TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Avalon High,”
8-9:45 p.m., Disney Channel.
From the opening moment – knights on
horseback, galloping on an ocean's edge – this is visually
splendid. Still. its gifted star (Britt Robertson of “Life
Unexpected”) faces a shaky story.
She plays a new student at Avalon High,
where the Camelot tale seems to re-emerge.
The adult characters are absurd and the
plot wears thin. (Never trust any story in which a quarterback
forgets his helmet.) Still, Robertson and the lush New Zealand
settings sometimes pull us in.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE II: “Supernanny”
(ABC) or “Dog Whisperer” (National Geographic), 8 p.m.
It's remarkable how similar these shows
are, with wizened experts telling frazzled souls to be firm.
In “Dog Whisperer,” a pit-bull mix
keeps running away and astronauts want help socializing their dogs.
They can just be glad they aren't Keith and Sonya on “Supernanny.”
As a flight attendant, he's often gone,
leaving her to watch boys ages 5, 3, 2 and newborn. The “terrible
two” syndrome is in full force; one toddler flees his time-out at
least 42 consecutive times.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Industrial
Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible,” 9 p.m., Encore.
These days, people assume the movies
can do anything they want, any time they want. That era, however,
only began 35 years ago.
George Lucas had filled his “Star
Wars” script with impossible shots. Then he created a separate
visual-effects house to figure out how to make it work.
Others hired ILM, starting with
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” director Steven Spielberg. “I didn't
know how to do this …. I just figured if they could do 'Star Wars,'
they could melt a head,” he says here.
ILM has now helped almost 300 movies
and won 15 Oscars. It has spawned animation powerhouse Pixar and
more. Excusing one flaw (overwritten narration), this is a great look
at a movie revolution.
Other choices include:
– “Medium,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Allison's dream – a woman trapped in a blaze – may be a clue to a
series of recent fires. Also, Davalos is considering a run for mayor.
– “House,” 8 p.m., Fox. This
reruns the episode with Jennifer Grey as guest star, facing tough
choices about her own health and that of her new baby.
– “School Pride,” 8 p.m., NBC.
Nestled alongside the Nevada border, near mountains and desert and
the Colorado River, Needles, Cal., is a town of 4,800. It takes pride
in its football teams and its railroad, NBC says; tonight, the show
helps fix its tattered school building.
– “Hairspray” (2007), Oxygen or
“Chicago” (2002), Style; both 8 p.m. Here are two of the films
that propelled the most recent comeback of movie musicals. Each
linked clever, Broadway tunes with a vibrant, movie look. “Chicago”
won six Academy Awards, including best picture.
– “The Good Guys,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Jack has a romantic weekend planned with Liz, the gorgeous assistant
district attorney. That crumbles when he starts suspecting the
– “CSI:NY,” 9 p.m., CBS. A woman
seems to have been literally scared to death. That leads to more
jolts, in a story that brings back John Larroquette as Manhattan's
deputy chief of detectives.
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Jamie faces an investigation, after the death of a suspect he was
chasing in Chinatown. Now his older brother, Danny, tries a quick
investigation to clear him.