TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “American Idol,”
8 p.m., and “Glee,” 9:30-10:30 p.m., Fox.
The biggest week for Fox peaks here,
pushing the network's prime time a half-hour longer than usual.
That starts with “Idol” naming it
finalists, after its first two nights of live shows. Then “Glee”
has a key episode that includes its 500th musical number.
In the aftermath of the wedding of Will
and Emma, glee-clubbers are assigned to do their favorite songs from
movies. And in New York, Santana settles in quickly – too quickly,
Rachel and Kurt feel.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: .”The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
After pausing for reruns last week,
TV's best comedy is back to a new episode. Leonard, Sheldon and
Howard speak to junior-high girls, talking about careers in science.
Also, viewers can root for Raj. In real
life, Kunal Nayyar (who plays him) is married to a former Miss India;
on “Big Bang,” Raj is a shy chap who has started dating the
eccentric Lucy (Kate Micucci).
TONIGHT'S BLACK HOLE: 8 p.m., ABC.
This was supposed to be when ABC had a
promising episode of “Zero Hour.” The network showed critics an
epic hour that leaped between two continents, two generations and
three stories … while finally telling what's in the box being
sought an/or protected.
The episode was large, confusing,
ambitious … and then pulled, without notice. Current plans, barring
another change, call for a “Shark Tank” rerun.
Other choices include:
– “Community,” 8 p.m., NBC. The
show's return from a long hiatus leaves us re-checking calendars.
During Valentine week, “Community” ran its Halloween episode.Now
it's Thanksgiving; Jeff visits his estranged father (James Brolin)
and the others go to Shirley's house.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 8:31
p.m., CBS. After claiming he wants Alan to move out, Walden gets his
wish: They have a fight and Alan moves in with Herb, the guy who
married his ex-wife.
– “Grey's Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC.
In a rerun, the survivors of the plane crash get news about their law
suit. Also, Richard ducks romantic advances from Catherine.
– “Battleground: Rhino Wars”
debut, 9 p.m., Animal Planet. These days, every cable network wishes
its non-fiction shows could be action adventures. This takes it to an
extreme: Four former Special Forces soldiers head to South Africa, to
train people who battle rhinosaurus poachers.
– “Freakshow” debut, 9:30 p.m.,
AMC. This reality show visits sideshow-type people in Venice Beach,
Cal. It gets a logical spot after a “Walking Dead” rerun (8 p.m.)
and “Comic Book Men” (9).
– “The Ben Show,” 10 p.m., Comedy
Central. The reality-type bits – Ben Hoffman assembles strangers
into a rock band – are OK; the short mini-sketches vary immensely.
Some are loud and sophomoric; others – including a football
coach's rambling, racist talk – are extremely funny.
– “Scandal,” 10:02 p.m., ABC.
This reruns the episode in which David learned the truth of the
Cytron scandal, putting pressure on the conspirators – including
the First Lady, the chief of staff and Olivia.