TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: Basketball, 9 p.m.
This is the big one, for the college
championship. And there's no top-rated powerhouse, looming over
things to spoil the fun; all the top-rated teams are already gone.
Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg cover the
game. The preview (8 p.m.) and “Inside March Madness” (midnight)
are consigned to the TruTV cable channel.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “House” and
“Chicago Code,” 8 and 9 p.m., Fox.
The bad news is that most networks have
reruns from 8-10 p.m. The good? Fox's reruns are superb.
First, Dr. House hires a young medical
student; slyly played by Amber Tamblyn, she's brainy, ethical and
often in disagreement. They tackle a complex case involving a
Then the Chicago cops are chasing a
bank-robber while the police commissioner probes a corrupt
construction site. There are also powerhouse moments of inner-office
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “His Way,”
9-10:30 p.m., HBO.
Jerry Weintraub is old-style Hollywood,
brash and bold. He landed an Elvis tour by finding a way to get a
million-dollar check. He revived Frank Sinatra's career by setting up
a live, worldwide concert.
He produced great movies –
“Nashville,” “Diner,” “Karate Kid” – one at a time,
then went bust by trying to create a massive movie company.
He also lived a Weintraub-style life,
with wife and live-in lover. Several people confess that they could
never pull it off; Barbara Bush adds: “I'd kill George Bush if he
Yes, the Bushes are here, plus George
Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. It's marquee Hollywood.
Other choices include:
– “Dancing With the Stars,”
8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Last week, Mike Catherwood – an obscure radio
guy and “Love Line” co-host – became the first person
ousted,Sugar Ray Leonard and talk host Wendy Williams in the bottom
three. Tonight, the 10 survivors start anew.
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.
ET, CBS. On a one-time visit to its old night, a “Big Bang” rerun
has Amy (the brainy sorta-girlfriend of Sheldon) drawn to Penny's
big-muscle, small-IQ ex-boyfriend.
– Movies, 8 p.m., cable. There are
plenty of choices for the non-basketball crowd. Turner Classic Movies
has the eternal epic, “Gone With the Wind” (1939); Showtime has a
new epic, the opener of its “The Borgias” series. For kids,
Disney has the video cartoon, “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy
– “Rules of Engagement,” 8:30
p.m. ET, CBS. In a rerun, Russell (David Spade) borrows an odd
gift-giving idea from Adam (Oliver Hudson).
– “Nurse Jackie,” 10 p.m.,
Showtime. Last week, Jackie's secrets spilled out. Tonight, her lover
(Eddie) plans to tell Jackie the rest and her friend (Dr. O'Hara) is
looking for a new job.
– “Castle,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. A
body has been found in a pizza oven, leading to sly comments. Also,
Castle's daughter is in trouble after an ambush-kiss goes on the
– “United States of Tara,” 10:30,
Showtime. In a great scene, Tara transforms and takes over the class
of her skeptical new professor (Eddie Izzard).