TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “American
Masters,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Mel Brooks has no delusions of
sainthood. He grew up, he says in this breezy film, as “an
arrogant, obnoxious little (bleep)head.” He's always been the
loudest guy in the room, seizing attention.
He's also immensely talented. Brooks
wrote classic TV for Sid Caesar, then classic movies and musicals.
Filled with clips and laughs, this film captures the first 86 years
of a loud and funny life.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Dancing With
the Stars” performance finale, 8-10:01 p.m., ABC.
Athletes have thrived on this show. The
first 15 winners have included three Olympic champions and three pro
football stars; now they make up half the final four.
There's Alexandra Raisman, who
captained the gold-medal Olympic gymnastics team; and Jacoby Jones,
whose record-tying kick return sparked a Super Bowl win. They join
country singer Kellie Pickler and teen singer-dancer-actress Zendaya.
On Tuesday, we'll know the winner.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The Big C”
series finale, 10 p.m., Showtime.
Last week, Cathy (the terrific Laura
Linney) pushed the notion of going to a hospice. She didn't want her
son to think of their home as the place his mother died of cancer.
Now she's lingering. What if she passes
the number of hospice days her insurance allows? Stick around for a
closing hour that nimbly leaps from deep drama to moments of quirky
Other choices include:
– “The Voice,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC.
The final 10 perform; on Tuesday, two will be ousted.
– “2 Broke Girls,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Nudged ahead an hour, “Girls” reruns an episode that has
hilarious moments from Andy Dick, as a quirky street performer.
– :”Raising Hope,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Adding some summertime fun, Fox is bunching four comedies – three
reruns and “Goodwin Games” – on Mondays. That starts with a
funny episode that introduced Sabrina's mom (Melanie Griffith) and
late grandmother (Tippi Hedren, Griffith's real-life mom).
– “The Goodwin Games” debut, 8:30
p.m., Fox. These siblings – a surgeon, an ex-con and a “mean
girl” – share little except a dad who is quirky and dead. Now his
will forces them in fresh directions.
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. With “2 Broke Girls” nudging up an hour, CBS fills the gap
with a rerun of TV's best comedy. Tonight brings a Halloween party at
the comic-book shop.
– “Mike & Molly”
season-finale, 9:30 p.m., CBS. Mike frets about a torndado and a
--”Hawaii Five-0” season-finale, 10
p.m., CBS. The team helps the CIA hunt for a deadly terrorist.
– “Reckoning” season-finale, 10
p.m., Sundance. Last week's hour ended suddenly and sensationally. A
step-brother seemed to mock Daniel's 19 years on Death Row;then
Daniel choked him and the closing credits rolled. Now we see the
result; we also see that many people in this town remain convinced
that Daniel killed his girlfriend. It's a so-so finish to what has
been a very good first season.
– “Motive” debut, 10:01 p.m.,
ABC, This Canadian drama shows us who did a crime, then follow cops
tryig ti figure out why it happened. After tonight, it moves to its
regular spot on Thursdays.