TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “So You Think You
Can Dance,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Nicole Scherzinger definitely knows
about music and dance. She's been the Pussycat Dolls lead, a solo
star and a “Dancing With the Stars” champion.
She'll sing on “Dance” tonight; so
will Jason Samuels Smith. Then two people will be sent home, getting
the show to the final 10 who will – starting next week – be
paired with past contestants.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Big Brother”
(CBS) or “Expedition Impossible” (ABC), 9 p.m.
Which is more difficult – being stuck
indoors or way, WAY outdoors? You can sample both tonight.
The indoor show is “Big Brother,”
which airs at 8 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays, then has a live hour at
9 p.m. Thursdays. Tonight, it has the season's first ouster.
The outdoor one is “Expedition
Impossible,” which has three-person teams racing through demanding
parts of Morocco. The first week brought desert heat, with
contestants wishing things would cool down; now they get that to
excess in the High Atlas Mountains. Illness and ill-spirits follow.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Rookie Blue,”
10 p.m., ABC.
Andy (Missy Peregrym) gets two views of
the dangers of her police job.
One is second-hand; a loved one is
wounded and she's a caregiver at the hospital. Then it's first-hand;
her own life is endangered, after she's trapped in a burning
That fire leads to a young arson
suspect … and the possilbiity that this is a much bigger case.
Other choices include:
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Howard and Bernadette – small, quirky, brainy in odd ways –
have always seemed like a logical match. In this rerun, alas, he
meets her ex-boyfriend – played by towering Rick Fox, a former pro
– “Parks and Recreation,” 8:30
p.m., NBC. Here's a rerun of one of the best episodes. Leslie's pet
project, the Harvest Festival, is here, but problems build. The tiny
horse has escaped, the Wamapoke tribe is rumored to have a curse on
the site … and an April-Andy feud brings great moments.
– “The Office,” 9 p.m., NBC.
Michael is missing, in this rerun, and a search begins.
– “30 Rock,” 9:30, NBC. In a
rerun, Jack tries to get friendly with his new cable boss.
– “Love Bites,” 10 p.m., NBC. Two
former “Ugly Betty” co-stars – Becki Newton and Christopher
Gorham – guest in this rerun. He plays her brother-in-law,
distracted by a flirty receptionist when he should be focusing on the
upcoming birth of his baby.
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
With Lisbon injured, Agent Hightower has her first time working in
the field with Patrick Jane. It's a rerun, involving the murder of a
– “Wilfred,” 10 p.m., FX. Always
fresh and clever, this show slumps a bit when it goes too dark. It
does that tonight, when Wilfred – he's a dog, but we see him as a
guy in a dog suit – goes to doggy day care.
– “Louie,” 10:30, FX. Here's one
of the strangest episodes of an odd (and oddly interesting) show.
Louis C.K. has a rough stand-up comedy night, attacks his Las Vegas
audience, quits – then has a long talk with Joan Rivers. One moment
– when he must guess what Rivers did to get her fame – is a gem.