TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Justified,” 10
“I had every intention of livin' a
simple life, raisin' my boys and keepin' house,” Mags Bennett, one
of TV's great characters, tells federal Marshal Raylon Givens
Then life intervened. She became the
matriarch of a Kentucky crime family, a central figure in the eternal
war between the Bennetts and the Givens clan. Now her son has killed
Raylan's beloved aunt; there are brilliant bursts of dialog and
passion, leading to next week's season-finale.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “American
Idol,” 8-9:30 p.m., Fox.
The final six singers dig into the
songs of Carole King. Its a great collection to choose from.
King had some big songs she cut
herself, including the two-sided hit “It's Too Late” and “I
Feel the Earth Move.” But she soared with tunes sung by others –
“Natural Woman,” “You've Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,”
“Up On the Roof, “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “Will You Love
She even wrote rowdy rock songs,
“Locomotion” and “Chains.” The “Idol” finalists should
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: Royal wedding
Cable continues its royally obsession
and now NBC jumps in. For four months, it says, it's been taping
preparations; now Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira host “Inside the
Royal Wedding,” at 8 p.m.
And cable? TLC reruns a good special
(“Wild About Harry,” about Prince William's younger brother) at 8
p.m. and a lightweight one at 10. “Royal Collections” includes
one woman stuffs her home with 10,000 items; another who spent
$150,000 for four Diana dresses, then ignored them for years.
Others jump in. BBC America has “Prince
William's Africa” (an interesting story, ineptly told) at 8. The
Biography Channel has “William & Kate” from 8-10 p.m. and
Kate Middleton alone at 10.
Other choices include:
– “Survivor,” 8 p.m., CBS. Last
week, David Murphy and Juliet Wolfe was sent to Redemption Island,
already occupied by Matt Elrod (who's been there almost from the
start) and Mike Chiesel. Eight others remain on the mainland.
– “The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. Age
is sneaking up on Frankie in this rerun. A clerk assumes she's
shopping for adult diapers; also, she won't admit she's thrown out
– “Better With You,” 8:30, ABC.
Mia and Casey want to postpone the wedding until after their baby is
born. That creates a logistic nightmare, including a bridal-shop
owner who won't give a refund.
– “Modern Family,” 9 and 10:30
p.m., ABC. Both reruns catch key days for Phil and Claire. On their
anniversary, they're having sex when the kids walk in; on Valentine's
Day, they spice up the relationship by pretending to be other people,
having an affair.
– “The Voice,” 9-11 p.m., NBC. In
a late change, NBC reruns Tuesday's “debut.
– “Breaking In,” 9:30, Fox.
People are skeptical when Melanie's ex-con father suddenly shows up.
– “Happy Endings,” 10 p.m., ABC.
In a change, ABC is inserting an episode with Damon Wayans as guest
star. He plays the father of Brad (played, appropriately, by Damon
Wayans Jr.); they have a non-verbal relationship – until Brad's
wife nudges him to have a “dad date” and express his feelings.