TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “White Collar”
return, 10 p.m., USA.
Here are financial people at their
cruelest, living high while bilking people of their life savings.
Viewers will root instantly for Neal
(the former con man) to help the FBI catch them. They'll also forgive
the fact that some of this happens way too easily.
There are plot twists along the way,
including a good one involving Neal's aversion to guns. It adds up to
entertaining TV, but “White Collar” has done better.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “American
Idol” (8 p.m.) and “Human Target” (9), Fox.
The second week of “Idol” auditions
starts in Chicago, with Shania Twain as guest judge.
Afterward, “Our Little Genius” was
supposed to settle into its regular time slot. That show was pulled,
however; now “Target” repeats Sunday's opener, before nudging
into its Wednesday slot.
The episode has one great scene, as a
computer whiz (Jackie Earle Haley) calmly confronts two thugs.
Mostly, it has OK scenes, with a handsome and all-knowing bodyguard
(Mark Valley) on a bullet train.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Speak”
One of the best TV movies in recent
years went mostly unnoticed. Adapting Laurie Halse Anderson's witty
book, writer-director Jessica Scharzer created a moving portrait of a
teen who simply quits talking in school, after a date rape.
Now it's getting fresh attention, for a
basic reason: Its star (Kristen Stewart) is at the core of the
“Twilight” movies. Only 14 when this film debuted, she gave a
subtly perfect performance.
Other choices include:
– “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los
Angeles,” 8 and 9 p.m., CBS. Even these powerhouses settle for
reruns during “Idol” auditions. In the first, a blogger has been
killed – please don't try this at home – after alleging a
cover-up. In the second, the victim is a Marine who has been living
as a rich bachelor.
– “Nova,” 8 p.m., PBS (check
local listings). Sprawling across the Egyptian desert, 240 feet long
and 66 feet high, the Great Sphinx has left many questions. This
fairly interesting hour views two pharaohs – one who had it built,
another who renovated it. It dismisses some old stories – no,
Napoleon's soldiers didn't shoot off its nose – and studies the
– “Scrubs,” 8 and 9 p.m., ABC.
First is a rerun in which the overwhelmed Lucy gets advice from
Elliot. Then a new episode finds her still frazzled, as a test nears;
also, the Drew-Denise affair hits a bump.
– “Better Off Ted,” 8:30 and 9:30
p.m., ABC. First is the rerun of a funny episode in which Ted's
daughter gathers insider information at the day care center. Then a
new episode finds Ted instantly struck by a beautiful visitor from
Germany; they communicate via the company's new translator device.
– “The Good Wife,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Alicia reluctantly agrees to a conjugal visit with her imprisoned
husband. She needs to get information about a case she's working on.
– “The Millionaire Matchmaker,”
10 p.m., Bravo. Fresh from college, Omar Soliman and Nick Friedman
launched the thriving business College Hunks Hauling Junk. Recently,
they showed up on ABC's “Shark Tank”; now matchmaker Patti
Stanger tries to find the right women for them. It isn't easy; the
guys are likable, but struggle socially.