TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Amazing
Race” finale, 8-10 p.m., CBS.
This edition has offered an eternal
lesson: Never bet again hockey men, Roller Derby women or the kin of
frontier heroes, real or fictional.
Eleven duos started; only four remain.
There are hockey's Battaglia brothers – Bates (a former NHL player)
and Anthony (a minor-leaguer). And Derby skaters,Betty Bandimere and
Mona Egender. And members of the country-music group Stealing Angels;
Jennifer Kuhle is John Wayne's grandaughter and Caroline Cutbirth is
a direct descendant of Daniel Boone.
Now those duos – plus newlyweds Max
and Katie Bichler – rush from Belfast to Washington, D.C.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Red Widow”
season-finale,10:01 p.m., ABC.
This has been a can't-win season for
ABC, full of richly layered dramas that never found an audience.
“Widow” has Rahda Mitchell as Marta, once a soccer mom and now
squeezed by circumstance.
Her brother stole from Schiller (Goran
Visnjic), who then apparently had her husband killed. Now she must
help Schiller's arms deal. She schemes to kill him … unaware her
son has the same plans.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The Borgias,”
10 p.m., Showtime.
Last week brought what viewers had
anticipated: When her own wedding night detoured, the gorgeous
Lucrezia Borgia had sex with her beloved brother Cesar.
It was a powerful and passionate scene
… topped by one tonight. By edict, Lucrezia is required to
consummate her marriage in front of two witnesses, on of them Cesar.
What follows is long, slow, extremely adult and, in its own way,
Other choices include:
– “Once Upon a Time,” 8 p.m.,
ABC. Here's a plot twist we didn't anticipate: Bae is transported to
the 19th century, where he's broke and hungry; he meets
gorgeous young Wendy Darling of “Peter Pan” fame; meanwhile,
there's a desperate search for Regina, who has disappeared with magic
– “Revenge.” 9 p.m., ABC. Now
that she's engaged to Daniel, Emily plans her next move. Also,
Conrad's election chances have tumbled since his wife was on
– “Nurse Jackie,” 9 p.m.,
Showtime; repeats at 9:30. Just how serious are the memory losses
faced by Gloria (Anna Deavere Smith)? In a good episode, a patient is
missing; Jackie frets. the new emergency-room chief (Morris Chestnut)
– “Anthony Bourdain: Parts
Unknown,” 9 p.m., CNN. Each winter, shacks dot the ice on northern
lakes. Ever wonder what happens there? Here's a surprise, in a
delightful visit to Quebec. The rerun of a good episode (Colombia)
precedes it … unless it's pre-empted, like last week's 8 p.m. show
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
The fifth season ends the way the first one began, with the search
for Red John, who killed Patrick Jane's wife. The suspect list has
been trimmed to seven; then, in a cliffhanger, Red John strikes
someone close to Jane.
– “Veep,” 10 p.m., HBO. It often
seems easy, when one politician flashes wit and another seems amused.
Tonight, however, we see the anxiety involved. The vice-president
prepares a clever song parody, then feels the aftershocks. There are
hilarious moments late in the half-hour.