TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Great Performances,” 9 p.m., PBS (check
For a splendid moment in 1970, immense talent converged.
George Furth wrote great comedy; Stephen Sondheim wrote songs that rippled with
brilliance. “Company” won five Tonys, including best musical.
Now here’s a masterful revival, perfectly cast and staged.
Neil Patrick Harris is Bobby, 35 and single, surrounded by 13 friends and lovers.
The scenes about marriage are good; others are great.
Catch Christina Hendricks as a ditz, Anika Noni Rose leading
“Another Hundred People”; hear Patti LuPone’s “The Ladies Who Lunch” and Katie
Finneran’s “Getting Married Today.” It’s great television.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Neighbors,” 8:31 p.m., ABC.
This clever comedy has found a way to link with “Shark Tank,”
the show it precedes.
Debby figures she has the perfect product – a purse that
doubles as a secret wine flask. She gets on the show – most of the real
“sharks” are there – with hilarious results. Also, Marty meets his videogame
nemesis and – on this Disney-owned network – Abby does a wild take-off to a classic
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “JFK: The Final Hours,” 8-10 p.m.,
John Kennedy’s schedule was hopelessly packed. He raced from
San Antonio to Houston to Dallas; he kept adding new stops, kept plunging into
the crowd. He was so tired at the hotel that he didn’t notice he was sleeping
next to a Van Gogh original. The next morning, he went to a breakfast alone …
then (through aides) quietly insisted his wife show up.
Moments like this are beautifully told by people who were
there … including narrator Bill Paxton, who was then 8. The result starts a
busy stretch, leading to Nov. 22, the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s
Other choices include:
“MasterChef Junior” finale, 8 p.m., Fox. The finalists – Dara,
12, and Alexander, 13 – will prepare a three-course dinner. Then one will be
named the best young chef in America.
“Last Man Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. When a snowstorm hits, Eve
is ready for big money with her annual snow-shoveling business. Her neighbor
beats her to it, leading her dad to offer a lesson in capitalism.
“Pete’s Christmas,” 8-10 p.m., Hallmark. Repeating Christmas
day after day? This flat film comes across as a bad copy of “Groundhog Day” and
Jay Mohr’s 2006 “Christmas Do-Over.”
“Sleepy Hollow,” 9 p.m,, Fox. Here’s a rerun of Monday’s
episode. Midway through what was already a good hour, it brought in John Noble
(the brilliant “Fringe” star) for a great seen as the “Sin Eater.”
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS. This is tough police work:
While doing an undercover investigation, McGarrett must watch the baby newly
adopted by his sister (Taryn Manning).
“The Lylas” debut, 9 p.m., WE, rerunning at 10. There’s
potential in the portrait of four sisters (talented and, mostly, beautiful) launching
their singing group. Still, the opener has too much weeping, some of it
transplanted (jumping forward to their mothers’ death) and some overwrought.
One sister weeps about leaving kids behind; all claim it’s a hurdle to be Bruno
Mars’ sisters. We’ll hold our sympathy for that.
“Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. Danny investigates the murder
of a Wall Street trader with a gambling problem. His dad, the police commissioner,
is in the midst of a probe of excessive force.