TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Human Target,”
8 p.m., Fox.
This is a rarity – a show that got
much better after its debut. The early episodes seemed empty, but
last week's was good and tonight's is excellent.
It starts at a subway stop, with Chance
going eye-to-eye with a former colleague – someone as quietly
unshakable as he is. Then it flashes back to an assassination
attempt, earlier that night.
Sure, this never quite tells us why
officials weren't have been warned sooner. Still, it's skillfully
written and played. Emmanuelle Vaugier and Autumn Reeser are good as
Chance's old lover and new co-worker; Lennie James (“Jericho”) is
superb as his ultimate foe.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: Irish shows, 8
NBC's “Mercy” sends its heroine on
a St. Patrick's Day drinking binge. Other networks also have St.
Pat's Day plans.
The Disney Channel airs “Luck of the
Irish” (2001), an enjoyable movie about a teen who watches his mom
shrink (literally) into her leprechaun state. Some PBS stations have
pledge-drive Irish concerts. And Syfy has a theme night.
One “Ghost Hunters” (a rerun at 8
p.m.) visits the Lisheen Ruins in Ireland; another (a new hour at 9)
probes an Irish bar in New York. Then comes an offbeat “Destination
Its first half-hour – visiting
Masada, where Jewish rebels faced a siege – the team probes
leprechaun sightings in Ireland. The searchers treat this lightly,
making it a mildly pleasant hour.
Other choices include:
– “America's Next Top Model,”
8-9:30 p.m., CW. As in previous years, this show gives its models a
quick shock treatment: For their first photo shoot, they'll be nude.
– “Scrubs” season-finale, 8 p.m.,
ABC. Somehow, this show has lasted nine seasons. It wraps up this one
by rewarding the residents – true love for Drew, a true calling for
Cole and inspiration for Lucy.
– “The Middle,” 8:30 p.m., ABC.
In a fairly good rerun, Sue hustles to sell cheese and sausage.
That's supposed to get her a spot in a field trip to the state
– “Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Minnie Driver plays Claire's old friend, in this rerun. In a life
that's the opposite of Claire's, she has a big-money job and an
international sex life.
– “American Idol,” 9 p.m., Fox.
It's time to cut one person from the final 12.
– “High Society,” 9:30 p.m., CW.
To inject some extra conflict, this so-so show must illustrate how
much it bends “reality.” In Paris on business, Tinsley Mortimer
goes out with her London-based boyfriend. Alas, he's soon grumbling
to someone about “what we agreed on” concerning camera angles and
– “Ugly Betty,” 10:01 p.m., ABC.
Justin loves his acting class and its eccentric teacher (Carol Kane).
And when his Aunt Betty visits, she falls for a playwright.
– “Ugly Americans” debut, 10:30
p.m., Comedy Central. Maybe everyone who moves to New York feels like
the only normal person, amid bedlam and chaos. Now that's illustrated
by this animated comedy about a decent do-gooder, surrounded by
creatures and anti-immigration zealots.