TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Hell's Kitchen”
finale, 8-10 p.m., Fox.
The hellish part is almost over and the
glory is near. Tonight, the winner gets the No. 2 job at Gordon
Ramsay's restaurant in Caesar's Palace.
One of the two finalists will be Mary
Poehnelt, 26, of (inappropriately) Belchertown, Mass. For the other
spot, Ramsay will choose Ja'Nel Witt, 31, of Houston, or John
Scallion, 27, of York, Pa. Then the finalists – aided by past
contestants – try to create the perfect dinner service.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Elementary,”
10:01 p.m., CBS.
Sometimes, networks do this just to
confuse us. At the last second, CBS has swapped episodes.
The rerun originally scheduled – a
good one – moves to Aug. 15. Instead, we see a rerun of a December
episode in which Sherlock probes the murder of a professor and Watson
is contacted by an ex-lover.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Motive,” 9
This solid drama offers smart scripts
and talented Canadian actors, most of them famliar to U.S. viewers.
Louis Ferreira (who originally worked as Justin Louis) plays a tough
police detective; Lauren Holly (a Canadian citizen by marriage) plays
a medical examiner.
And Kristin Lehman stars as Angie
Flynn, a cop and single mom. Tonight, she tries to decide if and why
a pediatrician committed murder. She also argues that her son knoed
nothing the guy (Che Guevara) on his shirt.”It's a shirt,” her
son argues, “not a manifesto.”
Other choices include:
– “The Winner Is,” 8 and 9 p.m.,
NBC. First is a rerun of last week's episode, which chose the fourth
finalist in this singing competition; then a new hour chooses the
fifth. That puts us two weeks from the finale, when six people go for
the million-dollar prize.
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Sheldon, who has never been accused of sexual anything, is
suddenly accused of sexual harassment. In a funny rerun, he soon gets
his friends in trouble.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 8:31
p.m., CBS. This rerun finds Walden at a mixer for upscale singles.
He meets perhaps his perfect match – his ex-wife (Judy Greer).
– “Project Runway,” 9 p.m
Lifetime. In last week's opener (rerunning at 8 p.m.), we met one
returning designer (Kate Pankoke) and 15 new, varied ones. Miranda
Levy is a former Army mechanic; Justin LeBlanc turns off his hearing
aid when there's too much drama. Timothy Westbrook is so eco-aware
that he didn't let his model have make-up. Tonight, their designs are
inspired by $30 million in jewels.
– “Big Brother,” 9:01 p.m., CBS.
Some day, this show will run out of guys to evict. Last week, Jeremy
McGuire became the third person evicted, after Nick Uhas and David
Ginton. Tonight, a fourth will go.
– “Hollywood Game Night,” 10
p.m., NBC. Sean Hayes – who produces this show, patterned after
games he hosts – is one of tonight's players. He and Dax Shepard
join “Saturday Night Live” people, past and present – Amy
Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis.
– “Rookie Blue,” 10:01 p.m., ABC.
A girl is missing, in what may be a copy of a wrenching case. Luke
returns, to work on the case. Also, Andy and Sam confronting the real
reasons for their break-up.