TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “American Idol”
and “Glee,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox.
After sending way too many people to
Hollywood, the mostly-new “Idol” judges choose the final 40.
Then “Glee” celebrates Valentine's
Day properly, with the marriage of Will (Matthew Morrison) and Emma
(Jayma Mays). The wedding brings past glee-clubers back to town.
TONIGHT'S MUST-TRY: “Zero Hour”
debut, 8 p.m., ABC.
Credit this show for sheer ambition: It
spans centuries and continents, involving the future of the world.
A gentle newsman (Anthony Edwards)
finds his wife has been kidnapped, encased in a mystery. Now he's
reluctantly teamed with an FBI agent (Carmen Ejogo), while his young
reporters work separately.
“None of this makes any sense,”
Ejogo says, drawing no disagreement. If you can suspend disbelief,
you'll enjoy an epic story from “Prison Break” creator Paul
Scheuring. It's a little like “The Da Vinci Code,” but with
Catholic clerics as sturdy heroes, trying to save us all.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE : “50 Ways to
Leave Your Lover,” 9 p.m., Investigation Discovery.
As Valentine's Day creates new
romances, it might be time to think of an exit strategy. Here are
true stories of wronged women who took extreme steps –
head-butting, genital-gluing (really), ice pick-stabbing and using a
car as a battering ram. Kids, don't try these at home.
These stories are re-enacted by actors,
but many of the real people also offer comments.
Other choices include:
– “Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood,”
11 a.m., many PBS stations (check local listings). Jason Mraz, a
two-time Grammy-winner, is a fan of the late Fred Rogers. Here, he
offers new versions of Rogers' opening and closing themes. The rest?
The characters are a delight; the story is mostly for age 2 or so.
– Animated movies, cable. Here are
two gorgeous Pixar films to choose from – “Finding Nemo” (2003)
at 7:30 p.m. on Starz; “WALL-E” (2008) at 8 p.m. on Disney.
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Raj and Stuart throw a “lonely people party,” while the
others rush to find the right holiday gifts.
– “Community,” 8 p.m., NBC. While
everyone else has a Valentine tale, “Community” goes with
Halloween. Pierce is accidentally trapped in his panic room and the
others wander his mansion.
– Movies, 8 p.m., cable. Want some
Valentine's Day romance? Turner Classic Movies has “Gone With the
Wind” (1939); Hallmark has “Be My Valentine” (2013). One has
Clark Gable; the other has William Baldwin. One is a classic.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 8:31
p.m., CBS. Depressed about being alone on Valentine's Day, Walden
(Ashton Kutcher) asks Kate (Brooke D'Orsay) for another chance.
– “Grey's Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC.
The hospital plummets toward financial ruin.
– “The Office,” 9 p.m., NBC.
Repercussions are expected, when Erin breaks up with Andy.
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 10 p.m., NBC. After opening to brutal reviews and record-low
ratings, “Do No Harm” was yanked after two episodes. Instead,
this rerun finds a teen kidnapped after following her older sister to
a party. Rollins decides to re-connect with her own troubled sister.
– “Elementary,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Sherlock Holmes is showing concern for Watson; now he wants to teach
her self-defense. Meanwhile, Detective Bell has been attacked … and
the prime suspect is dead.