TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “30 Rock,” 8-9
Valentine's Day – filled with mixed
blessings – dominates both episodes.
Liz and Criss (James Marsden) want to
do something romantic – after they buy a dining room table. Tracy
and Frank try to help Lutz get a date; Jack entertains his
mother-in-law (Mary Steenburgen).
Also, Jenna needs help with her
performance segment of “America's Kidz Got Singing.”
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Grey's
Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC.
On Valentine's Day, couples find
babysitters so they can go out. Meredith and Derek use Lexie, the
baby's aunt; Callie and Arizona use Mark, the biologic father.
Meanwhile, the emergency room is
overrun by Valentine disaster. A girl is allergic to coffee; a man is
run over by a car, while chasing his frustrated girlfriend.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Love at First
Byte,” 9 p.m., CNBC.
Each month, we're told, about one-tenth
of Americans check an Online dating site.
Some try elaborate methods; people
spend hours answering hundreds of questions. Others simply throw out
lots of names. Bored at a bar, a young woman searches her phone app
for single guys living nearby.
Sometimes, the matches work. Samantha
Daniels meets couples, including one – reportedly the first
computer-linked couple – still married after a half-century.
Other choices include:
– “The Princess Diaries” (2001)
and “Princess Diaries 2” (2004), 6 and 8:30 p.m., ABC Family. The
first film is a quiet pleasure, with an American teen (Anne Hathaway)
learning that her grandmother (Julie Andrews) is queen of a tiny
country. The second is fairly lame.
– More movies, cable. At 7:30 p.m.,
BET has “Training Day,” with Denzel Washington's Oscar-winning
performance as a crafty and corrupt cop. At 8, AMC has “Christine”
(1983), a surprisingly good Stephen King tale about a boy's love for
his killer car; Encore has Tom Hanks in the delightful Penny Marshall
film “Big” (1988). At 8:30, Disney has “WALL-E” (2008), an
– “American Idol,” 8 p.m., Fox.
After way too many auditions, the Hollywood round begins.
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Sheldon must take vacation time from his job. His solution is to
go to Amy Farrah Fowlwer's workplace, the neurobiology lab.
– “The Office,” 9 p.m., NBC. Pam
is back from maternity leave. Also, Dwight has a special assignment
at company headquarters; he and Andy must decide who to bring with.
– “Braxton Family Values,” 9
p.m., WE. For all their fights – including one shown in the 8 p.m.
rerun – Tamar and Vince are still together. She's the family diva –
flashy and feisty; he's a music producer, triumphing with Lady Gaga
and others. Then he's hospitalized in intensive care; it's an
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
In the midst of a murder trial, Patrick Janes searches for fresh
– “Independent Lens,” 10 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). A Swedish TV station has reports dealing
with U.S. racial strife from 1968-75. Here are Angela Davis, Stokely
Carmichael and others at a black-power peak. Linked with new music
and commentary, this is erratic, but has interesting moments.
– “Inside Comedy,” 11 p.m.,
Showtime. Friends from Chicago comedy are interviewed. Steve Carell
is amiable, with little to say; Jane Lynch discusses a performing
passion that began when she was 8.