TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Project Runway”
season-opener, 9 p.m., Lifetime; reruns at 10:30.
Tonight, we'll learn which previous
contestant is being brought back by viewer vote. We'll also meet the
15 new people, ages 24 to 45, including ones from Sweden, England,
Russia and he Congo.
That international flavor continues
with the regulars. Heidi Klum, the host, is from Germany; Nina
Garcia, a judge, is from Colombia. Tim Gunn, the mentor (this year
given the added power to save one ousted contestant) merely seems
like he's from another world.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Greats merge, when TV's best current
comedy is visited by the man who did some of its all-time best.
That's Bob Newhart, 83. In this rerun,
he plays the guy who was “Professor Proton” on TV when Sheldon
and Leonard were growing up.
In droll and witty Newhart style, he's
doubtful about Sheldon's “genius” status, but impressed by Penny.
“The blonde is your girlfriend?” he asks Leonard. “I think
you're the genius.”
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Elementary,”
10 p.m., CBS.
This reruns captures the Sherlock
Holmes show at its best, mixing all the elements.
Jonny Lee Miller flashes rage, plus the
usual Sherlock-like (and, as it happens, Sheldon-like) mixture of
genius, ego and humor. And for the first time, we see Watson (Lucy
Liu) in her former element.
That's a hospital, where Holmes seems
to have found “angel of mercy” killings. There's superb
guest-star work from David Costabile, David Harbour and the superb
Anika Noni Rose.
Other choices include:
– “Hell's Kitchen,” 8 and 9 p.m.,
Fox. First is a rerun from last week, with four women and one man
remaining. Then a new hour has the final four, ages 25 to 31, trying
to guess the ingredients of Gordon Ramsay's dish and re-create it.
Only two will advance to next week's finale.
– “The Winner Is,” 8 and 9 p.m.,
NBC. This starts with a rerun of last week's episode, choosing the
third of six finalists for a million-dollar prize. Then a new hour
chooses the fourth.
– “Road to the Runway,” 8 p.m.,
Lifetime; reruns at midnight. Here's a “Project Runway” preview.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 8:31
p.m., CBS. This is the episode that aired on Valentine's Day. That
holiday turns out to be a bummer for Alan; meanwhile, Walden tries to
get Kate back.
– “Big Brother,” 9 p.m., CBS.
It's time for the third eviction.
– “Motive,” 9 p.m., ABC. A
mortgage broker has been strangled in his office parking lot. Now
the killer will do anything to hide the motive.
– “Hollywood Game Night,” 10
p.m., NBC. Host Jane Lynch has her “Glee” enemy, Matthew
Morrison, as one of the players. Others are comedy actors – Valerie
Bertinelli, Sarah Chalke, Cheryl Hines, Rob Riggle and Yvette Nicole
– “Rookie Blue,” 10:01 p.m., ABC.
When Andy and Marlo do a drug bust, they learn that the drugs have a
deadly bacteria. That sets up a furious effort to get it off the
streets; meanwhile, Marlo's secret is exposed by the decontamination
and quarantine process.