TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Girls Night Out:
Superstar Women of Country,” 9-11 p.m., CBS.
Country music used to settle for two or
three top women at a time. Now, fortunately, it has a crowd.
This honors one of the originals
(Loretta Lynn), some relative newcomers (Miranda Lambert, Jennifer
Nettles, Carrie Underwood) and people in between – Reba McEntire,
Martina McBride, the Judds.
Presenters will perform alone and with
the honorees. The line-up includes Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, John
Fogerty, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and newcomers Ashley Monroe and
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Supernatural,”
9 p.m., CW; and “Sanctuary,” 10 p.m., Syfy.
First, “Supernatural” manages to
pack lots of humor into a saving-the-world story. The guys must jump
to 1861 Wyoming, to get a demon-killing gun from Samuel Colt; their
efforts to fit into a cowboy persona bring laughs, drama and tense
Then switch to “Sanctuary,” which
has an interesting change-of-pace. Last week was epic; this one is
confined to headquarters, with only six characters – who
alternately turn fierce and destructive.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Man Versus
Earth,” 9 p.m., Current TV.
Sam Branson could spend his life on the
tropical island owned by his dad, billionaire Richard Branson.
Instead, he plunges into snow; he's been on three Arctic expeditions
and now views American peril. Taking chances on snowmobiles and skis,
we've seen annual deaths by avalanche increase fivefold in 40 years.
We fight back – with helicopters, artillery guns, even a tank –
to induce smaller, safer slides.
Still, the trouble builds. Branson
meets one man who has lost six close friends to avalanches, another
who had a ton of snow (four feet thick) atop him; friends followed
his tracking device and dug him out.
Other choices include:
– Earth Day shows, all day. This
holiday is especially big on PBS Kids, where “Wild Kratts” and
other cartoons are eco-friendly. Other moments range from talk shows
(Nate Berkus discusses re-using things in the house) to Disney.
Current TV has the 13-hour “Dangerous Planet” throughout the
weekend; at 9 p.m., the Weather Channel has Tom Brokaw leading the
town-hall style “Changing Planet.”
– “Friday Night Lights,” 8 p.m.,
NBC. Last week's season-opener saw the underdog East Dillon Lions
beat Texas' eighth-ranked team. Now Vince, the star quarterback, gets
both praise and temptation. Bigger, slicker schools seem ready to
retaliate. It's a strong start to a great show's final season.
– “Chaos,” 8 p.m., CBS. The team
rushes to China to extricate a spy (Illeana Douglas). She turns out
to be the former lover of Casey (Tim Blake Nelson); soon, everyone is
helping her finish her mission.
– “Smallville,” 8 p.m., CW. Only
four new episodes remain in this show's 10-year run. At this point,
Clark is a Metropolis superhero named The Blur; he ducks publicity –
which another hero rushes in to grab. Sharply directed by star Tom
Welling, this show is great until the final, too-prolonged minutes.
– “Royal Wedding of a Lifetime,”
8-11 p.m., Lifetime. The first hour previews the wedding; the second
reviews the courtship of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The third
speculates on their future.
– “Fringe,” 9 p.m., Fox. With
only three new episodes left this season, this terrific show seems to
be heading to a peak. Tonight, the alternate-world Walter finds a way
to wreak revenge on our world.
– “Talking Funny,” 9 p.m., HBO.
Ricky Gervais is a master at turning small talk into entertaining
television. Tonight, he simply chats about comedy with Jerry
Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Louis C.K.
– “Camelot,” 10 p.m., Starz.
Here's a rerun of the fairly good opener, with Arthur learning he's
the illegitimate son of the late king. Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green
are excellent as competing wizards.