TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Voice” (8
p.m.) and more, NBC.
For a wobbly network, this is a big
night. NBC follows the “Voice” finale with another hour of
“America's Got Talent” at 9 p.m. and the debut of “Love in the
Wild” at 10.
“Wild” takes 20 singles to a
beautiful (and scary) section of Costa Rica. Split into couples, they
have the sort of contests that cause people to fall in love or hate.
The top people can stay together or try to hook up with others. If
they're rejected, they're back in the dating pool and could be
All of this may be silly and surface,
but it also is beautifully filmed and kind of fun.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Necessary
Roughness” debut, 10 p.m., USA Network.
A fierce force on “Rescue Me,”
Callie Thorne now has her own series.
She plays a psychotherapist who lashes
at her cheating husband, then needs a a new life. She gets one, after
working with a troubled football star.
The player is a poorly created
character, overflowing with cliches, but everything else works.
Thorne gives us a struggling woman, worth rooting for.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Melissa &
Joey” season-opener, 8 p.m., ABC Family; repeats at 9, 10.
Like “Hot in Cleveland” (10 p.m. on
TV Land), this recaptures the rhythms of past situation comedies,
using actors who know the form. Melissa Joan Hart plays a busy
bureaucrat who won't admit she likes the nanny (Joey Lawrence) she
hired for her niece and nephew; the first season reruns from 2-8
And like many old sitcoms, this often
goes over the top. Blunt, jokey dialog seems desperate for laughs.
That's especially true tonight, when his ex-wife re-visits, loudly.
We're soon reminded of what was wrong with those p;d sitcoms …. and
why we sometimes liked them anyway.
Other choices include:
– “So You Think You Can Dance,”
8-10 p.m., Last week, the judges dumped the show's only ballroom
dancer, its only tap dancer and one of its four hip-hoppers. Now the
16 survivors perform.
– “The Middle,” 8 and 8:30 p.m.,
ABC. In the first rerun, spring cleaning digs out some memories that
were better to forget. In the second, Axl has a techno-disaster,
mis-sending a prom invitation.
– “State of Georgia,” 8:30 p.m.,
ABC Family; repeats at 9:30, 10:30. Maybe no one told Raven-Symone
she's no longer on the Disney Channel; maybe the writers didn't know.
That's the only explanation for a character (a would-be actress) so
hideously overwritten and overacted.
– “Modern Love,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Manny's birthday party brings assorted chaos.
– “Royal Pains,” 9 p.m., USA. The
season starts big, with a bus accident in front of Hank. Then it
settles into some mild dramas. Those stories are bland, but the
Hamptons settings are gorgeous.
– “Beyond Belief,” 10 p.m., ABC.
Delayed by last week's presidential address, this five-week series
view things that defy explanation. Tonight's opener has twins who say
they share thoughts and pain.
– “Men of a Certain Age,” 10
p.m., TNT. Business woes are grinding Owen and Joe. That's in a mixed
hour that goes from joy to despair, from fine moments to
car-commercial scenes that don't ring true.