TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “America's Got
Talent,” 9-11 p.m., NBC.
After endless auditions, “Talent”
came up with its top 24 acts.
Tonight, half of them perform and
viewers vote; on Wednesday, five acts will be nudged ahead. The same
thing happens next week, finally giving “Talent” its top 10.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Combat
Hospital,” 10 p.m., ABC.
TV is like this sometimes: Last week's
episode was heavy-handed and clumsy; tonight's is terrific. And
somehow, both were crafted by Helen Shaver, the
Tonight, Camille Sullivan (Det. Rosati
in “Rookie Blue”) plays a chaplain with a crisis in faith. She
clashes with the cynical Dr. Simon Hill (Luke Mably), in two
Sullivan, Shaver and Elias Koteas
(superb as the colonel) are Canadian, as is the series. Mably is
English, Michelle Borth (as Rebecca) is American, “Hospital” –
tonight, at least – is superb.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “POV,” 10
p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Changing pace, “POV” offers a
varied and interesting batch of short films.
Two are from the “StoryCorps”
project on public radio, with everyday people talking; for the
delightful TV version, animation is added. A similar film has a woman
discussing a much-disputed lamp.
Drawings are also key to “Flawed,”
a lovely, 12-minute reflection on plastic surgery and love. The
others? “Big Birding Day,” also 12 minutes, has birdwatching
friends; appropriately, perhaps, it's both gorgeous and dull. “Six
Weeks” is a heart-rending, 16-minute look at a baby's adoption.
Other choices include:
– “Glee,” 8-9:30 p.m., Fox. This
fall, “Glee” plans to skip guest stars and theme shows, instead
focusing on the main characters as they near graduation. If you
really prefer the big-theme episodes, savor this one, which has Lady
Gaga songs. Also, Lauren and Quinn compete to be prom queen.
– “NCIS,” 8 and 10 p.m., CBS. The
first rerun catches the aftershocks of an attack on the team, which
was protecting Ziva's father, the head of the Mossad. The second has
a key murder witness disappear.
– “Pretty Little Liars,” 8 p.m.,
ABC Family. The girls face increasing pressure from “A,” the
mystery person who knows their secrets. With Emily starting to
crumble, they tell Dr. Sullivan (Annabeth Gish).
– “Circle of Friends” (1995),
8-10 p.m., TV Guide. Maeve Binchy, a gifted Irish author, has had
seven stories made into movies or miniseries, but this is the only
one to draw American audiences. Minnie Driver is superb as the
villager, trying college in Dublin; Chris O'Donnell is the handsome
– “NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. In a rerun, a Marine's body has been found near Beverly Hills'
lush Rodeo Drive. That may be linked to his recent tour in Iraq.
– “The Lying Game,” 9 and 10
p.m., ABC Family. If you missed the first two episodes of this Monday
series, you can catch them now. Once you get past the absurd notion –
a teen successfully pretending to be her rich twin sister – it's
sort of fun.
– “Raising Hope,” 9:30 p.m., Fox.
The show settles into what will be its time slot this fall, with this
rerun. Previous family photos have been disastrous, but Jimmy wants
one with Hope.