TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “American Dream Builders” debut, 8
Anything (almost) that cable does, the broadcast networks
can overdo. “Dream” takes the general approach of many HGTV show, then piles things
A dozen top designers or builders are split into two teams.
Each team re-does an entire house in a week, with no mention of budget.
Advising are Nate Berkus, Eddie George (once a football star, now a landscape
architect) and Monica Pedersen; but judging are the neighbors. “Dream” has rich
visuals and gorgeous designs, but it’s way too busy; often, the designs zip
past us in a few seconds.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE II: “Resurrection,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Last week, people took the obvious step: If this kid insists
he’s Jacob – who died 30 years ago – then test his DNA … and the body that’s
buried. Now we learn what they found … and things get more complex.
Meanwhile, Bellamy (Omar Epps), the federal agent, works
with his only colleague Maggie, a doctor whose dad is sheriff and mom died
trying to rescue Jacob. They scramble to find a link between Jacob and Caleb
(also back from the dead) … and they trace Caleb’s criminal past.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Wild Hawaii,” 8 and 9 p.m., NatGeo
Don’t expect any bikini-beach scenes here; in fact, don’t
expect many people.
We do meet a snowboarder (really) and someone who surfs
mega-waves; we meet a whale researcher and people with the unenviable task of
catching, studying and releasing 500-pound seals. But mostly, this is about
nature; gorgeously filmed, it ranges from soaring predator owls to creeping
turtles, from dueling whales to garden eels that dance with the current while
rooted to the bottom of the sea.
Other choices include:
Basketball, all day, CBS and cable. CBS has three games
today (noon, about 2:30 and 5 p.m. ET), instead of four. (That fourth game is
on TruTV, so CBS can return to its primetime shows.) Others each have a
doubleheader – 6 and 8:30 p.m. on TNT, 7 and 9:30 p.m. on TBS.
“The Amazing Race,” 8 p.m. (or later, with basketball
overrun), CBS. So far, the twins, the YouTube hosts and Team Kentucky have been
ousted. Now the eight surviving duos are fishing in Sri Lanka.
“The Good Wife,” 9 p.m. or later, CBS. Now that Alicia is
being questioned in an election-fraud probe of her husband, she needs her
law-firm partner Cary as her lawyer.
“Believe,” 9 p.m., NBC. Trying to protect gifted young Bo,
Jake finds they’re trapped in Manhattan. They meet a woman who has been
mourning her son for decades.
“Walking Dead,” 9 p.m., AMC. Brutality and faith both play a
role in survival.
“Drop Dead Diva” season-opener, 9 p.m., Bravo. If you can
accept the fact that a lunch lady shows up at her lawyer’s office in a hair
net, then maybe you’ll buy the rest. One story line – Owen’s good-time brother
arrives – is quite clever, but the others simply leave us grumbling in
“The Redemption of Henry Myers,” 8-10 p.m., Hallmark Movie
Channel. Solid, somber and understated, this is the story of an old-West
outlaw, nursed back to health by a devout family. Produced by former
presidential candidate Rick Santorum, it’s slow and predictable, with a worthy
message about humanity.
“Revenge,” 10 p.m., ABC. The notorious Pascal LeMarchal
arrives; also, Emily and Victoria battle publicly.
“Crisis,” 10 p.m., NBC. Like CBS’ “Hostages,” this is about
a hostage sceme with White House links; and like that failed show, we don’t
believe a moment of it. Not the arbitrarily nasty teen … not the girl mumbling
about music … not the easily molded grown-ups … and certainly not the FBI agent
(Rachael Taylor) who seems like an exaggerated version of all the lunk-headed
male cops in bad old shows.
“Girls,” 10 p.m., HBO. This erratic but oft-terrific show
wraps its season on the opening night of Adam’s play. Hannah gets news that
could have a big effect on her life.