TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Karaoke Battle
USA” debut, 9-11 p.m., ABC.
Imagine taking current hits – “Idol,”
“Talent, “Voice” – and stripping them to the basics.
That's what you have in this cheapie,
six-episode series. Visiting various House of Blues spots, it watches
people sing to karaoke tracks, in front of cheery crowds.
That starts in Las Vegas; it will try
Houston, Chicago and New York, then take the best people to a Los
Angeles finale. Joey Fatone hosts, with Carnie Wilson, Joe Levy and
Brian Scott (the 2009 national karaoke champ), judging. An advance
peek shows some singers have talent, but the show is barebones.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE II: “Strike Back”
debut, 10 p.m., Cinemax.
The war on terrorism is translated into
non-stop action. That starts with a guns-blazing rescue attempt, ends
mid-story with a hotel siege; it's British-made, but with American
style – taut drection and editing, fierce violence and
Sullivan Stapleton plays an American,
dishonorably discharged from the Special Forces. Phillip Winchester
(“Crusoe”) and Eva Birthistle play members of a sharp British
unit that reluctantly works with him. The story is so-so; the action
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Whisker
Wars,” 11 p.m., Independent Film Channel.
International beard competitions? It's
easy to agree with national champion Aarne Bielefeldt: “There's
really not much to say. It grows.”
Others have more to say. Jack Passion,
a world champion, considers himself an athlete. Myk O'Connor met
Karolina (his “beard coach”) at a contest; in tonight'a OK
episode, he prepares to propose.
Other choices include:
--”Friends With Benefits,” 8 and
8:30 p.m., NBC. In the first episode, Aaron is bummed because an
ex-girlfriend is engaged; friends take him out. In the second, Ben is
relieved that an ex-girlfriend has amnesia; that means they can start
– “Flashpoint,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Valentine's Day, we're told, is one of the toughest days for suicides
and hostage situations. Now that's the night when a new member joins
the Strategic Response Unit.
– “CSI: NY,” 9 p.m., CBS. When a
leader is killed in this rerun, police scramble to prevent gang
warfare. On one front, they rush to find the killer. On another, Mac
goes to prison to meet one gang's co-founder, played by Emmy-winner
and Oscar-nominee Edward James Olmos.
– “Whale Wars,” 9 p.m., Animal
Planet. The season finale is sandwiched by two other new hours. At 8
p.m. is a look at four seasons of battling whaling in the Antarctic;
at 10, Paul Watson, the expedition leader, is interviewed by Lisa
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Two Reagans re-visit pieces of their past in this rerun. Danny
(Donnie Wahlberg) returns to the club scene, after a doorman is
killed; his father Frank (Tom Selleck), the police commissioner,
makes a decision regarding his former police partner.
– “Torchwood: Miracle Day,” 10
p.m., Starz. In last week's brilliant episode, the team learned of
plans to confine and kill people who are sick. Gwen rescued her
father, only to have him suffer a heart attack; Rex watched in
horror, as Dr. Juarez died in flames. Tonight, the Torchwood people