TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “American
Masters,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
John Muir grew up in the isolation of a
Wisconsin farm. He pondered, wandered, invented; self-taught, he went
on to study at the University of Wisconsin.
After losing an eye in a workplace
accident, Muir began a 1,000-mile walk and a transformation.
He would bring fresh insight of the
natural world and then write about it in magazines. Americans –
most of whom would never see the West – were fascinated.
After four days outdoors with Muir,
Theodore Roosevelt preserved 230 million acres of land. Now,
preceding Earth Day on Friday, “Masters” superbly tells Muir's
story, against magnificent backdrops.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “90210, 8 p.m.,
After a rerun break, CW starts its
batch of new Monday and Tuesday episodes.
The “90210” gang heads on spring
break to Mexico – by private jet, no less – in mid-feud. Adrianna
fumes that Silver took her boyfriend Navid; the dirty tricks begin.
Some of that is way over the top, but
the rest is fun. Annie drags Liam around town. Teddy fears that the
other guys here are all straight. Naomi – afraid to admit that she
and a nerd are making love – passes him off as her math tutor. It's
just your typical spring break.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “William &
Kate,” 9-11 p.m. Lifetime, and/or “20/20,” 10 p.m., ABC.
Eleven days before the royal wedding,
cable and broadcast channels are gearing up.
For ABC, that starts with Barbara
Walters anchoring this hour. It includes a bridesmaid from Princess
Diana's wedding and one from Queen Elizabeth's wedding, plus authors
and experts and more.
For Lifetime, it's a movie that's easy
to watch or to ignore. It depicts Prince William (Nico
Evers-Swindell) as a quietly likable hunk, a cross between a popular
mom and doltish dad; it shows Kate Middleton (Camilla Luddington) as
a natural, good at shooting and swimming and fashion and more. Their
college relationship is easy and sexual; their post-college life has
Other choice include:
– “How I Met Your Mother,” 8
p.m., CBS. It's the second of three episodes with John Lithgow as
Barney's father. Now Barney wants his friends to lie, to make his
world seem more interesting.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun, Alan scrambles for a way to get a good present for
Lyndsey. His solution – steal jewelry from his mother.
– “Gossip Girl,” 9 p.m., CW. This
is the only show in which someone can, with accuracy, say “your mom
sent a man to prison, just to get you back in private school.” Now
that mom (Lily) awaits sentencing for her lie, amid much nonsense
about a “modern royalty” photo shoot. Most of this is absurd, but
it inserts Lily's rebel sister Carol (Sheila Kelley) and gives the
show a new character – Carol's daughter Charlie, an outsider seeing
Manhattan wealth from fresh eyes.
– “Cougar Town,” 9:31, ABC.
Before returning to its Monday spot, ABC gets a Monday spot. Despite
warnings, Jules sdabbles in her son's love life.
– “Hawaii Five-0,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Music mogul Sean Combs plays a New York cop, determined to get
vengeance against the crime lord who had his family killed.