TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Vegas,” 10
For a few potent moments, two enemies
are on the same side.
Vince Savino (Michael Chiklis) is a
quick-scheming mobster, now the target of a hit man; Ralph Lamb is
the oft-silent sheriff. “Does that mouth of yours ever stop
moving?” Lamb asks.
It takes some wildly unlikely plot
stretches to get them alone and in jeopardy. Still, the result is a
strong episode that includes major shifts in the show's power
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Happy
Endings,” 9:01 p.m., ABC.
Now that he knows he's 1/16 Navajo,
Dave wants a Thanksgiving dinner in the style of “my people.”
Alas, just getting home will be his own
ordeal; meanwhile, the others have a major (and funny) distraction:
Max has a tape of the night they all met, a decade ago. That was
during an unaired edition of “The Real World” … complete with
some outspoken first impressions.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “American
Masters,” 8-10 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
David Geffen was sure of two things –
he had to be in show business and he had no talent.
He lied to get a mailroom job, schemed
to become an agent. Then he entered a changing music world.
This was the man behind a whole vibe –
the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Crosby,
Stills and Nash. He went on to movies, musicals and a different music
era with Aerosmith and Guns N'Roses. He talked a lot, dealt a lot,
became a billionaire and co-created Dreamworks.
It's a fascinating story, winding
skillfully through two show-business generations.
Other choices include”
– “NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. This wraps
up a two-parter, with Gibbs tracking a terrorist, with the help of a
Marine captain who has post-traumatic stress disorder. Meanwhile,
others make Thanksgiving plans.
– “Raising Hope,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Jimmy and his parents scheme to have little Hope ride on the town's
holiday parade. That's in the first of Fox's four straight
Thanksgiving episodes tonight.
– “Frontier Earth,” 8 p.m.,
Animal Planet. The world fell in love with the loris – with its
sweet face and big eyes – after a YouTube video went viral. But
cuteness aside, what is it like? This interesting hour follows an
expert to the jungle and to markets where endangered species are
– “Ben and Kate,” 8:30 p.m., Fox.
A class reunion is set for Thanksgiving eve. Will Kate finally
confront the bully who stuck her with a cruel nickname?
– “New Girl,” 9 p.m., Fox. “Big
Schmidt,” Schmidt's cousin, shows up for Thanksgiving. So do Jess'
parents (Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner); she's scheming to get them
– “The Mindy Project, 9:30 p.m.,
Fox. There are plenty of odd Thankgivings: Jeremy visits Betsy's
eccentric family … Danny is alone at the office ... and Mindy make
dinner at Gwen's house, where her former blind date (Ed Helms) shows
up with a date.
– “Parenthood,” 10:01 p.m., NBC.
During a spontaneous road trip, Amber (Mae Whitman) learns more about
Ryan (Matt Lauria of “Friday Night Lights”), whom her grandfather
met at the veterans' center.