TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Bob Newhart’s first “Big Bang” was a gem. CBS ran it three
times and Newhart won his first Emmy at 83.
Now he’s back, again as TV’s former Professor Proton. When
he asks Leonard for advice, Sheldon gets jealous, retaliating by turning to
TV’s Bill Nye, the science guy.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “The Voice” (NBC) or “The X Factor”
(Fox), 8 p.m.
“X Factor” is now the third show to have to adjust voting
because of a graphics mistake onscreen. (Previously, similar glitches hit “American
Idol” and “Dancing With the Stars.”
Tonight, all 13 people will re-do their “save me” songs and
viewers will re-vote, with results announced next Wednesday. Also tonight, “Voice”
has a transplanted results hour.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Pandora’s Promise,” 9-11 p.m., CNN.
For years, documentaries have shown the dangers of nuclear
power. Here’s a jolt in the other direction.
We may have gone too far, it says. One wretchedly designed
Soviet facility (Chernobyl) may have frightened us away from our best hope for
clean energy. With industrialization racing around the globe, wind and solar
power can’t keep up. And besides, many people quickly returned to Chernobyl.
Director Robert Stone starts with the human factor – major
eco-activists who have switched to pro-nuke – and then layers in the numbers.
At the least, this will stir interesting arguments.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE II: “Returned,” 9-10:15 p.m., Sundance.
Who would have guessed that one of the year’s best shows
would be a French mini-series (with English sub-titles) about the return of the
dead? Beautifully shot and subtly acted, this is a marvel.
In last week’s opener, teen Camille walked into her home, unaware
that she’d died four years earlier. As her parents avoid attention tonight, we
see this is no isolated case.
“Glee,” 9 p.m., Fox. After going a month without a new episode,
“Glee” is back and asking its characters the semi-crucial question: Is your
music closer to Katy Perry or Lady Gaga? Also, there are top guest stars. Demi Lovato shows up, right after her regular
“X Factor” duties; Adam Lambert plays Starchild, a flashy singer who is
auditioning for Kurt’s new group.
“Grey’s Anatomy,” 9
p.m., ABC. The simmering troubles between former best friends Meredith and
Cristina peaks with a betrayal. Also, April and Matthew make a key decision.
“The Crazy Ones,” 9
p.m., CBS. Josh Groban plays someone with a stalker-type song about Sydney.
“The Michael J. Fox
Show,” 9:30 p.m., NBC. As Mike prepares to interview Gov. Chris Christie, he’s
distracted by his sister temporarily moving into the apartment.
“Elementary,” 10 p.m., CBS. Rhys Ifans, who was The Lizard
in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” returns to his role as Sherlock’s brother. He
needs help with a case that has a personal connection.