TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Blue Bloods,”
10 p.m., CBS.
In a family filled with male cops, Erin
(Bridget Moynahan) is the exception. Tonight, this show – a quick
ratings success – finally has a show built around her.
She's an assistant district attorney,
trying to get a gang leader by using his law-abiding brother as bait.
Others in her family argue about her ethics.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE II: Movies, cable.
“The Bridge on the River Kwai”
(1957, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies) is a great film, but needs to
be on a big screen in a theater. At home, it might just seem long and
For TV-sized fun, you could catch Drew
Barrymore and Adam Sandler in the sweet “50 First Dates” (2004),
at 8 and 10 p.m. on Oxygen. Or Will Farrell in the offbeat “Talladega
Nights” (2006), 9-11 p.m., TNT. Or try the family films listed
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The
Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,” 7:35 to 10:30 p.m.,
Independent Film Channel (generally via satellite or digital cable).
If you've missed this offbeat series,
here's a chace to catch the six-part season in one swoop. It starts
and ends well, with the moments between ranging from hilarious to
David Cross (also the co-creator) plays
Todd, sent to London to sell a new energy drink. The show includes
Cross' real-life girlfriend (Amber Tamblyn) in the first episode and
her dad (Russ Tamblyn) in the last, plus Cross' frequent colleague
Will Arnett as a sort-of boss.
The show stumbles when Arnett goes too
far, but scores when Cross tries clumsy lies. That peaks in the
finale (10 p.m.), as he variously claims he's deaf and has an
apartment in the Houses of Parliament.
Other choices include:
– “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood
Prince” (2009), 6:45-9:30 p.m., HBO. With this early start (and a
Friday showing), families can catch the film without worrying about
school the next day.
– “Alvin and the Chipmunks”
(2007, 7 p.m.) and “Kung Fu Panda” (2008, 9 p.m.), FX. Here's
another family choice – although some parents might nix “Panda”
and “Potter” for violence
– “School Pride,” 8 p.m., NBC.
Detroit's Communications and Media Arts High School boasts that 95
percent of its students graduate on time and 97 percent go to higher
education. Still, there have been attempts to close it, partly due to
the condition of the building. Now this show leads a renovation.
– “Medium,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Suddenly, Alice doesn't understand words. Joe is losing patience with
their complex marriage; however, a linguist (Judy Reyes of “Scrubs”)
– “CSI:NY,” 9 p.m., CBS. A sniper
is loose in New York, causing Mac to re-visit a previous abduction
ordeal. John Larroquette begins a three-episode stay as the deputy
chief of Manhattan detectives.
– “The Good Guys,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Dan, who likes to be an action cop, is confined to desk duty after he
faints. He needs a way to help Jack catch an art thief.
– “The Walking Dead,” 10 p.m.,
AMC. Here's a second chance to see the opener, which is gruesome but
well-made. Frank Darabont (“Shawshank Redemption”) wrote and
directed this story of a deputy sheriff who emerged from a coma to
learn that zombies are everywhere.