TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Mad Love” and
“Two and a Half Men,” 8:30 and 9 p.m., CBS.
As summer settles in, we'll have to get
used to comedy reruns. Here's a perfect place to start.
“Mad Love” repeats its dandy pilot.
Two likable strangers (Jason Biggs and Sarah Chalke) fall instantly
in love; their friends (Tyler Labine and Judy Greer) fall in dislike.
The humor is quick and crisp.
“Two and a Half Men” has been
wallowing; now it returns to its terrific season-opener, then repeats
shows in order. Tonight, Jake fumes after learning that his dad has
been sleeping with his friend's mom.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Platinum Hit”
debut, 10 p.m., Bravo.
Many shows dismiss contestants'
songwriting skills. This one, however, is about the writing.
It hedges its bets with 12 contestants
who tend to be good-looking and strong singers. Tonight, each has a
half-hour to come up with a song hook; in teams of three, they turn
the best hooks into songs, with top people – including Jewel and
Kara DioGuardi – judging. It's fun to watch and to hear.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Gettysburg,”
9-11 p.m., History.
April 12 marked the 150th
anniversary of the start of the Civil War. So today, Memorial Day, is
the day to remember one of the most brutal wars ever; it killed
618,000 soldiers, the History Channel says – 14.4 percent of the
Union troops, 20.8 percent of the Confederates.
Some of the most horrific moments came
on July 1-3, 1863, when units collided in Gettysburg, Pa. This film –
produced by movie directors Tony and Ridley Scott – acknowledges
the horrors; some people will want to skip it because of the graphic
Still, it's beautifully filmed, with
vivid mini-profiles of key people. In three awful days, they would
make some smart moves and major mistakes, the kind that change
Other choices include:
– “The Bachelorette,” 8-10:01
p.m., ABC, Ashley Hebert's first date on the show (with William in
Las Vegas) has spectacular moments, including a soaring water
fountain. Hebert, a dance teacher and dental student, also shows off
some great dance moves, when the guys must concoct routines to do
with Jabbawockeez in Vegas. Then she trims the field from 18 to 15.
– “The Secret Life of the American
Teenager,” 8 and 9 p.m., ABC Family. As their wedding nears, Adrian
and Ben both have secret doubts about the quick marriage and the
– “House,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox. The
first rerun involves a man re-enacting the crucifixion; the second
involves a hero who saved a stranger on the subway tracks. Both view
Taub's troubled marriage and other personal crises; in the second
hour, House tries to avoid Cuddy's mom (Candice Bergen).
– “Taking Chance” (2009), 9 p.m.,
HBO. Here's the perfect Memorial Day film, based on a real-life
account of escorting the body of a teen soldier to his Wyoming home
town. Filled with human warmth and dignity, “Chance” drew 10 Emmy
nominations, including best actor (Kevin Bacon) and movie.
– “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss
Edition” debut, 10:01 p.m., ABC. Rachel is an overachiever who was
valedictorian and homecoming queen. But at 21, she weighs 369 pounds
– a bad image for a gym teacher. For each of the next eight weeks,
we'll see Chris Powell guide one person through a weight-loss year.
Tonight's opener (with Rachel) feels familiar, but has ups and downs
along the way.