TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Vegas” and
“Blue Bloods” season-finales, 9 and 10 p.m., CBS.
These shows have dominated Friday's
ratings by offering cop stories with character twists. Now each has a
tale linked to righteous revenge.
For “Vegas,” that centers on Ralph
Lamb (Dennis Quaid) , the real-life rancher who was hired as sheriff
in 1960s Las Vegas. He links with his enemy, mobster Vince Savino
(Michael Chiklis), to get the man responsible for killing his wife
and putting an assistant district attorney in the hospital.
For “Blue Bloods,” it involves the
Reagan cops – the police commissioner, a detective and Jamie, a
patrolman. They combine to persue the gang members who killed Jamie's
police partner Vinny.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Jake
Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local
In the wrong hands – well,almost any
hands – the ukelele can be incredibly dull. Shimabukuro, however,
transforms this lowly instrument into a powerful source of jazz,
blues, rock and classical.
Tadashi Nakamura has directed
beautifully, mixing concert snips and profile portions. We hear about
a Hawaiian kid who was alone at night, watching his brother while his
divorced mother worked. He played obsessively … and mastered the
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Da Vinci's
Diaries,” 9 p.m., Starz; repeats at 10:05.
After broad-based episodes, here's a
detour, focusing on Leonardo da Vinci's trial for “sodomy.” That
was the word for homosexuality, which was accepted in Florence, but
forbidden elsewhere in Italy.
The final portions strain believability
to the breaking point. Still, great actors tackle sharp dialog in an
intense setting; and for the first time, we see depth to da Vinci's
fractured relationship with his father.
Other choices include:
– “Undercover Boss,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Here's a follow-up hour, meeting some of the employees who have fared
the best and worst. On the minus side, some tell about being fired.
On the plus? One has gone from homeless shelter to homeowner, another
from minimum wage to franchise-owner.
– “Fashion Star,” 8 p.m., NBC.
With help – and, sometimes, distractions – from ousted
contestants, the three finalists each create a collection for each of
the three retailers. Then a champion is chosen.
– “The Incredibles” (2004), 8
p.m., Disney. Her;s animated fun about a family of superheroes,
suddenly emerging from witness-protection-program obscurity.
– “Touch” finale, 9 p.m., Fox.
Jake and Amelia are at the core, as the Aster Corps tries to harness
their brains and dominat the world economy. Jake's dad (Kiefer
Sutherland) scrambles to find them.
– “Maron,” 10 p.m., IFC. This
low-key comedy evolved from a podcast that clever comedian Marc Maron
does from his garage. Tonight starts with a chat with his opposite,
the hyper-macho Denis Leary. Soon, Maron tries a manly task: Remove a
dead animal from under his house.
– “A River Runs Through It,”10
p.m., Sundance. Beautifuly directed by Robert Redford – who isn't
in the film, except as narrator – this views two brothers who grow
up as opposites amid the beauty of Montana. Craig Sheffer and
then-newcomer Brad Pitt are perfect in the leads.