TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Following”
season-finale, 9 p.m., Fox.
In the “24” style, Fox promises,
this show will wrap up a story each season. Here's the big night.
Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) caught
charismatic serial-killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), but crumbled
so badly that he quit the FBI. He returned as a consultant after
Carroll used his followers to kidnap
his son and lure his ex-wife (Natalie Zea). Now he's taken her to a
special spot, where Hardy races toward the ultimate showdown.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Warehouse 13”
return, 10 p.m., Syfy.
Before taking a seven-month break,
“Warehouse” was in mid-chaos. Consumed by another spirit, Artie
had killed the beloved Leena and broke open an orchid that sent a
deadly disease worldwide.
Now Pete and Claudia are in Europe,
scrambling for a way to un-do the orchid; Myka and Steve are inside
Artie's sub-conscious, which is a busy place.
This entertaining is packed with strong
guest stars – Roger Rees, C.C.H. Pounder and sci-fi veterans –
Lindsay Wagner, Kate Mulgrew, Polly Walker and (as a neatly eccentric
professor) James Marsters.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Rectify,”
10 p.m., Sundance.
Last week's two-hour debut (the latter
half of which reruns at 9 p.m.) introduced Daniel, free after 19
years on death row. Family members (and DNA results) back him; others
disagree and want a re-trial.
Tonight, he adjusts to everyday life,
while his lawyer (who has also become his sister's lover) presses on
with the case. One early scene – with Hal Holbrook, 88, as the
original defense lawyer – shows how good this six-hour mini-series
sometimes is, with fine actors tackling deep material.
Other choices include:
– “All My Children” and “One
Life to Live,: 5 a.m. ET, Online. A new era begins when former ABC
soaps arrive at www.hulu.com,
plus iPads and other devices. Each has a new half-hour each weekday.
– “Dancing With the Stars,”
8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Athletes thrive here, but boxer Victor Ortiz was
often near the bottom, then was the fifth person to depart. That was
last week, with Sean Lowe edging him.
– “Bones” season-finale, 8 p.m.,
Fox. Christopher Pelant, the tech genius, has a new string of
murders. Each seems to involve an FBI agent close to Booth; Brennan
wonders if Booth is the ultimate target.
– “Brain Games,” 8-10 p.m.,
National Geographic. First are last week's episodes – quick, slick
and fun – viewing the brain and its quirks. Then new episodes
ponders motion and fear. The latter, at 9:30, includes Larry
Fessenden, a horror filmmaker who sort of looks like Jack Nicholson's
– “2 Broke Girls,” 9 p.m., CBS.
When a TV crew is at the diner, Caroline is offered an acting role.
– “Defiance,” 9 p.m., Syfy.
Things are never easy in this gritty town, groping for peace after
alien wars. In a fairly good hour, tiny creatures attack, bikers
frighten and Irisa has harsh visions.
– “Independent Lens,” 10 p.m..
PBS (check local listings). After clearing the border wall, people
face four days in the emptiness of Arizona's Sonora Desert. Many are
caught, this involving documentary says, but hundreds die annually.
We see a Humane Borders man bringing water and relief, before turning
someone back; we also see survivors, brutalized by 107-degree
– “Castle,”10:01 p.m., ABC. This
episode was scheduled for last week, then delayed: Beckett is
standing on a land mine. To distract her while others try to help,
Castle debates who fell in love first.