TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Friday Night
Lights,” 8 p.m., NBC.
The TV season officially ended Sunday,
but “Lights” – one of the great dramas – is still going
strong. It has seven more episodes in this final season, including a
strong one tonight.
Coach Eric Taylor takes his East Dillon
team against the Dillon High powerhouse he used to coach. He has
endless distractions – including a Web site exposing players'
juvenile crime records.
His original quarterback (now
parapalegic and a sports agent) is visiting; his new quarterback has
an overzealous dad supervising college recruitment. Also, his
daughter retreated from college, after a brief affair with a married
teaching assistant. Life is complicated; football is fierce.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Jamie
Oliver's Food Revolution,” 8-10 p.m., ABC.
In the show's first season, Oliver
tried to transform the eating habits of one West Virginia town. Now
comes a much bigger target – the massive Los Angeles school
This show aired on Tuesdays last month,
but was yanked after two weeks of limp ratings. Now it's on
less-competitive turf, starting with reruns of those two episodes.
Banned (for now) from schools, Oliver
tries demonstrations. In the first hour, he pours a mountain of sugar
– the difference, he says, between chocolate and white milk in the
schools; in the second, he dresses as a tomato and hands out healthy
meals. In both, he works to change fast-food tastes.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Patton”
(1970), 8-11 p.m., AMC.
On Memorial Day weekend, AMC has a big
war film each night. Sunday's “Pearl Harbor” is lame, but the
first two – “Patton” and Saturday's “Apocalypse Now” –
Both were co-written by Francis Ford
Coppola, with his great ear for male dialog. “Patton” managed to
be remarkably fair, capturing both the strengths and the flaws of
Gen. George Patton.
The result piled up Academy Awards for
best picture, director (Franklin Schaffner), actor (George C. Scott,
who refused to accept it), script, editing, sound, and
Other choices include:
– “Bones,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox. The
first rerun involves the remains of a ballet dancer who had wanted to
switch to hip-hop. The second has a body – with links to a modern
crime – found on an old slave ship.
– “Smallville,” 8 p.m., CW.
Here's a rerun of the opener for the 10th and final
season. Lois finds Clark's body and removes the kryptonite, allowing
him to return to life.
– “Flashpoint,” 8 p.m., CBS.
This well-made series pauses for a rerun, before returning to new
episodes next week. Tonight, a woman (Kelly Rowan of “The O.C.”)
has kidnapped two young children; police scramble to find what they
have in common.
– “CSI: NY,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a
rerun, a woman seems to have literally been scared to death. Then
other eerie things start to happen.
– “CMT's Next Superstar,” 9 p.m.,
CMT. The final three singers have four days to create a music video.
Next week, the two survivors will sing in Nashville's historic Ryman
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS. In
a rerun, a gangster's son is killed and the police commissioner's son
(Donnie Wahlberg) digs into the world of the Russian mob.