TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Five,” 9-11
The best TV movie in years, this was
written, directed and acted with consummate skill.
There are five short films about breast
cancer, each with a different writer and director. Still, a clever
device strongly ties the first and last films and lightly links the
Three people – Demi Moore, Jennifer
Aniston, Alicia Keys – made directing debuts. Their work, starting
with Moore's exquisite opener, is superb; so are films by Patty
Jenkins and Penelope Spheeris.
Two roles are overwritten, but
performed so well (by Patricia Clarkson and Jenifer Lewis) that all
is forgiven. Others are perfection, with Jeanne Tripplehorn, Lyndsy
Fonseca, Rosario Dawson and more.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “2 Broke
Girls,” 8:30 p.m., CBS.
In the first three weeks of this
terrific series, we've savored the reactions of Caroline, the fallen
heiress, as she sees how real people live. Now it's time for the flip
side: Max sees how the rich live.
Caroline is convinced she needs
something at her old home – now padlocked by police. She has no
breaking-and-entering skills; Max does and soon gets a peek at
Caroline's old life.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The Rosie
Show,” 7 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network.
OWN started weakly – not enough
oomph, not enough Oprah – on Jan. 1. Now the facelift begins, with
Rosie O'Donnell at 7 p.m., reconfigured “Oprah” reruns at 8 and
Rosie O'Donnell says her show will
start with a monologue and end with an offbeat game. In between, it
will usually have only one guest; the first is Russell Brand,
guaranteeing an enjoyable start.
Other choices include:
– “Terra Nova,” 8 p.m., Fox. At
an outpost, a virus has caused memory loss, insanity and death. Dr.
Shanon (Shelley Conn) and others scramble for a cure, before they
--”Oprah's Lifeclass” debut, 8
p.m., OWN. Winfrey hosts a show that repackages her reruns. This
week, that's followed by reruns of Lisa Ling documentaries at 9 and
“Oprah” at 10.
– “House,” 9 p.m., Fox. Out of
prison, House has a tough time. Wilson, his long-suffering friend, is
cool to him. Also, the outspoken House is working with the
talented-but-timid Dr. Chi Park,
– “Two and a Half Men,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. OK, Walter (Ashton Kutcher) has spent enough time moping about
his marriage. Now he's looking of the next perfect woman. Also, Alan
– “Bored to Death” season-opener,
9 p.m., HBO. Sometimes sly and subtle, “Bored” leaps into a big
story that ends (well) next week. Ray is lured into what feels like
an old-time detective novel.
– “Enlightened” debut, 9:30, HBO.
Amy (Laura Dern) had a spectacular meltdown, then took a spiritual
retreat. Newly enlightened, she expects peace with her grouchy mother
(Diane Ladd, Dern's real mom) and slacker ex-husband (Luke Wilson).
Its a slickly crafted comedy-drama.
– “Prime Suspect,” 10 p.m., NBC.
“The Playboy Club” – dull, drab and badly done – has already
been canceled. A news hour is coming, with reruns filling in.
Tonight, Jane's dad's bar is robbed.