fTONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Rescue Me,” 10
We're lucky this show came up with the
master stroke of bringing back Kelly (Maura Tierney) for its final
season. Her scenes – simultaneously funny, solemn and wise – are
“Rescue Me” at its best.
The other plot twists are merely OK.
One – Lou still refuses to guard his health – drags on, before
wrapping up beautifully. The other – Colleen's wedding obsession –
is merely silly.
But Kelly is back. She's been through
breast-cancer treatments (as has Tierney). She bristles with anger
and humor and more; she reminds us why this has been such a strong
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “So You Think
You Can Dance,” 8-10 p.m., FX.
Down to its final eight people, “Dance”
brings in some big-time guest judges. One is Lady Gaga, who will also
perform Thursday; the other is Rob Marshall, the
director-choreographer who has an Oscar nominations (for “Chicago”)
and six Tony nominations.
The finalists will each do a solo and a
duet with an “all-star” from previous seasons. That includes
Lauren Froderman (last summer's champion), Neil Haskell (who finished
third in 2007) and Pasha Kovalev, who draws studio-audience raves
whenever he dances.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “CSI: Crime
Scene Investigation,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Two excellent guest performances redeem
this flawed-but-powerful rerun.
One is by Bill Irwin, as the notorious
“Dick and Jane” killer – now his own lawyer as Ray testifies.
The other is by Justin Bieber. (Really.) Going against type, he's
icily perfect as a troubled teen.
They're so good that we'll forgive the
warehouse scene's lack of tension and a non-credible ending.
Other choices include:
– “The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. On
Valentine's Day – yes, this is a rerun – Frankie is delighted
that Axl wants advice on his date. Meanwhile, Mike accidentally
embarrasses Brick by revealing his crush.
– “Modern Love,” 8:30 and 9 p.m.,
ABC. Phil and Claire are key to both reruns. In the first, they have
a fight – but Phil doesn't know what it's about; in the second,
they try to reverse parenting roles for a day, with Claire being the
fun one. Also, Gloria has a karaoke machine in the first episode;
Lin-Manuel Miranda – the Tony-winner for writing “In the Heights”
– plays a dog-trainer needing advice.
– “America's Got Talent,” 9-10
p.m., NBC. The third batch of four acts is named. There will be one
more next week, before “Talent” moves to its next round.
– “Wonders of the Universe”
debut, 9 p.m., Science Channel. This is what Carl Sagan did 30 years
ago – complex, intergalactic science, via a charismatic host. Brian
Cox is a British particle physicist and a former keyboardist for a
pop band. He's 43, looks 30 and has the Sagan-like ability to
explain things in people terms. Using great visuals, he explains
nothing less than the birth and death of stars.
– “Franklin & Bash,” 9 p.m.,
TNT. Now we know that Janie has consistent taste. A year after
breaking up with Peter (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), she's engaged to a guy
(James Van Der Beek) who could be his twin. Now, in an OK episode,
the new guy needs Peter's help, after a bachelor party gone bad.
– “Happy Endings,” 9:31, ABC.
Penny dates the gang's favorite high school teacher – and feels
he's not what they all thought.
– “Love in the Wild,” 10 p.m.,
NBC. The six remaining couples face a fierce waterfall, demanding
stairs and another problem – a change in rules.