TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Fringe,” 9
Late at night, Peter gets a call:
Olivia, he's told, is in the alternate world, trying to get back.
This brings a problem: If it's true,
the woman lying next to him is the alternate Olivia in disguise.
That launches a key episode. “Fringe,”
which began as a good series, has now soared to the “X-Files”
level, intelligently ranging from wow-factor surprises to solid,
These alternate worlds bring superb
work from John Noble and Anna Torv, as the Walters and the Olivias.
Tonight, she has some pivotal moments.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Having awakened Sheldon's emotions,
this show now toys with them.
This season, he became fond of Amy
Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik), a scientist who shares his detachment
from normal society. In a rerun tonight, they break up (at least for
a while) and he seeks an alternative to human companionship. Laurie
Metcalf returns as his mom.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: Christmas shows,
The second day of ABC Family's “25
Days of Christmas” starts with “A Flintstone Christmas” at 6
p.m., then has “The Santa Clause” (1994) at 7 and 9. “Clause”
is lots of fun, with an ordinary chap (Tim Allen) transforming into
Santa against his will.
That same transformation happens –
much more suddenly – in the new “Santa Suit,” at 8 and 10 p.m.
on Hallmark. Kevin Sorbo plays a toy mogul who suddenly becomes a
Yes, there's more. At 8 p.m., ABC has
the 40th anniversary of “Santa Claus is Comin' to Town,”
with Mickey Rooney as the voice of Kris Kringle turning into Santa;
at 8 and 10, AMC has “Scrooged” (1988), with Bill Murray as a TV
executive who needs ghastly intervention.
Other choices include:
– “Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. A charred
body has a gunshot wound, yet neither the bullet nor the fire is the
cause of death. Things weren't going well for this guy.
– “Community,” 8 p.m., NBC. The
gang celebrates Troy's 21st birthday in a bar. Soon, Jeff
and Britta get silly, Shirley tears down incriminating photos and
Annie embraces the identity on her ID.
-- "High School Musical" (2006), 8-10 p.m., Disney. In a late change, Disney is replacing "Avalon High" with this popular film. Its story merely assembles teen cliches, but the songs and the dance moves are vibrant.
– “30 Rock,” 8:30, NBC. Jenna's
relationship with Paul (Will Forte) is going fine after six months,
but Liz feels her romance is wobbling. Oddly, she consults with
– “The Office,” 9 p.m., NBC.
Michael is on a mission to stop the growing power of China. Also,
there are concerns that the office might move to a new building.
– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, the murder of a teen boy may be linked to an
older case that recently re-surfaced.
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Television already has some arrogant chefs. Here's a fictional one in
this rerun, killed during a cooking competition.