TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Sing-Off,”
8-10 p.m., NBC.
Monday's opener included some
surprisingly good groups – and an especially surprising ouster.
Now the eight surviving groups link for
a vibrant opener, to Kings of Leon's “Use Somebody.” (It's kind
of like the “America Idol” openings, only good.) By the end of
the night, two more will be gone.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Human Target,”
8 p.m., ABC.
Last season had its best moments when
Chance collided with his former mentor Baptiste, a hit man superbly
played by Lennie James.
Now this improving show brings him
back. A friend of the new boss (Indira Varma) has been kidnapped; for
help, Chance contacts Baptiste in a Russian prison.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE II: “Mythbusters,”
9 p.m., Discovery.
The good news comes right away: The
guys are called to the White House, where President Obama says he's a
big fan and gives them a challenge.
The bad: The question – could a Greek
hero really have reflected the sun to burn enemy ships? – is one
they've already tried once, so all they can do is make it bigger. The
approach is painstaking; the episode's second challenge is so-so.
Also, the conversations seem contrived – and it's way too obvious
that two possible endings were taped right after the first White
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Lion
Warriors,” 9 p.m., Nat Geo Wild.
With only about 2,000 lions remaining
in Kenya, strong action has been taken. The government bans
lion-hunting; private sources compensate for lost cattle – if
there's no revenge.
Still, it's not easy in a culture that
uses lion kills to measure manhood. This balanced report visits all
sides, including new warriors. Also, Tuesday's excellent “Leopard
Queen” reruns at 8 and 11 p.m.
Other choices include:
– “The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC.
Frankie thinks she'll have a low-money Christmas. Then her parents
(Jerry Van Dyke and Marsha Mason) start spending big.
– “Better With You,” 8:30, ABC.
Here are more generational problems on Christmas, with some very
funny moments: Maddie concocts a lie to avoid spending the holiday at
the family lake house.
– “Miracle on 34th
Street” (1994), 8:30-11 p.m., ABC Family. Most people want the 1947
original. We prefer this remake, with lush visuals and Richard
Attenborough as Kris Kringle.
– “Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
The family obsesses on the first school dance for Luke and Manny.
– “Hell's Kitchen” (9 p.m., Fox)
and “Top Chef: All-Stars” (10 p.m., Bravo). First, the four Fox
survivors make a fusion dish, with two advancing to next week's
finale. Then Bravo has its second episode; in the fun opener
(rerunning at 9), the chefs made the dishes that had doomed them
– “Friday Night Lights,” 9 p.m.,
101 Network, DirecTV. Last week, East Dillon had a big win over the
team it forfeited to last season; now a magazine heralds Coach
Taylor. He doesn't realize his daughter is in trouble over a college
affair. Tonight, her troubles grow; so do those of Vince, the
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit” (NBC) and :The Whole Truth” (ABC), both 10 p.m. Two “Lost”
actors are guest stars. NBC's rerun has Henry Ian Cusick as a former
suspect, helping with a rape case; ABC's new episode has Harold
Perrineau as a psychic who seems to know too much.