TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “So You Think You
Can Dance,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
At times during the auditions, the
“Dance” judges were as giddy as the ones on “American Idol.”
They sent swarms of dancers to this Las Vegas round.
Now comes the tough part: Tonight, they
must trim that down to the final 20.
Next Wednesday, the finalists will
perform as 10 duos. The following night, one man and one woman will
be ousted; it they're from different duos, their partners will become
a team. That continues until “Dance” has its top 10, who will
then be paired with professional all-stars.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “The Big Bang
Theory” and “Rules of Engagement,” 8, 8:30 p.m., CBS.
Even in reruns, these shows offer fun.
First, TV's best comedy finds Leonard
in the rare position of being the one guy without a girlfriend. That
could change quickly; Sheldon wants to break up with Amy, who wants
him to meet her mother.
Then “Rules” continues the saga of
a penniless Russell (David Spade), whose rich mother cut him off.
Previously, he moved in with his classy and ill-treated assistant
Timmy, soon behaving badly. Now the utilities in Russell's own
apartment have been stopped; Timmy tries to teach him budgeting.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: Movies, 8 p.m.,
For sheer fun, there's “Crimes of the
Heart” (1986, TV Guide, rerunning at 10 p.m.), Beth Henley's witty
tale of Southern sisters. Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange and Sissy
For drama, “A Single Man” (2009,
Showtime) is a quietly moving portrait of a gay professor in the
1960s, mourning his lover. Colin Firth received a well-deserved Oscar
And there's “Too Big to Fail”
(2011, HBO). It takes a richly detailed look at the frantic efforts
to keep the 2008 banking crisis from turning into a full-scale
Other choices include:
– “Community,” 8 p.m., NBC.
Here's a rerun of one of the show's better (and stranger) episodes.
The study group is assigned to clean the school's space simulator …
soon stumbling into an adventure.
– “30 Rock,” 8:30, NBC. On a
winning streak, Jack decides to try an imposing task – fixing Liz's
love life. Also, in this rerun, Kelsey Grammer plays himself.
– “The Office,” 9 p.m., NBC.
Michael is required to get counseling from Toby, in a rerun.
– Basketball, 9 p.m., ABC. The finals
stay in Dallas for one more game, with the Mavericks hosting the
Miami Heat. That's preceded by Jimmy Kimmel at 8 and a pre-game show
– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
9 p.m., CBS. Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”) plays a
police detective in this rerun, in which a student is killed after a
“Walking With Dinosaurs” show.
– “Parks and Recreation,” 9:30,
NBC. This rerun has some hilarious moments as the flu hits hard.
Chris (Rob Lowe), the health buff, is shocked; Leslie (Amy Poehler)
persists while her mind wobbles.
– “Love Bites,” 10 p.m., NBC.
Tentatively scheduled are segments including Michelle Trachtenberg
and (as parents hesitantly facing their son's relationship) Kurtwood
Smith and Frances Conroy.
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
You can tell this one's a rerun: It involves the murder of a Santa.