TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “American Idol,”
8-10 p.m., Fox.
Until now, “Idol” has made all its
contestants follow the same theme. Some weeks, that's easier for the
men, some for the women.
Now comes a detour: The six women will
do Whitney Houston songs; the seven men will do Stevie Wonder songs.
Then viewers vote, setting up the first elimination Thursday.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Suburgatory,”
8:30 p.m., ABC.
The new guy in school (Dan Byrd of
“Cougar Town”) seems to have a secret. Tess decides he's gay.
That's part of a funny rerun. It
includes a couple of great scenes from Rex Lee – formerly Lloyd on
“Entourage” and now the hapless Mr. Wolfe.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “I Am Bruce
Lee,” 9-11 p.m., Spike.
Bruce Lee seemed to pack many lifetimes
into his 32 years.
He was a tough guy who won real-life
street fights and did push-ups with one thumb. He was also a cha-cha
champion and an addicted “General Hospital” fan.
He was born in San Francisco, became a
child star in Hong Kong, then returned to th U.S. as an unknown,
becoming a star in the U.S. and a superstar overseas. It's a great
story, told with plenty of clips – even an early audition interview
– plus comments by his wife, his daughter and more.
Other choices include:
– “The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. This
reruns the New Year episode, in which everyone was arbitrarily given
resolutions to follow. The toughest: Brick must read less; Mike must
– “Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
In a rerun, Josh Gad (star of the Broadway hit “The Book of
Mormon”) plays a neighborhood guy who became an Internet
billionaire. Phil doesn't seem pleased.
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 9 p.m., NBC. This rerun (nudging “Rock Center” to 10
p.m.) peaks with an intense and beautifully acted scene with Benson
(Mariska Hargitay) and a suicidal youth (Cameron Monaghan). There's
also a good (albeit very brief) role for Miranda Lambert, as a
– “Happy Endings,” 9:31 p.m.,
ABC. After three straight reruns, this is ABC's only new comedy. Alex
and Jane conspire to convince Dave that something didn't happen; he's
sure it did.
– “Revenge for Real,” 10 p.m.,
ABC. “Revenge” takes a two-week break, leaving room for
non-fiction murder stories. Tonight focuses on Ted Ammon, his
glamorous wife Generosa (who was portrayed by Poppy Montgomery in the
cable movie “Murder in the Hamptons”) and her electrician
– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
10 p.m., CBS. Brody (Elisabeth Harnois) has some bad luck in this
rerun: She's on a helicopter that's been hijacked.
– “Hot in Cleveland,” 10 p.m., TV
Land. When a deadly spider is loose, people retreat to a lake house.
They learn that Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli) is dating the former
fiancee of Joy (Jane Leeves).
– “Million Dollar Listing: New
York” debut, 10 p.m., Bravo. The stakes are high, the apartments
and condos are beautiful … and, alas, the featured salesmen are