TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Dancing With the
Stars,” 8-9 p.m., ABC.
In its final weeks, this first
“all-star edition” became a battle of champions. Four of the five
finalists were past winners; three of them were top athletes.
Last week, two of them – football
star Emmitt Smith and Olympic speed-skater Apolo Anton Ohno – were
ousted. Now we have the all-female finale, with Olympic gymnast Shawn
Johnson, actress Kelly Monaco and reality-show star Melissa Rycroft;
on Tuesday, one will be the champion.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: The Big Bang
Theory, 8:30 p.m., CBS.
In a last-second move, CBS dumped
“Partners” last week and started inserting reruns.
There was a so-so “Two and a Half
Men” last week; now TV's best comedy has its turn:
One university office has opened up.
Competing for it are Sheldon and his nemesis Kripke.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Extreme
Makeover: Home Edition, 9:01-11 p.m., ABC.
Raised by single mothers, Daniel and
Mandy Watson turned their lives into a mission. They adopted three
children and house two single-mom families at their farm; through
their Restoration House charity, they house three more moms in a
Knoxville apartment building.
Daniel has a part-time job – besides
working 50 hours a week for Restoration House. His family shares one
bathroom; the former dining room became the couple's bedroom.
Now the show – in the first of four
feel-good specials at Christmas time – comes to the rescue. The
result is sometimes contrived, often repetitive – but worth it with
the beautifully designed result.
Other choices include:
– “A Boy Named Charlie Brown:
(1969) and “WALL-E” (2008), 7 and 9 p.m., ABC Family. Animated
films often push loudly for big laughs; now here are refreshing
alternatives: “Charlie Brown” is understated and pleasant;
“WALL-E” is often silent and sometimes charming and moving.
– “How I Met Your Mother,” 8
p.m., CBS. Last week, Marshall's old friend Brad tricked him into
getting a job at Marshall's law office. He promptly stole information
and will use it when they battle in court tonight. That leads friends
to recall their days as teen delinquents.
– “Liz & Dick,” 8-10 p.m.,
Lifetime. If you missed the debut Sunday, catch it now. Lindsay Lohan
and Grant Bowler are excellent as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard
Burton, launching an epic affair. The first half of the film,
dripping in glamor and romance, is great fun; the rest slides
– “2 Broke Girls,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Max and Caroline have talked loosely about their cupcake business,
but now comes a break: A storefront may be available; they try an
unusual financing plan.
– “Mike & Molly,” 9:30 p.m.,
CBS. Mike and Molly are ready to have kids now. When she doesn't get
pregnant right away, Mike turns – unwisely, perhaps – to Carl and
Samuel for advice.
– “Hawaii Five-0,” 10 p.m., CBS.
McGarrett feels a therapist (Vanessa Marcil of “General Hospital”)
killed her patient. A cat-and-mouse game begins; Carlos Bernard and
Christin Lahti are guest stars.
– “Revolution,” 10:01 p.m., NBC.
Miles, a rebel leader, finally confronts Gen. Monroe, the militia
leader. He's trying to rescue his nephew Danny ... whose sister
Charlie makes a shocking discovery. Also, Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell)
tests Monroe's patience.