(Re-sending the TV column for
Wednesday, April 10, catching a few typos)
By MIKE HUGHES
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Modern Family,”
9 p.m., ABC.
There are some big laughs tonight, on
One has Manny's dad (Benjamin Bratt)
return, this time bringing his new girlfriend (Paget Brewster).
Gloria – expecting a waitress or receptionist – is in for a
The other sees Claire and Cam finish
buying and remodeling a house. Now Phil tries to sell it; as things
sputter, Mitchell struggles to suppress a major “I told you so.”
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “American
Idol,” 8-10 p.m., Fox
The all-female (almost) season heats
up. There will be two solos – including a “song I wish I had
written” – from each contestant.
There are six left – five women and
Lazaro Arbos. Viewers have ousted a guy every week and could do it
again, considering the explosive female talent.
Then again, judges might use their lone
“save” to spare someone. This is the longest any panel has lasted
without using the save; it's also the final week that it can be used.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Nova,” 9
p..m., PBS (check local listings).
As Richard Smith tells it, his
Australian homeland is the perfect laboratory for natural history.
Some people consider it our oldest
continent. It certainly seems to have the oldest specimens –
crystals considered 4.5 billion years old, fossils traced to 3.5
billion, animal fossils at 500 million and more.
Smith, a marine biologist, leads this
four-week tour of Australia's natural history. This first part –
encompassing the first four billion years or so – slips snippets of
information into dazzling visuals.
Other choices include:
– “Survivor,” 8 p.m., CBS. Last
week, the tribes merged and one of the “favorites” (Corinne
Kaplan) was ousted. That leaves seven favorites, four “fans” and
– “The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC.
Frankie seeks her first dental-assistant job, with Jack McBrayer (“30
Rock”) as a potential boss. Also, her husband reluctantly has a
Prairie Scouts camping trip with Brick.
– “Doctor Who”and “Spies of
Warsaw,” 8 p.m. and 9-11 p.m., BBC America. First we see David
Tennant as the zestful Doctor, leaping across time and space; in this
rerun from 2009, a creature is in the waters of Mars. Then a miscast
Tennant is a spy and action hero. In the second half of a so-so
mini-series, he tries to rescue Anna (Janet Montgomery) and a crucial
– “Suburgatory,” 8:30 p.m., ABC.
A week before the season-finale, George delivers the world's
least-romantic proposal for cohabitation: “Let's hook up and stick
it to our cable-provider.” That leads to painful decisions about
what to dump … and to a hurried sale by Sheila, who's new in real
– “How to Live With Your Parents
(For the Rest of Your Life),” 9:31 p.m., ABC. After last week's
lively start, the show settles in. Polly (Sarah Chalke) is injured,
leaving her mom and step-dad in charge of her daughter. On the plus
side, they urge her ex-husband to give her some space.
– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
10 p.m.,CBS. A 6-year-old was the only witness to a triple murder.
Now D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) tries to break through to the kid.