TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “A Capitol
Fourth,” 8-9:30 p.m., PBS; repeats 9:30-11 (check local listings).
Each year, this concert offers great
voices, the National Symphony and fireworks, all against a splendid,
Washington, D.C., backdrop.
This year, Steve Martin will bring his
banjo and his Steep Canyon Ramblers. Rock stars will be old (Little
Richard, 78), young (Jordin Sparks, 21) and pretend (the cast of
“Million Dollar Quartet”).
Powerhouse singer Josh Groban will be
there. So will Matthew Morrison (now of “Glee”) and Kelli O'Hara,
who starred with him twice on Broadway and has three Tony
nominations. Jimmy Smits hosts.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: More Fourth, 9
pm., NBC (repeating at 10); 10 p.m., CBS.
NBC will in New York for the “Macy's
4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.” Nick Lachey hosts,
with songs by Beyonce and Brad Paisley. This year, however, there's
no orchestra; the fireworks will be accompanied by recorded songs.
The CBS event, however, is built around
the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, doing its 38th
concert for the Fourth of July. Keith Lockhart conducts, Michael
Chiklis hosts and Lionel Richie sings.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Citizen
U.S.A.: A 50 State Road Trip,” 9 p.m., HBO.
After marrying a Dutch native,
Alexandra Pelosi began to see her country through fresh eyes. So they
traveled, meeting people in naturalization ceremonies in every state.
They talked to a few famous immigrants
– Henry Kissinger, Arianna Huffington, Gene Simmons, Madeleine
Albright. The real joy, however, is in meeting regular people who
savor a country where they can hold hands, drive a car or dial 9-1-1.
As with her six previous HBO films, Pelosi (Nancy Pelosi's daughter)
injects the film with warmth and balance.
Other choices include:
– “The Bachelorette,” 8-10:01
p.m., ABC. In a rerun of last week's episode, Ashley takes the eight
remaining guys to Hong Kong. She also gets a return visit from the
– “How I Met Your Mother,” 8
p.m., CBS. This rerun is stuffed with guest stars – Will Forte as
Marshall's incompetent co-worker, Laura Bell Bundy as Robin's
co-anchor, Jennifer Morrison as Zoey, who enrolls in Ted's class and
stirs up other students against his project.
– “Mike & Molly,” 8:30 and
9:30 p.m., CBS. Here are amiable reruns from early in the season. The
first, centering on a bowling night, introduced Cleo King as Carl's
grandmother; the second found Carl jealous of all the time Mike was
spending with Molly.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. This fairly good rerun is supposed to be about Charlie dating
someone who's older. Alas, Liz Vassey, who plays her, is 38; Charlie
Sheen is 45.
– “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss
Edition,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. In a rerun, we meet a guy who quit
working out after a knee injury ended his high school football hopes.
At 25, he had reached 651 pounds. He meets former Nate Newton, a
former Dallas Cowboy who ballooned to 401, then lost 175.
– “The Big C,” 10:30, Showtime.
Last week, Cathy made the mistake of telling Rebecca she has cancer.
Rebecca told Cathy's brother, who told the world, starting a pity
party. “Big C” nimbly juggles comedy and drama, introducing Alan
Alda as a doctor with bad bedside manner and great results.