TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Office,”
8-10 p.m., NBC.
Instead of moping about losing its star
(Steve Carell as Michael), “The Office” has turned the transition
into an event. Tonight, that includes two reruns and an hourlong
Earlier, Will Ferrell played the guy
who was supposed to get Michael's job – until people learned what
he's really like. He's back in the finale, which has Jim leading the
committee to find a new boss.
Ricky Gervais (the “Office”
creator) shows up as David Brent, whom he played in the British
original. Other guests are Jim Carrey, Ray Romano, James Spader, Will
Arnett and Britsh actress Catherine Tate.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Grey's
Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC.
With the season officially ending
Wednesday, tonight is stuffed with season finales.
For “Grey's,” that means a big
crisis – a plane with 200 passengers has crashed in the water –
and a big decision, on the new chief resident. It also means personal
crises for Cristina and Teddy.
And people are learning of Meredith's
tampering with the clinic trial. That's a step so extreme that it
endangers the trial, the hospital, her marriage to Derek … and the
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Parks and
Recreation,” 10-11 p.m., NBC.
Remember when “Parks” was too quiet
and casual? These episodes are big, broad and (often) funny.
Both have Chris (Rob Lowe), the city
manager, in his usual overdrive. In the first episode, he enforces
some wildly unworkable changes; in the second, he sees tendinitis as
a step toward decline and death.
And both view the aftershock of his
rule against supervisor/employee romance. Leslie and Ben –
hilariously inept liars – try to hide their affair from her mom and
others. There's much more, including the second episode's
mega-funeral for Li'l Sebastian, the tiny horse.
Other choices include:
– “Smallville,” 8-10 p.m., CW.
Here's a rerun of Friday's episode, wrapping up the 10-year series.
– “American Idol,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Tonight, we learn who the two finalists will be next week (when the
show borrows its old Tuesday-Wednesday slot). Also, this may feel a
bit like a Simon Cowell tribute. Il Volo (the group Cowell
discovered) will sing “O Sole Mio”; Nicole Scherzinger (who will
co-host Cowell's “The X Factor”) sings “Right There” with 50
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Bernadette gets her doctorate – making Howard, her fiance,
again feel like the uneducated one. Also, roommates are re-arranged:
After hearing too much bedroom talk between his sister and Leonard,
Raj moves in with Sheldon.
– “Rules of Engagement,” 8:30,
CBS. Russell (David Spade) books a cruise with what he expects to be
“red hot” women. He's way off on this one.
– “The Mentalist,” 9-11 p.m.,
CBS. Patrick Jane finally learns who has been helping Red John. Then
he confronts the serial killer who murdered Jane's wife and has been
– “Private Practice,” 10:01 p.m.,
ABC. There are big problems everywhere – Violet's license is
suspended, the practice could be punished next, Charlotte treats
someone who was brutally raped. On the flip side, Kate meets a
handsome guy (Benjamin Bratt).