TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Frozen Planet”
debut, 8 and 9 p.m., Discovery.
The Arctic and Antarctica are outsized
worlds. A bear can weigh almost a ton; an iceberg can be the size of
Manhattan. In these splendid documentaries, animals seek love
(briefly) and food (obsessively).
There's humor, as one penguin builds
its nest by stealing stones from another … who seems blissfully
unaware. There's ferocity, as giant walruses battle, with tiny
penguins seeming nonchalant nearby. And there's stunning precision,
as whales' synchronized swimming knocks penguins off their ice-floe
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Desperate
Housewives,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Last week ended with a jolt, when Mike
Delfino was killed by a drive-by gunman. Tonight brings the funeral
and flashbacks from his widow Susan and friends.
All of them have another problem: They
had thought they'd covered up the death of Gabrielle's abusive
father-in-law, who was killed by Carlos to protect her. Now the probe
TODAY'S ALTERNATIVE: Basketball, noon
By the end of the night, the NCAA
tournament will have its sweet 16.
CBS has a tripleheader, then gives the
fourth game (at 7:30 p.m.) to Tru TV. There are also doubleheaders at
6 p.m. on TNT and 7 p.m. on TBS.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Life is
Short,” 10:30 p.m., HBO.
This series ripples with the darkly
wicked wit of writer-producers Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.
It's a mock-documentary that pretends that actor Warwick Davis is
vain and foolish.
In some hilarious scenes, he meets the
charlatan who is his spiritual adviser, then manages to insult a
Catholic and a Scientologist. Also, he bungles some promising
Other choices include:
– “Oprah's Next Chapter,” 7-11
p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. The first two hours rerun Winfrey's
Steven Tyler interview. Then is a new two-parter with Lady Gaga.
– “Once Upon a Time,” 8 p.m.,
ABC. In both worlds, there's trouble for Snow White (Ginnifer
Goodwin). In the fairy-tale world, she's under a spell; Prince
Charming tries to stop her from killing the Evil Queen. In the modern
world, she's charged with killing the wife of Charming's equivalent.
– “Bob's Burgers,” 8:30 p.m.,
Fox. Amid a bank's hostage crisis, the robber needs burgers.
Suddenly, Bob is at the core, as a go-between. The result is much
funnier than last week's season-opener.
– “The Good Wife,” 9 p.m. (or
later, with a basketball overrun), CBS. Michael J. Fox has already
done four episodes as Louis Canning, the cunning lawyer, receiving an
Emmy nomination. Now he again battles Alicia in court; this time, she
has money trouble and reconsiders his standing job offer.
– “The Walking Dead,” 9 p.m.,
AMC. The season finale finds Rick facing doubts about his leadership.
– “Luck,” 9 p.m., HBO. Enraged by
an apparent murder, Ace (Dustin Hoffman) shows his fierce intensity.
Also, an accident has a sharp impact on Jo (Jill Hennessy).
– “CSI: Miami,” 10 p.m., CBS (or
later, with a basketball overrun). When a popular tennis coach is
killed, there's a personal connection to Calleigh (Emily Procter).