TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “How to Live With
Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)” debut, 9:31 p.m., ABC.
Polly (Sarah Chalke) has left her
husband, who means well but doesn't do well. With her daughter, she
moves in with her mom (Elizabeth Perkins) and step-dad (Brad
Garrett). What can go wrong?
Almost everything, it turns out. She's
an attentive mom; they're inattentive grandparents, spilling secrets
about dates and Santa and such. Juggling clever character moments
with broad sight gags, this opener is worthy of its spot behind
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “The Middle,”
8 p.m., ABC.
To boost its new show, ABC has fresh
episodes of its other three Wednesday comedies.
That starts with a fun one, reminding
us that love isn't logical. Mismatched with a brainy girlfriend, Axl
keeps sort of breaking up in funny ways; also, his mom is crushed by
a mismatch on “The Bachelor.”
And with Sue accidentally on the tennis
team; her dad teaches her: “Sports isn't about being nice.”
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Doctor Who”
(8 p.m.) and “Spies of Warsaw,” 9-11 p.m., BBC America; they
repeat at 11 p.m. and midnight to 2 a.m.
First, we see David Tennant at his
breezy best in a 2007 “Who.” He and Martha (Freema Agyeman) are
trapped in 1969, with Sally Sparrow (Carey Mulligan) in the future,
trying to save them. Mulligan went on to be an Oscar-nominee (for “An
Education”); Agyeman went on to the current “Carrie Diaries”
and Tennant went on to things great (“Hamlet”) and not (this
Wildly miscast , he playing a stoic war
hero, caught in the intrigue leading to World War II. The story –
which concludes next week – has its moments, but the film feels
stiff and clumsy, despite gifted actors.
Other choices include:
– “American Idol,” 8-10 p.m.,
Fox. In a female-dominated year, tonight's theme is “classic rock –
no ballads.” That could hinder some women, but Candice Glover and
Kree Harrison rocked powerfully last week; all five female finalists
remain, while three of the five guys are already gone.
– “Survivor,” 8 p.m., CBS. Six
“fans” have been ousted – Julia Landauer was the latest –
alongside only two “favorites.” Now the tribes merge; individual
challenges begin, starting with yucky eating.
– “Suburgatory, 8:30 p.m., ABC. Now
that Dalia is being nice to her, Tessa frets about what she really
wants. Meanwhile, Tessa's dad worries about being one of the guys in
the local calendar.
– “Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Phil and Claire have opposite parenting views on everything,
including Haley quitting her job. Then they see a family that's like
a future version of their own.
– “ET” (1982), 9-11:30 p.m., Ion.
This great movies has warmth, humor and zestful adventure.
– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
10 p.m., CBS. Kate Danson, 33, is surrounded by TV's best. Her father
(Ted Danson) stars here; her husband (Jesse Bochco) is a “Dallas”
director whose dad led “NYPD Blue” and more. She plays a lawyer,
in a story about what might be a serial killer's lair.
– “Best Ink,” 10 pm., Oxygen. The
season starts with a good host (rocker Pete Wentz) and a bad contest,
in which spray-painted murals are difficult to see. The elimination
contest is more interesting, with quirky clients. One micro-manages;
another has high expectations and a low threshold of pain.