TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Blue Bloods,”
10 p.m., CBS.
The “sweeps” ratings period started
Thursday, which is good – but temporary – news. Only four weeks
remain in the season; competition shows wrap up, scripted ones dump
reruns (except Saturdays).
Earlier this week, CBS had 10 straight
scripted reruns. Not any more; tonight, Danny protects a witness
against the Russian mob, while his sister Erin faces a career choice:
She's offered a job in the mayor's office – which would have her
keeping an eye on their dad (Tom Selleck), the police commissioner.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “In Plain
Sight,” 10 p.m., USA.
There are only eight episodes in the
fifth and final season of this solid show, so it all ends next week.
Mary finally found the dad who deserted
her (played by Stephen Lang, who's played taut leaders in “Avatar”
and “Terra Nova”), but troubles build. Now he's on the lam and
The FBI tries to protect Mary and catch
him. She wants to slip the protectors and find him herself.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Magic City,”
7-11 p.m., Starz.
Here's a fresh chance to catch the
first three episodes, before a new one airs at 10. You'll meet Ike,
owner of a hotel in 1959 Miami, and his brutal, silent partner Ben
In that first hour, Ike asked Ben to
stop a strike. Now the labor leader (Ike's boyhood friend) is dead,
one witness has committed suicide and another is a target.
The new hour, at 10, brings more
murder, plus a sex scene – very explicit, very memorable – that
shows how depraved Ben is. It also has a final scene that hints at
bigger trouble ahead.
Other choices include:
– Football draft, 7 p.m., ESPN. Here
are the second and third rounds.
– “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”
(2008), 7:30-10 p.m., FX. Jason Segel wrote and starred in this
clever comedy, with good moments for others, especially Russell
Brand. Other key movies are “Speed” (1994), 8 p.m. on AMC, and
the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace” (2008) at 9 on Bravo.
– “Who Do You Think You Are?” 8
p.m., NBC. Rob Lowe grew up comfortably in Dayton, Ohio (where his
dad was a successful lawyer) and Malibu. How far back does success
go? Tonight, he traces his roots to the Revolutionary War and George
Washington. He also learns of a rush to leave Germany.
– “Supernatural,” 9 p.m., CW. A
hacker seeks information on Sam and Dean; they race to stop her.
– “CSI: NY, 9 p.m.”, CBS. A
dismembered body was placed at an intersection, to frighten
– “Art in the 21st
Century,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). This hour starts with
an interesting portrait of artist Glenn Ligon and ends with a bizarre
one on Marina Abramovic; we hear her comments, as a camera simply
moves toward and away from her unflinching face. In between is
filmmaker Mary Reid Kelley.
– “Ghost Adventures”
season-finale, 9 p.m., Travel. There have been rumors of spirits
inhabiting the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. Now a party is held in
Frank Sinatra's old suite; it includes Bruce Westcott (Sinatra's
pianist), plus Vince Neil of Motley Crue and poker champion Jamie
– “Catch Me If You Can” (2002),
10 p.m., TBS. A good movie night continues. Steven Spielberg directed
Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks in the true story of a master of