TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Voice”
(NBC) or “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), both 8-10 p.m.
For “Dancing,” the introductory
show is over now and the winnowing begins. Tonight, judges and
viewers vote; on Tuesday, we'll have the first elimination.
That goes against powerhouse “Voice,”
wrapping up this “battle round” phase. Each song is a duet by
teammates; then the captain chooses a winner and sends the other one
home. By the end of tonight, we'll have the 24 survivors who begin
live shows next week.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Confessions of
a Shopaholic” (2009), 8-10 p.m., CW.
Sophie Kinsella's “Shopaholic”
novels rippled with witty words, clever twists and shopping. The
movie version loses most of that, except for the shopping.
The script – about a well-meaning
ditz – is weak, but director P.J. Hogan gives it a lush, big-city
look,somewhere near the “The Devil Wears Prada” turf. He also has
a gorgous and likable cast, led by Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy and
Krysten Ritter; all help nudge the film toward adequacy.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Make It or
Break It” season-opener, 9 p.m., ABC Family.
“This is where your dreams become a
reality,” the girls are told. “Or where they're left behind.”
It is, in short, an Olympic year. Now
Kaylie, Payson and Lauren head to the USA Training Center, where
they'll find new coaches and new rivals.
“Nothing's ever going to separate
us,” one girl proclaims. But endless distractions loom, including a
boyfriend, a new rival, a surpise … and even the possibility that
Lauren's perfume makes her dizzy.
Other choices include:
– “The Secret Life of the American
Teenager,” 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., ABC Family. Fresh from winning an
Independent Spirit Award in “The Descendants,” Shailene Woodley
is back as Amy, whose pregnancy launched the series. Reruns lead into
a new hour at 8, rerunning at 10. Now that Amy's engaged, she seems
more interested in diplomas – high school, college, grad school –
than a wedding.
– “Alcatraz,” 8-10 p.m., Fox. In
the season-finale, the team seems close to finding the secrets behind
the returning Alcatraz prisoners – and finding th killer of
Rebecca's police partner.
– “How I Met Your Mother,” 8
p.m., CBS. An all-rerun night for CBS starts here. Appalled that
Barney is dating someone without researching her on the Internet, his
– “Two and a Half Men,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. Walden's mother (Mimi Rogers) and his ex-wife (Judy Greer) try
to seize control of his company. Oddly, he wants help from Alan.
– “Hawaii Five-0,” 10 p.m., CBS.
One of the “NCIS: Los Angeles” characters – Kensi Blye, played
by DanielaRuah – helps examine a photo. Also, McGarrett ends up in
a mixed martial arts match.
--”Smash,” 10 p.m., NBC. Grace
Gummer arrives as the daughter of this would-be musical's producer
(Anjelica Huston). That's a relationship these actresses can
understand. Gummer's mother (Meryl Streep) is an Oscar-winner; so are
Huston and her father (John) and grandfather (Walter).
– “Castle,: 10:01 p.m., ABC. After
a bomb goes off at an Occupy-type protest, Castle tries to
re-construct the 47 seconds before the explosion.