MUST-SEE: “So You Think You Can Dance,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
final four dancers perform tonight. Next Tuesday, two of them will
win $125,000 apiece.
one side, two jazz/contemporary women – Jasmine Harper, 20, and Amy
Yakima, 19 – compete. On the other are Fik-Shun, 18, a hip-hopper,
and Aaron Turner, 25, a tap-dancer. They'll be paired with past
favorites – Comfort, tWitch, Melinda Sullivan and Robert Roldan;
they'll also hear comments from the judges, including two guests,
Gabrielle Douglas, the Olympic-champion gymnast, and Paula Abdul.
MUST-SEE II: “Luther” opener, 10 p.m., BBC America.
and brooding, John Luther (Idris Elba) has been one of TV's great
cops. He breaks rules and catches crooks, while showing deep layers
“Luther” returns, with what's presented as a four-night
mini-series. Actually, it's a pair of two-night movies. The first
(concluding from 9-10 p.m. Wednesday) is brilliant, despite some
brutal excess; the second (10 p.m. Thursday and Friday) flies
couple threads connect the two: Luther meets the sort of gentle woman
who complements his internal chaos. He's also probed by Internal
Affairs; there's a lot of rule-breaking the IA could find.
ALTERNATIVE: “Cold Justice” debut, 10 p.m., TNT.
know the sleek efficiency of modern crime-scene investigation. But
that's city stuff; this non-fiction series re-opens cases in small
towns, far from fancy crime labs.
opener is in Cuero, an East Texas town of 6,400, some 24 miles from
larger Victoria. A 2001 case (originally ruled suicide) is re-opened
by an investigators and a prosecutor with top track records. Slow and
diligent, “Cold Justice” is a refreshing change from the
overwrought tone of many cable shows.
“Extreme Weight Loss” season-finale, 8-10 p.m., ABC. Bob is a
Wisconsin cop who – at almost 450 pounds – may flunk a new
fitness test. “Extreme” traces an eventful year that includes two
major knee injuries and (in Paris) renewing his wedding vows and
riding the last leg of the Tour de France.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. Resisting ordets from Homeland Security in
this rerun, the team continues to hunt Bodnar, the man believed
responsible for killing Ziva's father and Vance's wife.
Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Deeks gets close to a woman
while working undercover. Kensi, doing surveillance on the case, is
“The National Parks,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check local listings). The
second chapter of Ken Burns' gorgeous documentary rerun takes us to
1915, the year before the National Park Service finally began.
“My Big Fat Revenge” debut, 9 p.m., Oxygen. By now, we're used to
the feel-good endings of weight-loss shows; not this time: Once the
women lose weight, they use a hidden camera to get revenge on past
tormenters. Think of it as a feel-bad ending, a vengeance that mostly
feels sad and hollow
“Body of Proof,” 10 p.m., ABC. In a rerun, a plane crash batters
Philadelphia's power grid. Megan must do autopsies between
black-outs. During one of them, a body disappears..
“Brickleberry” season-opener, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central.
Straining to be outrageous, this animated show lobs lots of jokes
about religion and (for variety) about deformities and sex with an
old woman. Some of the jabs are quite clever, especially in the
second half; more of them merely seem forced.