TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
This is the 100th episode of
a show that had consistently had clever writing, perfect acting and
great characters. Now two of those characters nudge closer together.
Earlier, there was romance between
Leonard (Johnny Galecki), a physicist, and Penny (Kaley Cuoco), a
waitress and would-be actress. They slept together, a fact that
surprised and delighted him. Now they're just friends, but tonight he
suddenly invites her to a romantic dinner for two..
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “American Idol”
and “The Finder,” 8 and 9 p.m.,Fox.
“Idol” settles into its regular
slot now. It will have two hours each Wednesday and one each
Thursday, plus a post-football hour this Sunday.
And now “Finder” starts to savor
its “Idol” lead-in. The show borrows the “Bones” slot and
tonight borrows one of its characters. Dr. Lance Sweet is brought in,
to see if Walter is suitable for handling federal cases. Also, a
death-row inmate (Mitch Pileggi of “X Files”) needs Walter to
find a bullet.
TONIGHT'S ALTERATIVE: “Archer”
season-opener, 10 p.m., FX.
Brooding in a bar, Archer bumps into
Burt Reynolds. (Yes, that's Reynolds providing the voice.)
This actor turns out to be as tough as
the characters he plays. Soon, they're enmeshed in an adventure and
Archer is overshadowed. The result is an enjoyable blend of animated
action and humor.
Other choices include:
– “30 Rock,” 8 p.m., NBC. Fresh
from his latest Golden Globe award – for “Boss,” a blistering
drama that has finished its first season – Kelsey Grammer returns
briefly to comedy. He plays himself, helping with a crisis. Also, Liz
does damage control after Tracy's outburst and she frets because Jack
doesn't approve of her boyfriend.
– “Parks and Recreation,” 8:30
p.m., NBC. Leslie dislikes the ad Ben plans for her city council
– “The Office,” 9 p.m., NBC.
There's a pool party at the house of the boss, Robert California.
– “Grey's Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Richard performs his 10,000th surgery.
– “The Tourist” (2010), 9-11
p.m., Starz. Here's the movie that Ricky Gervais has managed to mock
for two consecutive years at the Golden Globes. Actually, it's a
fairly stylish film that puts two top actors (Johnny Depp, Angelina
Jolie) into Italian intrigue in Venice. Her character is too stiff
and the ending is too contrived, but this is still a dandy adventure.
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
A mobster's son has been killed. Working the case, Van Pelt (Amanda
Righetti) is haunted by memories of O'Laughlin's shooting.
– “Unsupervised” debut, 10:30
p.m., FX. Gary and Joel exist in a shaky turf at the edge of
adulthood. At 14, they're friends whose parents rarely show up.
They could be cool – if they could just figure out what that is.
They're sort of Beavis and Butt-Head with the potential to be real
people. The result is a mixed blessing, an animated show with some
fairly good moments of humor and even sweetness.