now trios are shackled together, before competing in the
jungle. Then six women are sent home.