TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “America's Got
Talent,” 9 p.m., NBC.
This is a time when key reality
episodes start to pile up. Fox's “Dance” nears its finale; NBC's
“Talent” finally nears its next round.
Tuesday had the performances by the
final batch of 12 acts. Tonight, eight get sent home; the others
advance. That puts 16 people into the next round; next week, four
YouTube people will be added.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “So You Think
You Can Dance,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
Over the next two days, this show will
pick the four dancers for next week's finale.
Last week, Jess LeProtto – the show's
only Broadway-style dancer – and Jordan Casanova were ousted. Tadd
Gadduang and Caitlynn Lawson survived being in the bottom four.
Now the final six has Gadduang – a
sensational hip-hopper – alongside five jazz or contemporary
dancers: Lawson, Marko Germar, Sasha Mallory, Ricky Jaime and Melanie
Moore. Tonight, they're linked with six “all-stars” from past
seasons, including two runners-up – Kent Boyd from last year and
Twitch from 2008 – and the always-popular Pasha Kovalev.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Rescue Me,”
10 p.m., FX.
As a TV station airs its
10th-anniversary story about Sept. 11 firemen, people worry about the
comments of Tommy (Denis Leary), the loose cannon. They should; rage
and threats soon ensue.
There are lighter plot twists tonight –
one involving Tommy's daughter's wedding plans, the other involving
Sean having a hot and perplexing date.
The highlights, however, again involve
Kelly, wonderfully played by Maura Tierney. She gets word on her
latest cancer treatments and reacts in surprising (and very human,
Other choices include:
– “The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. In a
rerun, Sue wins a family trip to New York. It doesn't go smoothly.
– “The Untouchables” (1987), 8-11
p.m., AMC. Here's the rare case of a TV series becoming a terrific
movie. David Mamet wrote a smart script about Eliot Ness, the
gangbuster. Brian De Palma directed sharply, with Kevin Costner
getting great support from Robert De Niro and Sean Connery.
– “Modern Family,” 8:30 and 9
p.m., ABC. The first rerun offers many reasons why people might miss
Manny's graduation; they range from a faulty gate to Jay's botched
Botox treatment. In the second, Jay insists he wants a quiet
birthday; also, there's a good moment, after Phil tries to impress an
– “Happy Endings,” 9:31 p.m.,
ABC. In this rerun, Dave and Alex – now split – kind of regret
having tattoos with each other's names.
– “Love in the Wild,” 10 p.m.,
NBC. The five remaining couples trek through the Costa Rican jungle
and ride horseback to a waterfall. They go up a rope ladder and down
a mud slide.
– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
10 p.m., CBS. This rerun centers on a convention of vampire and
werewolf enthusiasts. Andy Dick has a guest role.
– “Hot in Cleveland,” 10 p.m., TV
Land. Victoria (Wendie Malick) gets Joy to help her get revenge on
her TV-station nemesis. Meanwhile, George Newbern is back as
Melanie's odd boyfriend.