TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “America's Got
Talent,” 8-10 p.m., NBC.
For two weeks, many of the reality
shows disappeared. NBC had Olympics; Fox had reruns.
Now both are back, colliding for two
hours tonight. For NBC, it's the return of this summertime ratings
leader. Tonight, we see a dozen acts that competed via YouTube; then
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “MasterChef,”
9 p.m., Fox.
This is Gordon Ramsay's lone nice-guy
show, the one in which he's generally civil to amateur chefs.
Not tonight. The final six contestants
take over an elegant restaurant, with Ramsay screaming orders and
insults. That's tough for Monti Carlo, 36, a single mom with a
hearing problem … and for Christine Ha, 33, a grad student who's
Both were chosen by Becky Reams, 26, a
food photographer. The other team has Frank Mirando, 28, a
stockbroker; David Martinez, 32, a school administrator; and
seven-foot Josh Marks, 24, an Army contract specialist. It's an
interesting – albeit way too noisy – hour.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Franklin &
Bash” season-finale, 10 p.m., USA.
Bash's problm is that his law license
has been suspended. Franklin's is his dad (Beau Bridges); he wants to
buy the law firm and dismantle it.
Now they try to help their friend
(Chris Klein), an honest politician whose campaign manager tries to
stop him from dropping out of a race. As usual, this is a light,
loopy story, filled with wildly unlikely twists. Still, it almost
stands alone tonight, as a new, scripted show.
Other choices include:
– “Hotel Hell,” 8 p.m., Fox. It's
Ramsay again, this time as a bit of a crusader. In Monday's opener,
he was stunned by an upscale inn that piled up antiques, but barely
paid its staff. Now he gets a surprise, when having the antiques
assessed; also, he struggles to find a feel-good makeover.
– “NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS.In a rerun,
a Navy reservist with a high security clearance is dead. Gibbs
clashes with Dr. Ryan (Jamie Lee Curtis), as they try to determine if
it was suicide.
– “NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. This rerun sees a man gunned down outside the Vietnamese
consulate, where a conference is set. Dan Lauria (“The
WonderYears”) plays a retired Marine.
– “How 'Jaws' Changed the World,”
9 p.m., Discovery. On the 25th annual go-around for its
“Shark Week,” Discovery gives a nod to the movie that spurred
this interest. It views the way science has expanded since “Jaws”
came out in 1975.
– “NY Med,” 10 p.m., ABC. Two
likable people bring a personal feel to a breast-cancer story. One is
Dr. Eleni Tousimis; the other is her patient, Andree Brown.
– “Collection Intervention”
debut, 10 p.m., Syfy. One person was stunned; after marrying, she
found her husband had debts and a garage stuffed with Catwoman items.
Another was less surprised – his wedding party had full “Star
Wars” costumes and theme – but it was too much when his wife
filled most of the house with items. An expert intervenes with both,
in an OK hour.
– “20 Under 20,” 10 p.m., CNBC.
In the first half of this interesting (if stretched) documentary, we
met some of the 41 teens trying for a controversial prize – a
chance to skip college and land a two-year, $100,000 fellowship with
top mentors. Tonight, some of the nail their speeches – even trying
poetry and rap – and some bumble badly. We also learn some of the