TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “American Idol,”
8-10 p.m., Fox.
Last week, viewers gave this a nasty
spin. They put the show's best singers – Jessica Sanchez and Joshua
Ledet – in the bottom three, with a good singer, Elise Testone. And
they put Sanchez last.
Fortunately, the judges get one “save”
a season and used it. Past history, however, is ominous.
The first person saved (Matt Giraud in
2009) would have finished seventh, he was ousted at No. 5. The
second, Michael Lynch, would have been eighth, he was No. 4. The
third, Casey Abrams, would have been 11th; he was No. 6.
Now we'll see if the gifted Sanchez can leap to the top.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Don't Trust
the B in Apartment 23,” 9:31 p.m., ABC.
In last week's dandy opener Chloe
bedeviled her new roommate June. Now that she knows June won't budge,
she actually sets hr up with a smart, handsome guy who's a good
Yes, there's a catch – a funny one.
Also, James Van Der Beek has great moments playing himself, trying to
escape everyone's “Dawson's Creek” memories.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Law &
Order: Special Victims Unit,” 10 p.m., NBC.
A Wall Street executive is chatting
with his wife by camera phone, when an intruder kidnaps her.
The husband is desperate; the police
are skeptical. From here, the story takes sharp twists.
This isn't nearly as good as last
week's episode, which saw Benson discover she'd helped convict the
wrong man. There's no mention of the aftermath here; it's an OK
story, boosted by great work from Chloe Sevigny, known for lots of
independent films (including “Boys Don't Cry”) and “Big Love.”
Other choices include:
– “Nature,” 8 p.m., PBS (check
local listings). Isaac Babcock called it a “honeymoon”; his new
wife Bjornen called it an “adventure.” They spent a year in the
2.5-million-acre River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. They faced
problems – from wolves to her rheumatoid arthritis – and emerged
with great footage. With the auction starting at 5 p.m. on WCET, the
PBS shows move to this channel.
– “Best Friends Forever,” 8:30
p.m., NBC. Jessica's belongings have been sent cross-country. Now she
must accept the fact that she's divorcing … and Joe must accept the
fact she'll be around for a while.
– “Suburgatory,” 8:30 p.m., ABC.
Alicia Silverstone begins what will be at least a four-episode stay.
She plays the radiant Eden, a health-food buff who – in funny
scenes – puts George in the hospital.
– “Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
There are some clever moments here, as Phil and Claire decide how to
tell their son that the kindly old neighbor is dead. Also, Barry
Corbin – forever playing tough Texans – is Cam's visiting father,
promptly annoying Mitchell's dad.
– “Revenge,” 10 p.m., ABC. Fresh
from a seven-week break, this show finds life in chaos. Daniel is in
jail under murder charges. His mother is distraught – but also
distracted by a former lover. He's played by James Purefoy – who
played regal leaders in the “Rome” and “Camelot” series
– “America Revealed, 10 p.m., PBS
(check local listings). A huge network gets us around the country,
including four million miles of roads, 200,000 miles of railroads and
5,000 airports. In an excellent hour, Yul Kwon visits control centers
and views Los Angeles' rush-hour crawl from a helicopter.