(Here's the Wednesday TV column, a tad out of place. Scroll down and you'll see Friday and Thursday, then Tuesday, Monday etc. If I knew how to re-arrange them, I would; I am aware of the correct order of the days of the week.)
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC.
Comedies are at their best with Thanksgiving episodes,
swirling people together in odd combinations.
Now “Middle” has its fifth annual one, with unexpected
guests and with secrets. Axl has dropped three of his four college classes …
Sue hasn’t told what she did during a discount-shopping trip … and Frankie’s
dad (Jerry Van Dyke) tried online gambling, losing the money that was set aside
for a cruise.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “The X Factor,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
This show is down to it top 10, after shedding three acts
last week. Only Demi Lovato’s group (girls) survived intact, while Rachel
Potter, Carlos Guevera and Sweet Suspense were sent home.
Lovato and Paulina Rubio (boys) still have three acts apiece;
Kelly Rowland (older singers) and Simon Cowell (groups) each have two. Now we
move to Cowell’s turf, with each act singing a song from the United Kingdom;
Thursday will have a performance by his discovery, the British boy band One
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Up” (2009) and “WALL-E” (2008), 7
and 9 p.m, ABC Family.
The Pixar people are so talented that they can break all the
rules for animated movies, yet delight kids and grown-ups. They even include
quiet moments of heartbreak.
“Up” is mostly a fun romp with a boy and a grumpy old man,
in an airborne house; still, it offers a sweet prologue, showing why the man is
grumpy. “Wall-E” follows a lonely robot on a post-apocalyptic Earth. Like “Up,” it eventually become funny,
hopeful and immensely entertaining.
Other choices include:
“Nova,” 8 and 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). The first
hour visits the edge of the sky, just before space blackness; it includes
“sprites” that shoot upward from clouds. The second ponders the possibilities
of meteors for profit (valuable minerals) or destruction (over 1,000 Siberians
injured in February).
“Revolution,” 8 p.m., NBC. Charlie tries to show her
maturity to her mom … who continues to have strained relations with Gene. Meanwhile,
Neville gives Jason a proclamation.
“Back in the Game,” 8:30 p.m., ABC. The Cannon (James Caan)
pushes the boys to get paintball revenge.
“Modern Family,” 9 p.m,, ABC. Jay is persuaded top try
ClosetCon again and meets an old colleague; back home, people fiddle with his
model of Apollo 13. Meanwhile, Cam hopes – futilely – that Mitchell and Lily
will feel at home at his family’s farm.
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” 9 p.m., NBC. The
focus moves to Rollins, played by Kelli Giddish, Her friend Lena wants to file
rape charges … a situation complicated by Lena’s history with the guy and
fondness for rough sex. When the situation turns fatal, Rollins must face
personal questions in court.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 10 p.m., CBS. There was a
stabbing at a motel that had two similar cases. (No, it’s not the Bates Motel.)
Jordin Sparks, former “American Idol” champion, has a guest role.