TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Survivor,” 8
p.m., CBS, with follow-up at 10.
The “fans vs. favorites” finale
arrives with some of each.
Three “favorites” (people from
previous editions) are still around. There's John Cochran, 25, Erik
Reichenbach, 27, and Dawn Meehan, 42.
But two newcomers – Eddie Fox, 23,
and Sherri Biethman, 41 – are also there. Someone will win $1
million tonight, with a live “reunion” at 10.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Revenge”
season-finale, 9 and 10 p.m., ABC.
Big – but unspecified – things are
happening tonight, ABC promises. Events have been pushed in a
dangerous direction; by the end of the first hour, there's a
That leads in the second hour to a
death and aftershocks. Emily reconsiders her vengeance obsession.
WEEKEND'S ALTERNATIVE: “10 Buildings
That Changed America,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Mixing wit and intelligence, this
jaunty film covers a broad range.
There are stridently vertical
skyscrapers … and a sprawlingly horizontal Frank Lloyd Wright home.
Old-time values are reflected in a Boston church and the Virginia
capitol; quirky revisionism marks the Dulles airport, the Disney
concert hall and a whimsical little house in Philadelphia.
There's also a Ford assembly plant, the
first to bring sunlight to its workers. And there's the first
full-scale, indoor shopping mall; 50,000 people came to its opening
Other choices include:
– “The Simpsons, 7 and 8 p.m., Fox.
First is a rerun, with Homer learning Grampa was once Gorgeous
Godfrey, a wrestling villainous. Then a new episode gives Bart a
beautiful piano teacher and Homer a tragedy – he's lost the last
two hairs on his head. Guests range from Justin Bieber to Sir Patrick
– “Call the Midwife,” 8 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). A week before the season-finale, crises
include bigoted neighbors and a verbally abusive husband. There's
also a light side: After mastering their bicycles, the midwives face
a bigger challenge – learning to zip around on a motor scooter.
– “XOX, Betsey Johnson”debut, 8
p.m., Style. Pushing 70, Johnson retains the brash, quirky design
style – and personality – that brought early fame. This reality
show catches a key time: Her company went broke, then was revived by
Steve Madden, the shoe king (and convicted white-collar criminal).
Also, her daughter is starting her own company. Another debut,
“Resale Royalty,” follows at 9.
– “Mr.Selfridge,” 9 p.m., PBS
(check local listings). Another classy British show is a week from
ending its season. Tonight, Selfridge's upscale store faces downscale
competition from F.W. Woolworth.
– “Wicked Tuna” season-finale, 9
p.m., National Geographic. With only two days left in the bluefish
season, captains defy odds. It's an hour high in adrenaline,
testosterone, success and despair.
– “The Borgias,” 10 p.m.,
Showtime. Here's a strong episode, with major thunder-shocks. The
pope faces a personal scandal … his daughter fumes at her
father-in-law, who banished the son she has from a previous liaison …
and her brother ponders a political marriage.
– “Family Tree” debut, 10:30
p.m., HBO. Christopher Guest's movies are dry and droll. The British
like that sort of thing, so this is a logical step – Guest
co-created and directed an ambling British series. A guy traces his
ancestors, with odd (and, at times, quite funny) results.