TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “House,” 8
The bad news is that the networks are
starting to abandon Fridays yet again.
Two shows announced for the night have
never aired. Fox's “Human Target” is being moved to a different
night; ABC's “Body of Proof” may do the same. NBC puts its worst
show (“Outlaw”) on Fridays; Fox lets a fun show (“Good Guys”)
die with reruns as lead-ins.
The good news: Tonight's Fox rerun is a
brilliant episode: A baby has disappeared and the hospital is in
lockdown. With empty time, the doctors have revealing moments; the
relationship between a dying patient (David Strathairn) and Dr. House
(Hugh Laurie, who also directed) is especially moving.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “No Ordinary
Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
This rerun slot was supposed to go to
“My Generation” – until ABC suddenly dumped the show. That's a
break for “Family,” which needs all the help it can get.
There's a good premise (family get
separate superpowers after an Amazon plane crash) and a likable cast,
led by Michael Chicklis and Julie Benz. Still, this episode (the
second) has deep flaws.
Some touches – the dad getting run
over by a car time after time – are fun, but wildly illogical;
others – a teen being told bluntly that he must be cheating, his
parents vowing to quit using their powers – seem like arbitrary
ways to extend the story.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Dog
Whisperer” season-opener, 8 p.m., National Geographic.
Who would imagine that Howie Mandel –
a germaphobe who refuses to touch people – would have a house
dominated by dogs? Terry – his wife of 30 years – has several
dogs, including a chihuaha that sends Mandel scampering out of the
room. Cesar Millan restores order, as usual.
That's half of an enjoyable episode. We
also meet two dogs that went from friends to enemies.
Other choices include:
– “Titanic” (1997, 7 p.m., TNT)
or “The Hurt Locker” (2008), 9 p.m., Showtime. Both films were
well-crafted and won best-picture Oscars, yet they are opposites.
“Hurt” is a rough ride, an oft-painful look at bomb de-fusers in
Iraq. “Titanic” is slick and glossy, a disaster film sparked by a
great love story.
– “Medium,” 8 p.m., CBS. Allison
isn't the one with the key dreams tonight. Her daughter, Ariel, has
visions of missing women, past and present. Also, police Det. Scanlon
dreams of his late brother.
– “The Good Guys,” 9 p.m., Fox.
The smallest of tips – a kid saw guys stealing mail – leads to
identity theft, drug-running and murder.
– “Law & Order: UK,” 9 and 10
p.m., BBC America. The formula that has worked for 20-plus seasons in
the U.S. is wrapping up its third English season. (These are short
seasons, with a total of 20 episodes in those three years.) Fantasy
fans will recognize Jamie Bamber (“Battlestar Galactica”) as Matt
Devlin, a cop, and Freema Agyeman (“Doctor Who”) as Alesha
Phillips, a prosecutor.
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
When a rape suspect has diplomatic immunity, the police chief (Tom
Selleck) works with his son (Donnie Wahlberg) and daughter (Bridget
Moynahan) – a police detective and an assistant prosecutor – to
find a legal solution.
– “The Increasingly Poor Decisions
of Todd Margaret,” 10 p.m. IFC. In the delightful opener last week,
a clueless American (David Cross) arrived in England to introduce a
product. Tonight, his boss – Will Arnett, Cross' colleague on
“Arrested Development” and “Running Wilde” – pushes for