TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Owen Benjamin:
High Five Til It Hurts,” midnight, Comedy Central.
This isn't your standard comedian.
Benjamin, who says he's 6-foot-7, is the son of college professors
and plays classical piano. He may be the only person to link
Timbaland and Beethoven in one joke.
The second half of the hour, at the
piano, is fairly funny and very original. The first half has
brilliant up moments, especially when viewing the etiquette of car
horns. The solution, he says, is separate horns for “just
mentioning” and “I'm not mad at you, it's the guy in front of
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Hawaii Five-0,”
9 p.m., CBS.
It's not enough of a bonus, apparently,
to have blue skies and great beaches. This hour also throws in s
roller derby and Dog the bounty-hunter.
Dog (who is based in Hawaii) is working
a case when the murder occurs. To learn who did it, Catherine
(Michelle Borth) goes undercover in the derby.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Annie: It's
the Hard Knock Life,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
A documentary about the rebirth of a
musical? Well, sort of.
This film sticks to the kids,
especially the 9-year-old who plays mini-Molly. Until a final little
glimpse of Jane Lynch, there's no proof that this Broadway show
The film also meets the costumer, the
set designer and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, who frets about
mop buckets, until a colleague finds a great alternative. It talks to
“Annie” creators, including Thomas Meehan, who in 1977 said:
“This little girl is going to support us for the rest of our
Other choices include:
– “Rain Man” (1988) and “Julie
and Julia” (2009), 7 and 9:30 p.m., TV Guide. The two finest actors
of our time are back-to-back – Dustin Hoffman as a
funny-and-touching savant, Meryl Streep as a robust Julia Child.
Streep was nominated for an Oscar; Hoffman won, as did his director,
script and film.
– “Cult,” 8 and 9 p.m., CW. Does
anyone remember this tangled show? After seven low-rated episodes, it
disappeared for three months; now the final six can run on three
Fridays. Part of tonight's focus is on Skye, convinced that a cult
and a TV show are connected to her father's disappearance, a decade
ago. In the first hour, she has a talk with her mom; in the second,
she infiltrates a group for new believers.
– “Bones,” 8 p.m., Fox. This is
really a bad way to start a day: Having been drugged, Hodgins and
Angela waken to find a bloody corpse on their canopy and flower
petals around their baby's crib. This rerun has them ignore Booth and
launch their own search for the evil Pelant.
– “The Following,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Desperate to find her son, Claire gets a key phone call in this
– “Magic City,” 9 p.m., Starz.
“What would you do,” a district attorney asks, “if you new
where the Devil lives?” He's asking a young lawyer whose dad has
Miami's devil (Ben Diamond) for his silent partner. That's part of a
fairly quiet hour, as this strong show builds its ethical tangles.
– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Danny probes the murder of a college student who was considered a
drug dealer. Meanwhile, his brother Jamie has a key encounter with a
former law-school classmate; also, their sister Erin realizes she
must give more room to her teen daughter Nicky.
– “Lidia Celebrates America,” 10
p.m.. PBS (check local listings). Born in an Italian region of
Croatia, Lidia Bastianich was 11 when her family fled to the U.S. At
66, she co-owns four trendy Manhattan restaurants with her son Joe
(“MasterChef”). So it's logical for her to do this special that
looks at food and the immigrant experience of many ethnic groups.