TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Rescue Me,” 10
Last week's opener ended fiercely.
After Tommy's alcoholic daughter relapsed; he shot up the bar.
Now that's partly ignored. Instead, we
get goofy, sometimes-slapstick humor, with the guys covering for Phil
during his physical; we also get loose humor when the women in
Tommy's life gang up on him.
Just as we're ready to dismiss the hour
as too silly, there's a great guest turn. Maura Tierney – a
breast-cancer survivor in real life – returns as Kelly, who
continues treatments after losing one breast. She brings humor (which
Tommy also has) and perspective (which he generally lacks).
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “So You Think
You Can Dance,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
After dumping Alexander Fost and Ryan
Ramirez, “Dance” finally has its top 10. From now on, each
contestants will be paired with an “all-star.”
Those stars are pieces of the show's
past, including a runner-up (Twitch), two people who finished third
(Robert Roldan, Kathryn McCormick) and a “Dancing with the Stars”
pro (Chelsie Hightower). Tonight, judges – including guest judge
Neil Patrick Harris – comment and viewers vote.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: Comedies, 8-9:31
These reruns offer a quick tour of
It's Halloween on “The Middle” (8
p.m.); Frankie's excited about a party for grown-ups, but Mike might
not budge. It's Valentine's Day on the first “Modern Life”
(8:30); Phil and Claire try to spice up their love life with
role-playing. And it's Lily's birthday on the second (9 p.m.);
Mitchell faces trouble when he wants his mom (Shelly Long) there, but
doesn't want Cameron to be as Fizbo the Clown.
Other choices include:
– “Melissa & Joey,” 8 p.m.,
ABC Family. Here's one of those dependable situation-comedy ideas –
building a phony story for a class reunion. This time, there's a
twist – by the time Melissa arrives as Joe's fake hot girlfriend,
he's connected for real with a former girlfriend.
– “America's Got Talent,” 9 p.m.,
NBC. The second group of four acts is sent to the next round, while
eight others are sent home.
– “Ghost Hunters International,”
9 p.m., Syfy. The settings are eerily spectacular – a former leper
colony on an island off Trinidad, a former meat-packing plant in
Argentina. The results? As usual, we have to settle for people saying
they felt something or heard something.
– “Hollywood Hi-Tech” debut,
9:30, DIY. On “Entourage,” Kevin Connolly plays Eric, the friend
and manager of a movie star. In real life, he can now live like a
star himself; this OK episode sees him get a movie room, complete
with 110-inch screen, power shades and power seats. It starts a
series in which Janna Robinson works on the homes of Oliver Stone,
Adam Carola and more.
– “Happy Endings,” 9:31 p.m.,
ABC. When things keep disappearing from the guys' apartment,
sleepwalking is suspected. A hidden camera reveals a much odder
explanation, in a funny rerun.
– “Hot in Cleveland,” 10 p.m., TV
Land. Two comedy pros – each with five primetime Emmys – collide,
playing old rivals. Betty White just got her 18th
nomination; Doris Roberts has 11. The story has people heading out
for dance night to lose pounds, helped by a gay friend (Antonio