TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Dancing With the
Stars” finale, 9-11 p.m., ABC.
“Stars” has had a big season in the
ratings, thanks to some clever and quirky casting.
Among the pros, tonight could bring the
fourth title for Derek Hough (paired with Ricki Lake), the third for
Cheryl Burke (with Rob Kardashian) or the first for Karina Smirnoff
(with J.R. Martinez).
First, there will be music and more.
Lady Antebellum performs its past hit “Need You Now” and debuts,
appropriately, “Dancing Away With My Heart.”
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: Tim Allen, 8 p.m.,
ABC and Hallmark.
Critics seemed sure Allen's “Last Man
Standing” – too dated, too jokey – wouldn't last long..
It's done fairly well in the ratings,
however. In the parts we've seen, tonight's episode looks good.
In a funny scene, Mike (Allen) learns
that Kyle spent the night in his daughter's room. It was all quite
innocent – Kyle fell asleep – but Mike decides it's time for some
rules. That airs at the same time that Hallmark has “The Santa
Clause” (1994), a funny film that has Allen becoming a reluctant
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Sons of
Anarchy,” 10 p.m., FX.
Forces are crashing against the Sons
biker club now, from outside – a relentless federal attorney has
key informants – and from inside.
Clay, the Sons president, beat his wife
brutally and hired people (unsuccessfully) to kill the wife of her
son, the club's vice-president. He also killed the father of Opie, a
Now that builds. A morose hour ends
with jolting action, setting up a two-parter that starts next week.
Other choices include:
– “Live With Kelly,” 9 a.m.,
stations vary (check local listings). It's the second of three days
with Jerry Seinfeld as Kelly Ripa's co-host. There will be other
big-deal co-hosts, mixed in with people who are trying out to be
Regis Philbin's permanent replacement.
– “Surf's Up” (2007) ad “Happy
Feet” (2006), 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., ABC Family. The long Thanksgiving
weekend will be filled with animated movies and specials, but you can
get an early start with this penguin double feature. “Feet” – a
penguin who dares to dance – is a gem for all ages.
– “The X Factor,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
To avoid Thanksgiving, Fox is moving “X Factor” up a day (to
Tuesday-Wednesday) and resting “Glee” for a week. Tonight, the
final nine acts perform.
– “NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. Robert
Wagner has played Tony's dad in a couple previous episodes. Now, he's
found in a car, with no idea what happened. Also, there's a body in
the trunk; police are suspicious..
– “NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. It's a tough tme for Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen). He botches a
stake-out, is fired by Hetty and ends up in bigger trouble at his old
job with the Los Angeles police.
– “Unforgettable,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Carrie's at a crime scene when a second murder occurs. She's got a
great memory, but now she must try to remember the hundreds of people
who were there.
– “Parenthood,” 10 p.m., NBC.
After some flirting at work, Adam finds his marriage in wobbling. His
brother Crosby has better luck, with a chance to re-connect with