TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “House,” 9
Maybe it shouldn't surprise us that
Greg House has been sent to the principal's office. He never has
worked well with others.
Still, we thought he might be past this
by now, what with being a world-famous doctor in his early 50s. But
now he's behaved badly at career day. He assumed another doctor's
identity and gave a rambling (and, sometimes, upsetting) account of
cases he was still trying to work out in his head.
Now we meet him waiting for the
principal, alongside two much-younger delinquents. Since they are TV
kids (and he is House) they can analyze his problems. The result is
the rerun of a great episode.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Friday Night
Lights,” 8 p.m., NBC.
With only four episodes left, “Lights”
reminds us that it might top “House” as the decade's best drama.
It again finds deep wells of emotion in the understated style of a
Texas town and its football team.
Tonight, word spreads that Coach Taylor
has been offered a college job. His quarterback tries to get the
starting job back, after being benched for obsessing on college
offers. And Taylor speaks – briefly and powerfully – at the
parole hearing of Tim Riggins, who took the rap for his brother's
Yes, that means Taylor Kitsch – who
inhabits Riggins so deeply – is back. In the key scene with his
lawyer, he says 24 words; the last three are immense.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Rhett &
Link: Commercial Kings” debut, 10 p.m., IFC.
Friends since first grade, Rhett
McLaughlin and Link Neal have made comic videos, plus a commercial
(“T-Shirt Wars 2”) for McDonald's and Coke. Now they meet
small-business people and make bits.
In the opener – day-care places for
dogs and cats – the commercials are terrific; the rest is adequate.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE II: “Jamie
Oliver's Food Revolution” season-finale, 9 p.m., ABC.
This six-episode season has been filled
with frustration, as Los Angeles officials kept Oliver out of the
public schools. Tonight, however, there's some hope.
A new school superintendent, John
Deasy, takes over and meets with Oliver. Also, Oliver plans an
ambitious program and competition for teen chefs; and he re-visits
one school, with its garden.
Other choices include:
– “Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. In a
rerun, a body – unidentified, at first – is found in a
– “Flashpoint,” 8 p.m., CBS. This
reruns finds a young man and a baby held hostage after a carjacking.
– “Transformers” (2007), 8-11
p.m., TNT. Many teens expect big things from an old car; still, few
expect it to transform and save the Earth from alien robots. This
movie captures the humor of the situation, with Shia LaBeouf as the
shy kid and Megan Fox as the sexy teen he admires from afar; directed
by Michael Bay, it's also a first-rate action film
– “Martha Stewart Presents,” 8
p.m., Hallmark. OK, this is the way to assemble a backyard dinner.
Before her 30 guests arrive, Stewart grills with five celebrity
chefs, including Emeril Lagasse. In addition to the usual burgers and
steaks, the grilling includes lobster and an entire pig.
– “CSI:NY,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a
rerun, a Spanish nightclub promoter has been killed. To solve the
case, Mac must battle the head of the Barcelona crime lab.
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Nicky's mom is an assistant district attorney, but all her relatives
are cops. In this rerun, she gets a too-close view of the family
business; riding along with her uncle (Donnie Wahlberg), she sees her
first murder victim, a girl who was killed at a debutante ball.