TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Castle,” 10:01
This entertaining series leaps between
light and dead-serious episodes. Now it tries both in one night.
The story itself is heavy: Kate
Beckett's former police partner was killed. Rarely a rule-breaker,
she disobeys her boss (who is, alas, a cliché) and flies to Los
Angeles to find the killer.
Richard Castle goes along and lighter
moments follow. These two New Yorkers visit a rooftop pool, a Santa
Monica beach, Gene Simmons home and the studio where people are
adapting Castle's novel.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “House,” 8
Candice Bergen is back as Cuddy's
mother – this time planning to sue for malpractice. That endangers
House's license … and the hospital Cuddy runs.
Meanwhile, Donal Logue – whose
excellent “Terriers” was canceled – guests. He plays someone
who becomes partially paralyzed while looking for a lost love.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: Movies, 8 p.m.,
Three bigger-than-life talents combined
to make “Scarface” (1983, AMC) a pop-culture sensation: Oliver
Stone wrote the seething script, Brian De Palma directed and Al
It's a terrific movie, but the sheer
excess will drive some people away. They may prefer a straight action
film; “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” (2007, FX)
brings back the attractive heroes – Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd,
Chris Evans, etc. – and adds an engimatic character.
And the sleeper choice is the hilarious
“The In-Laws” (1979, TV Guide Network). Alan Arkin plays a
dentist, enmeshed in the schemes of his daughter's father-in-law, who
claims to be a secret agent.
Other choices include:
– “Dancing With the Stars,”
8-9:31 p.m., ABC. Last week, wrestler Chris Jericho was ousted, with
Ralph Macchio and Kendra Wilkinson also in the bottom. They're among
the show's final six stars.
– “How I Met Your Mother,” 8
p.m., CBS. The women scramble to soothe an argument between Marshall
– “Mad Love,” 8:30 p.m., CBS.
After losing Connie's camera, Larry re-traces his steps. She goes
along, soon learning much about him.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. In the rerun of a funny episode, Charlie and Lyndsey (Courtney
Thorne-Smith) are becoming friends … promptly fanning Alan's
– “The Chicago Code,” 9 p.m.,
Fox. A jury deadlocks, failing to convict a corrupt official. Now the
police commissioner and her top detective must scramble for new
– “Make It or Break It,” 9 p.m.,
ABC Family. Emily (Chelsea Hobbs) has been the show's best character
– a hard-working, blue-collar teen, trying to conquer a gymnastics
field designed for the privileged. Now she faces another giant hurdle
… and a major decision.
– “Hawaii Five-0,” 10 p.m., CBS.
A photographer (Rick Springfield) has been killed while working on a
magazine's swimsuit edition. We're guessing this episode will include
some attractive people.