TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Parenthood”
season-finale, 10 p.m., NBC.
Last week's episode ended with Amber in
a fierce car accident. Tonight, the family waits and worries.
That's part of a cascade of major
moments. Adam has meltdowns at work and at home … his sister Sarah
(Amber's mom) hears a reading of her first play … their brother
Crosby is desperate to get Joy back … and their dad has a
In the style of “Parenthood” (and
real parenthood), all of this brings richly understated emotions.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Glee,” 8
p.m. Fox, and “Hellcats,” 9 p.m., CW.
After languishing in reruns, both
youth-oriented shows start their spring runs of new episodes.
On “Glee,” the kids help another
unpopular club. The hour includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Cheyenne Jackson
(who has done five Broadway musicals) and Charice, the sensational
For “Hellcats,” there's fun as Dan
applies for film school with an offbeat zombie movie starring the
cheer squad. There's also a serious note as Marti has revelations
about the dad she barely knew. In between, clumsy plot twists involve
Dan's hesitance and a cheating scandal.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Black in
Latin America” debut, 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Sharing an island, two nations have
different languages, time zones and values.
Haiti – where slaves overthrew their
masters – takes pride in its African roots. In the Dominican
Republic, pale skin has been so valued that the dictator wore
make-up. In this fascinating start to a four-week documentary series,
Henry Louis Gates studies the history and standards on both sides.
Other choices include:
– “Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution,”
8 p.m., ABC. Banned from bringing his nutrition effort to Los Angele
schools, Jamie Oliver has resorted to demonstrations. Last week, he
filled a school bus with sugar; tonight, he dresses as a tomato. He
finds one school he can enter, then faces fresh obstacles.
– “Dancing With the Stars,” 9
p.m., ABC. Prior to the latest ouster, country star Toby Keith sings
“American Soldier” and “Should've Been a Cowboy.”
– “Raising Hope,” 9 p.m., Fox. In
a so-so episode, Jimmy tries to disrupt the romance of his loved one
and her clueless boyfriend. Also, there's a romance between Jimmy's
grandmother (Cloris Leachman) and a guy (Jerry Van Dyke) who is
– “Independent Lens,” 10 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). There are powerful moments in this
Oscar-nominated documentary, as artist Vik Muniz returns to his
native Brazil, to capture images of the people who spend their lives
picking through the world's largest garbage dump.
– “16 & Pregnant”
season-opener, 10 p.m., MTV. Jordan has key advantages – a
boyfriend, twin sister and grandmother, all eager to help during her
pregnancy. Still, she faces agony, in a fairly solid hour.
-- "Royally Mad," 10 p.m., BBC America. Here's the second half of a goofy little special in which Cat Deeley takes some royalty-obsessed Americans to England, to meet experts on the upcoming weddng.
“Body of Proof,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. Long ago, one critic complained
that an “L.A. Law” romance (Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry)
was extremely unlikely … then learned the actors were married in
real life. This fairly good episode may bring the same reaction, as
the nerdish Ethan (Geoffrey Arend) meets a grieving beauty –
played by Christina Hendricks (Joan in “Mad Men”), Arend's
real-life wife. Also, Megan probes a surgery-turned-fatal.