TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “MasterChef,”
8-10 p.m., Fox; and “America's Got Talent,” 9-11 p.m., NBC.
Two major reality competitions, each at
a key point, collide tonight.
On Monday, “MasterChef” planned to
trim one person, leaving three gifted amateur chefs. Tonight, one
will be named champion.
Meanwhile, “America's Got Talent”
brings back 12 ousted acts. On Wednesday, four will become “wild
card” additions, rounding out the top 24.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “The Nine Lives
of Chloe King” summer finale, 9 p.m., ABC Family.
On one hand, this is a supernatural
thriller, peppered tonight with deaths and a fierce fight scene.
Like many teen dramas, however, this
hour is also about fractured families. Brian might finally get to
meet his grandmother; Chloe might finally meet her dad.
There's a soap-opera approach and a
basic flaw – people are way too casual and cavalier, despite
knowing that Chloe is an assassination target. Still, this pivotal
episode is solidly filmed and acted.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Downsized”
season-opener, 9 p.m., WE.
Teens really should be able to make
silly, rash decisions sometmes. For this family – coming back from
bankruptcy and foreclosure – that brings complications.
Bailey – the diligent waitress –
spends her life savings on a car … triggering reactions that lead
to the family looking for a new house. The boys take an ill-advised,
$50 job – possibly the trigger in Rex's severe asthma attack. A
good hour centers on likable kids, grasping for normalcy.
Other choices include:
– “NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. Here's the
start of a two-week rerun that's key for Ziva (Cote de Pablo). The
team is assigned to protect her father (Michael Nouri), head of the
– “NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. This rerun starts with three Marines disappearing, after their
Humvee is ambushed; Deeks and Kensi (Eric Christian Olsen and Daniela
Rush) are sent to the field. And Nate, the psychologist, returns from
his mystery assignment.
--”Memphis Beat” season-finale, 9
p.m., TNT. The cops are wedged into a Southern-style feud.
– “Combat Hospital,” 10 p.m.,
ABC. This oft-solid show has two major problems tonight – an
overwrought plot, riddled with coincidences, and two guest roles (a
warrant officer and a general) that are horribly written and played.
The show has had guest-star trouble before, accenting the opposite –
how subtly perfect Elias Koteas is as Col. Marks.
– “Hawthorne season-finale,” 10
p.m., TNT. Christina finally returns to work at the hospital.
– “Family Restaurant”
season-opener, 10 and 10:30 p.m., WE. In Edmonton, Canada, the
Lingnan restauarant has thrived for 64 years. Now its fierce force is
Amy Quon; the wife of the calm owner, she's the mother of the intense
manager, his quiet brother and their beautiful sister. It's easy to
dismiss her as a silly, frilly meddler – she even makes her son
switch his wedding to April Fool's Day – except that she runs
another successful food spot on her own. Consider her a great