TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “E.T.” (1982),
8-10:30 p.m., AMC.
As the Academy Awards near, it's time
to settle back with a truly great movie.
Currently, Steven Spielberg's “War
Horse” is up for best picture; composer John Williams is nominated
for it and for “Tintin.” Here's a chance to see them at their
best, 30 years ago.
The story of a boy and his outer-space
alien, “E.T.” manages to be warm, funny and exciting, almost
simultaneously. It won Oscars, for Williams' score, plus the sound,
sound effects and visual effects, and was nominated for five more,
including best-picture and Spielberg's perfect direction.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Grey's
Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” 9 and 10:02 p.m., ABC.
From its first episode, with Ellis Grey
(Meredith's brilliant mom) shattered by Alzheimer's disease,
“Anatomy” has faced the pain of family members' illnesses. Now
both these shows are there.
On “Anatomy,” Richard Webber sees
the impact for the second time. He was Ellis' lover; now his wife
Adele (Loretta Devine) sinks deeper into Alzheimer's. And on
“Practice,” Sam's sister (the superb Anika Noni Rose) is crushed
by mental problems.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “POV,” 9-10:30
p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Before NASCAR, some kids try the 70-mph
blur of the World Karting Association. “Racing Dreams” follows
three of them, with mismatched lives.
Josh Hobson is an A student in
Michigan, financed by family, friends and a golf fundraiser. Annabeth
Barnes and Brandon Warren are in North Carolina; her blue-collar
parents love racing, his grandparents have much love, little money
and some shielding from his alcoholic father.
Fans know this was shot five years ago.
Josh and Annabeth now have Web sites; her first stock-car season was
a reality show. Still, this offers a deep look at the fast life from
Other choices include:
Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.,CBS. Astronaut training is tough and
Wolowitz has second thoughts. Sheldon feels he has a much bigger
problem: His barber is sick.
– “Parks and Recreation,” 9 p.m.,
NBC. Jerry has been forgotten again. This time, it's his birthday.
– “The Office,” 9 p.m., NBC. With
many of the people gone to Florida – where Dwight is fighting for a
vice-presidency – the people back home are strained and have to
– “Filthy Rich,” 9 p.m., CNBC. In
Malibu and other playgrounds, we see $10 million homes; we hear of
people paying even more for yachts and planes. Then comes the
disturbing part: These are officials in countries – from Africa to
the former Soviet Union – plagued by poverty. They loot the wealth
from oil and other resources, then live big in the U.S. It's a
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
The leader of an anti-cult group had been killed. Now Patrick Jane
again investigates Bret Stiles (Malcolm McDowell), a cult leader.
– “Archer,” 10 p.m., FX. The
urbane Ray, it seems, is from backwoods West Virginia, where his
brother is a violent drug farmer. That sets up a fun episode, with
Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”) as guest voice.
– “Inside Comedy,” 11 p.m.,
Showtime. Last week's half-hour zipped between three comedians, with
little content. This is the opposite: The entire half-hour is Larry
David chatting with David Steinberg (who sometimes directs his “Curb
Your Enthusiasm”); it's droll and funny.