TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Saved” debut,
8 p.m., Animal Planet.
Leadbelly and Hero are true TV stars –
warm, loving, filling big emotional gaps. They're also dogs.
Hero was homeless in Iraq, adopted by
an American soldier who was then killed. For the soldier's parents
and girlfriend, he became a crucial link.
And Leadbelly? A drug-addicted woman
spent a decade on the streets; this sleepy-looking dog gave her a
reason to change. These are great stories, neatly told, in a series
about animals that transform people.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “The Sing-off,”
8-10 p.m., NBC,
There are only five groups left and
they leap into the promising category of rhythm-and-blues.
First is a medley of very different
songs – James Brown's “I Feel Good,” the Jackson 5's “ABC”
and Beyonce's “Crazy in Love.” Then the groups tackle their own
TODAY'S ALTERNATIVE: “Live With Regis
& Kelly,” 9 a.m. (check local listings).
This is the farewell week for Regis
Philbin; expect logs of commotion.
Philbin has been doing morning TV for
36 years and this show (originally “Live With Regis & Kathy
Lee”) for 23 of them. At 80, he didn't expect to leave the show …
but hit an impasse on the contract.
A replacement will come later – maybe
much later – but this will be the Regis week.
Other choices include:
– “Dinosaur Train,” times vary
(check local listings), PBS. This starts a week of new episodes that
try to nudge kids outdoors. Today, the young dinosaurs go stargazing
and start a Nature Trackers Club.
– “2 Broke Girls,” 8:30 p.m.,
CBS. Last week, Max met Johnny's bright, black and beautiful
girlfriend … who instantly realized Johnny likes Max. Now she
fights back by hiring Max's cupcake business.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. Released from the hospital, Alan faces fresh challenges.
– “House,” 9 p.m., Fox. What is
Dr; House doing with his immense IQ? He's trying to find a way to
remove his ankle bracelet and go to a boxing match. Also, of course,
there's a patient to worry about.
– “ABC News Special,” 10 p.m.,
ABC. U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords discusses her recovery from the
January shooting spree that left six people dead. She also discusses
her early years and the courtship with her husband, astronaut Mark
– “Rock Center,” 10 p.m., NBC.
The complexities of the Penn State situation will be tackled by Bob
Costas, TV's smartest sports reporter. Also, Kate Snow looks at
Alabama's controversial immigration law; Brian Williams interviews
photographer Annie Leibovitz and views changes in military food.
– “The Headhuntress” debut, 10
p.m., Bravo. This moderately interesting hour follows Wendy Doulton
in her duo duties of job-recruiting and career-makeovers. The biggest
surprise comes with the arrival of underwhelming candidates for a
– “Bored to Death,” 10 p.m., HBO.
Casey Wilson plays Jonathan's first lover, returning a decade later
with a job for him. It's a fun mixture of humor and adventure.
– “Enlightened,” 10:30 p.m., HBO.
Immense talent is stuffed in here, with Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Robin
Wright and director Jonathan Demme. They have an Oscar and three
Golden Globes, plus 15 more nominations for Oscars, Globes and Emmys.
Still, they're stuck in a weak, one-note story.