TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 and 8:31 p.m., CBS.
TV's best comedy gets back-to-back
episodes. Both focus on Sheldon (Emmy-winneer Jim Parsons) and his
iffy status as Amy's boyfriend.
In the first, he catches a two-day
videogame marathon, instead of accompanying her to a birthday party.
In the second, a rerun, Penny coaches him after he seems unimpressed
by Amy's accomplishment.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Awake,” 10
Last week's brilliant opener showed us
the basics: Michael sometimes wakes in a world in which he and his
wife are mourning the son who died in a car crash; at other times,
the wife is dead and the son is not. One world is in his imagination,
but we can't tell which; each has its own therapist, its own partner
for Michael (a police detective), its own cases.
In tonight's strong hour, we learn that
he has the same boss (Laura Innes) in both worlds. She frets about
his sanity; he can't tell her he's probing a crime in one world by
using a clue from the other.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Saving Face,”
8:30 p.m., HBO.
Just 11 days after winning the Academy
Award for best short documentary, this has its cable debut. Yes, it's
well-crafted, important and affecting; it's also, however, extremely
hard to watch.
Many Pakistani women have had their
faces scarred by acid, often by angry husbands or spurned boyfriends.
Now some people push for new laws and for tougher prosecution; also,
Dr. Mohammad Jawad, a plastic surgeon, returns to his homeland to
help rebuild faces and lives.
Other choices include:
– “Jersey Shore,” 11 a.m., MTV.
Maybe you could cancel all your plans, get some beer – a LOT of
beer – and stare at the Jersey folks. This 91-hour marathon will
continue until 6 a.m. Monday.
– “American Idol,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Tonight brings the first elimination. Also, Lauren Alaina, last
year's runner-up, sings her new single, “Georgia Peaches.”
– “30 Rock,” 8 p.m., NBC.
Kenneth, the former page, goes against Liz in his new job.
– “Grey's Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC.
In a rerun, Richard performs his 10,000th surgery. It's not a joyful
time, though; he sees the early signs of his wife's Alzheimer's
– “Project Runway,” 9 p.m.,
Lifetime. Tonight, we learn who will be the three finalists in this
“all-star” edition. Also, a design is chosen to be sold
– “Japan Tsunami:Caught on Camera,”
9 p.m., TLC. Tapes of the 2011 disaster are woven together.
– “Up All Night,” 9:30 p.m., NBC.
Chris and Reagan are intent on befriending a cool gay couple.
– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Catherine Dent (“The Shield”) is back as FBI agent Susan Darcy.
She wants Patrick Jane to help in a case involving a woman who was
killed after meeting someone Online.
– “Archer,” 10 p.m., FX. In this
offbeat show, even death is temporary. Katya – the sexy Russian spy
who was Archer's true love – has been revived as a robot. The
resulting episode is less funny and more raunchy than usual, but has