TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Closer”
summer finale, 9 p.m., TNT.
This hour starts sensationally, ends
limply. The start is worth it.
Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) is a defendant
in court. It's a big case, but people start looking at their cell
phones and disappearing; something bigger is going on elsewhere.
The next few minutes are powerful.
Midway in its final season, “Closer” is looking strong.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: Miss Universe,
9-11 p.m., NBC.
In its 60th year, this
pageant – owned by Donald Trump – doesn't aspire to anything
cranial. It's strictly a beauty pageant, based on swimsuit, evening
gown and interview categories.
This time, there's a lush Latino feel.
It's in Sao Paolo, Brazil, home town of one of the judges, race
driver Helio Castrones. Some other judges grew up in the Phillipines
(Lea Salonga) and the Dominican Republic (Amelia Vega). Miss Universe
(Ximena Navarete) is from Mexico. One host, Natalie Morales, grew up
in Panama and Brazil; the other, Andy Cohen, is merely from St.
TODAY'S ALTERNATIVE: The post-Oprah
With no more “Oprah” to rule late
afternoons, other talk shows try to step in.
That includes “Ellen” and two from
Opah Winfrey's company – “Dr. Phil” and “Dr. Oz.” Oz has
inherited Winfrey's slot in 85 markets; today's season-opener deals
with bellyfat for women over 40.
Then there are the newcomers. The light
“America Now” is hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic.
“Anderson” has Anderson Cooper, who also has a show at 8 p.m.
(rerunning at 10) on CNN weekdays … but not today, when CNN has a
Republican presidential debate sponsored by the Tea Party.
Other choices include:
– “Bachelor Pad” finale, 8-10
p.m., ABC. This show started with 18 pretty people. Now eight are
left, split into four couples. Each duo tries to learn a Cirque du
Soliel routine in 24 hours; the winner chooses one other couple to
compete with for the $250,000 prize.
– “Gaga by Gaultier,” 8 p.m., CW.
Lots of people like Lady Gaga, including Frenchmen and fashion
designers. Here's a French special (in English) with designer Jean
Paul Gaultier interviewing her.
– “Rocky” (1976), 8-10:30 p.m.,
AMC; or “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937), 8:30-10:05
p.m., Disney. The world loves underdog movies and these two are
beautifully done. A broken-down boxer faces the champ; an earnest
teen-ager and some tiny old men face an evil queen.
– Two and a Half Men, 9 p.m., CBS.
Here's a rerun of the 177th and final episode taped by
Charlie Sheen. After this one – Charlie learns about Rose's
make-believe husband – production was suspended and then,
two-thirds of the way through the season. Next week, Ashton Kutcher
– “CW Fall Preview,” 9:15 p.m.,
CW. Here's a peek at CW's season, which starts Tuesday, six days
ahead of the others. It has two promising new shows (“Secret
Circle,” “Hart of Dixie”) and two others.
'– “Hawaii Five-0,” 10 p.m., CBS.
When the season starts next week, McGarrett will be in jail. Here's
the rerun that shows us why, as Wo Fat schemes.