TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: Basketball, all
The college tournament is about to
consume our TV sets and our lives. Today, all 16 games will be live,
with four apiece on CBS and three cable channels.
CBS has one double-header at noon ET,
pauses at about 5 p.m. for news and such, and starts another at 7;
TruTV has double-headers at 12:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., with a pause
at about 5:30.
The others each have four games
straight through; TBS starts at 1:30 p.m., TNT at 2.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:”1600 Penn,”
8:30 and 9:31 p.m., NBC.
Basketball wipes out “The Big Bang
Theory” tonight, leaving comedy fans to scan other networks. This
broad (and, sometimes, quite funny) White House comedy should be fun.
One focus is on Skip, the president's
slacker (but well-meaning) son. In the first episode, his step-mom
nudges him to get the final credit for college graduation; in the
second, he watches his siblings while their parents have a date
night. Meanwhile, Marshall (the presidential spokesman) forms an
unllikely bond with D.B., who impregnated Becca, the president's
daughtr … and Marshall's true love.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “American
Idol,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Throughout last season, Jessica Sanchez
displayed an impressive voice and a modest persona. The tiny teen
(5-foot-1) kept doing big ballads, finishing as runner-up.
Sanchez – Mexican on one side,
Filipina on the other – has been singing since she was 2 and
reached national TV at 10 (“Showtime at the Apollo”), 11
(“America's Got Talent”) and 16 (“Idol”). At 17, she's
adjusting her image slightly. Ne-Yo is producing and writing several
songs on her upcoming album. Tonight, prior to the ouster of a
contestant, they'll link for “Give Me Everything (Tonight).”
Other choices include:
– “Warehouse 13,” 6 p.m. to 5
a.m., Syfy. The second half of this clever show's season isn't
scheduled until April 29. While you're waiting, the first half reruns
at 7 p.m., plus one extra rerun at 6.
– “Community,” 8 p.m., NBC. Dean
Pelton wants people to help recruit a rich student – a goal that
upsets the wealthy Pierce. Also, Abed has a new fraternity and
Shirley thrives in gym class.
– “Apocalypse Now” (1979),
8-11:15 p.m., IFC. Francis Coppola's Vietnam epic is a classic, with
strong work from Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando and more.
– “The Office,” 9 p.m., NBC. This
reruns the first half of a two-parter in which Andy learns his world
changed – and Erin started dating someone else – during his
three-month voyage. Also, Pam applies for a job that would be near
Jim in Philadelphia … and meets a boss a lot like Michael Scott.
– “Grey's Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC.
The doctors find running a hospital is difficult. Also, Meredith
worries about the well-being of her baby-to-be; Callie and Arizona
try to spark their romance.
– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 10 p.m., NBC. In a rerun, Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden
plays an FBI agent, convinced that a string of rapes is connected to
an unsolved one from 25 years ago. She has a prime suspect (Harold
Perrineau of “Lost”), but Benson and Amaro have doubts.
– “Archer,” 10 p.m., FX. Told to
extract an agent from Morocco, Archer and Lana find a surprise.
– “Scandal,” 10:02 p.m., ABC.
This time, Olivia is at odds with the White House. She's representing
a powerful CEO (Lisa Edelstein of “House”) who had a torrid
affair with the Supreme Court nominee.