TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Modern Family,”
9 p.m., ABC.
Alex – valedictorian of her
middle-school class – plans a commencement speech that will blast
all of the popular kids. What could go wrong?
For starters, her grandfather has had a
Botox accident, making people cringe; he had an electronic-gate
accident, trapping people in his driveway. Also, her sister – one
of those popular kids – says this is no time for a thoughtful
speech: “It's a graduation, a celebration of being done with
The result is a rich brew; it starts
fairly well and builds wonderfully.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Amercan
Idol,” 8-9:30 p.m., Fox.
Earlier this season, “Idol” had its
most distinctive contestants ever, filled with specialties.
And now? It's kind of like previous
seasons – two cute Southern teens and a belter.
Last week, the show's epic-rock guy
(James Durbin) was ousted. Before that, the show lost its gospel guy,
its jazz guy, its just-really-odd guy, its powerhouse female. It now
has people cozily near the mainstream – Scotty McCreery, Lauren
Alaina and Haley Reinhart. Tonight, they visit their home towns; then
each sings three songs, two chosen (by judges and by mentor Jimmy
Iovene) for them.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Happy
Endings,” 10 and 10:30 p.m., ABC.
Amid a mountain of cancellations –
“Brothers & Sisters,” “V,” “Better With You,” more –
ABC had one bit of leniency, renewing this crisply funny show. Now we
can catch two new episodes.
The first finds Dave fuming about the
guy who roller-bladed into his wedding and convinced the bride (Alex)
to run away with him. The second finds Dave and Alex trying to prove
they can be civil together; they join the others at a concert of
their favorite band during their college years.
Other choices include:
– “America's Next Top Model,” 8
and 9 p.m., Last week's hour (rerunning at 8 p.m.) gave “Model”
its final two contestants; both are students – Brittani Kline, 19,
of Beech Creek, Pa.; and Molly O'Connell, 22, of Charleston, S.C.
Tonight, they have a commercial and a runway; then one will be the
– “The Middle,” 8 and 8:30 p.m.,
ABC. In a new episode, swimming season is no day at the beach; Axl
competes for a lifeguard job, Sue hates herself in swim suits. Both
make life difficult for Frankie – who has enough trouble with
Brick's fear of bridges. Then is a rerun, with spring cleaning
– Movies, 8 p.m., cable. Some people
will want the Emmy-nominated “Coco Chanel” (2009, Lifetime Movie
Network), with its lush look and solid casting; Barbora Bobulova and
Shirley Maclaine share the title role. Others will like the clever
thriller “The Sixth Sense” (1999, FX) or one of the sequels –
the vibrant “High School Musical 2” (2007) on Disney, “The
Matrix Revolutions” (2003) on AMC.
– “The Real Housewives of New
Jersey,” 8:30-10 p.m., Bravo. If you missed this rowdy
season-opener Monday, here's a rerun. It may be your only chance to
see a real-life baptism brawl.
– “Cougar Town,” 9:31 p.m., ABC.
Heart-broken by an ended romance, Travis is ready to quit college.
Meanwhile, his dad – already a drop-out – may make mony from a
game he created.
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit” season-finale, 10 p.m., NBC. A woman has been killed, shortly
before she was to testify in a controversial rape case.