TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Wilfred,” 10
“What are you, a golden retriever?”
Wilfred asks sarcastically. “Why do you care what people think?”
Wilfred certainly doesn't care. The
rest of the world sees him as a scruffy mutt; but Ryan (Elijah Wood)
and viewers see him as a talking guy in a dog suit.
Ryan is a human who lives next door;
facing a pointless existence, he decides to do good. Wilfred objects
– “Community service (is) for drunk drivers and wife-beaters” –
but soon is either a hero or a killer at a nursing home. The result
is sometimes crude and often very funny.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “So You Think
You Can Dance,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Finally down to its top 10, “Dance”
rushes toward its finale. Tonight, judges drop two people.
First come the usual preliminaries.
There's an opening group number, plus music by Blush (with Snoop
Dogg) and a solo by ballet star Daniil Simkin.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Conan the
Barbarian” (1982), 8-11 p.m., AMC.
This is a strong movie night. We'll eye
the others separately, but let's start here.
Long before he was in politics or in
gossip columns, Arnold Schwarzenegger worked for top directors. He
did three films for James Cameron, three for Ivan Reitman; he worked
for John McTiernan, Andrew Davis and more. John Milius co-wrote
“Conan” with Oliver Stone and directed it to epic excess,
complete with action, violence and the resounding music from Basil
Other choices include:
– “The Social Network” (2010),
6:50 p.m., Starz. This Oscar-nominated gem captured the ragged start
of Facebook. Aaron Sorkin (“West Wing”) stretched the truth at
times, but wrote a great script.
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a terrific rerun, Howard considers moving in with Bernadette
– risking the wrath and dismay of his mom. Also, Leonard's back
with Raj's sister.
– “Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in
Italy” (2011) and “Justice for Natalee Holloway” (2011), 8 and
10 p.m., Lifetime Movie Network. Here are adequate, balanced views of
cases that drew international attention. Both are well-cast, with
Hayden Panettiere as Knox, Tracy Pollan as Holloway's mother.
– “Reservoir Dogs” (1992) and
“Pulp Fiction” (1994), 8 and 10 p.m., Independent Film Channel.
Quentin Tarantino's established his style for stylish dialog, intense
action and occasional excess.
– “Despicable Me” (2010), 8:30,
HBO, or “WALL-E” (2008), 9 p.m., Disney. Choose between two
popular animated films. HBO has a comedy; Disney has a poignantly
moving robot drama.
– Expedition Impossible,” 9 p.m.,
ABC. For Erik Weihenmayer, the blind man who climbed Mount Everest,
is waist-deep in a canyon river. Also, the California women rappel
300 feet down a waterfall.
– “Burn Notice,” 9 p.m., USA.
Matt Lauria – who was superb as Luke in “Friday Night Lights” –
plays a former Green Beret who needs help.
– “30 Rock,” 9:30, NBC. Vacations
go bad in this rerun: Liz and her lover (Matt Damon) find their
flight stalled; Avery (Elizabeth Banks) goes into labor in Canada,
desperate to give birth in the U.S.
– “Rookie Blue,” 10 p.m., ABC.
Luke has an assignment that puts him close to his ex-lover Jo.