TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
In recent weeks, we’ve had four “Big Bang” reruns on CBS and
roughly three kajillion more on cable and individual stations. Now, as the
“sweeps” ratings month begins, we finally get a new one.
Sheldon insists he’s starting his own variation on a comics
convention for fantasy fans. Friends mock him … until he lands a major
celebrity; James Earl Jones is the guest star.
“Parks and Recreation,” 8:30, NBC.
Rashida Jones has been with this show from the start, as Ann.
We met her as a nurse who had a lazy boyfriend on her couch and a gaping pit in
her neighborhood; she became Leslie’s best friend.
Now, after five-plus years, Ann is leaving town. She and
Chris plan to live in Michigan, where they’ll raise their baby; first, Leslie plans
to do – or overdo – one more thing, with a grand farewell party.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “The Sixties: The British Invasion,”
9 p.m., CNN.
Fifty years ago, the music world transformed. The Beatles
did the “Ed Sullivan Show,” with 73 million people watching; others – Stones,
Kinks, Who, Dave Clark Five – soon followed.
Now TV is noting that. On Feb. 9 (the exact 50th
anniversary of the Sullivan telecast), CBS has a music special. On April 8, PBS
has a Dave Clark film, including Tom Hanks’ passionate hall-of-fame speech.
First is this special, produced by Hanks and a sampling of
the 10-part “The Sixties” in May. Alongside clips aree comments by Graham Nash,
Smokey Robinson, Mickey Dolenz, Questlove and more.
Other choices include:
“American Idol,” 8 p.m., Fox. Here’s the final night of
auditions, in Omaha.
“Blade Runner” (1982), 9 p.m., Sundance. Ridley Scott
stylishly directed this film, weaving genres about the past (hard-boiled
detective) and future (android-hunting). Harrison Ford stars, with great support
from Daryl Hannah, Sean Young, William Sanderson, Rutger Hauer and more.
“The Millers,” 8:31 p.m., CBS. Tired of chauffeuring his
mother, Nathan tells her to learn to drive or get someone else to do it.
“Rake,” 9 p.m., Fox.
In the jaunty season-opener, we met Keane (Greg Kinnear), a good lawyer with a
bad life of gambling debts and more; he was stopped for drunken driving. Now he
needs a driver and finds an overeducated one (Alexandra Breckenridge) who
shares his passion for sports bets. Meanwhile, his clients are charged with a
hate crime, for cutting off the beard of a fellow Amish man.
“White Collar,” 9 p.m., USA. In the season finale, Neal
searches for a treasure buried in New York.
“The Michael J. Fox Show,” 9:30 p.m., NBC. Eve isn’t really
the edgy type, but now she pretends to be.
“Parenthood,” 10 p.m., NBC. It’s time for new ventures -- Sara
and Hank (Lauren Graham and Ray Romano) with their project, Kristina starts
working as a community counselor.