TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “American Idol,”
8 p.m., Fox.
It's time for the first weekly ouster
episode. Tonight (barring a save), one person will be sent home.
First, there's music. Bon Jovi does
“Because We Can,” the 10 finalists combine for a song from the
upcoming animated film “The Croods” … and Phillip Phillips,
last year's winner, is back.
Phillips' first album reached No. 4 on
the Billboard chart and its first single “Home” reached No. 6.
Now he does its second single, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” which people
may eventually dread: It will be this season's exit song, performed
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Two and a Half
Men,” 8:31 p.m., CBS.
In last week's funny, offbeat episode,
Alan argued with Walden; he moved out … and moved in with Herb
(Ryan Stiles). These two men share an ex-wife and a solemn view of
Alan eventually moved back, but now he
and Walden are concerned about Herb's despondency. They try to cheer
him up … then end up celebrating too hard.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Braxton
Family Values” season-opener, 9 p.m., WE; repeats at 10.
Life keeps changing for the vibrant
Toni – a music great with six Grammys
– got her first lead role in a cable movie (Lifetime's recent
“Twist of Faith”). Towanda and Trina are patching up
relationships; Traci is big on motorcycles.
But the big change is in Tamar, who's
now obsessing on her own music (“Love & War” reached No. 57
on the Billboard chart and No. 13 on the R&B/hip-hop chart) and
her own cable show. As this season starts, the others take a trip to
Italy, while talking about the missing Tamar.
Other choices include:
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. So far, Howard has only talked about his mom; now he debates
whether to open a letter from his dad. Also, Leonard and Penny host a
“grown-up” cocktail party.
– “Community,” 8 p.m., NBC.
Everyone is trying to figure out why Chang lost his memory. Dean
Pelton wants to use this for a medical-research grant; Abed wants to
turn it into a documentary film.
– “Parks and Recreation,” 8:30
p.m. NBC. Two people from HBO's departed “Bored to Death” have
guest roles. Jason Schwartzman (who starred) plays the owner of a
video store that Leslie hopes to rescue; Jenny Slate (who played
Stella, his pot-smoking girlfriend) plays Tom's bad employee.
– “Glee,” 9 p.m., Fox. Tension
has been building between the teachers, Will and his ex-student Finn.
In a turnaround, club members give them an assignment. Also, Santana
is suspicious of Brody's job.
– “Grey's Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC.
The new hospital administration created chaos, with one of the
doctors considering leaving. That comes while doctors try juggle
several difficult transplants.
– “Elementary,” 10 p.m., CBS. For
the first time, Dr. Watson (Lucy Liu) takes on a solo case, searching
for a woman who left a tearful video farewell, mentioning a murder on
a subway platform. Meanwhile, Sherlock Holmes gets interested in the
– “Scandal,” 10:02 p.m., ABC.
Scott Foley has jumped from one ABC Thursday show to the next. On
“Grey's Anatomy,” he was Henry, in a marriage-of-convenience with
Teddy; now he attracts Olivia. Meanwhile, the president has been
shaken by the election scandal and doesn't know whom to trust.