TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Smash”
season-finale, 10 p.m., NBC.
Things have crumbled during the Boston
try-out of “Bombshell,” the Marilyn Monroe musical. Audience
reaction to the downbeat ending was tepid; the star was poisoned and
Now “Bombshell” needs a new song
and a new star – either Karen or Ivy. Karen, thoroughly distracted,
ignored a marriage proposal from her boyfriend … who promptly slept
Things would crumble, but there's great
talent here. Stick around; a splendid season ends triumphantly.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: American
Masters, 9-11 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Parts of Johnny Carson's story were
transparent. He was a quiet Nebraskan, shy and soft-spoken. He was
polite, heard-working, well-read, given to anonymous philanthropy.
And parts were the opposite. He was
distant and difficult. He was a womanizer and someone who handled
alcohol badly. He was intriguing, as this richly detailed documentary
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “House,” 9
“Our entire relationship is about
you,” Wilson tells House. “My dying is about me.”
Or not. House isn't ready for his only
friend to die. This, like everything else, will be about House.
Yes, there's also a story about a
medical patient. That's merely a back-drop; in the House-Wilson
scenes, we see gifted actors (Hugh Laurie and Robert Sean Leonard)
digging into deep material.
Other choices include:
– “America's Got Talent”
season-opener, 8-10 p.m., NBC. The auditions begin, with Howard Stern
inheriting Piers Morgan's judging slot. He promises to be
family-friendly – even being a bit of a hugger – but also says
he'll be one of those rare judges (like Morgan or Simon Cowell) who
tell the truth..
– “How I Met Your Mother,” 8-9
p.m., CBS. The half finds Lily in labor, with Marshall frantically
trying to return from Atlantic City. The second finally reveals
Barney's intended bride; also, flashbacks show Ted going after the one
who got away.
– “Two and a Half Men”
season-finale, 9 p.m., CBS. Jake is graduating. Really.
– “Make It or Break It”
season-finale, 9 p.m., ABC Family. As they battle for spots on the
Olympic team, Payson changes her floor routine and Kaylie is stunned
by her drug-screening results.
– “Mike & Molly”
season-finale, 9:31 p.m., CBS. By now, you know the comedy cliches
for weddings – from a bad hair day to family members who meet and
mate. All of those pop up here, sometimes done way too broadly. Stick
around, though; the final minutes deliver clever moments (especially
in the choir's song choice) and even some warmth.
– “The Bachelorette season-opener,
9:31-11 p.m., ABC. For a shy Southerner, Emily Maynard has seemed
awfully busy. She was engaged to NASCAR driver/owner Ricky Hendrick,
but he died in a plane crash. While raising their daughter, she was
chosen by Brad Womack on “The Bachelor,” but they broke up. Now,
at 26, she gets to choose from 25 guys.
– “Hawaii Five-0,” 10 p.m., CBS.
A shooter guns down one member of the Five-0 team and forces another
to decide which loved one will survive.