TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “America's Got
Talent” debut and “The Voice,” 8 and 10 p.m., NBC.
This is the combination NBC feels will
dominate summer ratings.
“The Voice” is wrapping up its
challenge rounds, with teammates competing in dueling duets. Some
will survive into the live episodes, which start next week.
“Talent” won't reach the live part
until July 12. Tonight, the long audition process begins.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Glee,” 8
This terrific – albeit erratic –
show starts over, rerunning its season-opener.
The glee club needs more people and has
two strong prospects. Sam (Chord Overstreet) is a handsome football
player with surfer hair; Sunshine (Charice) is a tiny Filipino with a
“Glee” stumbles with a bizarre
action by Rachel (Lea Michele), but redeems itself with great music.
Tonight, Charice and Overstreet each have a solo and the club does
“Empire State of Mind.” Charice has a duet with Michele, who
solos on a sensational rendition of “What I Did For Love.”
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Lee and
Grant,” 9-11 p.m., History.
Robert E. Lee grew up with little
money, but much gentility. The son of an ex- governor, he led his
class at West Point and soared in the military.
Ulysses S. Grant was, at times, the
opposite. He was in the bottom half of his West Point class; he left
the military with a drinking problem, failed in farming and real
estate, then re-joined for the Civil War.
There, he brought the Union its first
victory. Cautious (despite his reputation), he prevailed over the
bold, high-casualty attacks of Lee. This documentary isn't nearly as
good as History's “Gettysburg” (which reruns Thursday) or PBS'
“American Experience,” but has its moments.
Other choices include:
– “Great Performances,” 8-9:30
p.m., PBS (check local listings). PBS plans to pack the summer with
performances. On Wednesday is an opera (“Nixon in China”) and an
“American Masters” (James Levine); first, tonight has the 120th
anniversary of Carnegie Hall. Audra McDonald sings Gershwin tunes;
Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and Gil Shaham link on a Beethoven concerto; the
orchestra also does Gershwin's “An American in Paris” and
Dvorak's “Carnivale Overture.”
– “NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. Here's a
rerun of the episode that added Sarah Jane Morris (“Brothers &
Sisters”) as EJ Barrett. The case involves a former NCIS assistant
– “Body of Proof,” 9 and 10 p.m.,
ABC. In the first rerun, Megan suspects a murder in her old hospital;
the second has murder in her former high-society world. Also in the
first, Dr. Gross (Geoffrey Arend), a lab guy, falls for a corpse's
twin; she's played by Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Arend's
– “Million Dollar Decorators”
debut, 10 p.m., Bravo. You'll wince at the mega-spending here –
$40,000 for a photograph? – and arrogance, but admire the results.
These people create fresh, vibrant looks.
– “Love Handles” debut, 10 p.m.,
Lifetime. Grating and abrasive, this show has little appeal. Two
couples work on their weight with trainers and their emotions with
therapists. Tonight, some of these people (one of the couples, one of
the therapists) are hugely unlikable; the others are so-so.