TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Let it Shine," 8
The good news is that the Disney
Channel continues the surge it started with “High School Musical.”
Here's another vibrant music movie, with a terrific singer (Coco
Jones, 14) and director (Paul Hoen).
And the bad? Once again, cable
stretches a creaky old plot idea. Nickelodeon's “Rags” recently
merged great music with a silly “Cinderella” take-off; now Disney
clumsily borrows “Cyrano de Bergerac.”
Roxy thinks the great rap lyrics are
from cute Kris; they're actually from his good-guy friend Cyrus. That
gets stretched way too long, joined by cliched preacher-vs.-rap
sub-plot. It's enough to make viewers flee – or would be, if the
rest of “Shine” weren't so good.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE II: “House,” 8
Give the Disney people credit for
continually spotting new stars. That includes Jones (mentioned above)
and Bridgit Mendler, who guests here.
Mendler, 19, stars in the Disney
Channel's “Good Luck Charlie,” a comedy that ha a rerun at 10:30
p.m. today. :And in this “House” rerun, she plays a homeless teen
with a complicated past.
Also in “House” are relationship
woes – Taub with his babies, Foreman with a married woman.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Fairly Legal”
season-finale, 9 p.m., USA.
At first, this seems like a minor case,
one Kate can rush through in mediation: Lesbians were fired for
violating a rule against workplace romance; a settlement nears.
Then that leads to something bigger –
just as Kate prepares to buy a new condo with the guy she almost
divorced. In a well-made hour, we get huge changes in his election
campaign, her life and more.
Other choices include:
– “Megastunts,” 8-11 p.m., ABC.
Most times, ABC has better things to do than show people risking
their lives in stunts. Tonight, alas, the first hour reviews major
stunts in history. Then a 9 p.m. special views Nik Wallenda, 33,
trying to walk a 1,550-foot tightrope, 173 feet above Niagara Falls.
– “Whitney,” 8 p.m., NBC. In a
rerun, Whitney and Alex hear a theory that couples know in their
first 48 hours if they belong together. Soon, they're recalling their
own start together.
– “Community,” 8:30, NBC. Fun
things – foosball, a missing DVD – stir commotions in this rerun.
– “CSI: NY,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a
rerun, a judge was killed and the probe flashes back to a case in
which Jo was blamed for a suspected rapist going free.
– “Bones,” 9 p.m., Fox. While
probing the murder of a toy-company executive in this rerun, the
pregnant Brennan ponders the foggy concept of toys and play.
– “Great Performances,” 9 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). Harry Connick is on Broadway, backed by a
big band and a 12-piece string section.
– “Comedy Bang Bang,” 9 and 10
p.m., Independent Film Channel. Last week's opener, rerunning at 9
p.m., has great moments from Will Forte (as an unheroic pilot) and
Zach Galifianakis. At 10, a fairly good new episode has Amy Poehler,
plus a Reggie Watts take-off on high-concept movie comedies.
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. In
a rerun, a witness says a uniformed cop fled after a diner shooting.