TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The X Factor” season-opener, 8 p.m.,
The third season brings the third judge line-up. Britney
Spears and “L.A.” Reid are gone; now Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato are joined by
Kelly Rowland and Spanish-language star Paulina Rubio.
It’s an energetic bunch, but the key is to have interesting
contestants. A sampling (from the auditions tonight and Thursday) is promising.
Two women in their 50s draw wildly opposite results … a 13-year-old girl brings
instant love … a coffee-shop guy charms. It’s a great start.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “MasterChef” finale, 9 p.m., Fox.
As soon as “X Factor” finishes, we can see who wins this
year’s prize as the best amateur chef.
Natasha Crnjac, 26,
of San Diego is a stay-at-home mom. Luca Manfe, 31, of Astoria, NY, is at a
restaurant manager. Now they each plan and prepare a three-course meal before
the judges decide.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Arsenio Hall Show,” late-night
(check local listings).
Back on Nov. 7, 1991, Hall had the most important hour of
his oft-cheery show. His friend Magic Johnson discussed having AIDS.
Now, on the third night of Hall’s new show, Johnson is a
guest. Also scheduled are George Lopez – one of many people who debuted on Hall’s
old show – and rapper Nas.
Other choices include:
“Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings). The second of
the six gorgeous “Earthflight” hours follows birds as they soar above Africa.
“America’s Got Talent,” 9 p.m., NBC. Sandwiched between the
latest “Million Second Quiz” and the “Camp” finale, this show announces its six
acts for next week’s finale.
“Modern Family,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., ABC. Both reruns involve
the effort to fix and flip a house. In the first, a neighbor must resolve an
impasse. In the second, Phil’s skills as a Realtor are challenged.
“The Flag,” 9 and 10:30 p.m., CNN. This oddly interesting
film leads a busy night on the 12th anniversary of the World Trade
Center attacks. There; on Discovery, History and National Geographic.
“Broadchurch, 10 p.m., BBC America. As this superb hour begins, the
entire town attends the funeral of the old shopkeeper who killed himself after
being accused (falsely, apparently) of killing Danny. As it ends, there are
three new suspects, plus a fleeing intruder. In between, the hour deals richly
"The Bridge," 10 p.m., FX. As the finale nears, Sonya and Marco
close in on a suspect. Meanwhile, the wealthy widow (Annabeth Gish) scrambles
to save her ranch.
"It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia," 10 p.m., FXX. Frank
(Danny DeVito) stirs up a local gun rush. There are funny moments … including great
ones for Andrew Friedman, returning as Charlie’s odd lawyer uncle.