TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Suburgatory,”
8:30 p.m., ABC.
At first, Rex Lee was just hired for
the pilot film, to play Mr. Wolfe, the guidance counselor. There was
no guarantee he'd be back.
Now Lee – who was so good as Lloyd in
“Entourage” – has become a regular, with some great moments
tonight. Tessa is sure he's gay; then again, she feels the same about
the new kid (Dan Byrd of “Cougar Town”) and the quarterback. It's
another clever and surprising episode.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: People's Choice
awards, 9-11 p.m., CBS.
The awards are wildly insignificant.
Katy Perry for best voice (as Smurfette) and as best guest? “Soul
Surfer” for best book adaptation? Kim Kardashian or Gene Simmons
for best reality-show celebrity? The “Thor” and “Captain
America” guys for best superhero? These aren't exactly the Academy
Still, there should be fun. Kaley Cuoco
(“Big Bang Theory”) hosts; Faith Hill and Demi Lovato sing.
Guests include Ellen Degeneres, Lea Michele, Vanessa Hudgens, Jason
Segel and Liam Neeson.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Whitney”
and “Are You There, Chelea?” debut, 8 and 8:30 p.m., NBC.
At first glance, these shows fit
perfectly. Both are comedies about brash young women; both are taped
in front of an audience, not in the movie style of NBC's Thursday
Still, there's a difference: Fueled by
Whitney Cummings' wit, her show is sharp and funny; “Chelsea,”
however, is so-so. Laura Prepon (“That '70s Show”) plays a young
Chelsea Handler, fond of liquor and guys; the real Handler plays her
sister. There are some good moments, but not nearly enough.
Other choices include:
– “One Tree Hill,” 8 p.m., CW;
rerunning at 9. In a burst of logic, networks are giving long-running
series an exit strategy. Now “Hill” has 13 episodes to conclude
its series. Sophia Bush is still around after nine seasons as Brooke;
she and Julian are planning the baptism of their twins.
– “Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check
local listings). In Canberra, Australia, kangaroos aren't just cute
and bouncy. A drought has forced them to scavenge in the
neighborhoods; the result has brought thousands of car-kangaroo
crashes. Despite tragedies, it's fun to watch this hour's merger of
nature and suburbia.
– “The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. It's
one thing when your dog eats your homework, another when your brother
does. Axl accidentally eats the map Brick made out of dough.
– “Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Claire and Jay get too involved in their boys' classroom project.
– “Nova,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check
local listings). This views a plan to bomb two dames key to Hitler.
– “Harry's Law,” 9 p.m., NBC.
It's wacky-case time again. Erica Durrance (“Smallville”) plays a
vigilante who's convinced she's Wonder Woman – and has the costume
to prove it.
– “State of Play,” 10 p.m., BBC
America. This brilliant, six-week series concludes with high stakes.
A Parliament member knows that the oil industry planted Sonia in his
office; she became his lover and then a murder victim. With his
marriage shattered and his career crumbling, he looks for revenge.
Cal – once his friend, now his wife's lover – scrambles to get
the news in print.