TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Big Love” (9
p.m., HBO) and “Detroit 1-8-7” (10:01 pm., ABC) finales.
We're not fans of “Big Love,” but
it will be interesting to see how this five-year story of a multiple
marriage wraps up. Bill thought Margene was 18 when she became his
third wife; she was 16, leaving him with statutory-rape charges. Also
wobbling are his new Senate job, his store and Barb's future.
“Detroit 1-8-7” has grown immensely
since its just-the-facts debut. Last week, quiet Fitch had a reunion
with his son; it was superbly played by real-life father and son,
Michael and Vadim Imperioli.
Now Fitch's New York enemy is in town,
putting the son in danger. The unit tries a trap … while also
probing a brutal murder. It's the last episode of the year (and maybe
forever) for an improving show.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Shark Tank”
season-opener, 9 p.m., ABC.
After a decent start last summer, this
show is back and better, adding Mark Cuban to its investor panel.
Now it gets one Sunday, before sliding
to Fridays. Pitching ideas are a Tennessee chef with a shrimp-burger
idea, an Oregon winemaker and more. Two sisters impress by
franchising dance classes inside pre-schools. Also, we follow up on
last year's notion of “Classroom Jams,” a learning DVD set.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Bringing
Ashley Home,” 8-10 p.m. ET, Lifetime Movie Network.
Libba Phillips was diligent, her sister
Ashley was fun. Childhood was easy for Ashley; grown-up life was not.
She was bipolar (undiagnosed until late) and addictive; then she
This takes an honest look at a true
story, alternately uplifting and crushing. It's propelled by great
performances – A.J.Cook as Libba, Jennifer Morrison (in the
opposite of her “House” role) as Ashley.
Other choices include:
– Basketball, all day. CBS confines
itself to three daytime NCAA-tournament games – noon, 2:30 p.m. and
5 p.m. ET. Then it switches to its usual primetime shows, handing the
night games to cable. They're on TNT (6 and 8:30 p.m.),. TBS (7 and
9:30 p.m.) and TruTV, formerly Court TV (7:30 p.m.).
– “The Simpsons,” 7 and 8 p.m.,
Fox. The first rerun has Bart making an award-winning film, which
Homer takes credit for; the second finds little sympathy, when
Mr.Burns is told he's dying.
– “America's Next Great
Restaurant,” 8 p.m., NBC. The nine survivors leap into a tough
situation, running a Chipotle at lunch time. Then all (except
Meltworks and Saucy Balls) are told they should consider changing
their names; all must add a catch phrase. Some stand firm; others
make big changes – “Hicks” becomes “Grillbillies: Urban grill
with Southern attitude.” It's another excellent hour.
– More reality, everywhere. It's
wall-to-wall reality on ABC, CBS and NBC, from 8-10 p.m. (and beyond,
for NBC). At 8, ABC has “Secret Millionaire”; at 9, NBC's
“Celebrity Apprentice” – with Lisa Rinna gone – gives each
team two campers to stage a Manhattan “experience.” CBS' shows
(“Amazing Race” and “Undercover Boss,” 8 and 9 p.m.) may
start late in some time zones, because of basketball.
– “Breakout Kings,” 10 p.m., A&E.
Robert Knepper was brilliant as “T-Bag” in “Prison Break.”
Now he guests as the same character in this terrific show. When T-Bag
escapes, the team must catch him.
– “Miami Vice,” 10 p.m., CBS (but
likely to be delayed by basketball in some time zones). A
delivery-truck driver and a housewife have been killed; the team
scrambles to find a connection.