TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., CBS.
Here's a double helping of TV's best
comedy, with the second rerun adding a terrific guest star.
In the first, Penny and Sheldon are
feuding. Amy – who wants to remain Penny's friend and Sheldon's
girlfriend – is caught in the middle. Also, Leonard tries to spice
his video romance with Priya.
In the second, Penny links Raj – too
shy to talk to women – with a deaf beauty. She's played by Katie
Leclerc, who is moderately hard of hearing and is superb as a deaf
teen on “Switched at Birth.”
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Wipeout,” 9
Last week's “geeks vs. hotties”
season-opener seemed terribly contrived. This week at least has some
real athletes, in an all-military competition.
Contestants range from a private to a
lieutenant commander. They include a photographer, a recruiter, a
dental hygienist, an ammunition guy and more. They probably long for
a standard, boot-camp obstacle course … one that doesn't have a
“killer bee” emerging to knock them in the mud.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “POV, 10 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings).
“What do you lose,” Ian Cheney
asks, “when you lose the night?”
He grew up outside a Maine town of
5,000, under a star-filled sky; now he's in New York City, where the
stars seem to be gone. His film views the harmful effects of too much
light. It also views people who retreat to the dark – including a
makeshift town (in the Arizona desert) for sky photographers.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE II: “Louie,”
10:30 p.m., FX.
Distinctive and eccentric, “Louie”
varies wildly with each story. That's especially true tonight.
One story, with Louis C.K.'s daughter
telling jokes, is charming. The other finds him inadvertently dating
someone played by Oscar-winner Melissa Leo; it's rude and crude,
with some adult appeal.
Other choices include:
– “Duets,” 8 p.m., ABC. Here's a
dizzying bit of time travel: Last week, contestants sang recent hits;
this week they try “music's golden age,” in the 1940s or so.
First, we learn who got the fewest votes last week, trimming the
field to four.
– “Saving Hope,” 9 p.m., NBC.
Alex tries to prove she can still be chief surgical resident, despite
personal tragedy. (Her fiance remains in a coma, his spirit walking
the hospital corridors and talking to others who are dead or
near-death.) She tackles the re-plantation of two hands.
– “Anger Management,” 9:30 p.m.,
FX. The last thing we want to do is imagine Charlie Sheen being even
less inhibited. Still, this episode has a therapist (Sheen) putting
his patients through 36 hours of sleep deprivation, to shed
inhibitions. That follows a 9 p.m. rerun of the so-so episode in
which he met a woman he had slept with in his baseball days.
– “Rookie Blue,” 10 p.m., ABC.
When this well-made show started, we met Andy's dad, a troubled
ex-cop. Now we meet the mom who left them15 years ago; she's a social
worker played by Barbara Williams, a busy Canadian actress who was
the vice-president in “FlashForward.”
– “The Mentalist,”10p.m., CBS.
Catherine Dent (“The Shield”) returns as FBI agent Susan Garcy.
Patrick Jane reluctantly works with her, suspecting she has an
– “Wilfred,” 10 p.m., FX. In a
fairly good episode, Wilfred (we see him as a guy in a tacky dog
suit) goes to Ryan's office, with good and bad results.